Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers a program leading to the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME). This research oriented academic degree is appropriate either as a terminal degree or in preparation for doctoral studies in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Interdisciplinary research programs are available to graduate students. Graduate students can participate in on going research programs through independent study projects or as research assistants on sponsored research projects.

The MSME program also consists of coursework and research in advanced mechanical engineering topics allowing emphasis in solid mechanics, thermal/fluid systems, dynamics and controls, or space systems.

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Objectives & Outcomes

  • Prepare the student to perform independent research in their field of specialization
  • Provide students with an understanding of the advanced engineering tools and concepts that apply to their field of specialization, with particular emphasis on the mathematical development of those tools
  • Prepare students to practice engineering at an advanced level
  • Prepare students to pursue doctoral studies in mechanical/aerospace engineering
  • Develop student's communication skills and professionalism

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers a program leading to the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MS ME).  This research-oriented academic degree is appropriate either as a terminal degree or in preparation for doctoral studies in mechanical and aerospace engineering.  Courses at the graduate level are often offered in the late afternoon or evening to enable students from local industry to complete their studies.

The Graduate Curriculum includes:

  • Analysis and Control of Dynamic Systems
  • Space Systems
  • Thermal/Fluid Systems
  • Solid Mechanics, Structures and Materials

Interdisciplinary research programs are available to graduate students.  Graduate students can participate in ongoing research programs through independent study projects or as research assistants on sponsored research projects.

Program Prerequisites:

  • Two semesters of calculus-based physics
  • A programming course in a higher order language; linear systems theory; engineering probability; linear algebra; and differential equations are required for admission to the program.

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for regular admission in to the MSME program is as follows:

  • BS in engineering, applied mathematics, or physics from an accredited institution
  • An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0 in all college level academic work attempted
  • Successful completion of the following undergraduate mechanical engineering core courses (with MAE equivalent listed):  Dynamics (MAE 2104), Strength of Materials (MAE 3201), Fluid Mechanics (MAE 3130), and Thermodynamics (MAE 2301).
  • Successful completion of the following undergraduate math courses:  Differential Equations and Linear Algebra/Engineering Mathematics.
  • Provide scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Applications who do not meet these requirements for regular admission may be admitted on a provisional basis subject to the recommendations of the MAE graduate committee.

For application information:How to Apply

Procedures & Requirements for Graduation

During the first semester of enrollment, each student will prepare a Plan of Study, which must be approved by the student's graduate advisor and the MAE Graduate Affairs Committee. The plan will specify the student's selected area of interest and list courses related to the area. Any subsequent changes to the Plan of Study must be approved by the student's advisor and the MAE Graduate Affairs Committee.

Choose between Plan I - Thesis Option, or Plan II - Course Option

  • Plan I - At least twenty-four hours of graduate coursework and up to six hours of thesis/research credit is necessary to satisfy the thirty credit hour requirement. The thesis/research credit will be provided for research and preparation of the student's thesis, and defense of the thesis is required for completion of the program. The thesis defense will be based on the thesis and related materials and will be open to the public.
  • Plan II - Thirty semester hours of graduate study, with a minimum of six hours of coursework in graduate level pure or applied mathematics.

The student and advisor will select an advisory committee, which will provide assistance in formulating and executing the student's graduate program. The committee shall consist of at least three full time faculty members selected from the College of Engineering and Applied Science at UCCS; the advisor must be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Eligibility to serve on the Graduate Committee shall be determined by the policies and procedures of the Graduate School.

For additional information, please contact the MAE Department.

Tentative Graduate Course Schedule

Yearly Core Course Offerings


(Courses repeat every academic year)

TERM COURSE COURSE COURSE
Fall MAE 5011 - Analysis I MAE 5410 - Astrodynamics MAE 5310 - Intermediate Heat Transfer
Spring MAE 5012 - Analysis II MAE 5201 - Solid Mechanics MAE 5417 - Modeling/Analysis of Dynamic Systems

Specialty Offerings

TERM DYNAMICS & CONTROLS THERMAL/FLUID SPACE
Sp15 MAE 5125 - Advanced Dynamics MAE 9510 - Radiation
MAE 5301 - Advanced Thermodynamics
MAE 5091 - Space Environment
Fa16 MAE 5419 - Trajectory Optimization MAE 5391 - Rocket Propulsion MAE 5391 - Rocket Propulsion
MAE 5419 - Trajectory Optimization
Sp16 MAE 5424 - Spacecraft Attitude D & Cb MAE 5140 - Compressible Flowa
MAE 5130 - Incompressible Flowa
MAE 5424 - Spacecraft Attitude D & Cb
Fa16 MAE 5421 - Digital Controla MAE 9510 - Radiation MAE 5091 - Space Environment
Sp17 MAE 5125 - Advanced Dynamics MAE 9510 - Radiation
MAE 5301 - Advanced Thermodynamics
MAE 5091 - Space Environment
Fa17 MAE 5424 - Spacecraft Attitude D & Cb MAE 5140 - Compressible Flowa
MAE 5130 - Incompressible Flowa
MAE 5424 - Spacecraft Attitude D & Cb
Sp18 MAE 5419 - Trajectory Optimization MAE 5391 - Rocket Propulsion MAE 5391 - Rocket Propulsion
MAE 5419 - Trajectory Optimization
aPrereq: Engineering Analysis I
bPrereq: Modeling/Analysis of Dynamic Systems