Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

The master of science degree program advances knowledge through post-baccalaureate coursework. The program requires 32 credit hours. Students have the option of completing a thesis based on up to eight credit hours of research (MMAE 591) with the approval of a thesis adviser, or completing the program with courses, which may include up to six credit hours of projects (MMAE 594). In line with the department's approach to its graduate programs, a student has considerable flexibility, in consultation with his/her adviser, in formulating an M.S. program.

Before completion of the first semester of graduate study, full-time students should select 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 as well as the department's graduate studies committee and the department chair must approve this program. Students with the thesis option are required to pass an oral comprehensive examination on his/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.

Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Coursework Only Option)

Minimum Credits Required 32
Maximum 400-Level Credit 9
Maximum 700-Level Credit 6
Required Courses (6-7)
MMAE 501Engineering Analysis I3
Select one core course in major area of study (see below)3-4
Numerical Methods Elective (3)
Select three credit hours from the following:3
Finite Elmnt Methods in Engrg3
Computational Fluid Dynamics3
Finite Element Methods II3
Design Optimization3
Computational Methods in MSE3
Elective Courses (22-23)
Select 22-23 credit hours of 400-level and above MMAE courses 122-23

Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Thesis Option)

Minimum Credits Required 32
Maximum 400-Level Credit 9
Maximum 700-Level Credit 6
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 hours of 400-level and above MMAE courses14-17
Thesis Research (6-8)
MMAE 591Research and Thesis M.S.6-8

Core Courses as Determined by Major Area of Study

Fluid Dynamics (4)
MMAE 510Fundmntls of Fluid Mechanics4
Thermal Sciences (3)
MMAE 520Advanced Thermodynamics3
or MMAE 525 Fundamentals of Heat Transfer
Solids and Structures (3)
MMAE 530Advanced Mechanics Solids3
Dynamics and Controls (3)
MMAE 541Advanced Dynamics3
Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (3)
MMAE 545Advanced CAD/CAM3