Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)

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Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)

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Students entering the Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) program normally hold a baccalaureate in ME or a closely related field from an accredited institution. Students choose to pursue a master's degree because of the opportunity to develop a personalized academic program to strengthen their knowledge of Mechanical Engineering fundamentals in a specific area. Research areas include automotive, biomechanics and biosystems, controls, design, dynamics and vibrations, energy, fluids, manufacturing, mechanics and materials, mechatronics, robotics, micro/nano engineering, multi-scale computation and computational mechanics, and thermal sciences.

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MSE Program Options

Dual Degrees

SUGS

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MSE PROGRAM OPTIONS

There are three separate MSE degree program options in ME: (1) coursework only, (2) coursework with an individual research project, and (3) coursework with a MSE thesis. All program options require 30 credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to graduate. A student will be placed on academic probation if his/her GPA falls below a 3.0.

It is strongly recommended that all incoming Master's students communicate with the Graduate Coordinator (me-grad-coordinator@umich.edu) in the Academic Services Office early in the program. The MSE program provides the student with considerable flexibility. This flexibility puts a lot of responsibility on the student to understand the requirements. The student is responsible for determining how the program and courses can be utilized to meet individual educational and professional goals. The Graduate Coordinator can provide considerable assistance in this regard, help minimize problems, and make sure students get the most out of their graduate studies.

COURSEWORK ONLY

The coursework only option is recommended for students who do not envision conducting research during their career. This degree can be completed in ten months by taking four courses during each fall and winter term and two courses during the spring half term. Please note the ME department generally does not offer graduate courses in the spring or summer terms. 

Requirements:

  • 12 credits ME courses at the 500 or 600 level
  • 6 credits graduate level ME courses, 400 or above
  • 6 credits of letter-graded graduate level cognates, 400 or above
  • 6 credits mathematics or equivalent courses (see Acceptable Math list).

NOTE: ME590s do not fulfill the 500 level coursework requirement. They are treated as 400 level classes.

INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH PROJECT

This option provides an opportunity for involvement in an independent engineering design, analysis, or research project. This is recommended for students contemplating an engineering career in industry and who would like to gain some exposure to independent research or project work. This path requires that a student speak with faculty to locate a faculty advisor with whom to work on an individual study topic. This is typically done during the student's first term in the Master's program so that the individual research can begin in the second term. Research credits are elected under the advisor's independent study number. This option typically takes students one and a half to two years to complete.

Requirements:

  • 12 credits ME courses at the 500 or 600 level
  • 6 credits of ME590 research under the research advisor's independent study number or 3 credits ME590 and 3 credits at the ME400 level or above for a total of 6 credits
    • ME590 requires a proposal during the first three weeks of the term and a final report due on the last day of classes. The research advisor's approval is necessary for the proposal and final report. Both documents are submitted electronically through the ME590 website.
    • In addition, students must enroll for ME590 via Wolverine Access.
  • 6 credits of letter-graded graduate level cognates, 400 level or above
  • 6 credits mathematics or equivalent courses (see Acceptable Math list)

Students who wish to complete work with a faculty member within the CoE who is not associated with the ME department must complete the following:

  1. The student needs to define the project with his/her non-ME faculty advisor.
  2. The student needs to find an ME "shadow" advisor (this can be the Grad Chair) to sign off on the project and the grade.
  3. After 1 and 2 are complete, the student needs to sign up for ME590 via Wolverine Access, fill out the online ME590 proposal form via the ME590 website, complete the research, and then submit a final report to the ME590 website -- just as all ME590 students must.
  4. The proposal and final report are signed off on, and evaluated by the non-ME faculty advisor. The non-ME advisor recommends S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) for the number of credits and the ME advisor submits the grade.
  5. If the above steps are not completed by the end of finals, the student gets a U.

THESIS

The thesis option is recommended for students interested in industrial research and development, teaching, or possibly continuing for a doctoral degree. Students are responsible for finding a research advisor who will supervise their thesis research. Research credits are taken under the advisor's independent study number.

The student enrolls in ME590 twice for 3 credits each via Wolverine Access under the research advisor's independent study number. Six credits of ME590 may be taken in one term but ONLY with approval of the research advisor. Students should check with their research advisor or with staff in the Academic Service Office (ASO) for the independent study number assigned to the faculty member with whom s/he will work. In the next term, ME695 will be elected for 3 hours, again using the advisor's number. Any additional research credits will not count toward the master's degree. A grade of satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) is given for ME590 and ME695 credits.

A thesis committee should be formed with two members including the ME research advisor. At least one additional member besides the thesis advisor is required and may be a faculty member or a research scientist from ME or from another College of Engineering Department. No particular writing style is required. The same style for a doctoral dissertation thesis may be used, or any style used for report writing conforming to the thesis advisor's recommendation. When the thesis is complete, the thesis is defended before the committee in a public examination. The minimal two-member committee must be present at the oral defense.

On occasion the defense may occur in a term subsequent to the last enrollment. If all other MSE degree requirements are met, a student need not be enrolled to defend.

No later than the last day of classes in the term the student expects to graduate, a memo signed by the faculty research advisor must be submitted to the ASO, which states that the student has successfully defended her/his thesis. The memo can be as simple as an e-mail to me-grad-coordinator@umich.edu. Your faculty advisor should include: a) the title of your thesis, b) who attended the oral defense, c) that you successfully defended it, and d) the date of the successful defense. Also no later than the last day of classes, a digital copy (PDF) of the final thesis is required and should be emailed to me-grad-coordinator@umich.edu

Requirements:

  • 12 credits ME courses at the 500 or 600 level
  • 9 credits of ME research under the advisor's independent study number which includes 6 credits ME590 followed by 3 credits ME695. Typically students will register for 3 credits per term.
    • ME590 requires a proposal at the start of the term and a final report on the last day of classes. The research advisor's approval is necessary for the proposal and final report. Both documents are submitted electronically through the ME590 website.
  • 3 credits of letter-graded graduate level cognates, 400 level or above
  • 6 credits mathematics or equivalent courses (See Acceptable Math list)
  • Thesis (Written) and Defense (Oral)

 

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Posted on

Start Date

End Date

Program Duration

24 Months

Application Deadline

Type

Master's programs

Certifications & Titles

Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)

Study Options

Full Time

Funding Options

Funds, loans, financial aid, fellowships, or through employment at the University

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