MS Programs

MS in Mechanical Engineering

MS in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

MS in Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering offers thesis and non-thesis based MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Both are academic degrees that require completion of a research project. The MS degree in Mechanical Engineering typically requires 1.5-2 years to complete, with many students then choosing to proceed with their PhD studies. Most MS students in Mechanical Engineering, in collaboration with their research advisor, choose the thesis option, and the majority of MS students are supported on research assistantships, teaching assistantships, or fellowships. Requirements for the MS degree in Mechanical Engineering are summarized below.

THESIS OPTION

COURSEWORK REQUIREMENT

24 credit hours of formal, graded, graduate-level coursework*

8 hours must be 500-level (4 of which must be in ME or TAM)

8 graduate level hours in ME or TAM (400- or 500-level)

THESIS REQUIREMENT

8 hours of ME 599 Thesis Research**

OTHER REQUIREMENT(S)

MSE 492 Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety is required and students are expected to complete the course within their first academic year.

NON-THESIS OPTION

At the time of admission all students are considered to be thesis-track students. If a student decides to pursue the non-thesis MSME, they must submit the departmental “non-thesis” petition to request to switch to non-thesis.

COURSEWORK REQUIREMENT

32 credit hours of formal, graded, graduate-level coursework*

8 hours must be 500-level (4 of which must be in ME or TAM)

8 graduate level hours in ME or TAM (400- or 500-level)

PROJECT REQUIREMENT

4 hours of ME 597 Independent Study**

OTHER REQUIREMENT(S)

MSE 492 Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety is required and students are expected to complete the course within their first academic year.

SEMINAR REQUIREMENT

Continuous registration in ME 590 is required. Seminar credit cannot be counted toward coursework requirements. Students are required to attend a minimum of 4 seminars in the semester. The seminar schedule is e-mailed to students at the beginning of each semester.

Students enrolled in a course that conflicts with ME 590 or TAM 500 still need to register for ME 590/TAM 500 and are required to attend alternate seminars.

To complete seminar registration with a conflict:

1. Request a registration override by contacting the Undergraduate Programs Office at mechse-ug-advise@illinois.edu. Include your name, UIN, and the course you are enrolled in that is in conflict with the seminar.

2. You will receive an email when the override is entered.

3. You must register for ME 590 after the override is entered.

To receive credit for alternate seminars:

1. Alternate seminars include ME 591 MIG, ME 591 BIG, TAM 539, and other seminars in Engineering, Math, or Physics.

2. Download the Attendance Verification Form and have it signed by the seminar host (not the speaker), and return it to GPO no later than 5 business days after the date of the seminar. If an attendance verification form is not received, you will not receive credit for attending.

*Courses applied toward the degree must be approved by the Associate Head for Graduate Programs

**No more than 8 hours of ME 599 (thesis option) can be applied toward the degree. No more than 4 hours of ME 597 (non-thesis option) can be applied toward the degree. No more than 8 hours of transfer credit from an outside institution may be applied towards the MS. If you are considering transfer credit, you should submit a complete syllabus of the course(s) to have it evaluated for acceptability towards the MS degree.

Comparing the M.Eng.ME and MSME degree programs

Program

M.Eng.ME

MSME

Goals

Advanced knowledge

Professional development
Capstone or cooperative project options

Advisor-based program fosters research immersion

Milestones

Non-thesis, coursework-based

Thesis/research requirement

Length

Pursued full-time: As little as 1 academic year
Pursued part-time: Flexible, max of 5 years

Full-time enrollment required; 2 years is typical time-to-degree

Online option

Yes

Yes

GRE

Not required

Required

TAs/RAs/Fellowships

Not eligible

Eligible

Cost

Graduate Engineering rate set by the Office of the Registrar at Illinois.

MS in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

The MS degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (TAM) is offered as either a thesis degree or a non-thesis degree. Most students in Mechanical Science and Engineering who pursue graduate studies in TAM earn a non-thesis MS degree as the first stage of their PhD studies. In such cases, a student’s MS curriculum will follow the structured core and breadth course requirements of the TAM PhD degree. Requirements for the MS degree in TAM are summarized below.

THESIS OPTION

COURSEWORK REQUIREMENT

24 credit hours of formal, graded, graduate-level coursework (16 credit hours must be in TAM)*

12 hours must be 500-level (8 of which must be TAM)

8 graduate level hours must be TAM (400- or 500-level)

THESIS REQUIREMENT

8 hours of TAM 599 Thesis Research**

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Continuous registration in TAM 500 Graduate Seminar (Seminar credit does not count as formal graded, graduate-level coursework)

MSE 492 Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety is required and students are expected to complete the course within their first academic year.

NON-THESIS OPTION

COURSEWORK REQUIREMENT

36 hours of formal, graded, graduate-level coursework (16 credit hours must be in TAM)*

12 hours must be 500-level (8 of which must be TAM)

8 graduate level hours must be TAM (400- or 500-level)

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Continuous registration in TAM 500 Graduate Seminar (Seminar credit does not count as formal graded, graduate-level coursework)

MSE 492 Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety is required and students are expected to complete the course within their first academic year.

SEMINAR REQUIREMENT

Continuous registration in TAM 500 is required. Seminar credit cannot be counted toward coursework requirements. Students are required to attend a minimum of 4 seminars in the semester. The seminar schedule is e-mailed to students at the beginning of each semester.

Students enrolled in a course that conflicts with ME 590 or TAM 500 still need to register for ME 590/TAM 500 and are required to attend alternate seminars.

To complete seminar registration with a conflict:

  1. Request a registration override by contacting the Undergraduate Programs Office at mechse-ug-advise@illinois.edu. Include your name, UIN, and the course you are enrolled in that is in conflict with the seminar.
  2. You will receive an email when the override is entered.
  3. You must register for TAM 500 after the override is entered.

To receive credit for alternate seminars:

  1. Alternate seminars include ME 591 MIG, ME 591 BIG, TAM 539, and other seminars in Engineering, Math, or Physics.
  2. Download the Attendance Verification Form and have it signed by the seminar host (not the speaker), and return it to GPO no later than 5 business days after the date of the seminar. If an attendance verification form is not received, you will not receive credit for attending.

*Those planning to continue for a PhD are recommended to take core breadth courses during the master's degree. Core and breadth courses are explained in this pdf.

**Only 4 hours of thesis credit can be counted among the required 12 hours at the 500 level and among the required 16 hours in TAM. No more than 8 hours of transfer credit from an outside institution may be applied towards the MS. If you are considering transfer credit, you should submit a complete syllabus of the course(s) to have it evaluated for acceptability towards the MS degree.