Mechanical Engineering, M.S.M.E.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website: https://www.marshall.edu/graduate/admissions/. Each applicant must have an undergraduate engineering degree from either an accredited ABET curriculum or an internationally recognized program.

  1. If applicants have an undergraduate 2.5 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale and have already passed the PE exam in the major for which they are applying (official copy of certificate to be sent to the Marshall University Graduate Admissions Office), their applications will be accepted.
  2. If applicants have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in an engineering major closely related to that for which they are applying, their applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  3. If applicants have an undergraduate GPA between a 2.5 and 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in an engineering major closely related to that for which they are applying, applicants must take the GRE exam or pass the FE exam, and have their official GRE scores or official FE certificate sent to the Marshall University Graduate Admissions office. The applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

At least one letter of recommendation is required for all applicants.

International applicants must provide proof of English proficiency with a minimum score of 6.5 on IELTS, a score of 80 on the TOEFL IBT (or 550 paper-based), or by holding an approved degree from an accepted, regionally accredited university within the United States. International applicants must meet all other admission criteria prior to being admitted to the program and registering for the first semester of courses.

A current non-degree or degree-seeking Marshall University student who holds an undergraduate engineering degree, may apply to be considered for admission to the M.S.E. degree program if s/he has at least a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3. 30 in his or her first 9 credit hours of M.S.E. courses. For international students, the English requirements stated above must still be satisfied. 

Eligibility to take the PE exam is based primarily on completion of an ABET-accredited undergraduate engineering degree in most states. Completion of a M.S.E. graduate degree at an institution with an ABET-accredited undergraduate degree does not fulfill that requirement to take the PE exam.

Program Requirements

Each degree candidate is required to complete at least 30 graduate credit hours, with a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 for the courses included in the student’s Plan of Study. At least one-half of the minimum required hours for the degree must be earned in classes numbered 600 or above.

Each degree-seeking student must file an approved “Plan of Study,” developed with a faculty advisor, before the student registers for the 12th credit hour. The M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering requires a student to take a sequence of courses that shows a “clearly discernible specialty or concentration.” In consultation with his/her advisor, an M.S. student can develop a concentration specifically tailored to his/her interests and objectives. Focus areas include sustainability, materials and manufacturing, bio-mechanical engineering, thermo/fluids, and mechanics/design. At least three of the elective courses (9 CR) must be within the student’s focus area at the 600 level.

Students may choose to complete either the thesis option or the coursework-only option after consultation with their academic advisors.

Accelerated Graduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering

Students enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering Accelerated Graduate Degree program can complete the bachelor’s degree by lowering the number of undergraduate credits (up to 12) with up to 12 graduate credits that will apply to the master’s degree in mechanical engineering. Please see the section on Accelerated Graduate Degrees in this catalog for further information.

  1. Thesis Option: Three graduate ME, CE, ENGR or EE Courses (500 or 600 Level) can be taken to meet the Technical Electives requirement. In addition, ENGR 451 Intro to Proj Management can be substituted by EM 660 Project Management, or ME 420 Control Systems can be substituted by ME 560 Automation and Control.
  2. Coursework Option: Three graduate ME, CE, ENGR or EE (500 or 600 Level) can be taken to meet the Technical Electives requirement. In addition, ENGR 451 Intro to Proj Management can be substituted by EM 660 Project Management, or ME 420 Control Systems can be substituted by ME 560 Automation and Control.

Applicants for the Accelerated Graduate Degree program in Mechanical Engineering must be undergraduate Mechanical Engineering students and have completed a minimum of 80 credit hours, including:

ENGR 318Fluid Mechanics3
ENGR 335Adv Engineering Analysis3
ME 310Thermodynamics II3
ME 340Machine Element Design3
ME 455Metallurgy3

The applicant must have a minimum overall Grade Point Average of 3.30, with 3.3 in the major and no less than a B grade in the following courses:

ENGR 335Adv Engineering Analysis3
ME 310Thermodynamics II3
ME 340Machine Element Design3
ME 455Metallurgy3

Plan of Study

Thesis Option

(30 hours)

The thesis option involves the completion of 6 HR of research (ENGR 682 Research) under the direction of an advisor on an approved project. The student must prepare a formal thesis proposal (including a statement of work, extensive literature search, and proposed timeline) in consultation with his or her advisor and present the proposal to the graduate thesis committee, which is formed in consultation with the advisor. The thesis proposal must be defended and approved by the thesis committee prior to the final semester of study (typically completed during first semester of ENGR 682 Research). Students must then summarize their research work in the form of a formal, written thesis and successfully defend it before their thesis committee in order to fulfill the requirements for the degree (typically completed during second semester of ENGR 682 Research). Thesis work is typically conducted over two semesters.

ENGR 570Finite Elements3
ME 601Advanced Engr Analysis I3
Select one of the following:3
Advanced Engr Analysis II
Applied Statistics (with advisor approval)
ME 604Research Methods3
Four Elective Courses12
ENGR 682Research6
Total Credit Hours30

Coursework-Only Option

(30 hours)

Students can complete 30 hours of coursework and then complete a comprehensive examination within the last two semesters of graduation to fulfill the requirements of their degree. Examinations will be administered once per semester for all students.

ENGR 570Finite Elements3
ME 601Advanced Engr Analysis I3
Select one of the following:3
Advanced Engr Analysis II
Applied Statistics (with advisor approval)
Seven Elective Courses21
Total Credit Hours30

Approved Elective Courses

  • Any ME (Mechanical Engineering) course approved in advance by the student’s advisor
  • Any CE (Civil Engineering) course approved in advance by the student’s advisor
  • Any EM (Engineering Management) course approved in advance by the student’s advisor
  • Any ENGR (Engineering) course approved in advance by the student’s advisor