M.S. Requirements-Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Master of Science Degree Programs

Multiple options are available under the M.S. degree program to satisfy needs and fulfill goals of the students. All M.S. options discussed below are self-supported or have an outside funding source (such as the student’s employer) to pay for tuition and living expenses. Too see annual tuition rates at Carnegie Mellon University, visit the HUB website.

Course-Work Option

This program is designed for students who want to become engineering professionals in private industry or the government sector after graduation. In this option, students take advanced graduate-level courses to expand their knowledge base beyond a typical undergraduate Mechanical Engineering curriculum. A wide range of fundamental and specialized courses are available that allow students the flexibility to specialize in a given area. Specialized courses are designed to provide in-class project experience to various degrees. This option requires completion of 96 units (8 courses) over 2-3 semesters (except summer). During the Summer, students typically pursue internship opportunities in industry. Nearly 80% of our graduate students select to graduate with the MS-C option. Students who enter the MS-C program without an engineering degree (e.g. with a baccalaureate in mathematics or one of the physical sciences) may require additional course work. In such cases, the graduate committee will work closely with the student to devise a suitable program of study. An MS degree in Mechanical engineering is awarded at the end of this program.
To learn about available specialization areas visit http://www.cmu.edu/me/graduate/degree-specialties.html
To learn about recently offered courses visit https://www.cmu.edu/me/graduate/courses.html

Requirements


Beginning January 2015, students in the course-work option have the ability to finish the degree in either two or three semesters, depending upon the number of courses they select to take per semester. Our faculty and department advisors are here to discuss which option is best for each student. For international students starting in January 2015 and beyond, an admission letter is issued to obtain a visa for 16 months.

Options

Research Option

This program is designed for students who want to perform graduate level research, to either pursue a PhD degree or work in industry after graduation. PhD students are accepted through our direct PhD program. Admission to MS-R option does not guarantee admission into our PhD program. Students admitted to this option will perform research with a faculty member for the entire duration of the program. Students are matched with the faculty member at the time of admission. Students will typically enroll full-time for four semesters (except summer), and complete a total of 192 units. During the Summer, students typically pursue internship opportunities either in industry or with their faculty advisor. For international students an admission letter is issued to obtain a visa for 21 months. Since the emphasis is on research, course requirements are less as shown in the table below.  The culmination of the research-option MS is a final research report and presentation to faculty and students at the annual Bennett Conference, held in the spring of each year. An MS degree in Mechanical engineering is awarded at the end of this program.
To learn about faculty research areas visit https://www.cmu.edu/me/people/faculty.html
To learn about available specialization areas visit http://www.cmu.edu/me/graduate/degree-specialties.html
To learn about recently offered courses visit https://www.cmu.edu/me/graduate/courses.html

MS-R