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To earn a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree at the School of Engineering you must select a specialty in Mechanical Engineering and complete 30 credits as outlined in the specialty requirements below. 

Required Courses in all Specialties



Energy Engineering and Policy Specialty

In addition to the four courses in all specialty options the following three courses must be completed:

A minimum of two additional courses (6 credits) must be selected from

In addition one free elective may be taken to complete the 30 credit degree requirement.

Controls and Dynamic Systems Specialty

2 courses from:

ME xxxx Electives Approved by the Graduate Adviser, Credits: 6.00 total

Free Electives, Credits: 6.00 total


Mechanics and Structural Systems Specialty

2 courses from:

Important Credit and Course Notes

  • To graduate, you must have a 3.0 GPA or better in each of the following:
    • In the average of all graduate courses taken at the School of Engineering (whether or not some of these courses are being used to satisfy specific degree requirements)
    • In the average of all courses submitted for the graduate degree
    • In each guided studies, readings, projects, thesis, courses, or credits enrolled
  • You must take at least 21 credits out of the 30 credits needed for the degree at the School of Engineering. In other words, 9 credits may be transferred from elsewhere.
  • No more than 6 credits in “Guided Reading” courses are allowed
  • Validation credit is not allowed, but the graduate adviser may waive specific requirements (and substitute designated ones), based upon your prior studies or experience
  • Transfer credits are not granted for the following:
    • Undergraduate courses
    • Courses counted toward satisfying undergraduate degree requirements
    • Courses not related to the graduate program as stated in this catalog
    • Courses that received a grade lower than B
  • You must complete your degree in 5 years, unless a formal leave of absence is approved before the period for which studies are interrupted
  • If you decide to do a ME-GY 996X Masters Project or ME-GY 997X Masters Thesis (9 credits) as part of your work for the degree, those 9 credits will be counted against 3 out of the 6 credits in ME electives, 3 out of the 6 credits in ME Required for the Specialty Area credits, and 3 out of the 6 credits of Free Electives. Formatting guidelines for the submission of a Master's Thesis or Project can be found by clicking here
  • You are not allowed to submit more than 3 courses (9 credits), starting with a 5 for MS degree requirements satisfaction
  • Departmental electives include courses with a mechanical (ME), aerospace (AE), or materials (MT) prefix, plus departmental thesis or project credits
  • All courses and program details are subject to adviser approval