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Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

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M.S. Degree Requirements

The department offers a thesis option and a nonthesis option leading to the M.S. degree. Both options require a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate work. The thesis option must include a thesis for at least 6 hours of credit. The nonthesis option requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate work, which must include a 3-credit-hour independent investigation.

The M.S. degree student selects an adviser in the first semester of graduate study. The student and the student’s advisory committee determine a program of study during the first semester of enrollment. The program of study includes

  1. A major with a minimum of 12 credit hours (excluding credit for mathematics and the independent investigation or thesis) selected from mechanical engineering courses and
  2. No fewer than 3 credit hours dealing with advanced mathematics.

A thesis-option student is expected to do original work that would be the basis of a paper suitable for publication in a refereed journal. A nonthesis-option student who selects the 3-credit-hour independent investigation must do an analytical or experimental study acceptable to the adviser.

A maximum of 6 hours of mechanical engineering courses numbered between 500 and 699 may be included in the program. Courses either required or used for the B.S. degree may not be used to fulfill M.S. degree requirements. Each M.S. candidate must pass a final examination, which may be oral, or both written and oral, as determined by the advisory committee.

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