Graduate Education

The Mechanical Engineering program offers graduate study leading to the degrees of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering with a Mechanical Engineering concentration. Both degrees are available via BCoE Learning (online). The major areas of study include the following.

  • fluid mechanics
  • solid mechanics
  • energy systems
  • thermal sciences
  • materials and manufacturing
  • mechanical design
  • system dynamics

Degree Programs

Specific programs of graduate study are established by consultation between students and their advisors.

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

  • Thesis option: 24 hours of course work and 1 hour of graduate seminar are required along with 6 hours of thesis research. Of these 24 hours, up to 6 hours of “Directed Individual Study” courses can be included.  A thesis and a final oral exam are required. 
  • Non-thesis option: 30 hours of course work and 1 hour of graduate seminar are required. Of these 30 hours, up to 6 hours of “Directed Individual Study” courses can be included.  An oral presentation is required.

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering

Students are required to take 42 hours of course work beyond the B.S. degree to obtain a Ph.D. degree.  Of these 42 hours, up to 6 hours of “Directed Individual Study” courses can be included.  In addition, students are required to complete 20 hours of dissertation research and take 2 hours of graduate seminar.  If a student already has an M.S. degree, then up to 24 hours of course work can be used towards the Ph.D. degree.  Students who have entered the ME Ph.D. program are required to take the PhD Qualifying Exams after they have completed 18 graduate course credit hours or within their first 3 years, whichever comes first.

Acceptance to the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program requires an ABET accredited undergraduate degree in Engineering and a good academic record (B average or better). All applicants are treated on an individual basis, and additional undergraduate course work may be required to eliminate deficiencies.  The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for students who do not graduate from ABET accredited programs.

For more information:
Dr. Yucheng Liu
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
222 Carpenter Hall
P 662.325.2423
liu@me.msstate.edu