Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Admission Requirements for Graduate Degrees.

All students must hold a baccalaureate degree in an engineering or closely related discipline and submit to the UAA Office of Admissions:

  1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results, taken within five years prior to the application date.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or other professionals particularly qualified to attest to the applicant’s qualifications for graduate study.
  3. A resume or curriculum vitae.
  4. A one-page personal statement discussing the applicant’s credentials and readiness for graduate studies. This is an opportunity for the applicant to share relevant information, qualifications and experience that would not be included with the UAA graduate application form or reflected on official transcripts. It is also the applicant’s opportunity to describe his or her desire and commitment to pursue graduate study in mechanical engineering.

Current UAA baccalaureate students enrolled in engineering or a closely related discipline at the conclusion of their junior year may apply and be admitted to the MS ME program. Students must complete their baccalaureate degree requirements before receiving the MS ME.

Graduation Requirements, Thesis Option

Program Requirements                                                                                           

Complete 12 credits from the following:12
Automatic Control
Advanced Linear Systems
Mechanical Vibrations
Biomechanics
Composite Materials
Engineering Finite Element Analysis
Advanced Mechanics of Materials
Advanced Fluid Mechanics
Aerodynamics
Renewable Energy Systems Engineering
HVAC Systems Optimization
Fracture Mechanics
Turbomachinery
Corrosion Processes and Engineering
Complete 12 credits of elective courses (6 credits of 400- or 600-level mathematics or statistics courses are strongly encouraged)12
Complete 6 credits of thesis coursework:6
Thesis
Total Credits30

Candidacy Requirements

To advance to candidacy, the student must complete:

  • All UAA requirements for Advancement to Candidacy.
  • At least 9 credits of coursework from the approved GSP.
  • A written thesis proposal, submitted to the student’s graduate committee at least one semester prior to the thesis defense, presenting evidence that the thesis requirements will be satisfied. The proposal will consist of an explicit problem statement, a literature review, and one or more sections describing the research and analytical methods that will be applied. The proposal is subject to approval by the student’s graduate committee following an oral presentation scheduled no sooner than two weeks after submission of the written proposal.

Thesis Requirements

The completed thesis must:

  • Describe how the work is associated with the current state of the art in the candidate’s graduate field of study.
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge in the candidate’s field of graduate study.
  • Be publishable in either peer-reviewed technical conference proceedings or a peer-reviewed journal as judged by the candidate’s graduate committee.
  • Demonstrate command of knowledge and skills associated with the candidate’s program of graduate study.
  • Be defended by the student in an oral presentation to the candidate’s graduate committee.

A total of 30 credits is required for the degree.

Graduation Requirements, Non-thesis Option

  • Satisfy the General University Requirements for Graduate Degrees.
  • Complete the program requirements, and complete one of the following:
    • A comprehensive written examination set by the student’s graduate committee.
    • A project fulfilling the project requirements below and a comprehensive oral exam set by the student’s graduate committee.

Program Requirements

Complete 15 credits from the following:15
Automatic Control
Advanced Linear Systems
Mechanical Vibrations
Biomechanics
Composite Materials
Engineering Finite Element Analysis
Advanced Mechanics of Materials
Advanced Fluid Mechanics
Aerodynamics
Renewable Energy Systems Engineering
HVAC Systems Optimization
Fracture Mechanics
Turbomachinery
Corrosion Processes and Engineering
Complete the following course:
PM A601Project Management Fundamentals3
Choose one of the following:15
Complete 15 credits of elective coursework
Complete 12 credits of elective coursework and 3 credits of ME A686
Total Credits33

Project Requirements

The project must solve a practical engineering problem to the extent that original developments by the student are evident in the project report.

  • The project problem and solution must be explained in the context of the current state of the art by means of a thorough review of pertinent literature.
  • The project must include advanced technical components directly involving modern practice of mechanical engineering.
  • The project must have sufficient scope to clearly demonstrate the student’s advanced technical expertise in mechanical engineering.
  • The project report must demonstrate command of knowledge and skills directly associated with the student’s graduate program of study.
  • The written project report, in the judgment of the student’s graduate committee, must be publishable in the proceedings of a mechanical engineering specialty conference.
  • The project proposal, submitted prior to enrolling in ME A686, must present evidence that the above requirements will be satisfied and will generally consist of an explicit problem statement, a literature review, and one or more sections describing the information and analytical methods to be applied.
  • The project is to be orally presented to the student’s graduate committee.

A total of 33 credits is required for the degree.