The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Plan A is ideal for students who are interested in advancing their career in industry or research. The program combines valuable classroom instruction with research experiences. Students conduct research under the supervision of a faculty advisor, often the Principal Investigator (P.I.), for a government or industry sponsored project. The student’s research, in conjunction with thesis credits and coursework, culminates in an article for submission to a peer-reviewed journal and a final thesis.

Learning Objectives

1. Bring together faculty members and graduate students in a diverse community of scholars having a common interest in advanced professional study and creative work.

2. Extend the boundaries of the mechanical engineering profession by developing advanced technologies to provide creative solutions to global problems such as energy, environment and human health.

3. Consideration of a challenging problem utilizing analytical, experimental, and/or design techniques 1) to determine and explain the behavior of a simple system or 2) to bring into logical order the techniques of a field which has experienced random growth.

4. Develop new analytical knowledge, experimental knowledge, design knowledge, or a combination thereof.

Effective Fall 2023

Select 2 courses from the following:6-7
Mathematical Modeling for Chemical Engineers
Advanced Mechanics of Materials
Numerical Methods in Science and Engineering
Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers
Advanced Mechanical Systems
Materials Issues in Mechanical Design
Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics
Advanced Fluid Mechanics
Advanced Heat Transfer
Computational Methods for Mechanical Eng.
Electives 111-18
Select one from the following:6-12
Thesis: Bioengineering
Thesis: Energy Conversion
Thesis: Environmental Engineering
Thesis: Heat and Mass Transfer
Thesis: Industrial and Systems Engineering
Thesis: Mechanics and Design
Thesis: Computer-Assisted Engineering
Thesis: Robotics
Thesis: Solar Engineering
Thesis: Computational Fluids
Thesis: Materials
Thesis: Plasma Engineering
Thesis: Motorsport Engineering
Program Total Credits:30

 A minimum of 30 credits are required to complete this program. Of the 30 minimum credits required for this program, at least 24 credits must be at the 500-level or above and earned at CSU.


Select courses with approval of advisor and graduate committee.