Master of Science in the Field of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

The master of science in the field of mechanical and aerospace engineering degree program offers a rigorous course of study that helps prepare students for leadership roles in government and industry. Students have the opportunity to work across disciplines in emerging areas of technology. The program is designed to build a solid background on the fundamentals of the related discipline, and at the same time it can be tailored to meet individual needs under the guidance of an academic advisor. Students can tailor their program to meet their interests and goals by choosing from the following focus areas: aerospace engineering; design of mechanical engineering systems; fluid mechanics, thermal sciences, and energy; industrial engineering; solid mechanics and materials science; and structures and dynamics; and robotics, mechatronics, and controls. Thesis and non-thesis options are available.

More information is available on the departmental website.

Educational Planner:

In consultation with an academic advisor, each student must develop an Educational Planner through DegreeMAP that governs the student’s degree requirements. The Educational Planner should be established soon after matriculation and must be completed before the end of the student’s first semester. The Educational Planner must be approved by the advisor.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: N​on-thesis option—33 credits; thesis option—30 credits, including 6 credits of thesis. In addition, students must select one focus area and complete the required 9 credits of courses in that area. The remaining credits are selected by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Normally, no more than two courses taken outside the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering may be counted toward the requirements for the graduate degree. In special circumstances this may be changed with the approval of the advisor.

Aerospace engineering

Required
APSC 6212Analytical Methods in Engineering II
APSC 6213Analytical Methods in Engineering III
MAE 6286Numerical Solution Techniques in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
One of the following:
MAE 6207Theory of Elasticity I
MAE 6221Fluid Mechanics
Electives
Remaining credits are taken as elective courses in aeroacoustics, aeronautics, astronautics, propulsion, or space systems.

Design of mechanical engineering systems

Required
MAE 6243Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design
MAE 6251Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
One of the following:
APSC 6212Analytical Methods in Engineering II
APSC 6213Analytical Methods in Engineering III
MAE 6286Numerical Solution Techniques in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Electives
Remaining credits are taken as elective courses in computer-aided design, computer-integrated design and manufacturing, mechanical engineering design, or robotics.

Fluid Mechanics, thermal sciences, and energy

Required
APSC 6213Analytical Methods in Engineering III
MAE 6221Fluid Mechanics
MAE 6286Numerical Solution Techniques in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Electives
Remaining credits are taken in elective courses, selected in consultation with the advisor.

Industrial engineering

Required
EMSE 6755Quality Control and Acceptance Sampling
EMSE 6770Techniques of Risk Analysis and Management
MAE 6251Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
One of the following:
APSC 6212Analytical Methods in Engineering II
APSC 6213Analytical Methods in Engineering III
Electives
Remaining credits are taken in elective courses, selected in consultation with the advisor.

Solid mechanics and materials science

Required
APSC 6213Analytical Methods in Engineering III
Two of the following:
MAE 6210Continuum Mechanics
MAE 6238Biomaterials
MAE 6239Computational Nanosciences
MAE 6291Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
ECE 6221Introduction to Physical Electronics
Electives
Remaining credits are taken in elective courses, selected in consultation with the advisor.

Structures and dynamics

Required
APSC 6213Analytical Methods in Engineering III
MAE 6207Theory of Elasticity I
MAE 6286Numerical Solution Techniques in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Electives
Remaining credits are taken in elective courses, selected in consultation with the advisor.

Robotics, mechatronics, and controls

Required
MAE 6243Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design
MAE 6245Robotic Systems
MAE 6246Electromechanical Control Systems
Electives
Remaining credits are taken in elective courses, selected in consultation with the advisor.

Graduation and Scholarship Requirements—Students are responsible for knowing the University’s minimum GPA requirement for graduation and scholarships. Students should contact the department for additional information and requirements.