The master of science degree in mechanical engineering is a 30-credit program. Qualified students with a BS degree from any engineering discipline, physics, mathematics, metallurgy, or materials may apply.

UMass mechanical and industrial engineering (MIE) undergraduate students can apply for fast-track admission to the MS program through a five-year BS/MS plan (4+1 program).

Two options are available for the MS program:

  1. Thesis option: All MS students who choose the thesis option must plan and carry out a research, design, or development thesis (MIE 699) of nine credits and complete 21-course credits.
  2. Coursework-only option

In addition to the requirements stated in the Graduate School Catalog, all MS students in the mechanical engineering program must take a minimum of four mechanical engineering courses at the 600 level or higher. Overall, at least 21 credits at the 600 level are required.  

Credits that apply to another degree program (with the exception of graduate certificate programs) cannot be applied to this degree. Masters students who select the coursework option will not be considered for assistantships or tuition waivers.