Master of Science (MS)

Mechanical of Aerospace Engineering MS

In both mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering, two MS options are offered. Option I requires a thesis, while Option II does not. Option I is the normal program for recent graduates and requires the completion of a thesis. Option II does not require a thesis; it provides to graduate students that have completed significant professional work experience, the opportunity to focus their programs in special areas through extended coursework. Credit requirements for these two options are summarized.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Course Areas Hours Required
Option I II
Coursework 24 30
Courses in department (500 level or above) 12 18
Mathematics (400 level or above) 6 6
Engineering Course below 500 (maximum) 3 3
Thesis Credit 6 n/a
Problems credit (590) n/a 6
Total  30  30
Both program options require participation in the departmental graduate seminars program, and passing a final examination on all work submitted for the degree. The Option II final examination will cover all course work.
The thesis option, Option I, requires submission and defense of a written thesis that demonstrates the ability to conduct and report an independent investigation.

Engineering Science MS

In engineering science, two MS options are offered: Option I requires a thesis, while Option II does not. The Option II is restricted to those students who have had significant engineering professional work experience. In Option I, a minimum of 30 semester hours including the thesis is required. In Option II, a minimum of 30 hours of coursework is required. Credit requirements for these two options are summarized.

Engineering Science
Course Areas Hours Required
Option I II
Coursework 24 30
Mathematics 6 6
Engineering Courses (Major concentration may include, but is not restricted to, courses offered by the department.) 12 15
Related Courses (May include additional courses in mathematics, computer science, or physical and life sciences as well as engineering courses.) 6 n/a
Thesis 6 n/a
Total 30 30

Both program options require participation in the departmental graduate seminars program, and passing a final examination on all work submitted for the degree. The final examination in Option II will cover all coursework. The thesis option, Option I, requires submission and defense of a written thesis that demonstrates the ability to conduct and report on an independent investigation.