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M.S. Program

Master of Science–Thesis Option (PLAN I): 30 Credit Hours

  • Graduates complete 24 hours of graduate course work and a thesis. All students on teaching or research assistantships in the department are expected to pursue the thesis option.
  • A student’s curriculum and thesis must be approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The student must pass a final comprehensive examination, which is typically a presentation and defense of the thesis. In addition, the student must satisfy all University requirements defined in the current edition of The University of Alabama Graduate Catalog.
  • A minimum of 12 semester hours in the major area at or above the 500 level. Major area courses are ME and ME cross-listed courses.  Three hours of approved coursework in a closely allied area may be used as a major area course.
  • A minimum of 6 hours of mathematics.
  • A minimum of 6 hours of ME 599 thesis research hours and an approved thesis.

Master of Science–Non-Thesis Option (PLAN II): 30 Credit Hours

  • Graduates complete 30 hours of graduate course work and take a comprehensive exam in the final semester. In addition, the student must satisfy all University requirements defined in the current edition of The University of Alabama Graduate Catalog.
  • A student’s curriculum must be approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee.
  • A minimum of 18 semester hours in the major area at or above the 500 level.  Major area courses are ME and ME cross-listed courses.  Six hours of approved coursework in a closely allied area may be used as a major area course.
  • A minimum of 6 hours of mathematics.
  • Pass a comprehensive exam.  A Ph.D. proposal or journal paper, as approved by the committee, can serve as a comprehensive exam.
  • This degree may be completed by distance. This option is intended primarily for students who are employed full-time or serve in the military.

For additional information about mechanical engineering graduate programs, contact Dr. Steve Shepard.