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Master of Science in
Mechanical Engineering

Courses

The 32-credit online Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) was designed to help you gain advanced knowledge for research, analysis, and design in mechanical engineering.

The curriculum offers courses in thermal sciences and mechanical sciences and includes course work in:

  • heat transfer
  • foundations of fluid mechanics
  • principles of turbomachinery
  • automatic control systems
  • solid mechanics
  • engineering optimization

Academic Seminars (2 credits)

You must successfully complete two 1-credit courses of ME 590 Colloquium, preferably in your first two semesters of the program.

  • 1
    credit

    Continuing seminars that consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students, or outside speakers.

Math Courses (select 3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    One- and two-dimensional conduction heat transfer for steady state and transient systems with varying boundary conditions.

    • Note

      If you use ME 512 to satisfy the 3-credit math requirement, it cannot be applied toward the additional 27 credits of required Mechanical Engineering courses.

  • 3
    credits

    This course uses the vector space approach to develop the analytical foundations for solutions of science and engineering problems in diverse application areas such as optimal control, estimation, and signal processing.

    • Prerequisite

      MATH 436

Mechanical Engineering Courses (select 27 credits)

You and your adviser can tailor the program specifically to suit your needs and educational goals by choosing 27 credits from the course lists below.

  • At least 15 credits are required in 500-level courses (in addition to the 3 required credits of mathematics).
  • A minimum of 12 credits must be at the 400- or 500-level.

Thermal Sciences Courses

If you use ME 512 to satisfy the 3-credit math requirement, it cannot be applied toward the additional 27 credits of required Mechanical Engineering courses.

  • 3
    credits

    Conservation laws pertinent to energy conversion and fluid mechanics are applied to pumps, centrifugal compressors, axial compressors and turbines, hydro turbines and wind turbines.

  • 3
    credits

    Concepts related to laminar and turbulent premixed and nonpremixed combustion with applications to propulsion and stationary systems.

  • 3
    credits

    Theoretical background of sustainability issues and studies of sustainability systems.

  • 3
    credits

    One- and two-dimensional conduction heat transfer for steady state and transient systems with varying boundary conditions.

    • Note

      If you use ME 512 to satisfy the 3-credit math requirement, it cannot be applied toward the additional 27 credits of required Mechanical Engineering courses.

  • 3
    credits

    Laminar and turbulent flow heat transfer in natural and forced convection systems.

  • 3
    credits

    Heat transfer processes involving evaporation, boiling, and condensation.

  • 3
    credits

    Two-dimensional subsonic flow; similarity rules; theory of characteristics; supersonic and hypersonic flows; nonsteady flow; oblique shock waves.

  • 3
    credits

    First semester of core sequence in fluid mechanics; Navier-Stokes equations, potential flow, low Re flow, laminar boundary layers.

  • 3
    credits

    Second semester of core sequence in fluid mechanics; continuation of boundary layers, stability, transition, turbulence, turbulent boundary layers, turbulence models.

    • Prerequisite

      ME 421, ME 521

  • 3
    credits

    Application of finite difference methods to the study of potential and viscous flows and conduction and convection heat transfer.

  • 3
    credits

    Theoretical formulations and methods of solution of engineering problems and physical/chemical processes in various propulsion systems.

  • 3
    credits

    An introduction to kinetic theory, statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure, chemical thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics of gases.

Mechanical Sciences Courses

  • 3
    credits

    This course conducts investigations of one-dimensional, two-dimensional, and three-dimensional dynamics, kinematics and design integrated into the study of vehicle dynamics.

  • 3
    credits

    Dynamic analysis of systems involving automatic control of position, speed, power, flow, pressure, temperature, and other physical quantities.

  • 3
    credits

    Computer modeling and fundamental analysis of solid, fluid, and heat flow problems using existing computer codes.

  • 3
    credits

    Design and analysis of mechanical linkages including kinematic synthesis and dynamic analysis.

  • 3
    credits

    Techniques and formulations for computer-based kinematic and dynamic analyses of machines.

  • 3
    credits

    Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.

  • 3
    credits

    This course provides an overview of the fundamental principles and methods of optimal control, dynamic programming, and extremum-seeking control, with a focus on the application of these tools to a variety of problems in the energy generation, storage, and management domain.

  • 3
    credits

    Advanced problems and techniques in the design of automatic control systems with emphasis on stability, controller design, and optimum performance.

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to continuum mechanics, variational methods, and finite element formulations; application to bars, beams, cylinders, disks, and plates.

  • 3
    credits

    Advanced theory of semidiscrete formulations for continua and structures; emphasizes dynamic and nonlinear problems.

  • 3
    credits

    Application of numerical optimization techniques to design mechanical and structural systems; design sensitivity analysis.

  • 3
    credits

    Introduces computational fundamentals, including digital logic; programming language, basic numerical analysis and data processing, as applied to mechanical simulation techniques.

  • 3
    credits

    Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently.

M.S. Paper

As part of the ME 596 Individual Studies course, you will be required to write a paper on a topic that you and your faculty adviser mutually agree is suitable for publication in a professional journal or presentation at a national or international conference, in order to obtain this degree.

  • 1–3
    credits

    Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.  You will be required to write a paper on a topic that you and your faculty adviser mutually agree is suitable for publication in a professional journal or presentation at a national or international conference, in order to obtain this degree.

    • Note

      A maximum of 3 credits can be counted toward this degree program.

Special Topics

ME 597 offers a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently.

  • 3
    credits

    Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently.

  • 3
    credits

    Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently.

Collaborative Learning

The online courses are collaborative, allowing you to build strong ties with other students and gain perspectives from other disciplines and industries. The program maintains maximum flexibility in an effort to meet both the professional needs of individual students and quality academic standards.

Course Availability

If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.

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