Coursework and Courses
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.
- 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
- Register for ME 7901 (ME Graduate Seminar); required to register and attend every semester (excluding summers).
- 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.
Materials Science and Engineering
* Required for all Materials Majors