Graduate work leading to a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering can be formulated with specialization in mechanical systems, thermofluid sciences, CAD/CAM, manufacturing, or biomedical engineering. Areas of interest include combustion and air pollution, computer-aided design and manufacturing, mechanical design, energy engineering and management, automated manufacturing systems, finite element analysis, materials processing, robotics, controls, composites, stirling engines, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, biomechanics, biomaterials, and mechanical design.
The basic requirement for admission is a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Applicants holding degrees in other fields of engineering or from non-accredited engineering colleges may be required to make up deficiencies prescribed by the department. The Graduate Record Examination is required except in extenuating circumstances. Special programs of study leading to the M.S. in Mechanical Engineering are available for students who have earned a B.S. in science with a major in physics or mathematics. These programs are designed to make up for deficiencies and prepare you for graduate study in one to three quarters.
Both thesis and nonthesis options are available for the M.S. program. The minimum requirements for the thesis program are 35 credits of coursework and 12 credits of thesis work. For the nonthesis program, the minimum requirements are 44 credits of coursework and 6 credits of research project. The program of study must include fundamental courses in areas of design and thermofluids. ME 597, and ME 636 are required core courses, and students must register for three quarters of graduate seminar. During the first two quarters in the program, each student will develop a specific plan of study in consultation with his/her advisor.
Financial assistance is available in the form of graduate fellow ships, research assistantships, and graduate assistantships. The department recommends that you enter the program in the fall quarter. Contact the department for details on graduate programs. International students whose proficiency in English is inadequate are encouraged to enroll in the Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) at Ohio University in the summer quarter preceding their first quarter of study in the department.