Graduate

The department has active research programs in the areas of Dynamic Systems & Control (DSC), ThermoFluids Science (TFS), and Materials Processing & Manufacturing (MPM).

Graduate

Degrees

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.

Mechanical Engineering, MS

Graduates complete 24 graduate course hours and a thesis or 30 graduate course hours and a comprehensive exam.

Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D.

The doctorate requires 48 credit hours of coursework past the bachelor’s degree, a qualifying exam, a proposal, and a dissertation.

Graduate Application Deadlines

Domestic & International
No Deadlines for Graduate Admissions
International applicants should consider the time required to obtain travel documents from country of origin when applying.

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Graduate Admissions & Funding Opportunities

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.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

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 MORE INFORMATION

For additional information about Mechanical Engineering graduate programs, please contact Dr. Steve Shepard, the departmental graduate program director.

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About Us

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.

ME Faculty/Staff

Find contact and research information for all faculty and staff of the ME Department.

Laboratories

UA’s Department of Mechanical Engineering conducts research projects worth several million dollars annually.

Research Areas

UA’s Department of Mechanical Engineering Faculty is grouped into three interconnected but distinct disciplinary groups; Dynamic Systems & Control (DSC), Materials Processing & Manufacturing (MPM), and ThermoFluids Science (TFS).

Seminar Series

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.

Speaker Invitation for SPRING 2022 ME Seminar Series

Date Time Speaker Title Venue

01/25/2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Dr. Nader Jalili and Dr. Steve Shepard (ME) Research Ethics and ME Research overview North Lawn 2007

02/01/2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Dr. Juyoung Leem (Stanford University) Data-driven design and engineering of materials systems Zoom

02/08/2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Dr. Jae Sung Park (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) When fluid mechanics meets electrokinetics: applications to flow batteries and reverse osmosis North Lawn 2007

02/15/2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Dr. Joonsik Hwang (Mississippi State University) Comprehensive Understanding on Plume Dynamics in Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) Sprays North Lawn 2007

02/22/2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Dr. Wonmo Kang (Arizona State University) Cavitation in soft materials for brain injury application Zoom

03/01/2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM UA Counselling Center Stress management and stress reduction North Lawn 2007

03/08/2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Dr. Joseph Meadows (Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University) Rotating Detonation Engines – Disruptive Technology for Next Generation Power Generation Systems and Propulsion Systems North Lawn 2007

03/22/2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Charles E. Baukal Jr., Ph.D., Ed.D., P.E. Is Hydrogen the Fuel of the Future? North Lawn 2007

03/29/2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Mr. Lance Simpson (UA Rodgers Science and Engineering Library) Research Strategies and Library Resources for Mechanical Engineering North Lawn 2007
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Graduate School
Resources

Prospective Students

The University of Alabama offers both research-based and professionally focused programs, at the master’s and doctoral level.

Scholastic Requirements

The minimum degree requirements and academic performance standards.

Degree Requirements

The general requirements for advanced degrees.

Graduate School Deadlines

The deadlines for applying to UA’s Graduate School.

International Admissions

All prospective international students are welcome at The University of Alabama.

Distance Learning

Can’t get to campus? We’ll come to you. See what distance learning graduate and doctoral degree programs the College of Engineering offers.

Accelerated Master’s Program

This program is intended for gifted and highly motivated candidates whose objectives include degrees at the master’s or doctoral level.

UA Academic Calendar

This calendar shows important dates for the academic year at UA.

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