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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 22, 2024
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

Mechanical Engineering - Research Track, MSME

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Master of Science - Research Track

The Master of Science, Research Track is designed for individuals seeking an in-depth research experience in mechanical engineering. Students will gain a deep understanding of their area of interest through an extended research project under the supervision of a major research advisor. This option is particularly appropriate for students interested in pursuing a PhD degree. Students working under the MS research track are required to pursue a thesis project and present a thesis that demonstrates marked attainment in some area of the student’s major subject, as well as acquisition of the methods and techniques of scientific investigation.

During the first term in the program the student must submit a plan of study for approval by the department. This plan of study should be prepared under the guidance of the student’s major advisor.  

Completion of the MS degree requires at least 24 didactic letter-graded course credits and at least six credits of thesis research (ME 2999 - M. S. THESIS ). At least one of the didactic courses must be a mathematics course from the following list: 

Students may take up to 9 graduate course credits from other engineering, mathematics, or physics departments with the approval of their faculty advisor. In addition, each full-time MS student is required to register for ME 2085 - GRADUATE SEMINAR  during each fall and spring terms. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative quality point average (QPA) of 3.0. The minimal graduate level attainment for courses is a C = 2.0 grade.

The most current list of courses in the MEMS Department can be found at the bottom of the Department page .

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