There are eight focus areas for mechanical engineering students enrolled in the Master of Science Thesis program. Each has a unique curriculum. Click the links below for curriculum information on each focus area.

Coursework Requirements

You must complete 30 graduate-level credits at the 5000 level or higher and obtain a minimum of a C (2.0) in each class for the course to count toward your degree. PhD students must receive a B- (2.7) or higher in each course.

You must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher in order to be in good standing with the Graduate School.

All MS Thesis students are required to take MCEN 5020 and MCEN 5208. 

Master of Science Thesis students entering the program after Fall 2016 must complete the following requirements to earn an MS degree:

  • 30 graduate-level credits (10 courses)
    • At least 21 credits (7 courses) must be in Mechanical Engineering, including:
      • 9-15 credits (3-5 courses) must be taken from a list of “core courses” listed under each focus area.
      • 6 credits of master’s thesis credits (MCEN 6959).
    • Up to 9 credits (3 courses) that can be taken outside of the department.
  • Professional Development Program (PDP) completion - You must complete a series of 15 seminars/colloquiums and 10 workshops to fulfill the PDP requirement. Current students can track PDP progress by logging into D2L.
  • Passing the MS thesis defense.

MS Thesis Credits

Master of Science Thesis students will complete 6 master’s thesis credits (MCEN 6959), preferably spread out over their final two semesters, in place of two 3-credit ME courses. Students are not able to register for thesis credits on their own and should schedule an appointment with an ME graduate advisor to be registered.

Thesis Advisor

To remain in the program, you must secure a thesis advisor and project by the end of your second semester. Please consult with your thesis advisor for course selection recommendations.

Professional Development Program (PDP)

To fulfill the Professional Development Program (PDP) requirement, you must attend a series of seminars/colloquiums and workshops. More information on PDP requirements can be found in your individual student portal. 

Tuition and Fees

  • For information on tuition, visit the Bursar's Office site, click on the tuition and fees PDFs listed under the graduate heading, and review the 'Engineering' category.
  • While most Master of Science Thesis students cover the cost of their education directly or through loans, you may be eligible for certain outside fellowship opportunities. More information is available on our Funding and Fellowships page.