The Master of Science Thesis is a degree program that is well suited for students pursuing a career in academia or industry with a research component. MS Thesis students choose from focus areas in air quality, biomedical, design, energy and environment, materials, mechanics of materials, microsystems, and robotics/control. With support from the research advisor, students in this program have the option of smoothly transitioning in the PhD program.
If a student plans to earn a master's degree and then immediately continue on to a PhD, they can apply directly to the PhD program; it is not necessary to earn a master's degree separately.
For more information, visit the department’s Master of Science Thesis webpage.
The mechanical engineering Master of Science Thesis curriculum is designed to provide a balance between a modern technological focus and disciplinary depth.
Students must complete at least 30 graduate-level credit hours, to include at least 21 credits in mechanical engineering. Up to 9 credits (three courses) may be taken outside of the department.
Students must also complete 6 credits of thesis work. Students must secure a thesis advisor for research and course guidance, and students must attend a select number of mechanical engineering graduate seminars.
For more information, visit the department's MS - Thesis Option webpage.