MS Programs

The Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering offers thesis-option and non-thesis-option MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) and in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (MSTAM). The majority of MS students are funded by research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and/or fellowships. 

The MSME typically requires 1.5 to 2 years to complete, with many students choosing to continue for the PhD. Most MSME students choose the thesis option and work with a research advisor. Both the thesis-option and non-thesis-option MSME degrees require completion of a research project.

Most students who pursue graduate studies in TAM earn a non-thesis MSTAM as Stage 1 of their PhD studies, in which case the student’s MSTAM program will follow the structured core-and-breadth curriculum required for the PhD in TAM. The non-thesis-option MSTAM does not require completion of a research project.