Coordinator: Sam Daniels, Associate Professor, PhD., Boston University
Ravi Gorthala, Associate Professor, PhD., University of Mississippi
A minimum of 30 credits must be completed to earn the master of science degree in mechanical engineering. Key areas of specialization include: energy systems with emphasis on renewable energy, and mechatronics.
Candidates for admission to the master’s program are normally expected to have a grade average of “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in their undergraduate coursework. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s potential for graduate study are required.
International applicants are urged to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to be considered for admission. GRE scores are required for international applicants who wish to be considered for scholarships. The GRE is optional for graduates of regionally accredited United States colleges and universities.
In some cases, applicants with a bachelor’s degree in a field closely related to mechanical engineering or who have graduated from a non-ABET accredited undergraduate degree program may be considered for admission on a provisional basis. Students accepted on a provisional basis may be required to complete one or more additional undergraduate mechanical engineering courses and/or graduate courses such as: MECH 3305, MECH 3321, MECH 6622 , and MECH 6631 .
All students are required to complete a major project or thesis for the master’s degree. Research assistants are required to complete the thesis option to satisfy this requirement. If a thesis is not chosen or required, the student must complete a major project approved by either graduate program coordinator within the scope of other mechanical engineering courses or a three- or six-credit research project supervised by a full-time mechanical engineering faculty member.