The department has active research programs in the areas of Dynamic Systems & Control (DSC), ThermoFluids Science (TFS), and Materials Processing & Manufacturing (MPM).
Welcome to the graduate program in Mechanical Engineering (ME) at The University of Alabama. Advanced engineering study is intellectually stimulating and will prove to be a great asset in a career. The department has active research programs in Dynamic Systems & Control (DSC), ThermoFluids Science (TFS), and Materials Processing & Manufacturing (MPM) which, in addition to the general core graduate courses, provide the foundation for earning a Master of Science (MSME) or Doctoral (PhD) degree in Mechanical Engineering.
The MSME and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering are offered through the conventional on-campus program (MA) as well as via distance (DL). Applicants and current students are encouraged to refer to the UA Graduate School for official information related to curriculum and admissions.
Graduates complete 24 graduate course hours and a thesis or 30 graduate course hours and a comprehensive exam.
The doctorate requires 48 credit hours of coursework past the bachelor’s degree, a qualifying exam, a proposal, and a dissertation.
|Domestic & International|
|No Deadlines for Graduate Admissions|
|International applicants should consider the time required to obtain travel documents from country of origin when applying.|
Applicants to the MSME program are expected to have completed a BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering (or related field) with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants from other fields are welcome, though additional undergraduate coursework may be required prior to entry. Specific admission requirements to the program can be found on the Graduate School’s web site.
Applicants to the PhD program are expected to have completed an MS Degree in Mechanical Engineering (or related field) with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with only a BSME degree and a 3.3 GPA are also considered for direct admission to the program and may obtain an en route MSME when they satisfy the MSME non-thesis degree requirements. Applicants from other fields are welcome to apply for regular admission, though additional undergraduate coursework may be required prior to entry. Specific admission requirements to the program can be found on the Graduate School’s web site.
APPLY TO THE ME GRADUATE PROGRAM
University of Alabama ME undergraduate students with strong qualifications may enter these graduate degree programs early through UA’s Accelerated Master’s Program. These students may also double-count up to 9 hours of graduate credit for the BSME elective courses. Please refer to the AMP website for additional information.
While applications are processed on a rolling basis, international applicants are encouraged to apply early so that the required travel paperwork can be obtained from the country of origin. This paperwork must be obtained in order to travel to campus prior to classes starting. The process for obtaining this travel paperwork can often take two to six months to complete, depending on the country of origin. Applicants seeking consideration for funding should also apply early.
Funding and financial assistance is also available to qualified applicants. This support is generally in the form of an assistantship or fellowship. Those interested in pursuing funding are encouraged to visit the degree specific pages for additional information on funding opportunities as well as the process for securing funding, which is a process that is separate from admissions.
For additional information about Mechanical Engineering graduate programs, please contact Dr. Steve Shepard, the departmental graduate program director.
Over 1,500 undergraduates and over 160 graduate students were enrolled in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Alabama in the Fall 2021 term. Currently, there are 31 Mechanical Engineering faculty members. Faculty teach graduate-level courses and conduct research in thrust areas that include, but are not limited to: automotive systems, robotics and human systems, automation and mechatronic systems, energy and building efficiency, internal combustion engines, manufacturing systems, additive manufacturing, and materials processing and modeling.
The Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series is an important component of our graduate program. This seminar provides a means for graduate students to present their research in a student-centered environment. Furthermore, outside speakers are recruited for this series in order to expose students and faculty to research being conducted at other organizations. Information on the seminars for the current semester can be found below.
Time: Tuesdays 2 – 3 PM (9/14 talk will be 10 – 11 AM)
Location: SERC 1059 (9/14 talk will be in SERC 3030)
|10:00 AM – 11:00 AM||Dr. Sung Hoon Kang (Johns Hopkins University)||Dr. Dan Fonseca||Bio-inspired materials with self-adaptable mechanical behaviors and architected materials with extreme energy absorption & deep subwavelength sound absorption||SERC 3030|
|2:00 PM – 3:00 PM||Dr. Chang-Dong Yeo (Texas Tech University)||Dr. Keivan Davami||Impacts of Structural Vibration and Electrode’ Surface Roughness on Electrical Contact Resistance||SERC 1059|
|2:00 PM – 3:00 PM||Dr. W. Hong Yeo (Georgia Institute of Technology)||Dr. Kasra Momeni||Nanomanufacturing and Soft Packaging Technologies for Flexible Biosensors and Bioelectronics||SERC 1059|
|2:00 PM – 3:00 PM||Dr. Beomjin Kwon (Arizona State University)||Dr. Hyun Jin Kim||Opportunities in Heat Transfer Systems: 3D Printing & Machine Learning||SERC 1059|
|2:00 PM – 3:00 PM||Dr. David Blunck (Oregon State University)||Dr. Ajay Agrawal||TBA||SERC 1059|
|2:00 PM – 3:00 PM||Dr. Dan Preston (Rice University)||Dr. Sree Kalyan Patiballa||Fluidic Control and Energy Harvesting in Textile-Based Wearable Robots||SERC 1059|
|2:00 PM – 3:00 PM||Dr. Chad Rose (Auburn University)||Dr. Christian Cousin||SERC 1059|
|2:00 PM – 3:00 PM||Student Presentations||SERC 1059|
|2:00 PM – 3:00 PM||Dr. Myunghee Kim (University of Illinois Chicago)||TBD||SERC 1059|
|2:00 PM – 3:00 PM||Dr. Mark Obstalecki (USAF AFMC)||Dr. Matthew Kasemer||SERC 1059|
The University of Alabama offers both research-based and professionally focused programs, at the master’s and doctoral level.
All prospective international students are welcome at The University of Alabama.
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This program is intended for gifted and highly motivated candidates whose objectives include degrees at the master’s or doctoral level.