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Welcome to The J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University!

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. 

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The Master of Science (MS) degree with the thesis option requires a minimum of 32 semester credit hours. 

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.

For questions, contact the mechanical engineering graduate office.

Master of Science Program Requirements

Committee requirements:

  1. General Requirements:
    1. Minimum of three (3) faculty on the committee, including the committee chair and co-chair, if applicable.
    2. All committee members must be on Graduate Committee Faculty through OGAPS. A list is available at
    3. At least one member must be from outside the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
  2. Committee Chair: may be tenure/tenure-track faculty in MEEN or joint/courtesy appointment to MEEN. Joint/courtesy appointment faculty chairs do not count as a non-MEEN committee member.
    1. Joint/Courtesy Appointment Chairs are required to fund student through GAR or a GAT position in the faculty member’s home department
  3. Committee Co-chair: optional; student may choose to have a co-chair on their committee. This person can be from in or out of MEEN.
  4. Committee Members: you must have at least one (1) committee member from MEEN. The remaining one (1) committee member must be from outside of MEEN. Note: If a MEEN faculty member has a joint/courtesy appointment in another department, they can count as your non-MEEN committee member.

Curricular Requirements:

  1. Required graduate level mathematics credit: One courses — total of three credit hours.
    1. MEEN 602: Modeling & Analysis of Mechanical Systems (preferred).
    2. Any graduate level MATH or STAT course.
  2. Core courses: Two courses — total of six credit hours.
    1. MEEN 601: Advanced Product Design
    2. MEEN 603: Theory of Elasticity
    3. MEEN 608: Continuum Mechanics
    4. MEEN 612: Mechanics of Robot Manipulators
    5. MEEN 613: Engineering Dynamics
    6. MEEN 615: Advanced Engineering Thermo Dynamics
    7. MEEN 617: Mechanical Vibrations
    8. MEEN 621: Fluid Mechanics
    9. MEEN 625: Mechanical Behavior of Materials
    10. MEEN 630: Intermediate Heat Transfer
    11. MEEN 651: Control System Design
    12. MEEN 672: Introduction to Finite Element Method
    13. MEEN 683: Multidisciplinary System Analysis & Design Optimization
    14. MEEN 688: Advanced Solid Mechanics
  3. Technical elective courses: Five courses — total of 15 credit hours. 
    1. Any graduate level MEEN course. It may include courses from the core course listing and a maximum of 4 hours of MEEN 684 and 685 combined. A minimum of two graduate technical electives, excluding MEEN 684, must be in MEEN.
    2. Any graduate level course in the College of Engineering or College of Science, with research advisor approval. Courses with the ENGR prefix or from outside the Colleges of Engineering or Science will require prior approval from the MEEN Graduate Program Director.
    3. May include up to one undergraduate courses at the 400 level. 
  4. Seminar: One semesters of MEEN 681 — total of one credit hours. Seminar courses from other departments will not be accepted.
  5. Research: Seven credit hours of MEEN 691.