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Mechanical Engineering

Master of Science

Online

Course Delivery

30

Total Credits

$29,850

Tuition

2 Years

Minimum Duration


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.


A Top-Ranked Education

  • 32nd among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report, 2021

 

Patrick Kwon headshot

Dr. Patrick Kwon

Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies

Dr. Patrick Kwon is a professor in the College of Engineering where is research specializes in material issues in design and manufacturing, manufacturing processes, mechanical behavior of materials, and microstructured and graded materials.

Course Information

 

Core

ME 465- Computer Aided Optimal Design (3 Credits)
ME 800 - Mechanical Engineering Analysis (3 Credits)
ME 810 - Advanced Classical Thermodynamics (3 Credits)
ME 812 - Conductive Heat Transfer (3 Credits)
ME 814 - Convective Heat Transfer (3 Credits)
ME 820 - Continuum Mechanics (3 Credits)
ME 821- Linear Elasticity (3 Credits)
ME 830 - Fluid Mechanics I (3 Credits)
ME 860 - Theory of Vibrations (3 Credits)
ME 861 - Advanced Dynamics (3 Credits)

Learning Experiences

Total credit requirement: 30 credits
Students must complete a minimum of 21 credits (7 courses) in classes at the 800 level or above.

Students may earn a maximum of 9 credits from courses outside of Mechanical Engineering and a maximum of 9 credits from courses in any department at the 400 level.

 

Admissions Requirements

 

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • 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.
  • 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  • CV/Résumé
  • Taken the TOEFL (Only required if English is not your native language)
  • 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).
  • 3 letters of recommendation
    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.
  • Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  • Complete university graduate application
  • 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.

Key Dates

This program accepts 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
Out-of-State Tuition
$29,850
$29,850

 

The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

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.


A Top-Ranked Education

  • 32nd among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report, 2021

 

Patrick Kwon headshot

Dr. Patrick Kwon

Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies

Dr. Patrick Kwon is a professor in the College of Engineering where is research specializes in material issues in design and manufacturing, manufacturing processes, mechanical behavior of materials, and microstructured and graded materials.

Course Information

 

Core

ME 465- Computer Aided Optimal Design (3 Credits)
ME 800 - Mechanical Engineering Analysis (3 Credits)
ME 810 - Advanced Classical Thermodynamics (3 Credits)
ME 812 - Conductive Heat Transfer (3 Credits)
ME 814 - Convective Heat Transfer (3 Credits)
ME 820 - Continuum Mechanics (3 Credits)
ME 821- Linear Elasticity (3 Credits)
ME 830 - Fluid Mechanics I (3 Credits)
ME 860 - Theory of Vibrations (3 Credits)
ME 861 - Advanced Dynamics (3 Credits)

Learning Experiences

Total credit requirement: 30 credits
Students must complete a minimum of 21 credits (7 courses) in classes at the 800 level or above.

Students may earn a maximum of 9 credits from courses outside of Mechanical Engineering and a maximum of 9 credits from courses in any department at the 400 level.

 

Admissions Requirements

 

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  • 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.
  • 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  • CV/Résumé
  • Taken the TOEFL (Only required if English is not your native language)
  • 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).
  • 3 letters of recommendation
    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.
  • Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  • Complete university graduate application
  • 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.

Key Dates

This program accepts 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
Out-of-State Tuition
$29,850
$29,850

 

The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.

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