Skip to main content Skip to navigation
School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Graduate

Mechanical Engineering Requirements

Generally, the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program takes two years to complete and the Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering program takes four years to complete. All programs must satisfy both MME and Graduate School minimum requirements.

M.S. Thesis Option

Minimum total credits: 30

In order to satisfy MME requirements, the program must contain:

  1. A minimum of 21 cr hrs of the following graded coursework:
    • 3 cr hrs of any 500-level math class
    • 12 cr hrs of 500-level ME or MSE courses (at least 9 of these must be ME courses)
    • 6 cr hrs of additional courses approved by the student’s advisor (300-, 400-, or 500-level only) (a maximum of 6 cr hrs can be at the 300- or 400-level)
  2. A minimum of 2 cr hrs of seminar (ME 598 or MATSE 593)
  3. A minimum of 4 cr hrs of ME 700

M.S. Non-Thesis Option

Minimum total credits: 33

In order to satisfy MME requirements, the program must contain:

  1. A minimum of 27 cr hrs of the following graded coursework:
    • 3 cr hrs of any 500-level math class
    • 12 cr hrs of 500-level ME or MSE courses (at least 9 of these must be ME courses)
    • 3 cr hrs of additional 500-level courses approved by the student’s advisor
    • 9 cr hrs of additional courses approved by the student’s advisor (300-, 400-, or 500-level only) (a maximum of 9 cr hrs can be at the 300- or 400-level)
  2. A minimum of 2 cr hrs of seminar (ME 598 or MATSE 593)
  3. A minimum of 4 cr hrs of ME 702

Ph.D.

Minimum total credits: 72

In order to satisfy MME requirements, the program must contain:

  1. A minimum of 24 cr hrs of the following graded coursework (at least 12 cr hrs must be taken at WSU):
    • 3 cr hrs of any 500-level math class
    • 12 cr hrs of 500-level ME or MSE courses
    • 3 cr hrs of additional 500-level courses approved by the student’s advisor
    • 6 cr hrs of additional courses approved by the student’s advisor (300-, 400-, or 500-level only) (a maximum of 6 cr hrs can be at the 300- or 400-level)
  2. A minimum of 3 cr hrs of seminar (ME 598 or MATSE 593). Seminar credits taken at the Master’s level cannot be used towards fulfilling the PhD requirement.
  3. A minimum of 20 cr hrs of ME 800

Ian Richardson“I had a need to find out how things work, but I also wanted to actually build things – not just sit at a desk. WSU’s mechanical engineering program is very hands-on. It was perfect for me.”

—Ian Richardson, Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering