Professional Masters in Mechanical Engineering

You're starting up the ladder in industry, and you know that a Master's Degree can give you a leg up. But who has the time? And do you study engineering or management? With a Professional Masters from Purdue University Mechanical Engineering, you can get a world-class education in your engineering focus area, as well as professional management skills: all in one year!

PMP factoids

This full-time on-campus program from Purdue Mechanical Engineering blends 21 credits of technical specialties with 9 credits of management and professional development classes, offered by Purdue's Krannert School of Management.  It's perfect for:

  • current undergrads who want a graduate degree, but still want to jump into industry quickly;
  • domestic and international students who want an engineering degree that is more practice-oriented;
  • busy professionals, who want specialized expertise to advance in their careers.

How Does It Work?

Completion of the Professional Master's Program typically takes one calendar year -- fall, spring, and summer semesters (longer if you choose to take it part-time).  While this is an on-campus program, up to 25% of your classes can be completed online, when available.  Graduates receive an MSME (Master's of Science in Mechanical Engineering).  No thesis is involved, and it does not provide a path to a doctoral degree.  Students are ineligible for teaching/research assistantships or fellowships.

Students will take 1 applied math class, 6 engineering specialization area classes, 3 professional development classes, and a graduate seminar. (All classes are 3 credit hours each).

1. Core Courses in Applied Mathematics/Statistics

Choose 1 core class in math from these options:

MA 51100 - Linear Algebra
MA 52700 - Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Physicists I
MA 52800 - Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Physicists II
ME 58100 - Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering
ME 59700 - Uncertainty Analysis
STAT 51100 - Statistical Methods
STAT 51200 - Applied Regression Analysis
STAT 51400 - Design of Experiments

2. Core Courses in Management/Professional Development

Choose 3 core classes in professional development from these options:

IE 54600 - Economic Decisions in Engineering
IE 55800 - Safety Engineering
IE 56600 - Production Management and Control
IE 57700 - Human Factors in Engineering
IE 59000 - Engineering Economics
MGMT 54600 - Decision Support and Expert Systems
MGMT 56200 - Project Management
MGMT 60000 - Accounting for Managers
MGMT 61000 - Financial Marketing
MGMT 62000 - Marketing Management
MGMT 65000 - Strategic Management I
MGMT 66000 - Operations Management
MGMT 57100 - Data Mining

3. Graduate Seminar

All Purdue ME graduate students must attend graduate seminar (0 credit hours), which consists of 12 lectures delivered by external speakers representing leading thought from academia, industry and government.

ME69100 - Graduate Seminar

4. Course Options in your Area of Specialization

Choose 6 classes to take in your area of specialization, from these options:

At least 12 credits from the following list (each course is a 3-credit course):
ME 50000 - Advanced Thermodynamics
ME 50100 - Statistical Thermodynamics
ME 51300 - Engineering Acoustics
ME 51400 - Fundamentals of Wind Energy
ME 51700 - Micro/Nanoscale Physical Processes
ME 51800 - Analysis of Thermal Systems
ME 52200 - Indoor Environmental Analysis and Design
ME 52500 - Combustion
ME 52600 - Spray Applications and Theory
ME 52900 - Sustainable Energy Options and Analysis
ME 53800 - Air Breathing Propulsion
ME 54000 - Internal Combustion Engines
ME 58100 - Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering
ME 58500 - Instrumentation for Engineering Measurements
ME 58700 - Applied Optics
ME 62500 - Advanced Combustion

At least 9 credits from the following list (each course is 3-credit course):
ME 55300 - Product and Process Design
ME 55700 - Design for Manufacturability
ME 55900 - Micromechanics of Materials
ME 56000 - Kinematics
ME 56100 - Optimal Design
ME 56200 - Advanced Dynamics
ME 56300 - Mechanical Vibrations
ME 57000 - Machine Design
ME 57100 - Reliability Based Design

At least 3 credits from the following list (each course is a 3-credit course):
ME 57200 - Design and Analysis of Robotic Manipulators
ME 57500 - Theory and Design of Control Systems
ME 57800 - Digital Control
ME 57900 – Fourier Methods in Digital Signal Processing
ME 58100 - Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering
ME 58400 - System Identification
ME 58600 - Microprocessors in Electromechanical Systems
ME 58800 - Mechatronics – Integrated Design of Electro-Mechanical Systems
ME 51300 - Engineering Acoustics
ME 59700 - Sustainable Design & Manufacturing
ME 65000 - Computational Fracture Mechanics

One course from the following list (each course is a 3-credit course):
ME 50900 - Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
ME 51000 - Gas Dynamics

In addition to either ME509 or ME510, at least 9 credits from the following list (each course is a 3-credit course):
ME 50900 - Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
ME 51000 - Gas Dynamics
ME 51300 - Engineering Acoustics
ME 51400 - Fundamentals of Wind Energy
ME 51700 - Micro/Nanoscale Physical Processes
ME 52600 - Spray Applications and Theory
ME 53300 - Turbomachinery II
ME 53800 - Air Breathing Propulsion
ME 58100 - Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering
ME 58700 - Applied Optics
ME 61000 - Boundary Layer Theory
ME 61100 - Principles of Turbulence
ME 61400 - Computational Fluid Dynamics

