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Mechanical Engineering, M.S.

Course Description


The Mechanical Engineering M.S. program at Tennessee Tech provides students advanced engineering skills and state-of-the-art knowledge in selected areas for positions in industry or pursuing a PH.D. Students focus their programs on specific interests among several areas:
*Acoustics and Vibrations
*Design / Mechanical Systems
*Energy Harvesting / Smart Materials
*Energy Storage / Fuel Cells / Battery
*Material Characterization and Modeling
*Robotics / Mechatronics / Controls
*Thermal Science / Fluid Mechanics

The program is research oriented and requires a thesis. Graduate faculty work with students in advanced and in-depth studies in these topics; provide guidance in fundamental and applied research; help develop powers of analysis, synthesis and critical thinking; and prepare students to follow academic and research careers through doctoral-level studies.
The program consists of 24 semester hours of course work and a minimum of six thesis hours.
Tennessee Tech houses three state-supported Centers of Excellence: Center for Energy Systems Research (CESR), Center for Manufacturing Research (CMR), and the Center for the Management, Utilization and Protection of Water Resources (CWR). The three centers offer excellent research opportunities, the use of state-of-the-art equipment and funding for graduate students in engineering.


An applicant for admission to any of the MS programs offered by the departments of the College of Engineering is expected to have earned a BS degree from an approved program, or its equivalent. Admission is decided based on a multi-parameter criterion that can include the following items to be evaluated by the department:
*undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.0 scale,
*Satisfactory score on the GRE® General Test (GRE) scores. The Mechanical Engineering department recommends a total score of 295 on the Quantitative and Verbal portions of the exam, with a minimum of 3.0 on the Analytical Writing portion. Students with BS degrees in related fields from TTU are not required to take the GRE.
*Three (3) letters of recommendation that demonstrate strong evidence for success in the graduate program.
*Availability of appropriate faculty to serve as research advisor(s).
*Participation in undergraduate research.
*Post-BS degree professional experience relevant to planned degree of study.
*Publications in peer reviewed journals and/or award-winning presentations in technical conferences.
*International students must score at leasts 550 (213 computer-based or 79 internet-based) on the TOEFL or a minimum base score of 5.5 on the IELTS.

Based on the level of satisfaction of the above criterion, the department will either recommend admission to Full Standing, Provisional Standing, or Special Standing, or deny admission. Standing status may be changed to Full Standing after the student satisfies the requirements specified by the department at the time of admission.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of teaching associate and teaching assistantship positions may be available. Both include paid tuition and fees, along with a monthly stipend in return for work teaching undergraduates. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting faculty with grading, teaching labs and providing help sessions for students.
A limited number of research assistantships may be available, contingent upon funding. Research assistants are expected to conduct specific research as directed by the funding grant and supervising faculty members.
A limited number of support assistantships may be available. These include paid tuition andfees, along with a monthly stipend. Support assistants’ responsibilities include, but are
not limited to, clerical functions and helping faculty members with necessary office and organizational tasks.

Visit the Mechanical Engineering, M.S. page on the Tennessee Technological University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An applicant for admission to any of the MS programs offered by the departments of the College of Engineering is expected to have earned a BS degree from an approved program, or its equivalent. (See Admission Requirements in Course Description for further details.) International application deadlines: October 1, 2015 for spring (January) 2016 start and May 1, 2016 for fall (August) 2016 start.

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