The master of engineering in mechanical engineering is a 30 credit hour degree program. It is intended to be a terminal degree program designed for those who do not expect to pursue a doctoral degree but who wish to become a leader within the mechanical engineering field. This degree is particularly well-suited for students who wish to study part time, for those interested in updating their technical skills, or for those who are not focused on a research-oriented master of science thesis. A conventional thesis is not required for the program. In its place, students complete a capstone experience, which may be a design project leadership course or a well-organized and carefully chosen industrial internship. A research methods course may also fulfill the capstone experience; however, this option is primarily intended for students who are considering transitioning to the MS program in mechanical engineering. (Courses taken within the ME program are transferrable to the MS program.)
Plan of study
In addition to the two required courses, students choose three courses from 9 different focus areas and four elective courses. All full-time equivalent students are required to attend the weekly graduate seminar each semester they are on campus. Up to three courses may be taken outside the mechanical engineering department. Students may complete the program's requirements within one calendar year with summer study. Students may also augment their education through cooperative education employment opportunities. Although co-op is not a requirement of the program, it does give students an opportunity to gain employment experience within the field.
Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university in mechanical engineering, physics, or a related field, Submit official transcripts (in English) from all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work, Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, Submit two letters of reference from individuals well qualified to judge the candidate's ability for graduate study, and Complete a graduate application. International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Recipient: Rochester Institute of Technology USA
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