ME MS Degree Requirements- MS Thesis Option

The GRE requirement has been waived (and extended) for all engineering master’s applicants applying through Fall 2026!

MS Thesis Option

All students must take the following minimum distribution of courses for a total of 30 credit hours:

Core Courses

Nine (9) semester hours: EML 5060 Analysis in Mechanical Engineering I and two core courses in the student's major area:

Dynamics and Controls

  • EGM 5444 - Advanced Dynamics
  • EML 5317 - Advanced Control Systems
  • EML 5361 - Multivariable Control
  • EML 5930 - Adaptive Controls

Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer

  • EGM 5152 - Heat Transfer
  • EML 5155 - Convective Heat Transfer
  • EML 5709 - Fluid Mechanics
  • EML 5930 - Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics

Solid Mechanics and Materials Science

  • EGM 5611 - Continuum Mechanics
  • EGM 5653 - Theory of Elasticity
  • EML 5930 - Advanced Materials
  • EML 5930 - Solid Mechanics and Electromagnetics of Continuous Media
Mechanical Engineering Courses

Six (6) semester hours: any two courses in Mechanical Engineering.

Elective Courses

Nine (9) semester hours: Select three graduate-level, letter-graded courses in engineering, mathematics, and/or any science discipline (e.g. computer science, physics, etc.). One of the three courses may include EML 5905 - Directed Individual Study or EML 5910 - Supervised Research. Courses must be selected in consultation with the student's major professor.

Graduate Seminar

EML 5935 – Mechanical Engineering Seminar (0). See Graduate Seminar section for additional information.


Six (6) semester hours: EML 5971 - Thesis. University rules require that students take thesis credit in their final term, even if they have completed the thesis credit requirement for their degree program.

Thesis Defense

EML 8976 - Masters Thesis Defense must be taken in the student's final semester.