Master of Science

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MS) is for the student wanting to develop independent learning and research skills and function independently as a solver of “arbitrarily” hard engineering problems. The MS is a 2 year, research intensive experience that includes advanced coursework. 

The Master of Science (MS) degree with the thesis option requires a minimum of 32 semester credit hours.  A thesis is required, and a student in this program is not allowed to change to a non-thesis master’s degree program.

 

CoursesNumber of CoursesSemester Credit Hours
A Graduate-Level  MATH or STAT course 1 1 3
Required Core Courses 1(see list) 2 6
Other Courses1,2 5 15
MEEN 681 – Seminar 1 1
MEEN 691 – Research N/A 7
Total Minimum Semester Credit Hours32

1 With the approval of student’s thesis advisor

2 These courses may include up to two MEEN senior electives (6 semester credit hours), up to 4 semester credit hours of MEEN 685, and other graduate courses with the approval of the student's advisory committee and the Graduate Program Director. Core and Suggested Mathematics Courses--- A Master of Science student is required to take two of the following ten designated core courses:

  • MEEN 601– Advanced Product Design
  • MEEN 603– Theory of Elasticity
  • MEEN 608– Continuum Mechanics
  • MEEN 613– Engineering Dynamics
  • MEEN 615– Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics
  • MEEN 617– Mechanical Vibrations
  • MEEN 621– Fluid Mechanics
  • MEEN 630– Intermediate Heat Transfer
  • MEEN 651– Control System Design

An MS student typically takes MEEN 602 to satisfy their math requirement. An MS student may take Math 601– Methods of Applied Mathematics I, Math 603 – Methods of Applied Mathematics II, STAT 601 – Statistical Analysis, or another graduate mathematics or statistics course, with the approval of their thesis advisor.

Program Required Portfolio: Students will prepare a portfolio for assessment. The portfolio will be compiled over the student’s course of study at Texas A&M University. In general, the portfolio will consist of graded materials from classes or research activity that can be evaluated and assessed against the five educational outcomes. The portfolio should be contained in a 3 ring binder or similar.

Educational Outcomes The assessed educational goals of TAMU MEEN Graduate Program are:

  • Graduates will have the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering,
  • Graduates will have the ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems,
  • Graduates will have the ability to communicate effectively,
  • Graduates will have knowledge of contemporary issues and recognition of the need for lifelong learning, and
  • Graduates will have the ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

It is strongly recommended that students producing a thesis or dissertation as part of their degree requirements use elements of that work or related research papers as the items used for assessment. Students orally defending their thesis/dissertation are encouraged to use that presentation as the assessment media for Educational Outcome C. Also, the Conclusions and Future Work (or similar) section of their thesis/dissertation is likely example work for assessing Educational Outcome D. M. Eng. students will need to build the portfolio over their course of study as appropriate work samples are produced in various classes.