M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

The popular Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program prepares students to be successful in the broad area of advanced design and analytical skills. This flexible master's curriculum offers two different degree plans to choose from depending on your educational background: 1) for students who already have a Mechanical Engineering bachelor's or related undergraduate degree; or 2) for students who have a bachelor's degree in a non-STEM field (science, technology, engineering or math).

Students with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related field, select four courses in Design, four courses in Analysis, and two electives. Students who do not have a STEM undergraduate degree are required to take four graduate foundational courses, three courses in Design and three in Analysis.

Subject areas include:

  • Production operations systems, product development
  • Manufacturing processes and statistical methods
  • Advanced product design, thermal systems, polymer or experimental design
  • Biomaterials in the design of medical devices
  • Mechatronics
  • Electrical machines, renewable energy, advanced engineering materials, finite element analysis, or circuit analysis
  • Simulation and visualization of dynamic systems

* International students: The M.S. in Mechanical Engineering is a STEM-designated and approved master's degree program.

  • Prepares you to succeed in a wide variety of industries. The St. Thomas master’s program in Mechanical Engineering prepares you to succeed in a wide variety of industries including biomedical, manufacturing, product design, mechanical design, aerospace, HVAC, controls, simulation and computer-aided design, mechatronics, robotics, electrical design, power generation and distribution, and materials selection. 

  • Qualified faculty with extensive industrial experience. Our full-time and practicing faculty members have decades of industrial experience in aerospace, biomedicine, controls, power systems, manufacturing, energy production, and more. Our instructors bring both academic credentials and industry experience to the classroom. These executives, managers and engineers share a passion for teaching and improving the industrial welfare of our nation. They emphasize hands-on learning, promote interaction among students and encourage the free exchange of ideas. 

  • Industry-based curriculum that addresses real workplace issues. Our program is industry-based and applied. We expect you'll bring your work experiences to class and apply what you learn on the job. We want you to use your assignments and research projects to address real workplace issues.

  • A flexible night and weekend class schedule tailored to working adults. Our program serves working professionals with already busy lives. You can set your own pace of study and start any time of the year. Join now to increase and diversify your engineering skills.

In response to COVID-19, the University of St. Thomas has made prudent decisions to act on the advice of state and medical professionals.  The format for spring 2021 will be either hybrid or live online, with faculty ready to pivot to have all classes fully online if needed. The classes are still being held during their normal time on weeknights and Saturdays. 

We are happy to help you in every way possible on your journey to apply, register, and start classes. Each of our classes meet once a week or every other Saturday. 

Our staff and faculty are ready to assist you with your questions so e-mail us at gradengineering@stthomas.eduThat is why we are here.   

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited educational institution in the U.S. (or international equivalent).  

  • An overall grade-point-average (GPA) of at least 2.7 out of 4.0. (Applicants with a GPA less than 2.7 will be considered for provisional admission with their professional experience factored into the decision.)

To complete the requirements for the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, students must successfully complete 30 graduate semester credits and maintain a GPA of at least 2.7

M.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering Program Requirements for catalogs prior to spring 2021.

Degree plan for students with an bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or related program:

TOTAL COURSES
[10 courses = 30 credits]
 
Select four courses in Design, four courses in Analysis, and two electives.

CORE REQUIREMENTS: DESIGN 
[4 courses required = 12 credits]
 
Select four courses:

  • ETLS 501 – Production Operations Systems
  • ETLS 502 – Manufacturing Processes (design of manufacturing processes)
  • ETLS 520 – Design and Manufacturing in the Medical Device
  • ETLS 555 – Advanced Product Design
  • ETLS 591 – Advanced Thermal Systems
  • ETLS 672 – Excellence in Product Design
  • ETLS 701 – Design of Experiments
  • ETLS 723 – Biomaterials in the Design of Medical Devices
  • ETLS 773 – Principles of MEMS Product Development
  • ETLS 774 – Introduction to Mechatronics
  • ETLS 775 – Polymers in Design
  • ETLS 777 – Finite Element Analysis

CORE REQUIREMENTS: ANALYSIS
[4 courses required = 12 credits]
 
Select four courses:

  • ETLS 506 – Statistical Methods for Manufacturing Quality
  • ETLS 591 – Advanced Thermal Systems
  • ETLS 701 – Design of Experiments
  • ETLS 746 – Power Electronics
  • ETLS 747 – Electric machines and Vehicles
  • ETLS 748 – Renewable Energy Generation
  • ETLS 776 – Advanced Engineering Materials
  • ETLS 777 – Finite Element Analysis
  • ETLS 789 – Simulation and Visualization of Dynamic Systems

ELECTIVE COURSES
[2 courses required = 6 credits]

 You may choose two electives from the ETLS or SEIS course catalog or two ETLS 881 Engineering Project electives. 

Master's Degree plan for students who have a bachelor's degree in a non-STEM field:

TOTAL COURSES [10 courses = 30 credits]: Complete all four recommended foundational courses, and select three courses in Design and three courses in Analysis.

CORE REQUIREMENTS: FOUNDATIONAL 
[4 courses required = 12 credits]
Complete all four recommended foundational courses prior to taking the Design and Analysis courses.

  • ETLS 502 – Manufacturing Processes
  • ETLS 771 – Materials Engineering
  • ETLS 741 – Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics
  • ETLS XXX – Engineering Solids course (TBD)

CORE REQUIREMENTS: DESIGN 
[3 courses required = 9 credits]
 
Select three courses:

  • ETLS 501 – Production Operations Systems
  • ETLS 520 – Design and Manufacturing in the Medical Device
  • ETLS 555 – Advanced Product Design
  • ETLS 591 – Advanced Thermal Systems
  • ETLS 672 – Excellence in Product Design
  • ETLS 701 – Design of Experiments
  • ETLS 723 – Biomaterials in the Design of Medical Devices
  • ETLS 773 – Principles of MEMS Product Development
  • ETLS 774 – Introduction to Mechatronics
  • ETLS 775 – Polymers in Design ETLS 777 – Finite Element Analysis
  • ETLS 777 – Finite Element Analysis 

CORE REQUIREMENTS: ANALYSIS 
[3 courses required = 9 credits] 

Select three courses:

  • ETLS 506 – Statistical Methods for Manufacturing Quality
  • ETLS 511 – Circuit Analysis 
  • ETLS 591 – Advanced Thermal Systems
  • ETLS 701 – Design of Experiments
  • ETLS 746 – Power Electronics
  • ETLS 747 – Electric machines and Vehicles
  • ETLS 748 – Renewable Energy Generation
  • ETLS 776 – Advanced Engineering Materials
  • ETLS 777 – Finite Element Analysis
  • ETLS 789 – Simulation and Visualization of Dynamic Systems

Substitution of any courses can be made based on the prior experience of the student. The decision on substitutions would be made by the MS in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) program director.

 

Please meet with your advisor for this program, Dr. John Abraham, early in your program to determine the best class sequence, as some classes are only offered bi-annually.


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