Master of Science Degree Information

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)
Students who have completed a BSME from an ABET accredited school are eligible to receive the degree of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.S.M.E.). 
 
Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)
Students who have completed a BS in an area of engineering other than ME are eligible to receive the Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.). 
 
Master of Science (MS)
Students whose undergraduate degree is in disciplines other than engineering (such as math or physics) are eligible to receive the Master of Science (M.S.).
 
The above titles only vary due to the title of the undergraduate degree.  The ME graduate program for a Master’s degree remains the same regardless of the degree title.  
 

 
Master’s Degree Options (thesis or non-thesis)
Students who are admitted to the Master’s program may choose to complete either the thesis option or the non-thesis option.
 
Thesis Option.  The thesis option is highly recommended because it includes conducting independent research and a publishable report or thesis. Outstanding performance in the thesis option Master’s provides students with a distinct advantage when applying for a Ph.D. program or employment. Admission to the Ph.D. requires that the student provide evidence of the ability to perform independent research. 
  • The thesis option requires a minimum of 21 graduate semester hours of course work and a thesis. research credits acquired through the thesis research registration of ME 698 to fulfill the remainder of the requirement for a total of 30 credit hours. Research is always completed under the supervision of the Chair (Major Professor) or Co-Chairs of the Advisory Committee. Only in special cases is this option available to distance education students.
     
  • All Master’s Plans of Study must contain a minimum of six (6) hours of applied mathematics; at least three (3) of which must be taken from the Mathematics Department.
Non-thesis Option
  • The non-thesis option also requires 30 semester hours of graduate course work, not more than 6 credits of which may be completed as independent project work (ME 597 or ME 697). Independent project work may be completed under the supervision of the Chair of the Advisory Committee (Major Professor) or any other member of the faculty, including members of the Advisory Committee. The more predictable time frame for completion of course work available through the non-thesis option allows students to more accurately plan a graduation date. Students completing the Master’s degree by distance education will, in general, be completing the non-thesis option. 
     
  • All Master’s Plans of Study must contain a minimum of six (6) hours of applied mathematics; at least three (3) of which must be taken from the Mathematics Department.