Master of Science in
Mechanical Engineering

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program provides students with advanced study in engineering with a specialization in Mechanical Systems. Students are prepared to design and implement mechanical systems to fulfill the needs of a wide range of industries in the aerospace, aviation, automotive, energy, and biomedical arenas.

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree is housed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the College of Engineering.

Typical First Year

A typical first year will include courses in Mechanical Systems, as well as mathematics and general electives. 

Degree Details

Thesis and non-thesis options are available, each requiring completion of 30 credits hours. Course work includes 15 credit hours from core courses addressing the theory and implementation of mechanical systems, plus electives that support the student’s educational or research goals.

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Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the MS in Mechanical Engineering program must

  • Have completed a bachelor's degree in an ABET accredited engineering program (or international equivalent) or closely related engineering discipline
  • Have superior academic records with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0
  • Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) [Not required for ERAU students]
  • Submit a complete application package before the deadline specified in the University catalog.
  • At the time of initial offering, there is no particular threshold set for GRE score in order to be admitted; instead, that information will inform admissions decisions, as well as help to determine the level of support for both teaching and research graduate assistanceships. International applicants whose primary language is not English must also achieve the minimum score requirement of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Test System) as required by the University. Graduates of Embry-Riddle's Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science may be admitted conditional on completing undergraduate engineering courses requisite for knowledge and skills to be specified at the time of admission.
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Excerpt taken from the Online Course Catalog

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) provides students with advanced study in the concentration of Mechanical Systems. Students may choose to participate in a thesis or non-thesis program, each requiring 30 total credit hours. Students are required to submit a plan of study during their first semester in the graduate program, and course selections and changes must be approved by the graduate program coordinator.

Thesis Option

ME 700Graduate Thesis9
Mechanical Systems Electives15
General Electives3
Mathematics Elective3
Total Credits30

Non-Thesis Option

Mechanical Systems Electives15
General Electives12
Mathematics Elective3
Total Credits30

Mechanical Systems Electives

Select five of the following:15
CEC 510
Digital Signal Processing
EE 500
Digital Control Systems
EE 505
Advanced Mechatronics
ME 500
Clean Energy Systems
ME 503
Unmanned and Autonomous Vehicle Systems
ME 506
Design for Manufacturing and Assembly
ME 508
Hydrogen and Hybrid Vehicle Systems
ME 510
Micro-Electrical Mechanical Systems
ME 520
Sensor Processing with Applications
ME 521
HVAC Systems
ME 522
Mechanical System Design
ME 523
Modeling and Simulation of Linear Dynamic Systems
ME 525
Structural Design Optimization
ME 527
Modern Control Systems
ME 540
Mechanical Engineering Practicum
ME 610
Automation and Additive Manufacturing
ME 611
Computational Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow
ME 612
Computer Integrated Manufacturing
ME 613
Advanced Model-Based Control Design
ME 614
Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
ME 615
Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning
SYS 500
Fundamentals of Systems Engineering
Total Credits15

General Electives

General Electives can be courses chosen from the Mechanical Systems electives above, and from appropriate graduate courses offered by the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences with program coordinator approval. Students may also obtain general elective credit for completing the graduate internship.

Mathematics Elective

MA 500 Level or higher3
Total Credits3

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During your Bachelor's Program?

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers an accelerated program that allows well-qualified students the chance to begin their graduate work for the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) while finishing their Bachelor of Science in Engineering at Embry-Riddle.

Learn more about our Combined and Accelerated Degree Programs