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  Nov 21, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Mechanical Engineering, (MS)


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MS Degree Program


Program Admission


The Herff College of Engineering has established uniform admission criteria that identify the pool of master’s level applicants from which the department evaluates and recommends qualified applicants to be admitted.

Applicants whose highest degree is from a foreign university may be required to have their credentials evaluated by any credentialing agency listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) web site (http://www.naces.org/members.html). In addition, GRE is required of all applicants.

Program Requirements


A more detailed description of the information listed below will be given by the Coordinator of Graduate Studies to students admitted into the Mechanical Engineering MS program.

Thesis Option:


Successful completion of 30 semester hours to include 6 hours in MECH 7996  for thesis and 3 hours each in MECH 7341  and MECH 7342 . Of the remaining 18 hours, no more than 9 hours of 6000-level MECH courses or collateral courses may be used in satisfying degree requirements. Only courses in mathematics, the physical sciences, or another engineering discipline may serve as collateral courses; each course must receive prior approval by the departmental graduate coordinator for it to be used in satisfying degree requirements. With prior approval, up to 3 hours of 7000-level collateral courses may be used in satisfying degree requirements.

Non-Thesis Option:


Successful completion of 33 semester hours total to include 3 hours each in MECH 7341  and MECH 7342 . Of the remaining 27 hours, no more than 9 hours in 6000 level MECH or collateral courses may be used in satisfying degree requirements. Only courses in mathematics, the physical sciences, or another engineering discipline may serve as collateral courses; each course must receive prior approval by the departmental graduate coordinator for it to be used in satisfying degree requirements. With prior approval, up to 3 hours of 7000-level collateral courses may be used in satisfying degree requirements. With prior approval, up to 3 hours of MECH 7992  may be used in satisfying degree requirements.

The department's graduate coordinator may approve transfer credit


The department’s graduate coordinator may approve transfer credit of up to 12 credit hours previously earned at another institution. For these hours to be used in satisfying degree requirements, appropriate documentation must be provided by the student, and approval granted, not later than the end of the student’s second semester of enrollment.

Students selecting the thesis option


Students selecting the thesis option will be required to complete an independent research project culminating in a masters thesis. Upon completion of the thesis, the student must successfully pass an oral examination to assess mastery of the thesis topic and to evaluate the student’s knowledge in mechanical engineering. Students should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before beginning to write.

Students selecting the non-thesis option


Students selecting the non-thesis option must pass an oral comprehensive examination to demonstrate mastery of mechanical engineering topics commensurate with the degree to be awarded.

Graduate Assistants must enroll for at least 12 credit hours per semester


A limited number of graduate assistantships are available; contact the departmental graduate coordinator for applications.

Students who wish to take mechanical engineering courses


Students who wish to take mechanical engineering courses must receive approval to register after consultation with the departmental graduate coordinator or with the faculty advisory committee.

Retention Policy


A student must maintain a GPA of 3.00 or higher throughout the program. If a student’s GPA is below 3.0, that student will be on probation during the following semester. Failure to improve the GPA above 3.0 by the end of the probationary semester will result in dismissal from the program.

Graduation Requirements


Refer to “Minimum Degree Requirements–Masters Degrees” for University graduation requirements.

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