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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program draws MSU's connections to the industry as well as the extensive expertise of our faculty. With two high-demand tracks of study Thermal Fluids Science and Engineering, and Mechanics, Dynamics, and Manufacturing the program offers students the flexibility to tailor their education to their career goals. Additional advanced topics covered in the program include additive manufacturing,

The two mechanical engineering tracks currently available are:

  • Thermal Fluids Science and Engineering 
  • Mechanics, Dynamics, and Manufacturing

Program Outcomes

The Mechanical Engineering Department will offer a world-class educational experience for graduate students that is enhanced by modern technology and is accessible to all segments of society. By completing the program, students will gain expertise in a contemporary area of interest to them as well as engineering leadership skills to help them push their own knowledge and their discipline forward.

  • To gain expertise in a focus area of contemporary interest 
  • To develop engineering leadership with the advanced knowledge in a concentration of interest 
  • To use the mechanical engineering graduate education as an impetus for personal and professional growth 
  • To achieve a noteworthy level of workplace responsibility 
  • To think independently and take ownership in identifying problems and determining effective solution strategies

Career Outlook

Graduates will be prepared for a variety of careers across the field of mechanical engineering. Additionally, MSU College of Engineering alumni earn highly competitive salaries, with the average salary for masters-level engineering student exceeding $109,000, according to PayScale. Common career options for graduates include engineering manager, senior mechanical engineer, project engineer and more.

Courses

Core

  • ME 465Computer Aided Optimal Design3 Credits
  • ME 800Mechanical Engineering Analysis3 Credits
  • ME 810Advanced Classical Thermodynamics3 Credits
  • ME 812Conductive Heat Transfer3 Credits
  • ME 814Convective Heat Transfer3 Credits
  • ME 820Continuum Mechanics3 Credits
  • ME 821Linear Elasticity3 Credits
  • ME 830Fluid Mechanics I3 Credits
  • ME 860 Theory of Vibrations3 Credits
  • ME 861Advanced Dynamics3 Credits

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Four-year undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering or closely related field Applicants without a degree in mechanical engineering must, during the course of study, show proficiency in three of the following courses: ME 332 Fluid Mechanics, ME 451 Controls, ME 410: Heat Transfer, ME 461 Vibrations, and ME 423 Intermediate Mechanics of Deformable Solids. Minimum Undergraduate GPA: 3.0

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Previous work experience

    CV/Résumé

  4. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  5. A written personal statement

    Your academic statement should describe your plans for graduate study, career goals, and how the program will help you meet your objectives (2 pages). Your personal statement should concisely describe how your background and life experiences influenced your decision to pursue a graduate degree (2 pages).

  6. 3 letters of recommendation

    Three letters of recommendation are required. Applicants should request letters of recommendation through the graduate education portal. Once their contact information is entered, the MSU application system will reach out to the letter writers.

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete university graduate application (program code: 8090) GRE scores are not required for domestic students, but they may help to bolster your application. GRE test scores must be provided directly from the Educational Testing Service. The GRE department code is 1203.
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Key Dates

Rolling applications. Students can start the program in any semester. We recommend applications are submitted at least one month prior to the start of the semester to allow time for processing.

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $29,850
  • Total

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