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Mechanical Engineering

Master of Science

This fully online program offers working engineers the flexibility to pursue an advanced degree while continuing to advance careers in mechanical engineering and technical management.


Top 30 Aerospace Engineering Schools

-U.S. News & World Report

Top 30% Mechanical Engineering Schools

-U.S. News & World Report

4:1 Graduate Student-Faculty Ratio

As a student within the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME) at one of the top-ranked research universities in the nation, you will work with renowned engineering faculty who lead the field in a range of topics, from fluid mechanics to autonomous systems.

Tailor the program to fit your interests in one or more core areas, including: dynamics and control systems, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics and dynamics and thermal sciences. Customize your program even further by choosing from options such as microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) or design and optimization.

Course topics include engineering mathematics, from vector calculus to linear algebra; thermodynamics and radiation, which involve the laws of thermodynamics and radiative properties of materials; and mechanics of deformable solids, including mathematical preliminaries, motion and deformation, balance laws of mechanics, and more.

Professor Cho Lik Chan, Director of the Online MSME Program, is the academic advisor for the program. He can be reached by email at

Students will need a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field with a minimum 3.0 GPA and GRE general test required. Other majors may be considered on a case-by-case basis. The program admits new students once per year, starting fall semester.

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Career Level: Graduate
Degree: Master of Science
College: College of Engineering

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $1,000
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

Courses offered in the thermosciences, solid mechanics and dynamics core areas include:

  • AME 500A: Advanced Engineering Analysis
  • AME 530: Advanced Thermodynamics/Radiation
  • AME 564A: Mechanics of Deformable Solids
  • AME 561: Finite Element Methods
  • AME 552: Planar Multibody Dynamics with Applications
  • AME 532: Conduction/Convective Transport Phenomena
  • AME 553: Computational Multibody Dynamics
  • AME 545: Renewable Energy System
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Master's Thesis Option

The thesis option consists of 26 units of coursework, plus 6 units of Thesis (AME 910).

If you choose to pursue the thesis option, you will need to complete a thesis and pass a final oral examination. The examination lasts from one to two hours and includes a defense of the research results.


Master’s Report Option

The report option consists of 29 units of coursework, plus 3 units of Master's report (AME 909).

No other independent study units are allowed for the report option. If you choose to pursue the report option, you will complete a report and pass a final oral examination. This examination consists of a 30-minute presentation by the student followed by 15 minutes of questioning.

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Non‑Thesis/Coursework Only Option

The non‑thesis option consists of 32 units of coursework following the general requirements of the M.S. degree program. A maximum of 3 units of Independent Study (AME 599) or 3 units of research (AME 900) may be included in the study program.

If you are interested in independent study, you will need to make arrangements for supervision by a faculty member in the Department and submit the independent study proposal form to the Graduate Administrative Associate. The non‑thesis option does not require a final oral examination.

This option will not be available if you receive financial support from the University in the form of teaching or research assistantships or fellowships.

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4th Aerospace Manufacturing, State Ranking


$5.5 million Annual Research Expenditures

22nd R&D Ranking, Public Universities

-National Science Foundation