Mechanical Engineering, MS

for the degree of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (on campus & online)


department head: Anthony Jacobi

director of graduate studies: Taher Saif


overview of admissions & requirements: https://mechanical.illinois.edu/graduate/applying-mechse-graduate-programs

overview of grad college admissions & requirements: https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply


department website: https://mechanical.illinois.edu/

program website: https://mechanical.illinois.edu/graduate/graduate-degree-programs/ms-programs

department faculty: https://mechanical.illinois.edu/people


college website: https://grainger.illinois.edu/


contact: Amy Cates

address: 168 Mechanical Engineering Building, 1206 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801

phone: (217) 300-6722

email: mechse-grad@illinois.edu


The MS in Mechanical Engineering is available for both on-campus and online students. Prospective students planning to continue for the PhD should apply to the PhD program.

Opportunity exists for specializing in i) biomechanics via the Biomechanics optional graduate concentration, ii) cancer nanotechnology via the Cancer Nanotechnology optional graduate concentration, and iii) computational science and engineering via the Computational Science & Engineering optional graduate concentration.


Admission Requirements

An applicant for admission to the MS program in Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering must:

  1. Be a graduate of an institution awarding a baccalaureate degree equivalent to that granted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
  2. Be adequately prepared for advanced study as demonstrated by his or her previous program of study and scholastic record; and
  3. Be recommended for admission by the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. A minimum grade point average of 3.25 (A = 4.00) for the last two years of undergraduate study is required, and a minimum grade point average of 3.50 (A = 4.00) is required for any previous graduate work completed.

Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test are required of all applicants. Based on the previous preparation of the student, prerequisite courses may be specified by the advisor, but the credit may not be applied toward a degree.

All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores as evidence of English proficiency. Minimum admission requirements are set by the Graduate College. Students applying to the online program must satisfy the full status admissions requirement.  

The Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering accepts MS applications for both Spring and Fall terms.

Financial Aid

Students admitted to the MS program are eligible for Board of Trustees (BOT) tuition-waiver generating assistantships at the University of Illinois. All applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of US citizenship, who wish to be considered for teaching assistantships must demonstrate spoken English language proficiency by achieving a minimum score of 24 on the speaking subsection of the TOEFL iBT or 8.0 on the speaking subsection of the IELTS. Students who are already at Illinois may request to take the on-campus EPI test, for which the minimum passing score for TA eligibility is 4CP. All new teaching assistants are required to participate in the Graduate Academy for College Teaching prior to the start of their first semester as a teaching assistant.

Graduate Teaching Experience

Although teaching is not a general Graduate College requirement, experience in teaching is considered an important part of the graduate experience in both the ME and TAM MS programs. 

Department Research

A new paradigm in research is being created in the department by integrating basic sciences such as biology, chemistry, applied mathematics, and applied physics with the traditional mechanical engineering and engineering mechanics disciplines of fluid mechanics/thermal sciences, solid mechanics/materials and controls/dynamics. This integration is fostering new directions and discoveries in nanomechanics, nanomanufacturing, biomechanics and computational science and engineering.

The goal of all research in the department is to address critical societal problems in the areas of health, security/defense, energy/environment, manufacturing, and transportation. While the basic function of departmental research is generation of new knowledge, a growing number of projects are prompted by current needs of the state of Illinois, the United States, and the world. For more information, see the department's research Web site.

MechSE faculty are major participants in activities at the department, college, and university level via research centers and programs that are integral to the MechSE graduate program. For more information, see the department's research centers Web site.

MechSE’s wealth of research laboratories allows faculty, graduate and undergraduate research assistants, and postdoctoral and visiting scholars to conduct theoretical and experimental investigations of phenomena related to materials behavior, combustion, micro- and nanomechanical systems, controls and dynamics, thermodynamics, biomechanics, and much more. For more information, see the department's research laboratories Web site.


Other Graduate Programs in the Department of Mechanical Science & Engineering

degree programs:

Mechanical Engineering, MENG
 

optional concentrations:

Biomechanics|Cancer Nanotechnology

Mechanical Engineering, PhD

Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, MS

Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, PhD
 

optional concentrations available for MS and PhD programs:

Biomechanics|Cancer Nanotechnology|Computational Science & Engineering
 

Opportunity also exists for specializing in energy and sustainability engineering via the

Energy and Sustainability Engineering (EaSE) Graduate Certificate Option


for the degree of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (on campus & online)


The online MSME degree program offers both a thesis (32 credit hours) and non-thesis (36 credit hours) option. Online students have five years to complete the degree requirements. The degree awarded through our online program is the exact same degree awarded to on-campus MSME students.

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's graduate program requirements and the Graduate College Handbook.


Thesis Option

ME 599Thesis Research (min-max applied toward the degree)4-8
MSE 492Lab Safety Fundamentals (credit does not apply toward the degree)0
ME 590Seminar (registration for 1 hour every term while in residence; credit does not apply toward the degree)0
Elective courses (formal graded coursework) – chosen in consultation with advisor (subject to Other Requirements and Conditions below)24-28
Total Hours32

Other Requirements and Conditions (may overlap) 

A minimum of 8 ME or TAM credit hours with 4 at the 500 level.
A minimum of 12 500-level credit hours applied toward the degree.
For the thesis option, a maximum of 4 hours of ME 597 or TAM 597 (or other approved independent study) may be applied toward the elective course work requirement.
No ME 599 credit may be applied toward the elective course work requirement (599 is not formal graded coursework).
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Non-Thesis Option

MSE 492Lab Safety Fundamentals (credit does not apply toward the degree)0
ME 590Seminar (registration for 1 hour every term while in residence; credit does not apply toward the degree)0
ME 597Independent Study4
or TAM 597 Advanced Independent Study
Elective courses – chosen in consultation with advisor (subject to Other Requirements and Conditions below)32
Total Hours36

Other Requirements and Conditions (may overlap)

A minimum of 8 ME or TAM credit hours with 4 at the 500 level.
A minimum of 12 500-level credit hours applied toward the degree.
Departmental approval is required to pursue the non-thesis option.
Minimum GPA: 3.0