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MS Theoretical and Applied Mechanics


Course Description

The MS degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (TAM) is offered as either a thesis degree or a non-thesis degree. Most students in Mechanical Science and Engineering who pursue graduate studies in TAM earn a non-thesis MS degree as the first stage of their PhD studies. In such cases, a student’s MS curriculum will follow the structured core and breadth course requirements of the TAM PhD degree. Requirements for the MS degree in TAM are summarized below.

THESIS OPTION

COURSEWORK REQUIREMENT

24 credit hours of formal, graded, graduate-level coursework (16 credit hours must be in TAM)*
12 hours must be 500-level (8 of which must be TAM)
8 graduate level hours must be TAM (400- or 500-level)
THESIS REQUIREMENT

8 hours of TAM 599 Thesis Research**
OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Continuous registration in TAM 500 Graduate Seminar (Seminar credit does not count as formal graded, graduate-level coursework)
MSE 492 Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety is required and students are expected to complete the course within their first academic year.
NON-THESIS OPTION

COURSEWORK REQUIREMENT

36 hours of formal, graded, graduate-level coursework (16 credit hours must be in TAM)*
12 hours must be 500-level (8 of which must be TAM)
8 graduate level hours must be TAM (400- or 500-level)
OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Continuous registration in TAM 500 Graduate Seminar (Seminar credit does not count as formal graded, graduate-level coursework)
MSE 492 Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety is required and students are expected to complete the course within their first academic year.
SEMINAR REQUIREMENT

Continuous registration in TAM 500 is required until completion of the final exam. Seminar credit cannot be counted toward coursework requirements. Students are required to attend a minimum of 4 seminars in the semester. A list of seminars being held is e-mailed to students at the beginning of each semester.
If you are enrolled in a course that is in conflict with ME 590/TAM 500 MechSE Seminar, you need to e-mail the Undergraduate office ([email protected] ) and provide your name, UIN, and the course that you are enrolled in that is in conflict with the seminar. You will receive an e-mail notification that a registration override has been put on for you. Once that is done, you will go back in to the student self-service system and register for ME 590 or TAM 500. The Graduate Programs Office will receive a copy of the e-mail notifying you that the registration override has been put on. You will be allowed to attend alternative seminars to meet the ME 590/TAM 500 requirement. Alternative seminars include: Other MechSE seminars not included in the MechSE Seminar Series (such as ME 591 MIG, ME 591 BIG, and TAM 539 Fluids Seminar), seminars from any other Engineering Department and Math and Physics. However, if you attend an alternative seminar, you must take an attendance verification form http://mechanical.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/Seminar%20Attendance%20Verification%20Form.pdf and have it signed by the seminar host and return it to the Graduate Programs Office. If an attendance verification form is not received, you will not be awarded credit for attending.

*Those planning to continue for a PhD are recommended to take core breadth courses during the master's degree. Core and breadth courses are explained in this pdf. http://mechanical.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/TAM%20Core%20and%20Breadth%20Courses_0.pdf

**Only 4 hours of thesis credit can be counted among the required 12 hours at the 500 level and among the required 16 hours in TAM. No more than 8 hours of transfer credit from an outside institution may be applied towards the MS. If you are considering transfer credit, you should submit a complete syllabus of the course(s) to have it evaluated for acceptability towards the MS degree.

Entry Requirements

GPA: 3.25/4.0 (or equivalent) for the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours

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