Mechanical Systems This is a Track

College : Engineering and Computer Science Degree :MSME
Department : Select Department Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
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The Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering is primarily intended for students with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Aerospace engineering or a closely related discipline obtained from a recognized accredited institution.


The Mechanical Systems track in the MSME program requires 30 credit hours, including 12 credit hours of required courses, 12 credit hours of elective courses selected from a list of approved courses, and 6 credit hours in a thesis or nonthesis option.
Total Credit Hours Required:
30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

All students must identify an adviser and file an official degree program of study prior to the completion of 9 credit hours of study.  Students should consult with the MMAE Graduate Program Director for assistance in completing the program of study form. The program of study must have departmental approval and must include at least 24 credit hours of formal course work, exclusive of thesis and research. Furthermore, at least half of the credit hours must be from courses at the 6000 level. Substitutions to the program of study must meet with the approval of the adviser and the department.

A student with an undergraduate degree outside of the selected departmental discipline may be required to satisfy an articulation program and take additional prerequisites. More information is available from the MMAE departmental website listed above. 

Prerequisites (or equivalent)

  • Differential Equations (MAP 2302)
  • Modeling Methods in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (EML 3034C)
  • Machine Design and Analysis (EML 3500) or Flight and Structures (EAS 4200)
  • Vibration Analysis (EML 4220) or Space Structural Dynamics (EAS 4210)
  • Experimental Techniques in Mechanics and Materials (EMA 3012C) or Solid Mechanics Lab (EGM 3601L) or Mechanical Systems Experimental Techniques (EML 4221C)
  • Feedback Control (EML 4312C)

Required Courses—12 Credit Hours

  • EML 5060 Mathematical Methods in Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EML 5237 Intermediate Mechanics of Materials (3 credit hours)
  • EML 5271 Intermediate Dynamics (3 credit hours)
  • EML 6211 Continuum Mechanics (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—12 Credit Hours

All students, both thesis and nonthesis, must take 12 credit hours of electives from the following list or from courses from other tracks. Electives should be chosen in consultation with the student's adviser.

  • EML 6305C Experimental Mechanics (3 credit hours)
  • EML 5311 System Control (3 credit hours)
  • EML 5546 Engineering Design with Composite Materials (3 credit hours)
  • EML 6068 Finite Elements in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering II (3 credit hours)
  • EML 6062 Boundary Element Methods in Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EML 6227 Nonlinear Vibration (3 credit hours)
  • EML 5026C Advanced Engineering Design Practice (3 credit hours)
  • EML 5066 Computational Methods in Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EML 5228C Modal Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • EML 5532C Computer-Aided Design for Manufacture (3 credit hours)
  • EML 5572 Probabilistic Methods in Mechanical Design (3 credit hours)
  • EML 6808 Analysis and Control of Robot Manipulators (3 credit hours)
  • EML 6226 Analytical Dynamics (3 credit hours)
  • EML 6233 Fundamentals of Fatigue Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • EML 6547 Engineering Fracture Mechanics in Design (3 credit hours)

Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours

Thesis students must complete an independent research project, and write and successfully defend a thesis describing the project. Students may not register for thesis credit hours until an advisory committee has been appointed and the committee has reviewed the program of study and the proposed thesis topic. 

  • EML 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)

The College of Engineering and Computer Science requires that all thesis defense announcements be approved by the student's adviser and posted on the college's website and on the Events Calendar at the College of Graduate Studies website at least two weeks before the defense date.

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

  • EML 5090 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.

Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours

Nonthesis students are required to take EML 6085 Research Methods in MMAE (or EML 6918 Directed Research, with approval) as part of their 30-credit-hour course requirement. In addition, nonthesis students must take another elective beyond the 12 credit hours of electives described above.

  • EML 6085 Research Methods in MMAE (3 credit hours)*
  • Elective (3 credit hours)

 * For students who are not on campus and with prior approval from the graduate program director,  EML 6918, Directed Research (3 credit hours) may be substituted as the student's independent learning experience.  If the substitution of EML 6918 is approved, a letter must be provided by the faculty member agreeing to supervise the directed research and certifying that the experience includes indentpendent learning.

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 independent learning experience in the nonthesis option is provided by the required course, EML 6085 Research Methods in MMAE (3 credit hours).  For students who are not on campus and with prior approval from the graduate program director, EML 6918 Directed Research (3 credit hours) may be substituted as the student's independent learning experience.  If the substitution of EML 6918 is approved, a letter must be provided by the faculty member agreeing to supervise the directed research and certifying that the experience includes 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 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.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

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

Mechanical Systems *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1


International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1


International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1


*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.