Graduate Programs

This information is not official, and is offered strictly as a convenience. For official UAB Graduate Course Catalog information, please visit the UAB Graduate School site.

Admission Requirements

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.S.M.E.) Program Requirements

Additional Information

Admission Requirements

A bachelor's degree from an accredited (or equivalent) program in engineering or the physical sciences is required for admission to graduate study in mechanical engineering. The usual criteria for admission in good standing follow:

  1. Not less than B-level scholarship overall or over the last 60 semester hours of earned credit; and

  2. Applicants should present with a minimum GRE percentile rank of 50% in both Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning sections. In addition, for foreign nationals, a minimum score of 80 (IBT) on the TOEFL is required. Other standardized examination scores will also be considered.

A student not meeting these requirements may also be admitted, perhaps on probationary status, provided other information indicating likely success in the program is provided.

A student with an undergraduate degree in a field of engineering other than mechanical or in the physical sciences may also be accepted into the mechanical engineering program. However, such a student will normally have to take additional, preparatory coursework as part of an expanded plan of study (see "Preparatory Courses").

Applying to the Program

Information regarding formal admission and the online application form is found at the UAB Graduate School site.  

The Department of Mechanical Engineering will receive your application after all supporting documents have been received and approved by the Graduate School (see Application Checklist). Department faculty evaluates each application for admission as well as financial assistance.

Financial Assistance

There is no application form for financial aid for the graduate program in Mechanical Engineering. Graduate Assistantships give students research experience while providing financial assistance. Students are required to work twenty (20) hours per week, thus contributing to the research mission of the department and goals of the sponsored research program.

Assistantships are competitive and awarded on the following criteria:

  • Availability of research funding
  • GRE score and TOEFL scores
  • Academic achievement
  • Recommendation letters
  • Area(s) of interest

Consideration for financial aid is given to all program applicants. All information necessary to evaluate your qualifications for financial assistance is given in your application to Graduate School. Financial aid is not guaranteed.

Preparatory Courses

Students admitted to the graduate program in mechanical engineering without an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering or who have not had the courses listed below must take the following courses or present equivalent prior coursework. Additional coursework may be required depending on the student's undergraduate degree.

ME 241 Thermodynamics I
ME 321 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
ME 322 Introduction to Heat Transfer
ME 360 System Modeling and Controls
ME 370 Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery
ME 371 Machine Design
CE 220 Mechanics of Solids

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.S.M.E.) Program Requirements

Plan I (Thesis Option)

  1. The student must successfully complete at least 24 hours of coursework, including (in addition to the general Graduate School requirements):
    • Six semester hours in committee-approved* mathematics courses;
    • Eighteen semester hours in committee-approved* mechanical engineering courses or approved related courses, including at least two semester hours of ME 694 Seminar in Mechanical Engineering and three semester hours in a course outside the student’s research or specialization area
  2. The student must successfully complete and defend a thesis. The thesis student must register for at least 6 hours of ME 699 (Master's Thesis Research) in addition to the 24 semester hours of coursework.

* Before the first graduate semester at UAB, the Graduate Coordinator will advise new students regarding courses for the first semester. Before the end of the first semester, students will be assigned a Thesis Director based on research interest, and students will assemble their graduate committees. The committee will consist of the Graduate Coordinator, the Thesis Director, and two graduate faculty members with experience or expertise related to the student’s thesis topic. The Thesis Director in coordination with the graduate committee will set the curriculum for the student.

Plan II (Nonthesis Option): Research/Design Emphasis

Generally, Plan II will be approved for students working full-time and attending UAB on a part-time basis or when the student demonstrates that Plan II offers superior educational benefits. After 15 credit hours of course work are completed, the student should select a project director and begin work on the final project. The election of Plan II must be approved by the student's graduate advisor.

  1. The student must successfully complete at least 33 semester hours of coursework, including
    • Six semester hours in approved mathematics courses
    • A minimum of 27 semester hours in approved mechanical engineering courses or approved related courses. Out of these 27 semester hours, students must enroll in:
      • at least three (3) semester hours in a course outside the student’s research or specialization area
      • at least two (2) semester hours in ME 694 Seminar in Mechanical Engineering
      • at least three (3) hours of ME 698, Non-Thesis Research, involving design or research
  2. The student must make a presentation on the research project and submit a final report which must be approved by the project director.

Plan II (Nonthesis Option): Technology/Engineering Management Emphasis

  1. The student must successfully complete at least 33 semester hours of coursework, including
    • At least three semester hours in approved mathematics courses
    • At least six semester hours in approved mechanical engineering courses
    • At least two (2) semester hours of ME 694 Seminar in Mechanical Engineering
    • At least six semester hours in one of the following two management applications areas: MBA 662 Quantitative Analysis for Business Managers and either EC 520 Applied Forecasting or another approved advanced management course
    • Three semester hours in MBA 631 Management and Organizations
    • At least three semester hours in ME 698 Non-Thesis Research, involving design or research
    • At least nine semester hours of engineering-oriented management coursework. Approved courses include: CE 658 Engineering Management, EE 585 Engineering Operations, EE 686 Technical Entrepreneurship I, EE 687 Technical Entrepreneurship II, and ME 601 Design Measurement and Enhancement of Work Systems
  2. The student must make a presentation on the research project and submit a final report which must be approved by the project director.

Additional Information

Deadline for Entry Term(s):

Fall: July 1 
Spring: November 1
Summer: April 1

Deadline for All Application Materials to be in the Graduate School Office:

Six weeks before term begins

Number of Evaluation Forms Required:

Three

Entrance Tests:

GRE General Test (TOEFL is also required for international applicants whose native language is not English.)


Contact

Dr. David Littlefield
Graduate Program Director
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
littlefield@uab.edu
(205) 934-8460