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Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

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

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

Course Requirements for a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering
In addition to the Graduate School requirements stated in the Graduate School Catalog, all M.S. students in the Mechanical Engineering program are required to take a minimum of four (4) Mechanical Engineering courses at the 600 or higher level.  Overall at least 21 credits at the 600-level are required.  All Graduate Students must register for the ME Graduate Seminar Course: MIE697G.

Two options are available for the MS Program:

  1. The Thesis option
  2. Coursework Only option

All M.S. students who choose the Thesis Option are required to plan and carry out a research, design, or development thesis (MIE 699) of nine credits, and 21 course credits.

The requirements of the Coursework option are:

  1. The student must successfully complete at least 30 graduate (500 level or above) credits. Thesis or project credits do not count towards this total.
  2. At least 21 credits must be at the 600 level or above.
  3. At least 21 credits must be Mechanical and Industrial Engineering courses.
  4. A maximum of 6 credits can be from an independent study.
  5. The student must take at least four of the ME (not IE) courses at the 600-level or higher.
  6. Credits that apply to any other degree program, with the exception of graduate certificate programs, cannot be applied to this degree. Master’s students who select the coursework option will NOT be considered for assistantships or tuition waivers.

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