The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering is a 30-credit program, and may be entered directly by qualified students with Bachelor of Science degrees from any engineering discipline, metallurgy or materials, physics, or mathematics.

The UMass MIE undergraduate students can apply for a fast-track admission to the MS program through a five-year BS/MS plan.

Two options are available for the MS Program:

  1. The Thesis option
  2. Coursework Only option

Students in the Thesis option are required to conduct research and write a Thesis (for 9 credits) under the supervision of a faculty member.

In the Coursework Only option, up to six credits of an Independent Study course, where the student explores a topic of interest under the supervision of a faculty member, can be used to satisfy the course requirement.

In each option, the students need to pass at least four of the core courses:

  • Advanced Thermodynamics
  • Numerical Methods
  • Introduction to Finite Element Modeling
  • Advanced Fluid Dynamics
  • Mechanical Property of Materials
  • Design Optimization
  • Advanced Vibrations (or Mechatronics)
  • Applied Data Analysis

Students will have the option of choosing elective courses from a long list of graduate-level courses, in five topic areas:

  • Fluid Mechanics and Wind Energy
  • Design and Bioengineering
  • Dynamics and Controls
  • Materials Engineering
  • Biomechanical Engineering

Sample elective courses in different topic areas:

  • Solar and Direct Energy Conversion
  • Thermal Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Windpower Systems
  • Advanced Materials Engineering
  • Molecular Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Advanced Materials Engineering
  • Engineering Design Optimization
  • Wind Turbine Design
  • Offshore Wind Energy Systems
  • Fluid-Structure Interactions
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Biorobotics
  • Viscous Fluids


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