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Degree Requirements

The following are abbreviated descriptions of the current degrees offered through the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.

MASTER'S DEGREE - (PLAN I - THESIS)

For the M.S. (thesis) degree, a minimum of thirty credit hours must be successfully completed of which up to twelve may be research credits (i.e. thesis research credits). No foreign language examination is required. More requirement details may be found in the current Graduate Handbook.

MASTER'S DEGREE - (PLAN II - NONTHESIS)

The M.S. (non-thesis) degree is generally not an option for students receiving financial support from the department. Students receiving financial support from the department must obtain the approval of their advisor and the department chair prior to matriculating in the M.S. (non-thesis) program. More requirement details may be found in the current Graduate Handbook.

MASTER OF ENGINEERING IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

This degree is intended for students who are interested in engineering management, and combines courses from the Mendoza College of Business with traditional engineering courses. A total of 24 credits of course work are required. Details on the program are provided in a separate handbook. Specific information about the MEME degree requirements can be found here.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

A total of seventy-two semester credit hours (including both course credits and research credits) are required for the Ph.D. degree, which includes a combination of coursework and research. Eighteen credit hours of course work applicable to the Ph.D. degree, excluding research credits, is required in the first year for students receiving support from University sources. First year students supported in full by external funding can take fewer course credits, and more research credits, with the approval of their research advisor, though care should be taken that they are still prepared to take the qualifying examination at the end of their first year of studies. Students are expected to complete all degree requirements in approximately five years. More requirement details may be found in the current Graduate Handbook.

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