The Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering offers thesis and non-thesis based MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Both are academic degrees that require completion of a research project. The MS degree in Mechanical Engineering typically requires 1.5-2 years to complete, with many students then choosing to proceed with their PhD studies. Most MS students in Mechanical Engineering, in collaboration with their research advisor, choose the thesis option, and the majority of MS students are supported on research assistantships, teaching assistantships, or fellowships. Requirements for the MS degree in Mechanical Engineering are summarized below.
24 credit hours of formal, graded, graduate-level coursework* 8 hours must be 500-level (4 of which must be in ME or TAM) 8 graduate level hours in ME or TAM (400- or 500-level)
8 hours of ME 599 Thesis Research** OTHER REQUIREMENT(S)
MSE 492 Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety is required and students are expected to complete the course within their first academic year. NON-THESIS OPTION
32 credit hours of formal, graded, graduate-level coursework* 8 hours must be 500-level (4 of which must be in ME or TAM) 8 graduate level hours in ME or TAM (400- or 500-level) PROJECT REQUIREMENT
4 hours of ME 597 Independent Study** OTHER REQUIREMENT(S)
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@example.com ) 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 and have it signed by the seminar host and return it to the Graduate Programs Office. If an attendance verification form http://mechanical.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/images/Seminar%20Attendance%20Verification%20Form.pdf is not received, you will not be awarded credit for attending.
*Courses applied toward the degree must be approved by the Associate Head for Graduate Programs
**No more than 8 hours of ME 599 (thesis option) can be applied toward the degree. No more than 4 hours of ME 597 (non-thesis option) can be applied toward the degree. 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.
GPA: 3.25/4.0 (or equivalent) for the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours
Recipient: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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