Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Degree Options
Thesis Option (30 SCH): Students must successfully complete at least 30 semester hours of graduate credit course work, including six hours of thesis credits. In addition to the required coursework and thesis, students in the research option must successfully pass a final oral examination administered by the student's graduate academic committee.
Non-thesis Option (36 SCH): Students must successfully complete at least 36 semester credit hours of graduate coursework, including at least three hours in a project course that culminates in an engineering report on a significant design or analysis project performed by the student. In addition to completing all required coursework and the advanced engineering design project, students electing the non-thesis option will also be required to pass a final oral examination that is administered by the student's graduate academic committee.
Professional Development Option (36 SCH): Students must successfully complete at least 36 semester credit hours of graduate coursework, and a comprehensive exam administered by the student's graduate academic committee. For the required 36 graduate semester credit hours, at least 30 hours must be in mechanical engineering. Up to 6 hours of non-mechanical engineering coursework approved by the student's graduate academic committee are permitted for the degree option.
Five-year BSME/MSME (4+1) Option: Undergraduate students in mechanical engineering at UT Tyler can chose this option to get a master’s degree in one additional year. Students may chose thesis or project under this option and they are required to take 6 credits of graduate-level courses in their senior year. Students interested in this option must obtain department approval to enroll in this program. Students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 will be provisionally admitted to this program in the fall semester of their senior year, and will receive full admission to the graduate program under this option after they complete all BSME graduation requirements. Students must obtain an average “B” grade in all the graduate-level courses taken during their senior year. For the Five-year BSME/MSME (4+1) Option you can find the BSME and the MSME Curriculum under this option in the university catalog.