May 18, 2024  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 [Archived Catalog]

Mechanical Engineering - MS

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Degree Title and Name:  Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Program Name and Number(s):  Mechanical Engineering – MS7257

Department/Unit(s):  Mechanical Engineering

Delivery Mode:  Athens Campus

Terms of Entry:  Fall, Spring, Summer

Program Overview:  Our advanced degree programs in mechanical engineering are designed to help you sharpen your technical focus and prepare you to succeed as a professional engineer with the knowledge and skills to create for good. Students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering have the opportunity to work on research with our renowned faculty on significant projects with access to state-of-the-art equipment. This research focuses primarily areas of energy and the environment, materials and manufacturing, and bioengineering. An advanced degree in mechanical engineering can lead to careers in many fields: design, patent law, manufacturing, research and development, biomedical engineering, technical consulting, product testing, technical sales, administration, and higher education are some of the most common.

Program Learning Outcomes:  The expected outcomes of the graduate program of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Ohio University are to (a) prepare graduates for advanced careers in the engineering profession including doctoral studies, post-doctoral experiences and technical leadership positions, (b) develop the ability to effectively communicate graduate-level engineering concepts and applications, and (c) instill advanced engineering research and problem solving skills.

Opportunities for Graduates:  Men and women graduates from the M.E. program at Ohio University have gone on to work for leading companies including Boeing, Daimler Chrysler, General Electric, Goodyear, Honda, and NASA, American Electric Power, Ariel, Caterpillar, Cummins, and Naval Air Systems command, among many others. Graduates have also undertaken doctoral studies at OU and other leading research universities. 

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Link to Program Handbook: For a copy of the MSME Overview and Guidelines Handbook, contact the Administrative Specialist for the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program in 256 Stocker Center, Russ College of Engineering or email us at

Graduation Requirements:  The minimum requirements for the thesis program are 21 semester-hours of graduate coursework and 9 semester-hours of thesis work. For the non-thesis option, the minimum requirements are 27 semester-hours of graduate coursework and 3 semester-hours of research project work. During the first semester in the program, each student will develop a specific plan of study in consultation with his/her advisor. The program of study must include fundamental courses in mechanical systems and thermo-fluids systems. Required coursework also includes ME 6500 (Engineering Analysis and Numerical Methods), ET 6020 (Technical Writing) and ME 5800 (Graduate Colloquium). 

Culminating Experience:  A thesis serves as the culminating experience in the Mechanical Engineering M.S program. A thesis must make an original contribution to the body of knowledge in the specific field selected by the student and his/her advisory committee. Before a thesis may be defended, it must be proposed and the proposal must be accepted by the advisory committee and graduate program. The thesis typically defines the problem; proposes the methodology to address the problem; states the assumptions and limitations of the methodology; reports the results; and explains the significance and contribution of the findings.

Admission Requirements:  The basic requirement for admission is a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Applicants holding degrees in closely related fields or from non-accredited engineering institutions may be required to compensate for deficiencies with additional coursework prescribed by the department. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test (recommended: 150 verbal/ 155 quantitative). Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for applicants whose native language is not English (required minimum score of 80; IELTS requires a minimum of 6.5 on all parts). 

Three letters of recommendation are required from persons who can attest to the applicant’s academic and research aptitude.  Undergraduate grade point average (GPA), GRE and TOEFL scores, and engineering accomplishments are all considerations for admission as well as awards of tuition scholarships and stipends.

International Students:  This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.

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