Program Overview

Graduate programs in Mechanical Engineering consist of five options:

  • Option A : Dynamics and Control
  • Option B : Fluid Mechanics
  • Option C : Materials and Manufacturing
  • Option D : Solids and Design
  • Option E : Thermal Sciences

Master of Science (M.S.) Program

The M.S. program in Mechanical Engineering requires a minimum of 24 credit hours (9 courses) of course work and a Master's Thesis. One mathematics requirement, four core courses (two for selected option, the other two from two different options) and two (elective) courses from the selected option must be completed together with one seminar requirement. The remaining course may be chosen freely from among science and engineering graduate courses approved by advisor. Mathematics requirement is satisfied by taking:

  • ME 501 Advanced Engineering Mathematics I

Students who have previously taken this course, or its equivalent, should take ME 502 Advanced Engineering Mathematics II, or if this course, or its equivalent, is also taken, an elective course approved by their advisor may be taken.
Core course requirements may be satisfied by taking two core courses of the selected option; two courses from the two of the remaining other options (one from each) as listed below:
  • Opt. A : ME 537 State Space Control Theory - ME 530 Advanced Dynamics
  • Opt. B/E : ME 551 Advanced Fluid Mechanics - ME 561 Conduction Heat Transfer
  • Opt. C : ME 511 Principles of Materials Science and Engineering - ME 512 Principles of Manufacturing Processes
  • Opt. D : ME 521 Engineering Design - ME 523 Elasticity

The other option core courses can also be replaced by either "ME 502 Advanced Engineering Mathematics II" (if ME 501 is taken as the Math course) or "ME 503 Mechanics of Continua I" as a substitute.

In addition to the core course requirement, students are required to complete a minimum of 6 credits ifrom their option’s elective courses. Option courses are listed here for both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs.In addition to the required and option courses, the students have to take the non-credit seminar course: ME 579 Graduate Seminar.

Requirements for the M.S. degree: to be completed in 2 years
8 courses to be
completed in the
first 2 terms
(1 year)
of the student's
2 option core courses (listed above)
2 option elective courses (ME 5xx and/or ME 6xx courses)
2 "other-option" core courses (listed above), i.e. each one from a different option, other than one's own. ME 503 and/or ME 502 (if ME 501 is taken as the Math course) can be substituted for these courses.
ME 501 (or ME 502)
Free elective = science/engineering graduate course
(approved by advisor)
ME 579 = Seminar course (3. term of the student's program)
ME 599 = Guided Research (2. term of the student's program, you are expected submit your M.S. research proposal)
ME 690 = Thesis (3. and 4. terms of the student's program)
M.S. Program in Mechanical Engineering
1st Term 2nd Term
  • Option Core Course
  • Other-Option Core Course
  • Option Elective
  • ME 501
  • Option Core Course
  • Other-Option Core Course
  • Option Elective
  • Free Elective
  • ME 599
3rd Term 4th Term
  • ME 690
  • ME 579
  • ME 690

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Program

The Ph.D. program in Mechanical Engineering includes a minimum of 21 credits of course work and Ph.D. thesis carried out according to regulations of the Institute. The required courses for the program are:

  • ME 501 and ME 502 Advanced Engineering Mathematics I and II

Students who have previously taken one of these courses or its equivalent are required to take the second course. Those who have taken either one or both of these courses, or their equivalents may instead take elective courses approved by their advisor and the Institute.Ph.D. students are required to identify a Major field, which corresponds to one of the five Mechanical Engineering options listed above. Three courses for the Major field are chosen among courses not taken in the M.S. program. Subject to the approval of the Advisor, a Minor field, consisting of a sequence of two courses, is also determined. Students complete their course requirement with an elective course complementing their Ph.D. program.

Requirements for the Ph.D. degree: (minimum course requirement)
3 "Major" courses
2 "Minor" courses
ME 502 (and ME 501 if not taken in the M.S. program)
Core requirements of the M.S. program, if those courses are not taken in the M.S. program
Free elective = science/engineering graduate course
A minimum of 3 courses per term
ME 699 = Guided Research (in the 2. term of the student's program)
ME 790 = Thesis