At least 12 credits from the following list (each course is a 3-credit course):
ME 50300 - Micro- and Nano-scale Energy Transfer Processes
ME 50500 - Intermediate Heat Transfer
ME 50600 - Multiphase Heat Transfer
ME 50700 - Laser Processing
ME 50800 - Heat and Mass Transfer in Biological Systems
ME 51100 - Heat Transfer in Electronic Systems
ME 51700 - Micro/Nanoscale Physical Processes
ME 58100 - Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering
ME 58700 - Applied Optics
ME 60800 - Numerical Methods in Heat, Mass and Momentum Transfer 

At least 12 credits from the following list (each course is a 3-credit course):
ME 55300 - Product and Process Design
ME 55700 - Design for Manufacturability
ME 57200 - Design and Analysis of Robotic Manipulators
ME 57500 - Theory and Design of Control Systems
ME 57600 - Computer Control of Manufacturing Processes
ME 57800 - Digital Control
ME 59700 - Sustainable Design & Manufacturing
ME 58800 - Mechatronics – Integrated Design of Electro-Mechanical Systems
ME 58500 - Instrumentation for Engineering Measurements
ME 58600 - Microprocessors in Electromechanical Systems
ECE 57000 - Artificial Intelligence
ECE 56800 - Embedded Systems
ECE 56900 - Introduction to Robotic Systems
ECE 58000 - Optimization Methods for Systems and Control
IE 57000 - Manufacturing Process Engineering
IE 57900 - Design and Control of Production and Manufacturing Systems

At least 12 credits from the following list (each course is a 3-credit course):
ME 51300 - Engineering Acoustics
ME 55900 - Micromechanics of Materials
ME 56200 - Advanced Dynamics
ME 56300 - Mechanical Vibrations
ME 57000 - Machine Design
ME 57100 - Reliability Based Design
ME 57500 - Theory and Design of Control Systems
ME 57800 - Digital Control
ME 57900 - Fourier Methods in Digital Signal Processing
ME 58000 - Nonlinear Engineering Systems
ME 58100 - Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering
ME 61200 - Continuum Mechanics
ME 61300 - Advanced Engineering Acoustics
ME 65000 - Computational Fracture Mechanics
ME 66400 - Vibrations of Continuous Systems
AAE 55300 - Elasticity in Aerospace Engineering
AAE 55400 - Fatigue of Structures and Materials
AAE 55500 - Mechanics of Composite Materials
AAE 55800 - Finite Element Methods in Aerospace Structures

At least 9 credits from the following list (each course is a 3-credit course):
ME 56000 - Kinematics
ME 57200 - Analysis and Design of Robotic Manipulators
ME 57500 - Theory and Design of Control Systems
ME 57800 - Digital Control
ME 58600 - Microprocessors in Electromechanical Systems
ME 58800 - Mechatronics – Integrated Design of Electro-Mechanical Systems
ME 6XX/ECET 64200 Autonomous Mobile Robots

At least 3 credits from the following list (each course is a 3-credit course):
AAE 66600 - Nonlinear Dynamics, Systems, and Control
ECE 57000 - Artificial Intelligence
ECE 56800 - Embedded Systems
ECE 56900 - Introduction to Robotic Systems
IE 57400 - Industrial Robotics and Flexible Assembly
IE 57900 - Design and Control of Production and Manufacturing Systems
ME 55300 - Product and Process Design
ME 55700 - Design for Manufacturability
ME 56200 - Advanced Dynamics
ME 56300 - Mechanical Vibrations
ME 57600 - Computer Control of Manufacturing Processes
ME 67500 – Multivariable Control System Design
ME 67700 – Nonlinear Feedback Controller Design
ME 68900 – Adaptive Control

 

At least 9 credits from the following list (each course is a 3-credit course):
ME 57200 - Analysis and Design of Robotic Manipulators
ME 57500 - Theory and Design of Control Systems
ME 57600 - Computer Control of Manufacturing Processes
ME 57800 - Digital Control
ME 57900 - Fourier Methods in Digital Signal Processing
ME 58100 - Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering
ME 58400 - System Identification
ME 58500 - Instrumentation for Engineering Measurements
ME 58600 - Microprocessors in Electromechanical Systems
ME 58800 - Mechatronics – Integrated Design of Electro-Mechanical Systems
ME 6XX/ECET 64200 Autonomous Mobile Robots

At least 3 credits from the following list (each course is a 3-credit course):
ECE 57000 - Artificial Intelligence
ECE 56800 - Embedded Systems
ECE 56900 - Introduction to Robotic Systems
ECE 58000 - Optimization Methods for Systems and Control
ECE 60000 - Random Variables and Signals
ECE 60200 - Lumped System Theory
ME 55300 - Product and Process Design
ME 55700 - Design for Manufacturability
ME 56000 - Kinematics
ME 56100 - Optimal Design
ME 56200 - Advanced Dynamics
ME 56300 - Mechanical Vibrations
ME 57000 - Machine Design
ME 57100 - Reliability Based Design
ME 67500 - Multivariable Control System Design

 

5. Optional: Summer Research Project

You may choose to conduct research with a Purdue ME professor. This will take the place of 2 of your specialization area classes (6 credit hours).

ME59700 - Independent Study (Research Project)

 


Start here!

Apply online today!  Make sure you select "Professional Masters in Mechanical Engineering."  

Have any questions?  Contact us!

ME Graduate Office
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MEgradoffice@purdue.edu
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