Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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 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 six to eight 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.
|MMAE 501||Engineering Analysis I||3|
|MMAE 502||Engineering Analysis II||3|
|Select one core course in major area of study (see below)||3-4|
|Select 14-17 credit hours||14-17|
|MMAE 591||Research and Thesis M.S.||6-8|
Minimum degree credits required: 32
Core Courses as Determined by Major Area of Study
|MMAE 510||Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics||4|
|MMAE 520||Advanced Thermodynamics||3|
|or MMAE 525||Fundamentals of Heat Transfer|
|Solids and Structures||(3)|
|MMAE 530||Advanced Mechanics of Solids||3|
|Dynamics and Controls||(3)|
|MMAE 541||Advanced Dynamics||3|
|Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing||(3)|
|MMAE 545||Advanced CAD/CAM||3|
No more than nine 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 six credit hours of accelerated (700-level) courses are allowed.