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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Mechanical Engineering (EME)

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Master of Mechanical Engineering (M.M.E.)
CIP Code: 14.1901
College of Engineering (EN)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Department (EGR)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue ENB118
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Muhammad Rahman
Phone: 813-974-5625


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List

Program Information

The Department offers graduate programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.

Research opportunities are available in the following areas: Mechanism Design, Kinematics, System Dynamics and Vibrations, Mechanical Controls, Tribology, Mechanical Design, Robotics, Rehabilitation Engineering, Composite Materials, Solid Mechanics, Fluid Dynamics, Thermal Energy Systems, Microelectronic Device Thermal Management, Clean and Renewable Energy Systems, Micro and Nano scale materials and systems, MEMS, Biosensors, Biofluids, Biomedical Engineering, and Engineering Education.

Department facilities include the following laboratories: Computational Fluid Dynamics, Computational Solid Mechanics, Computer-Aided Design, Dynamic Systems, Hydraulics, Rehabilitation Engineering, Robotics, Biofuel cells and Biomimetics, Nanomaterials and Thin Films, Advanced Materials Processing and Characterization, Biofluids and Biosensors, Microelectronic Thermal Management and Heat Transfer, and Compliant Mechanisms.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • As a rule, only students with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field from an accredited engineering program will be considered for admission.
  • All applicants must take the GRE.
  • GRE required, with minimum percentile rank of 50% on the quantitative portion and a minimum average percentile rank of 50% in verbal and quantitative OR the student must have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0/4.0 for the last two years of coursework from an ABET accredited engineering program for admission to the Master's Program.
  • International students must score a minimum of 550 on the TOEFL paper-based examination, 79 on the internet-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test.
  • A one-page Statement of Purpose must also be included in the application package.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Total Minimum Program Hours:30 credit hours

Core Requirements: 12 credit hours
All Master's Program students must complete a total of 12 core credit hours from two categories.

Fluid and Thermal Science - 6 credit hours
     EML 6105:Advanced Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
     EML 6154:Advanced Conduction Analysis
     EML 6713:Advanced Fluid Mechanics
     EML 6930:Convection Heat Transfer

Mechanics and Systems - 6 credit hours
     EML 6223:Synthesis of Vibrating Systems
     EML 6273:Advanced Dynamics of Machinery
     EML 6653: Applied Elasticity
     EML 6930: Failure Mechanisms in Materials
     EML 6930: Advanced Materials
     EML 6570:Fracture Mechanics
     EML 6930:Engineering Design Principles and Practices

EML 6931: Advanced Mathematics or EML 6930: Advanced Mathematics II may be taken in lieu of one of the classes named above in order to satisfy a core requirement.

Additional Coursework:18 credit hours
In addition to the 12 core credit hours, the MME degree requires a minimum of 18 credit hours of approved coursework, for a total of 30 semester hours. MME students must also pass a final Comprehensive Oral Examination.

Comprehensive Exam
MME students must also pass a final Comprehensive Oral Examination.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has available, on request, the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program Handbook, which delineates the Department's entrance requirements, programs of study, supervisory committee formation, and program completion requirements. The M.M.E is a non-thesis program and the M.S.M.E. is a thesis program.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


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Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

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New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


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