The Master of Science 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 program offers Mechanical Systems, Thermofluids and Accelerated BS to MS tracks.
|The Thermofluids 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.|
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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. The program of study must have departmental approval and students should consult with the MMAE Graduate Program Director for assistance in completing their program of study form. At least 24 hours of the program of study must include formal course work, exclusive of thesis and research, and 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)
- Thermodynamics of Mechanical Systems (EML 3101)
- Measurements in Thermal Systems (EML 4304C)
- Fluid Mechanics II (EML 4703) or Propulsion Systems (EAS 4300)
- Heat Transfer (EML 4142)
Required Courses—12 Credit Hours
- EML 5060 Mathematical Methods in Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering (3 credit hours)
- EML 5152 Intermediate Heat Transfer (3 credit hours)
- EML 5713 Intermediate Fluid Mechanics (3 credit hours)
- EML 6104 Classical Thermodynamics (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 MMAE tracks. Up to 6 credit hours of electives could also be from other graduate courses offered in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Students should confer with their advisers when choosing electives.
- EML 5402 Turbomachinery (3 credit hours)
- EML 6155 Convection Heat Transfer (3 credit hours)
- EML 6157 Radiation Heat Transfer (3 credit hours)
- EML 6725 Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer I (3 credit hours)
- EML 6131 Combustion Phenomena (3 credit hours)
- EML 6154 Conduction Heat Transfer (3 credit hours)
- EAS 6185 Turbulent Flow (3 credit hours)
- EML 6712 Viscous Flow (3 credit hours)
- EAS 6138 Advanced Gas Dynamics (3 credit hours)
- EAS 5302 Direct Energy Conversion (3 credit hours)
- EAS 5315 Rocket Propulsion (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 5105 Gas Kinetics and Statistical Thermodynamics (3 credit hours)
- EML 6062 Boundary Element Methods in Engineering (3 credit hours)
- EML 6158 Gaseous Radiation Heat Transfer (3 credit hours)
- EML 6144 Boiling and Condensation Heat Transfer (3 credit hours)
- EML 6726 Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer II (3 credit hours)
Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours
Thesis students must complete an independent research project, and write and 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 minimum)
The College of Engineering and Computer Science requires that all thesis defense announcements be approved by the student's adviser and posted on the CECS 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 must take EML 6085 Research Methods in MMAE (or EML 6918 Directed Research, with approval) as part of their 30-credit-hour course requirement. Furthermore, they must take an additional 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 contains independent learning.
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.
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.
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 (www.cecs.ucf.edu/prescreen) 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.
- 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 applicants into their research program.
Additional courses may be required to correct deficiencies. Applicants should contact the MMAE graduate program director for more information.
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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.