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2009-2010 Academic Catalog 
2009-2010 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Mechanical Engineering (M.S.)

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The Master of Science program in Mechanical Engineering is administered by the Mechanical Engineering Department. The program offers high quality education that prepares students for advanced academic, research and professional careers in one of the following specializations: Design, Industrial Engineering, and Materials and Manufacturing Engineering.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering are to provide the graduates of the program with:

  • A broad knowledge of modern computational and experimental methods in engineering.
  • Extensive knowledge in one of the following specializations: design, industrial engineering or materials and manufacturing.
  • Deep understanding of the research techniques and data analysis in the area of specialization.
  • An ability to solve unstructured engineering problems, think critically, function well in a team, and communicate effectively.
  • A high standard of written and oral communication on technical matters.


A candidate for the master’s program in Mechanical Engineering must have a degree in engineering. Students who have some deficiency in their undergraduate training but are well-qualified in other respects may be admitted provisionally. The Mechanical Engineering Department may prescribe a program of noncredit work to make up for the deficiency.

Courses (24 credit hours)

A minimum of eight courses (24 credit hours) is required. The courses are selected from the following categories:

I- Core Courses (6 credit hours)

All students select two out of the following four ENGR core courses:

II- Concentration Courses (12 credit hours)

Students should select a minimum of four courses from one of the following mechanical engineering courses:

III- Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

A minimum of two courses are selected as electives. The courses are selected from a set of graduate courses in engineering, physical sciences, social sciences, management and other related graduate level courses subject to advisor and chair’s approval. No more than one 400-level course in engineering, computer science and other related areas, not in the student’s undergraduate major, may be taken for graduate credit subject to advisor and chair’s approval.


Graduate thesis work is an important and required part of the Mechanical Engineering Master of Science degree program. Each student must submit a thesis topic that has been approved by a faculty advisor by the end of the first academic year. Various research topics are discussed in ENGR 590 and 591, Graduate Thesis Seminar I and II. Students must register in ENGR 590 before submitting a thesis topic and in ENGR 591 during execution of the thesis research to present their thesis plan. To ensure adequate faculty consultation on the thesis, the student must register for MENG 599, Graduate Thesis, by the completion of 18 credit hours. Students must register in MENG 599 continuously and for at least two semesters. The first two registrations in MENG 599 must be for three credit hours, after that MENG 599 is taken for one credit hour each semester until completion of the program requirements.

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