Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering
In addition to Graduate Division requirements for admission to graduate status, the department requires a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. Applicants with undergraduate preparation that is deemed inadequate may be required to take additional courses.
Students must choose a major field from among five stem areas presently offered by the department:
- Computational Science and Engineering
- Dynamical Systems, Controls and Robotics
- Fluids and Thermal Transport
- Microscale Engineering, including MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS), Bio-MEMS, and Microfluidics
- Solid Mechanics, Materials and Structures
Significant flexibility exists in the requirements for each of these stem areas, and students are encouraged to gain expertise in modern cross cutting fields like: manufacturing; reliability engineering; microscale systems; design; aerostructures; composite technology; energy and transportation; environmental sensing; integrated sensors, actuators and control systems; computational simulation and others.
Two plans of study are offered, each requiring successful completion of 42 quarter-units of credit. Plan 1 is a combination of coursework and research, culminating in the preparation of a thesis; Plan 2 involves coursework and the completion of a written project.
Plan 1 (Thesis)
The department requires 42 units with thesis: 18 units of approved coursework in the major field, 9 units of approved elective courses in science and engineering, 3 units of graduate seminar, 12 units of ME 598, and completion of a thesis. No more than 9 units may be at the 100 level. All students must attend ME 200 each quarter in residence until the MS Degree requirements are completed.
Plan 2 (Project)
The department requires 42 units without thesis: 18 units of approved coursework in the major field, 18 units of approved elective courses in science and engineering, 3 units of graduate seminar, and completion of a 3 unit project dealing with a topic in the major field. No more than 12 units may be at the 100 level. All students must attend ME 200 each quarter in residence until the MS Degree requirements are completed.