The MAE Department offers two plans leading to the MSE degree for the Mechanical Engineering option.  These are designated:

  • Plan I (Thesis),
  • Plan II (Non-thesis)

The following sections describe the requirements for each of these options.   For both options, the majority of coursework, not including MAE 699, must be from MAE.  With prior approval, up to 12 semester hours of 500 level courses may be taken in fulfillment of the Basic and specific program requirements.

Basic Program of Study

The Basic Program of Study, common to both the Plan I and Plan II (Non-thesis) MSE options, contains a minimum of 24 semester hours of graduate-level course work that must include:

Engineering Major
Select an engineering major consisting of 12 semester hours of graduate courses including supporting engineering courses12
First Minor
Select a first minor of 6 semester hours of graduate courses in an approved engineering area of specialization6
Second Minor
MAE 692GRAD ENGR ANALYSIS I3
Select 3 additional semester hours of graduate courses in Mathematics or Graduate Engineering Analysis 13
Total Semester Hours24
1

The required MAE 671 course may be used to fulfill this additional 3 semester hours.

Plan I, Thesis Option

Students selecting this option must:

Complete Basic Program of Study including MAE 671 as described above24
MAE 683GRAD SEMINAR MECH ENGR1
MAE 699MASTER'S THESIS6
Complete an acceptable thesis including a public defense
Total Semester Hours31

Plan II, Non-Thesis Option

Students selecting this option must:

Complete Basic Program of Study including MAE 671 as described above24
Select 6 semester hours of graduate courses to complete an approved extended program of study6
MAE 683GRAD SEMINAR MECH ENGR1
Total Semester Hours31