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Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Degree Requirements

There are two options to earning the master of science mechanical engineering (MSME) degree:

  1. Thesis option: This degree option is intended primarily for students who wish to conduct research and expand mechanical engineering knowledge. A thesis is required. (This is the only degree option for which graduate assistantships are available.)
  2. Non-thesis option: This degree option is intended primarily for the professional working engineer who wants advanced technical courses, including the possibility of benefiting from completing an advanced engineering project.

Regardless of the option selected, a student must complete a graduate course in advanced mathematics (MATH 5311). At least 18 hours (including the thesis or report) must be in the major area; at least six hours must be in a supporting area and can include courses outside the department.

The supporting courses may be in mechanical engineering but must represent a specialty distinct from the major courses. At least two-thirds of the credit hours applied to the degree must be taught by a department in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

To graduate, students must earn at least a 3.0 grade point average on all course work used for the graduate degree. They must also complete a core curriculum consisting of MENG 5306, MENG 5343 or MENG5338 or MENG 5341, and MENG 5344.

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