The master of science degree in mechanical engineering consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours (24 credit hours of course work and 6 credit hours of thesis). A limited number of credit hours may be transferred from graduate courses taken outside the university, provided such courses complement a student’s proposed graduate program in the mechanical engineering department. An adviser will review course work for possible transfer credit. Upon matriculation into the MS program, the student should formulate a plan of study in consultation with an adviser.
Plan of study
The program includes core courses, focus area courses, elective courses, and a thesis. All full-time and full-time equivalent students are required to attend the weekly graduate seminar each semester they are on campus.
- Focus area courses
All students must develop a focus area of study, with prior approval from their adviser and the department head. The focus area should consist of at least 9 credit hours of graduate study in mechanical engineering and be related to the student’s technical and professional development interests. Examples of focus areas include controls, thermo/fluids, and mechanics/design/materials.
- Independent study
A student also may earn a limited number of credits by doing an independent study with guidance from a member of the graduate faculty. Areas for independent study include selected topics in applied mathematics, mechanics, thermo-fluids, and controls.
Students prepare and present a formal thesis proposal to their faculty adviser prior to completing their course work. An acceptable proposal – including a statement of work, extensive literature search, and proposed timeline, signed by the student and approved by their faculty adviser and department head – is required before students can register for MSMS Thesis (MECE-790). Students are required to submit a written thesis and orally present their thesis work.
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).
Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university in mechanical engineering (or a related field), Submit official transcripts (in English) from all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work, Have an GPA of 3.0 or higher, Submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (minimum scores of 302 (V&Q) and 3.0 (writing) are required), Submit two letters of reference from individuals well qualified to judge the candidate's ability for graduate study, and Complete a graduate application.
Recipient: Rochester Institute of Technology USA
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