Feb 08, 2023  
2022-2023 University of Wyoming Catalog 
    
2022-2023 University of Wyoming Catalog

Mechanical Engineering, M.S.


Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Degree Programs

The UW Mechanical Engineering MS program offers two options: thesis (Plan A) or non-thesis (Plan B). Both tracks offer opportunities to take graduate coursework in topics of thermal fluids, materials, experimentation, computational tools, and more.

Program Specific Degree Requirements


Plan A (Thesis)


A thesis project is chosen in consultation with an ME faculty member, and constitutes 4 credit hours of ME 5960   in the 30-hour Plan A program.  ME 5478  (Seminar) is to be taken during the final semester when the thesis is presented and defended, and constitutes 2 credit hours of the 30-hour Plan A program. Classes must meet the following constraints:

  • ME courses (5000-level): minimum of 15 hours
  • A maximum of 9 credits at the 4000 level outside of ME may be taken
  • Thesis research (ME 5960  ): 4 credit hours
  • Seminar (ME 5478  ): 2 credit hours
  • Total: Minimum of 30 CH.

Courses outside of ME must be chosen with the approval of the academic adviser. They can be in mathematics, statistics, science, or other engineering disciplines. Up to two courses may be from the fields of business, ENR, or public policy.  Special topic credits may be earned using ME 5475   (maximum of 6 credits).

Plan B (Non-Thesis)


The Plan B M.S. degree can be completed by earning a minimum of 31 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree. Classes must meet the following constraints:

  • ME courses (5000-level): minimum of 15 hours
  • A maximum of 9 credits at the 4000 level outside of ME may be taken
  • Graduate Project (ME 5961  ): minimum of 1 hour
  • Total: minimum of 31 hours

Courses outside of ME must be chosen with the approval of the academic adviser. They can be in mathematics, statistics, science, or other engineering disciplines.  Special topic credits may be earned using ME 5475   (maximum of 6 credits). Research credits earned through ME 5960   as part of an unfinished M.S. Plan A program may not be counted. Although the Plan B M.S. degree is not research-oriented, the program must contain an “element of discovery,” documented by completing ME 5961   (Graduate Project).  This could be a special project performed as independent study or as part of a graduate course.

MS-ME/MBA Dual Program


The UW Mechanical Engineering MS/MBA program offers the opportunity to pursue MS and MBA degrees simultaneously and reduce course requirements by applying course credit towards both degrees. There are thesis and non-thesis options for the MS degree.

MS-ME/MBA Program Requirements


The MS-ME component is typically a non-thesis option. An additional 21 credits in engineering, science or mathematics must be earned beyond the BS degree. At least 15 credits of graduate course work must be at the 5000-level from ME. The following MBA courses will be counted towards the MS-ME degree and constitute 9 credit hours of the 30 hours MS-MEprogram

MS-ME/MBA Thesis Option


For a thesis option, students will only count one MBAM course from the above list and are required to complete 4 credits of ME 5960   and 2 credits for ME 5478 , similar to the Plan A option.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Degree Programs