Mechanical Engineering, M.Engr.
Objective and Description
The graduate program provides opportunities for professional development in such forms as: instructional courses to enhance technical competence in areas of mechanical engineering practice; training through a variety of experiences in design, development, research, experimentation, and/or analysis in joint efforts with faculty and peers; specialized courses of study required for entry into career fields allied to the mechanical engineering discipline; guided individual study under faculty supervision; and supportive coursework for programs leading to careers that require interdisciplinary competence.
A student with aid from a faculty advisor plans a program that will be consistent with his or her technical interests and the available facilities and course offerings. Typically, programs are classified as:
- Thermal Science
- Fluid Science
- Mechanical Design and Manufacturing
- Solid Mechanics and Structures
- Controls and Systems
Manufacturing Engineering Option
Students desiring a program in manufacturing engineering may achieve this goal while meeting the requirements for a graduate degree in mechanical engineering. This is accomplished by selecting a specific program of courses. Upon completion, the student receives a Manufacturing Engineer's Certificate along with the Master of Engineering or Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Specifics are available in the Mechanical Engineering office.
The Master of Engineering degree is an engineering practice-oriented program. A minimum of 30 credit hours is required as follows: three core courses (one in each area) and the two analysis courses listed above; five courses (15 credit hours) of elective graduate courses in engineering, mathematics, and/or science relating to the student’s interest areas. The elective courses cannot include special project courses (for example, ME 5391 ADVANCED STUDIES IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING) or research courses (for example, ME 6397 RESEARCH IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING). Registration in elective courses outside the ME department requires prior approval of the ME graduate advisor; otherwise they will not count towards graduation requirements.