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Fast-Track M.S. Program, Mechanical

Student using equipment in the lab.The Fast-track Masters (Plan II) in the School of Engineering is open to highly qualified undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at UAB. Students admitted to the Fast-track Masters can take graduate courses during their senior years at undergraduate tuition rates and have these courses count toward the master's degree. After completing the bachelor of science degree, Fast-track Masters students will continue pursuing an M.S. degree. No GRE exam will be required to continue in the graduate program.

For full consideration for admission to the program, the student should complete the following requirements before applying:

  • Students should be within 48 hours of graduation.
  • At least 15 hours of course work must be completed at UAB.
  • Overall GPA for all college courses must be 3.0 or greater.
  • The following benchmark courses must have been completed with at least a “B”: ME 241, ME 321, ME 364, ME 371.


  • 33 hours (all course work must be approved by the student’s advisor prior to registration)
  • 15 to 21 hours of technical course work in the student’s discipline
  • 9 to 12 hours of business-related courses – students may focus these courses in several areas; business administration, management, entrepreneurship, or engineering liability/law.
  • 0 to 6 hours Internship: Students may participate in an internship opportunity. This is an option; an internship is not required. If internships are conducted for credit, each discipline will have requirements associated with the internship.
  • Students are expected to complete at least two graduate courses during their senior year so that the masters can be completed in a one-year time period.

For additional information about the program, mechanical engineering students should contact David Littlefield, Department Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..