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Graduate Catalog 2018/2019


Mechanical Engineering (EME)

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Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.S.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:
Rasim Guldiken
Phone: 813-974-5628
Email: guldiken@usf.edu

Website: http://me.eng.usf.edu/


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List


Major Information

The Department offers graduate majors 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:

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

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

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


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 for admission to the major, listed below.

  • As a rule, only students with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field from an accredited engineering major 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 and the student must have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00/4.00 for the last two years of coursework from an ABET accredited engineering major for admission to the Master's Major. Graduates of non-ABET accredited majors are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • A one-page Statement of Purpose/Research Interest must also be included in the application package.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 30 credit hours
Core 12 credit hours
Additional courses 18 credit hours

Core Requirements 12 credit hours

Specialization 9 hours
All Master's Major students must complete a total of 9 core credit hours from two categories. Students should choose 3 credit hours of course work from each of the following specialization areas:
Fluid and Thermal Science - 3 credit hours
EML 6105:Advanced Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
EML 6154:Advanced Conduction Analysis
EML 6713:Advanced Fluid Mechanics
EML 6930:Special Problems I: Convection Heat Transfer
Mechanics, Manufacturing, and Materials -3 credit hours
EML 6653: Applied Elasticity
EML 6930:Special Problems I: Advanced Manufacturing
EML 6930: Special Problems I: Advanced Materials
EML 6570:Fracture Mechanics
EML 6290:Micro and Nano Manufacturing
Dynamical Systems and Controls - 3 credit hours
EML 6273:Advanced Dynamics of Machinery
EML 6930:Special Problems I: Advanced Controls
EML 6930:Special Problems I: Advanced Vibrations
EML 6801:Robotic Systems

All students must also complete either
EML 6931: Special Problems II: Advanced Mathematics or
EML 6930: Special Problems I: Advanced Mathematics II in order to satisfy core requirements.

Additional Coursework - 18 credit hours
In addition to these 12 credit hours, the non-thesis option MSME degree requires a minimum of 18 credit hours of approved graduate level coursework, for a total of 30 semester hours. Thesis option M.S.M.E. degree requires 12 credit hours of approved graduate level coursework and a minimum of 6 thesis hours for a total of 30 semester hours.

Comprehensive Exam
For the thesis option, successful defense of the thesis satisfies the comprehensive exam requirement.

For the non-thesis option, in lieu of the comprehensive exam, a portfolio containing project reports submitted as part of the coursework requirement for two out of three specialization areas will be submitted to the Department upon application of graduation. The Graduate Coordinator and Graduate Committee members of the Department will evaluate and approve the portfolio. The portfolio must be successfully completed and approved to satisfy the comprehensive exam requirement for graduation.

Thesis Option- 6 credit hours
EML 6971 Thesis: Master's
Thesis option M.S.M.E. degree requires a minimum of 6 thesis hours. Thesis option MSME students must present a typed final draft to the Supervisory Committee and Graduate Advisor one week before the final oral examination. The Department of Mechanical Engineering has available, on request, the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Handbook, which delineates the Department's entrance requirements, programs of study, supervisory committee formation, and major completion requirements.

Accelerated Majors

Note Due to accreditation guidelines, Accelerated Majors must total 150 combined credit hours after sharing credit hours. Contact the department for information.

Accelerated B.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering

The B.S.M.E. requires a total of 128 hours and the M.S.M.E. requires 30 hours. By sharing six (6) credit hours, the total credit hours earned will be 152 hours.

Refer to each major for specific admission and curriculum requirements. For consideration in the Accelerated Major, students must:

  1. Have completed 15 hours in the undergraduate major
  2. Have a minimum 3.33 GPA overall; and
  3. Have a minimum undergraduate 3.50 GPA in the major.

Shared Courses (6 credit hours)
The following courses will satisfy six (6) credit hours of Mechanical Engineering elective coursework:
EML 6653 Applied Elasticity
EML 6713 Advanced Fluid Mechanics


College Degree Requirements

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

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

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Registration Process

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

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx 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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