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Graduate Program

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering – Non Thesis Option

The goal of the Master of Science (MS) degree program is to provide students with an opportunity to strengthen their technical backgrounds for pursuing successful professional careers in engineering research, development and management. Applicants are admitted to this program on the basis of their educational qualifications. A key admission requirement is strong academic background in mechanical engineering or a related technical discipline. The Department also requires all applicants to submit their recent General Record Examination (GRE) scores. More detailed descriptions of all application requirements are provided in the Graduate School Handbook.

Candidates are required to complete the equivalent of ten (10) credits to graduate from this program. Full-time candidates generally complete their degree requirements in two semesters.

  1. Breadth of Technical Exposure (four credits)
    Choose 2 out of the 4 core sequences

    • Core 1. Fluid Dynamics & Heat Transfer
      • Core 1A. ME 111 Thermal Fluid Transport I
      • Core 1B. ME 112 Thermal Fluid Transport II
    • Core 2. Dynamics & Controls
      • Core 2A. ME 180 Digital Control of Dynamic Systems
      • Core 2B. ME 181 Advanced Dynamics and Vibrations
    • Core 3. Material Mechanics & Processing
      • Core 3A. ME 122 Solid Mechanics or ME149 Continuum Mechanics
      • Core 3B. ME 125 Materials Processing
    • Core 4. Design
      • Core 4A. ME 102 Inventive Design
      • Core 4B. ME 149 Advanced Product Design
  2. Mechanical Engineering is a field of diverse engineering science fundamentals and applications. The purpose of the breadth requirement is to expose the student to the connections between the sub-disciplines of mechanical engineering. The Core A course is a pre-requisite for the Core B course in the same sequence.

  3. Development of Analytical Capabilities (one credit)

    • ES 101 Numerical Methods
    • ME 150 Applied Mathematics for Engineers
    • ME 108 Total Quality Control

    The ability to apply mathematics, both classical analysis and computational techniques, to the formulation and solution of problems is central to engineering practice. The MS curriculum addresses this need in two ways. First, the application of a variety of analytical topics integrated within the Core courses. Second, all MS students are required to take one of the above courses to satisfy the mathematical component of this program.

    These three courses are advanced engineering mathematics courses that emphasize different topics - analytical (ME150) or numerical (ES101) solution of ordinary and partial differential equations, mathematical transformation techniques (ME150), or statistics and process control (ME108). Students may elect to take more than one of the courses if they choose, in which case the 2nd course would count towards the "focus course work" requirement (see below).

  4. Professional Development (three credits)

    The successful practice of engineering requires additional skills outside of the core technical skill set. To develop these professional skills, students must take a technical communications class, and take two additional professional education courses, one of which can be an engineering project.

    • Technical Communications (1 credit)
      • EM252 – Business Communication
      • ME118 – Advanced Data Acquisition (This is an experiments-based course with a substantial technical writing requirement)
    • Professional Education or Project (2 credits)
      Professional Education classes available from the Tufts Gordon Institute
      • EM 211 – Lean Six Sigma (with option to earn lean six sigma black belt certification) (1.0 credit)
      • EM 231 – Project Management Strategies & Methodologies (0.5 credit)
      • EM 241 – Strategic Management in the Era of Big Data Analytics (1.0 credit)
      • EM 262 – Negotiation & Conflict Resolution for Engineers & Technologists (0.5 credit)
      • EM 254 – Advancing Innovation: Breakthrough Methodologies for Technology Firms (1.0 credit)
      • EM 261 – Leadership for Technical Professionals (1.0 credit)
      • ME 299 – Masters Project (1.0 credit)

        As an alternative to an EM (engineering management) professional education class students may select to complete an ME299 1 credit (1 semester) project under the guidance of a faculty advisor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Students are required to make a poster presentation of their work that is open to the community at the end of the semester. Project advisors may not always be available. Students must identify a faculty member to serve as the project advisor and register for ME299 with the approval of the faculty advisor.
  5. Focus Course Work (two credits)

    Two additional technical courses should be selected by students in consultation with their academic advisor. These elective courses should be at the graduate level (100 or above). For students that did not take the Design Core, the Department recommends a design course as part of the program of study (e.g. ME102, Inventive Design, although this is not required.

    These courses need not be taken in mechanical engineering. With advisor approval, students may take their focus coursework at the graduate level in other engineering departments, in computer science, in the physical sciences, or in mathematics. However, taking courses outside of engineering and the sciences are exceptions in this program requiring departmental approval prior to registration; otherwise such courses will not be counted towards the degree requirements.

  6. Typical Program of Study (Full Time)

    Semester 1 (Fall)
    5 credits
    Semester 2 (Spring)
    5 credits
    2 credits Core A Breadth of Technical Exposure
    (two 1-credit courses)
    2 credits Core B Breadth of Technical Exposure
    (two 1-credit courses)
    1 credit analytical capabilities
    (ME150 or ES101 or ME108)
    2 credits focus coursework
    (engineering graduate electives)
    1 credit Technical Communication
    (EM252 or ME118)
    1 credit professional education or project
    1 credit professional education or project 

  7. Degree Completion

    To complete the degree, the student should fill out the "Master's Degree Sheet" available on-line and also submit the Graduate Exit Survey. The student fills out the degree sheet, obtains approval from his/her academic advisor, and submits it to the Department Chair for approval. The Department then sends the approved form to Student Services for processing and retains a copy as part of the student's record. Upon receiving of this form, Student Services places the student on the "Graduate Degree Listing" for the next degree awarding cycle (February, May, or August). Specific due dates for these forms are provided in the Graduate School handbook for the graduation year.