Coordinator: Sam Daniels, Associate Professor, PhD., Boston University
Ravi Gorthala, Associate Professor, PhD., University of Mississippi
This program is intended to meet the needs of recently graduated mechanical engineering students and professionally employed engineers. Its purpose is to increase competence in modern analysis and synthesis techniques as they apply to engineering design.
The program centers on a core sequence, which all students are expected to take. The core courses contain advanced methods of analysis and design that are of common interest in engineering work. Students complete the program by electing a series of courses in mechanical engineering particularly suited to their current professional interests. Early in the program, students prepare, with the approval of the program coordinator, a detailed plan ensuring an overall educational experience that is integrated and logical.
Decisions regarding both core and elective requirements are subject to final approval by either program coordinator.
A minimum of 30 credits must be completed to earn the master of science degree in mechanical engineering. Specialized areas include: acoustics/aerodynamics, fluids/biomechanics, heat transfer/thermodynamics, applied mechanics, systems analysis/machine design/random vibrations/numerical analysis, solid mechanics/computer-aided design.
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. Applicants are required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's potential for graduate study are also required.
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.