Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Earn a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering

The mechanical engineering graduate program at Missouri S&T offers multiple opportunities for collaboration on research and study. 

You will get the benefit of working with the brightest minds in academia and industry. Our graduate students become leaders in their field whether it be in the corporate world, government agencies or higher education. As a master’s or doctoral-level graduate student, you will conduct high-impact research in our laboratories and research centers while being mentored by world-class faculty. Non-thesis masters and certificate programs are also available for students wanting to update and enhance their technical skills. All programs and certificates are also available to distance students.

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Degree Information

Program Requirements

In order to obtain a master of science degree (thesis option) in mechanical engineering, a student must meet the following conditions:

  • Complete at least 30 total credit hours
  • Complete at least 21 credit hours of lecture courses
  • Complete at least 6 credit hours of ME 6099
  • Complete at least 9 credit hours of lecture courses in the MAE department, at least 3 credit hours of which are at the 6xxx level
  • Complete at least 3 credit hours of mathematics, statistics, or computer science; AE/ME: 5830 Applied Computational Methods may be used to satisfy this requirement
  • Complete at least 6 credit hours of 6xxx lecture courses
  • Complete thesis (see below)
  • Pass oral examination (see below)
  • Meet seminar requirements (see below)

No course below the 5xxx level may be applied to the degree requirements. A graduate student accumulating 10 or more credit hours of C and F grades will no longer be a candidate for an advanced degree from Missouri S&T.

In order to earn a graduate degree, all students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all graduate work taken at Missouri S&T, as well as for all graduate courses listed on the program of study (Form 1 for master’s students and Form 5 for doctoral students)

 

Thesis Requirements

The thesis is a document embodying the results of the student’s original investigation under the guidance of his/her Advisory Committee. It is expected that this document will yield scholarly products, including one or more articles worthy of publication in high quality archival journals. The student’s Advisory Committee will examine the student’s thesis closely for both scientific content and format. The thesis must be formatted appropriately. Formatting specification and further information regarding theses are available at http://grad.mst.edu/currentstudents/thesisdissertationinformation/formatting/.

 

Oral Examination Requirements

The oral examination is an oral defense of the student’s thesis. When the thesis is completed, the student distributes a copy to each member of his/her Advisory Committee and arranges a time and place for the oral examination. Each Advisory Committee member should be allowed to examine the thesis for at least seven working days before the oral examination. In order for the student to pass the oral examination, every member of the student’s Advisory Committee must vote affirmatively. Further information regarding the oral examination is available in the Graduate Catalog.

 

Seminar Requirements

All graduate students are required to attend the Department Seminar Series. 

Program Requirements

In order to obtain a master of science degree (non–thesis option) in mechanical engineering, a student must meet the following conditions:

  • Complete at least 30 total credit hours of lecture courses
  • Complete at least 24 credit hours in the MAE department
  • complete at least 9 credit hours of 6xxx lecture courses, at least 6 credit hours of which are in the MAE department

 No course below the 5xxx level may be applied to the degree requirements. A maximum of 4 credit hours of special problems may be applied to the degree requirements. A graduate student accumulating 10 or more credit hours of C and F grades will no longer be a candidate for an advanced degree from Missouri S&T.

In order to earn a graduate degree, all students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all graduate work taken at Missouri S&T, as well as for all graduate courses listed on the program of study (Form 1 for master’s students and Form 5 for doctoral students). 

Register for classes, after consulting with your Graduate Advisor, before each semester. Complete, in consultation with your Graduate Advisor, Graduate Form 1. This form lists all of the courses you have taken and plan to take. Your Graduate Form 1 must be submitted to the Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs within six weeks of the beginning of the semester in which you take your fifteenth graduate credit hour. If there are any changes in your coursework, you must submit Graduate Form 1A. This form should be done once you are absolutely sure there will be no further changes. The Mechanical Engineering Masters (non-thesis) Checklist can be used to aid this process.

The Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs will advise the student regarding his/her academic program during the first semester, or until the student selects a Graduate Advisor. When a student selects a Graduate Advisor, the student must submit a Graduate Advisor Form‌ to the Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs. In situations where two faculty members are actively involved in advising a student, the student may have a Graduate Advisor and a Graduate Co–Advisor. After the student selects a Graduate Advisor, the responsibility of advising the student in regards to his/her academic and research programs will reside with the Graduate Advisor until the student graduates. The Graduate Advisor or Co–Advisor must be a faculty member of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department.

A graduate student is strongly discouraged from changing graduate advisors. When an unavoidable circumstance arises and warrants consideration for a change, the student and his/her Graduate Advisor must meet with the Associate Chair for Graduate Affairs to resolve the issue before the student may select another Graduate Advisor.

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Research in Mechanical Engineering

In our doctoral and master’s thesis programs, you will do research with our distinguished faculty in one of many areas, including advanced manufacturing, aerospace, energy, materials and structures, micro/nano systems, and robotics and vehicle systems. Almost all of our students conducting research receive financial support for their graduate studies.

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Your Career in Mechanical Engineering

With a mechanical engineering degree, you are creating the opportunity to work in virtually any industry. 

Mechanical engineers are involved in the creation of almost anything human-made! There are limitless possibilities for exciting careers in impactful fields.

Starting Salary

The average salary for S&T students in the last year was $82,444.

Career Fields

  • Renewable energy
  • Transportation
  • Aerospace
  • Defense
  • Manufacturing
  • Bioengineering

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