As a discipline, mechanical engineering encompasses concepts and technologies with the power to transform the futures of organizations and industries. The curriculum in the online Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program prepares engineers to lead those changes by covering a variety of fields and topics including fluid mechanics, energy, dynamics and control, robotics, additive manufacturing, biomechanics, autonomous vehicles, thermodynamics and cyrogenics.
In this rigorous and mathematically intensive online curriculum, engineers apply analytical methods to complex problems and identify ways to improve industrial processes. Online students may prepare for the quantitative demands of the rest of the program by first completing ME 800 Mechanical Engineering Analysis.
The online master’s in mechanical engineering program offers a selection of two in-demand tracks:
- Thermal Fluids Science and Engineering
- Expand your understanding of heat transfer, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. Solve crucial problems in fields such as power generation.
- Mechanics, Dynamics, and Manufacturing
- Delve into the theoretical concepts behind forces and motion, exploring how these principles can be put to work in improving manufacturing processes.
Online M.S. in Mechanical Engineering Program Requirements
- Total credit requirement: 30 credits
- Students must complete a minimum of 21 credits (7 courses) in classes at the 800 level or above.
- A maximum of 4 credits from independent study can count toward graduation requirements.
- Students may earn a maximum of 9 credits from courses outside of Mechanical Engineering and a maximum of 9 credits from courses in any department at the 400 level.
- Online Mechanical Engineering students must also complete at least one graduate-level course (3 credits each) 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
Suggested Course Progression
For Students Pursuing Track 1: Thermal Fluids Science and Engineering
ME 830 Fluid Mechanics I or ME 812 Conduction Heat Transfer
ME 819 Combustion or ME 814 Convection Heat Transfer (students who do not have an ME undergraduate degree may wish to complete ME410 Heat Transfer prior to enrolling in ME 814)
ME 410 Heat Transfer (can only be taken by students who do not have an ME undergraduate degree)
STT 861 Theory of Probability and Statistics I
ME 821 Linear Elasticity
For Students Pursuing Track 2: Mechanics, Dynamics, and Manufacturing
ME 820 Continuum Mechanics
ME 810 Advanced Thermodynamics
ME 851 Linear Systems and Control
ME 872 Finite Element Method
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 anisotropic elasticity and their application to laminated composite plates. Unique states of deformation, stress, and failure not encountered in isotropic, homogeneous materials.
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