Tracks of Study

The M.Eng.ME program is coursework based, industry oriented, and is entirely customizable to suit one's needs, so long as the degree requirements are met.  Three tracks of suggested courses are offered as guidance for those who want to pursue one of the following fields within mechanical engineering: 



Controls & Manufacturing

Customized Track:  Students have the flexibility to create their own program by combining the courses recommended from any of the three existing tracks (Controls & Manufacturing, Design, Energy) or other courses outside the tracks. Students will receive guidance from a dedicated faculty advisor when customizing their program.

The curriculum for each of the course tracks listed above is designed to provide students with an education with a strong emphasis on applying fundamental engineering concepts in diverse industrial settings. Several of our core 500-level courses are taught by established technical experts from industry or senior faculty with industrial exposure. Select courses are available online, offering great flexibility to our M.Eng.ME students.

Click each track of study to explore the recommended core courses for that track.

Credit Requirements

ME/TAM coursework 12-20 hours
Elective coursework 4-8 hours
Applied math/computational science course from approved list 3-4 hours
Professional development coursework 4-8 hours
Total degree credit 32 hours

Additional requirements

  • Minimum of 12 500-level credit hours applied toward the degree, 8 of which must be in ME/TAM.
  • Minimum of 4 hours of elective coursework must be taken outside ME/TAM. Electives should be selected in consultation with the M.Eng.ME faculty director.
  • Maximum of 4 hours of independent study may be applied toward degree requirements.
  • Students in the program must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Credit Restrictions

No course used to fulfill any degree requirement may be taken using the “Credit/No Credit” or “Audit” options.  All degree requirements must be fulfilled with graduate-level standard letter grade courses.

Time Limitations

M.Eng.ME students are allotted up to five calendar years after their first registration in the Graduate College to finish the degree. Extension of the full-time program beyond three semesters would require justification.

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