Total Minimum Hours:30 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 - 3credit 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: 12 credit hours
In addition to these 12 credit hours, the MSME degree requires a minimum of 12 credit hours of approved graduate level coursework and a minimum of 6 thesis hours for a total of 30 semester hours. MSME students must present a typed final draft to the Supervisory Committee and Graduate Advisor one week before the final oral examination.
A student must pass the final Oral Comprehensive Examination after the student has presented his/her thesis to the Supervisory Committee.
Thesis: 6 credit hours
EML 6971 Thesis: Master’s
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. The M.M.E. is a non-thesis major and the M.S.M.E. is a thesis major.
Accelerated Degree Program
Accelerated B.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering
Students pursuing a B.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering will earn an M.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering in an accelerated manner by sharing two (2) core graduate courses (6 credit hours) taken as upper-level departmental electives as part of the undergraduate Mechanical Engineering major.
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.
This accelerated program shares six (6) credit hours between already existing degrees:
B.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering
M.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering
Target Students and Expected Outcomes
Academically high achieving undergraduate students in the B.S.M.E. major with high overall and major GPA will be targeted for the accelerated program. Expected outcomes are the increase in M.S.M.E. degrees granted, increase in graduate SCH, and enhancement of the quality of the graduate major by addition of academically accomplished
For admission to the program, a student must:
- Have completed 15 hours in the undergraduate major
- Have a minimum 3.33 GPA overall; and
- Have a minimum undergraduate 3.50 GPA in the major.
Timeline and Benchmarks:
- To be considered for acceptance into the Accelerated B.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering/M.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering major, students must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate major.
- Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.33 overall, and a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the Mechanical Engineering major.
- Following completion of a minimum of 15 hours in the undergraduate major, students may be considered for acceptance into the accelerated program through faculty nomination or student self-nomination, via submission of an Accelerated Program Application Form. Both B.S.M.E. and M.S.M.E. majors will review the applications and approve the nominations. All applications require the approval of USF’s Office of Graduate Studies, the College of Engineering’s Graduate Major, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
- To be promoted to graduate status, students must meet all admission requirements of the M.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering.
- Students must earn a minimum of a “B” (3.00) in all shared graduate courses. Failure to earn at least a “B” in a shared graduate course will result in academic review by the graduate major. Failure to maintain good standing as a graduate student will result in academic probation, according to the procedures of the USF Office of Graduate Studies.
- A comprehensive plan of study to complete the Accelerated B.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering/M.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering major will be developed with the guidance of an advisor and a faculty member.
Shared Courses (6 credit hours)*Please see Undergraduate Catalog for major-specific requirements.
The following courses will satisfy six (6) credit hours of Mechanical Engineering elective coursework:
EML 6653 Applied Elasticity
EML 6713 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
Undergraduate Degree Requirements for the B.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering (107 credit hours)