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Online M.S. in Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

The mechanical engineering curriculum covers disciplines within mechanical engineering, including fluid mechanics, energy, dynamics and control, robotics, advanced manufacturing, biomechanics, autonomous vehicles and more.

The online master’s in mechanical engineering program offers a selection of two in-demand tracks:

  • Thermal Fluids Science and Engineering
  • Mechanics, Dynamics, and Manufacturing

Online M.S. in Mechanical Engineering Program Requirements


  • Total credit requirement: 30 credits
    • A maximum of 9 credits at the 400 level
    • A minimum of 21 credits at the 800 level or above
    • A maximum of four (4) independent credits (total from ME 990)
    • A maximum of 9 credits outside Mechanical Engineering.
  • Online Mechanical Engineering students must also complete at least one graduate-level course from three of the following graduate education and research groups:
    • Thermal Sciences: ME80x (except ME 800) or ME81x courses, or ME 822 6.
    • Solid and Structural Mechanics: ME82x courses, except ME 822
    • Fluid Mechanics: ME83x and ME84x courses
    • Dynamical Systems: ME85x or ME86x courses

Graduate Mechanical Engineering Course Descriptions


Note: Not all courses are available every semester. Contact an Admission Counselor for more information on course availability and to discuss your desired academic plan.

Fundamentals of isotropic linear elasticity. Solution of plane elasticity problems. St. Venant bending and torsion. Singular solutions. Basic three-dimensional solutions.
Dynamics of systems of particles and rigid bodies. Energy and momentum principles. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods. Euler angles. Applications in system dynamics and vibrations.
Modeling for mechanical design optimization. Algorithms for constrained and unconstrained optimization. Optimality criteria. Optimization using finite element models. Design projects.
Use of analytical methods of mathematics in engineering applications. Applications of partial differential equations to thermal-fluid and vibration problems, vector calculus and tensor analysis in fluid and solid mechanics, and analytical function theory in mechanics.
Postulational treatment of the laws of thermodynamics. Equilibrium and maximum entropy postulates. Principles for general systems.
Theory of steady and unsteady heat conduction. Derivation of describing equations and boundary conditions. Numerical methods. Nonlinear problems.
Analysis of convective transfer of heat, mass and momentum in boundary layers and ducts. Thermal instability. Free convection.
Mathematical tools of continuum mechanics, stress principles, kinematics of deformation and motion, fundamental laws and equations. Applications in linear elasticity and classical fluids.
Fundamentals of isotropic linear elasticity. Solution of plane elasticity problems. St. Venant bending and torsion. Singular solutions. Basic three-dimensional solutions.
Prerequisite: ME 820
Fundamentals of anisotropic elasticity and their application to laminated composite plates. Unique states of deformation, stress, and failure not encountered in isotropic, homogeneous materials.
Integral and differential conservation laws, Navier-Stokes’ equations, and exact solutions. Laminar boundary layer theory, similarity solutions, and approximate methods. Thermal effects and instability phenomena.
Theory and application of finite difference and finite volume methods to selected fluid mechanics and heat transfer models including the full potential flow model, the systems of Euler and Navier-Stokes equations, and turbulence. Grid generation techniques.
State models and their stability, controllability, and observability properties. Finding minimal realizations of transfer functions. Design of state and output feedback controllers. Design of state observers. LQ regulator and the Kalman filter. Time-varying systems.
Dynamics of systems of particles and rigid bodies. Energy and momentum principles. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods. Euler angles. Applications in system dynamics and vibrations.
Theory and application of the finite element method to the solution of continuum type problems in heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and stress analysis.
Discrete systems and continua. Analytical mechanics. Variational principles. Modal analysis. Function spaces. Eigenfunction expansions. Integral transforms. Stability. Approximations. Perturbations.
Brief overview of selected manufacturing processes that form the foundation of the current additive manufacturing processes. Understanding of the fundamentals of additive processes classified according to ASTM F2792-12a Standard on Additive Manufacturing Terminologies. Processes to be covered: Binder Jetting, Directed Energy Deposition, Material Extrusion and Jetting, Powder Bed Fusion, Vat Polymerization and Sheet lamination. Overview of materials processed additively: Metals, Ceramics, Polymers, Composites and Human Cells and Tissues.
Material and fluid properties specific to cryogenics. Cryogenic cycle fundamentals. Application of heat transfer and fluid mechanics to cryogenic process systems. Exergy analysis and introduction to cycle analysis. Applications to 4.5 K and 2 K helium systems supporting particle accelerators.

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