Accelerated BS to MSME This is a Track

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College : Engineering and Computer Science Degree :MSME
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The Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate program in Mechanical Engineering allows highly qualified undergraduate majors in Mechanical Engineering to begin taking graduate-level courses that will count toward their master’s degree while completing their baccalaureate degree program. Participation will enable completion of the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in five instead of six years for students enrolled in full-time course work.


The BSME is awarded after completing all university requirements, including 128 total credit hours and 71 credit hours of engineering courses. The MSME is awarded upon completion of the master’s program. Courses designated in General Education Program and Common Program Prerequisites are usually completed in the first 60 hours (see engineering major requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog).
Total Credit Hours Required:
30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Up to 12 credit hours of approved graduate level courses of grades "B" (3.0) or better may be counted towards the BS and MS degrees. Additional notes on the Accelerated Undergraduate and Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering are as follows:

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Students must earn at least a "B" (3.0) in each undergraduate and graduate engineering course for them to be counted toward the major.

Undergraduate Requirements

Please see the current edition of the Undergraduate Catalog for additional information about this program.

Graduate Requirements

The Mechanical Engineering program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, and offers thesis and nonthesis options in two tracks, Mechanical Systems and Thermofluids. At least 24 credit hours of course work must be taken, exclusive of thesis and research. The thesis options require 24 credit hours of formal courses, and six credit hours of thesis.   Accelerated Mechanical Engineering students must declare their interest in either the Mechanical Systems Track or the Thermofluids Track by completing a Program of Study with their adviser.

Additionally, all students pursuing the thesis option must enroll in the following course:

  • EML 5936 Mechanical and Aerospace Seminar (0 credit hours)

Students must register for the seminar course a minimum of two times during their graduate career in the master's program (thesis option). The students must also complete the course with a satisfactory (S) grade in both attempts. If the student does not complete the course with a satisfactory grade, the student will be asked to repeat the course to meet program requirements.

The nonthesis options require 30 credit hours of courses, including completion of EML 6085 Research Methods in MMAE.  For students who are not on campus and upon prior approval from the graduate coordinator, EML 6918 Directed Research (3 credit hours) may be substituted as the student's independent learning experience.  In the case substitution EML 6918 is approved, a letter must be provided by the member of the faculty supervising the directed research.

Equipment Fee

Students in the Mechanical Engineering MSME program pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $45 per semester.

Independent Learning

The Independent Learning requirement is met by successful completion of a master's thesis for the thesis option. The nonthesis option independent learning experience is provided by the required course, EML 6085 Research Methods in MMAE (3 credit hours).  For students who are not on campus and upon prior approval from the graduate coordinator, EML 6918 Directed Research (3 credit hours) may be substituted as the student's independent learning experience. In the case substitution EML 6918 is approved, a letter must be provided by the member of the faculty supervising the directed research certifying independent learning. 

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

The Accelerated BS to MS program in Mechanical Engineering allows highly qualified University of Central Florida undergraduate majors in Mechanical Engineering to begin taking graduate level courses that will count toward their master's degree while completing their baccalaureate degree program. Students apply for admission to the accelerated program in either their junior year or senior year. If the student has a degree in the discipline, but were not previously part of this accelerated program, then they should apply to either the Mechanical Systems Track or Thermofluids Track. Additional information about this track may be located at:

The College of Engineering and Computer Science strongly encourages prospective applicants to request a free pre-screening ( of their qualifications prior to submitting an online application for graduate admission. However, a pre-screening is not required; rather, it is offered as a courtesy to all prospective applicants before they commit to submitting a complete online application and paying an application processing fee.

Admissions decisions are made on the basis of a complete online application only, and not on the basis of any pre-screening. Prospective applicants who are encouraged to apply to their intended graduate program based on the information provided for their pre-screening are not assured of admission or financial assistance when they submit a complete online application. Although it is possible, it is not likely, that prospective applicants who are discouraged from formally applying to a graduate program at the pre-screening stage will be admitted if they elect to submit a complete online application anyway.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, or a closely related discipline.
  • Résumé.
  • Statement of educational, research, and professional career objectives.

Faculty members may choose to conduct face-to-face or telephone interviews before accepting an applicant into their research program.

Additional courses may be required to correct deficiencies. Applicants should contact the MMAE graduate program director for more information.

Application Deadlines

Accelerated BS to MSME *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1


This track is available to University of Central Florida undergraduate majors in Mechanical Engineering only.

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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.