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2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Mechanical Engineering, M.E.

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Master’s Degree Program

Graduate programs are offered leading to the Master of Engineering degree. The main objective of this program is to advance the student’s technical and professional skills. The Master of Engineering degree does not require a thesis, but requires nine more credit hours of course work than the thesis program.


An applicant must have a baccalaureate degree in engineering from an accredited institution. Successful applicants typically have a minimum score of 148 (or 600 for tests prior to August 1, 2011) on the Quantitative Reasoning Section of the GRE General Test. Applicants must also satisfy the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. All applicants from non-English speaking countries who have not received a degree from a U.S. university must demonstrate English proficiency through a minimum TOEFL score of 80 on the internet-based exam, or 550 on the paper-based test. Applicants may substitute a score of 6.0 on the IELTS examination to fulfill the English proficiency requirement.

An undergraduate grade-point average of at least 3.0 is normally required. However, a student who does not satisfy this requirement but has at least a 3.0 grade point average in his or her major field may be admitted on probation at the discretion of the Graduate School. Probationary status is removed by completing nine hours of approved graduate study with a 3.0 grade point average within a specified time period.

General Requirements

At least one 6000 or 7000-level course in thermal sciences and one in solid mechanics areas are required. All courses taken for graduate credit in these programs shall be selected from those listed in this Bulletin and the choices are subject to the approval of the advisor.

Curriculum Requirements

Minimum credit hours in mechanical engineering 18
Minimum credit hours outside mechanical engineering 6
Minimum credit hours of at least 7000-level courses 21
Minimum credit hours of 6000-level or 7000-level mathematics 3
Maximum credit hours of approved 6000-level courses 12
Maximum credit hours of independent study 3
Maximum credit hours of project and report 6
Minimum total credit hours 33

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