Coursework and Courses

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Handbook

The non-thesis option is appropriate for practicing and/or employed engineers who wish to acquire advanced background in chosen subject areas without having the need to pursue rigorous research. The degree can be earned with a part-time program of study.

Transfer to the thesis option may be done at any time. However, all of the requirements of that degree program must be met. This includes the appointment of a new advisory committee and possibly a new major professor, the formulation of a new plan of study, and the identification of a research area from which a thesis can be produced. Courses taken in the non-thesis program may be applied to the thesis program only at the discretion of the new advisory committee. 

Course Requirements

  • A minimum of 6 courses must be taken from the list of mechanical engineering core courses (see below for Approved Core Courses). At least one course must be taken from each of the three areas of specialization: thermal sciences, mechanical systems, and materials science and engineering.
  • One course in Mathematics from the Mathematics courses listed below.
  • An additional 4 courses, approved by the advisory committee, to achieve depth in one or more areas are required. Some of these courses may be from other departments.
  • You must complete a three credit-hour project under ME 7903 and present a report approved by your major professor and advisory committee. This report is used in your final exam (defense presentation) as a document to portray your ability to do in-depth analysis of a Mechanical Engineering topic.
  • You must have at least 18 hours at the 7000-level courses.
  • You must attain a grade of "B" or above in order for a course to qualify toward the degree requirements
  • Please Note: The seminar attendance requirement for part-time students will be for one semester only. The seminar course (ME 7901) attendance requirement is waived for any student, after the date when he/she has successfully defended his/her thesis, or while he/she is participating in an out-of-state internship or out-of-state student exchange program under approval of his/her major professor. If this condition is met for an entire semester, the registration requirement is waived.

You must declare your intent to join the M.S. non-thesis option before beginning your program of study. If you are in the non-thesis option, you are not entitled to financial aid. If you are currently in the thesis option and have received financial support from the department, you will not be permitted to switch to the non-thesis option.

Thermal Sciences

ME 4353 Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics

ME 7313 Advanced Fluid Dynamics I

ME 7323 Advanced Fluid Dynamics II

ME 7333 Hydrodynamic Stability

ME 7343 Computation of Fluid Flow & Heat Transfer

ME 7433 Heat Transfer I

ME 7443 Heat Transfer II

Mechanical Systems

ME 4273 Stress Analysis in ME

ME 4143 Vibration

ME 7153 Advanced Vibrations

ME 7163 Advanced Dynamics

ME 7273 Advanced Stress Analysis in ME

ME 7633 Advanced Engineering System Dynamics

ME 7673 Advanced Mechanical Systems Control

Materials Science and Engineering

ME 4723 Advanced Methods of Material Characterization

ME 4733 Deformation and Fracture of Engineering Materials

ME 7723 Electron Beam Characterization of Materials (TEM course)

ME 7743 Defects, Diffusion, & Transformation in Solids*

ME 7753 Thermodynamics of Solid Materials*

* Required for all Materials Majors

Take 1 course from the following list:


MATH 4038 Mathematical Methods in Engineering

MATH 4340 Partial Differential Equations

MATH 4036 Complex Variables

ME 7533 Numerical Methods in Applied Mechanics