Note: Starting Fall 2022, the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) program will replace the MS in Engineering with concentration in Energy Systems (ES) program. Students in the ES program have the option of continuing with the ES program or transitioning to the new MSME degree programs. Please contact the graduate program coordinator Dr. Ed Cheng (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
The MSME program provides students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and gain hands-on experience in modern mechanical engineering fields. To broaden the students’ perspective in their chosen field, the program offers core courses in the fields of thermofluids, energy systems, robotics, mechatronics, controls, biomechanics, and materials. In addition, elective courses offer an opportunity for students to pursue additional interests and better align their coursework with their career objectives. A culminating experience of either an applied research project or a research thesis option that includes an extensive research opportunity under the guidance of a faculty in their respective field. These experiences allow students to practice their knowledge and gain hands-on engineering practice. The non-sequential structure of most graduate courses permits students to take courses in their areas of interest without committing themselves to a long series of courses. The 30-unit degree offers a focused curriculum in which students learn how to develop concrete technical skills to succeed in a career in engineering. Our program prepares the students to become independent problem-solvers, garner new technical skills beyond a baccalaureate degree, collaborate with peers in group projects, have an advancing technical career in industry or enter Ph.D. programs at other universities, and complete lab or practicum requirements as needed. Most graduate courses are scheduled in the evenings, to facilitate the schedules of working professionals.
Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering or a closely related field before enrolling in their first semester in the Master’s program. Those without suitable preparation may be admitted conditionally, with advancement to classified graduate status after completion of required preparatory coursework.