Master of Science (M.Sc.) Program
While the M.E. Department’s M.Eng. program delivers a practice-oriented graduate degree, the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs form the academic foundation of the department’s research activities. The M.Sc. program makes an initial graduate degree available to who have earned a baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering or related field from an institution other than UofL. Both coursework-only and thesis curriculum tracks are available. As noted in the outcomes below, the program focuses on establishing expertise in mechanical engineering technology through advanced coursework, and in the case of the thesis curriculum track, research. The program prepares students for both professional practice, and doctoral studies.
The M.Sc. program has four primary learning outcomes. Specifically, graduates are required to demonstrate:
A substantial depth of knowledge and recognized expertise involving advanced
topics in mechanical engineering.
An ability to communicate advanced technical concepts effectively and document
scholarly work through verbal and written means.
The ability to identify and solve unstructured and under-constrained problems of current
The ability to apply modern design and analysis tools to advanced problems
involving mechanical engineering technology.
Applicants for admission to the M.S. program in Mechanical Engineering should have a baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering or a related discipline, with a GPA of 2.75/4.0 or better. Unconditional admission requires a composite score (verbal and quantitative) of no less than 1100 on the Graduate Record Examination. International students must show proficiency in English by scoring 550 or higher on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination, or by completing the University's Advanced Level of the Intensive English as a Second Language Program. An applicant not meeting one of these a requirements, but with otherwise acceptable credentials, may be admitted on a conditional basis. New students are generally not considered for financial aid until after one semester of residency.
The M.Sc. program is delivered and administered by the M.E. Department through the University of Louisville Graduate School. Potential students should apply through the Graduate School's online admission site. In addition to the admission form, applicants must arrange for submission of official transcripts, at least two letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to assess the candidate's potential for graduate study (the online application site includes a recommendation form that may be substituted for a regular letter), and official notification of examination scores.
Upon enrollment, M.Sc. students are advised by the Department's graduate studies coordinator, Dr. Peter M. Quesada. Dr. Quesada continues to advise all students in the non-thesis curriculum. Students choosing the thesis curriculum should select a permanent thesis advisor before completing more than 18 semester hours of graduate coursework. The thesis advisor supplants Dr. Quesada as academic advisor. During the semester following the selection of the thesis advisor, the student and advisor should select the remaining two members of the thesis committee from among the graduate faculty, one of whom must be from outside the Mechanical Engineering Department.
The thesis-option and non-thesis option both require 30 semester hours of work. Any thesis hours or non-ME courses must be approved by the student's academic advisor.
Non-thesis curriculum: 30 hours of ME or non-ME 500/600 level electives, with a minimum of 15 hours at the 600-level, and a maximum of 6 non-ME hours.
Thesis curriculum: 24 hours of ME or non-ME 500/600 level electives, with a minimum of 12 hours at the 600-level and a maximum of 6 non-ME hours, 6 hours of ME 690 Master of Science Thesis in Mechanical Engineering, and successful defense of the M.Sc. thesis.