University of Vermont

2011-12 Online Catalogue

Mechanical Engineering (Master of Science)


Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy programs are offered. Candidates holding degrees other than those in Mechanical Engineering are encouraged to apply. In such cases, it is typically necessary for students to complete some preparatory course work in addition to the graduate studies. In all courses, general requirements for admission, as outlined under the Regulations of the Graduate College, must be met. Areas of research interest include: applied mechanics, biomechanics, fluid mechanics, fuel science, heat transfer, mechatronics, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), precision engineering, smart structures, tissue engineering, vibrations.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science

An accredited bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent is the typical requirement; however, students holding a bachelor's degree in a related engineering or scientific field may also qualify for admission.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science

A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the first nine credits of graduate course work.

Minimum Degree Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers both thesis and non-thesis options for the master's degree. Both options require the completion of advanced courses in mechanical engineering, mathematics, and other approved courses and research (for thesis students) totaling at least thirty credits. Graduate students. Graduate students receiving financial support via teaching or research fellowships are required to select the thesis option. Part-time students typically select the non-thesis option but may choose the thesis option if they prefer. Students normally decide on which option they intend to pursue at the beginning of their program.

All students are required to complete a prescribed set of fifteen core course credits which cover areas of advanced engineering mathematics, mechanics, and numerical methods. In addition, all students must select an area of specialization for their degree. Currently, the department offers specialization tracks in (1) solid mechanics and design; (2) thermo-fluid mechanics; and (3) biomechanics. Further details on the core course requirements and the areas of specialization can be obtained from the Mechanical Engineering website.

Thesis Option: In addition to core courses, students selecting the thesis option must complete a minimum of six credits of course work in their chosen area of specialization. Students must also complete six to nine credits of independent thesis research; those opting for a six-credit thesis must complete an additional three credits of approved course work.

Non-Thesis Option: Students selecting the non-thesis option must complete an additional fifteen credits of course work beyond the core credits in lieu of a thesis. Of the additional course work, a minimum of nine credits must be in a chosen area of specialization.



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