Engineering class

MECHANICAL

Master's requirements

A master's student may pursue a thesis program (master of science program) or a non-thesis program (master of engineering program). However, students who intend to continue for the doctoral degree and those students who are receiving financial aid in the form of assistantships must select the thesis program.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Upon enrolling in the master of science in mechanical engineering program, a student selects one of three areas of specialization: energy systems, manufacturing and materials systems, or mechanical systems. Upon selection of a faculty adviser, a curriculum is designed along with a research program to address the specific goals of the student. Programs will include course work in engineering, mathematics and science with the following requirements:

A maximum of 6 credit hours of graduate-level credit from other approved institutions may be accepted toward the requirement of the degree.

Learning Outcomes of Master of Science

  1. Apply knowledge of specialized mechanical engineering concepts in engineering analysis and design in a chosen area of specialization.
  2. Effectively communicate ideas on design and analysis to peers, clients and customers.
  3. Conduct guided research in a chosen area of specialization.

Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

Upon enrolling in the master of engineering program in mechanical engineering, a student selects one of three areas of specialization: energy systems, manufacturing and materials systems, or mechanical systems. A curriculum is designed along with an academic adviser which is specific to the goals of the individual student. The program includes course work in engineering, mathematics, and science with the following requirements:

  1. A mathematics portion drawn from material presented in MEEN 6101.
  2. An area of specialization portion drawn from material presented from the area of specialization selected:
    Energy Systems: MEEN 5350 Transport Phenomena and MEEN 5360 Intermediate Thermodynamics
    Manufacturing and Materials Systems: MEEN 5410 Experimental Design and MEEN 5440 Processing and Forming of Materials
    Mechanical Systems: MEEN 5220 Intermediate Dynamics and MEEN 5230 Intermediate Mechanics of Materials

Learning Outcomes of Master of Engineering

  1. Apply knowledge of specialized mechanical engineering concepts in engineering analysis and design in a chosen area of specialization.
  2. Effectively communicate ideas on design and analysis to peers, clients and customers.

Steps in completing degree requirements

Students pursuing the master's degree will normally proceed through the following stages:

  1. Acceptance into the Graduate School and assignment of temporary adviser.
  2. Selection of a permanent adviser and completion of study plan outline.
  3. Selection of thesis committee. (master of science)
  4. Presentation and acceptance of master's thesis outline. (master of science)
  5. Completion of all required course work.
  6. Successful completion of the comprehensive examination.
  7. Successful presentation of thesis. (master of science)

In the semester during which a student plans to complete the requirements for a degree, he/she must fill out an application for graduation form.

Thesis committee

The thesis committee will consist of a minimum of three members; two of these must be tenured (or tenure-track) faculty members from within the department. One of these two must serve as the student's thesis adviser. The remaining committee member can be selected from within the college or from outside the university. The thesis proposal and the completed thesis must be approved by all three of the committee members.

Thesis defense (master of science)

The thesis defense takes place during a meeting that is scheduled by the student. The meeting must occur at a date and time that is mutually convenient for all members of the thesis committee and consistent with the calendar of the Graduate School. During the defense, the committee evaluates the integrity of the student's thesis through oral inquiry and ultimately approves or disapproves the work. The committee can also use this examination period to evaluate the student's understanding of previous course work and assess the ability of the student to integrate this information into his/her research. The thesis defense must be completed within six years after enrolling in the master's program.

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