Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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The master of science degree program advances knowledge through post-baccalaureate coursework and state-of-the-art research in preparation for careers in industrial research and development. The M.S. degree is also generally acceptable as a prerequisite for study toward the doctorate. In line with the department’s approach to its graduate programs, a student has considerable flexibility, in consultation with his or her program adviser, in formulating an M.S. program.

The master of science degree requires completion of a minimum of 32 credit hours of approved work, which includes 6-8 credit hours of thesis research. Before completion of the first semester of graduate study, full-time students should select an area of specialization and a permanent adviser. Graduate students pursuing the M.S. degree on a part-time basis should select a permanent adviser before registering for their twelfth credit hour. The student, in consultation with the adviser, prepares a program of study that reflects individual needs and interests. The adviser must approve this program, as well as the department’s graduate studies committee, the department chair, and the Graduate College.

After completion of the thesis, the student is required to pass an oral comprehensive examination on his or her thesis and related topics. The examination committee consists of at least three appropriate faculty members who are nominated by the thesis adviser and appointed by the department’s graduate studies committee.


Required Courses (9-10)
MMAE 501Engineering Analysis I3
MMAE 502Engineering Analysis II3
Select one core course in major area of study (see below)3-4
Elective Courses (14-17)
Select 14-17 credit hours14-17
Thesis Research (6-8)
MMAE 591Research and Thesis M.S.6-8

Minimum degree credits required: 32

Core Courses as Determined by Major Area of Study

Fluid Dynamics (4)
MMAE 510Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics4
Thermal Sciences (3)
MMAE 520Advanced Thermodynamics3
Solids and Structures (3)
MMAE 530Advanced Mechanics of Solids3
Dynamics and Controls (3)
MMAE 541Advanced Dynamics3
Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (3)
MMAE 545Advanced CAD/CAM3

No more than 9 credit hours of 400-level courses that were not required for the completion of an undergraduate degree will be accepted as satisfying part of the program. Students with interdisciplinary programs will be given special consideration. Up to 6 credit hours of accelerated (700-level) courses are allowed.