Feb 25, 2024
Degree Requirements: 30 Credit Hours (Thesis)
- Completed requirements for the bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in the proposed or closely related field of study in Mechanical Engineering.
- A 2.75 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or higher on courses in undergraduate work, or equivalent.
- International students must meet College of Graduate Studies English Proficiency requirements (6.0 IELTS or 80 on TOFEL).
A student may be granted provisional admission based upon the recommendation of the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering Graduate Coordinator and department chair.
Non-degree students are accepted on an individual basis as space is available.
Program of Study
A minimum of 50% of courses for the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree must be taken at or above the 6000 level.
Core Requirements Credit Hours: 9
Elective Requirements Credit Hours: 15
Restricted Elective courses at or above the 5000G level as contracted with the faculty advisor and degree coordinator. Any appropriate course outside of the department approved by both the graduate program director and the department chair.
Capstone Activity (Thesis) Credit Hours: 6
Other Thesis Track Requirements: Comprehensive Exam
Total Credit Hours: 30
Each candidate for the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering Thesis Track degree must complete a thesis on a subject approved by the adviser. The major professor supervises the research, directs the writing of the thesis, and approves the thesis in its final form. Prior to the final approval, the thesis is read by thesis committee. The thesis must be presented and defended in an oral examination before committee of at least three members prior to final approval and sign-off.
The style and format for the completed thesis shall follow that prescribed by the Director for the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree. Procedural steps in the preparation of the thesis are as follows:
- The prospectus for the thesis shall be submitted to the major professor and thesis committee for approval.
- The student must prepare the thesis for electronic submission following the latest version of the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD): Student Guide to Preparation and Processing manual.
- The thesis must be electronically submitted to the ETD site for format check by the ETD format check submission deadline as stated in the University Calendar.
- The final corrected thesis must be electronically submitted to the ETD site by the ETD format check submission deadline as stated in the University Calendar. The final document must be electronically approved by the Thesis Committee.
- Thesis will be announced and defended by calendar.
See the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD): Student Guide to Preparation and Processing (latest version at the COGS Electronic Theses and Dissertation website).
Other Program Requirements (Thesis)
- Each candidate in the Thesis Track of MSME Program must have accomplished the following by the end of their second academic semester in the MSME program to maintain program eligibility:
- Identify a research adviser (thesis committee chair) and form a thesis committee.
- Determine a research topic for their thesis, and present a research proposal to their thesis committee for topic approval.
- Each candidate must receive approval from the Graduate Director or Department Chair of the Mechanical Engineering to take courses that are taught outside of the Mechanical Engineering Program and/ or specifically identified in M.S. in Mechanical Engineering degree program .
- Each candidate of the MSME must complete a thesis on a subject approved by their thesis committee.
- The thesis defense must be announced to the public one week prior to the defense. The thesis must be submitted to Thesis Committee, and presented at a public seminar.
- The thesis must be defended before the thesis committee.
- The thesis defense is a comprehensive oral examination that may include questions on the thesis, and subject matter related to the thesis, and course work.
- In addition to the thesis, the student must provide the faculty research adviser with all forms data that was collected, including: electronic files, and a written document detailing the contents of the data.
- The degree is conferred at the end of the semester, after the student has passed the thesis defense and the final written version of the thesis has been approved by the College of Graduate Studies.