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The Mechanical Engineering program offers seven major areas of study from which to choose and provides both thesis and non-thesis options. You can maximize your knowledge of mechanical engineering in the areas of fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, energy systems, thermal sciences, materials and manufacturing, mechanical design and system dynamics.

If you have an engineering degree and are ready to learn more and have greater opportunities to advance in your workplace, an advanced degree in mechanical engineering can help. If you have a desire to teach in higher education, you will also find yourself well prepared by obtaining a postgraduate degree.

Program Structure

Prerequisites:

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering must either have or obtain an undergraduate foundation in solid mechanics and thermal sciences.
  • Graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree in science must demonstrate the mastery of content of the undergraduate ME program courses up through the senior courses in mechanical systems design and energy systems design.

For more information, please visit our Master's program page.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Thesis

Thesis option: 24 hours of coursework and 1 hour of graduate seminar are required along with 6 hours of thesis research. Of these 24 hours, up to 6 hours of “Directed Individual Study” courses can be included. A thesis and a final oral exam are required.

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
ME 8011 Graduate Seminar 1
XX 8XXX Graduate-level coursework (can include up to 6 hours of DIS- ME 7000) 12
Additional Graduate-level Coursework   12
ME 8000 Thesis Research 6
Total Hours 31

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Non Thesis

Non-thesis option: 30 hours of coursework and 1 hour of graduate seminar are required. Of these 30 hours, up to 6 hours of “Directed Individual Study” courses can be included. An oral presentation is required.

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
ME 8011 Graduate Seminar 1
XX 8XXX Graduate-level coursework (can include up to 6 hours of DIS- ME 7000) 15
Additional Graduate-level Coursework   15
Total Hours 31

Admissions Requirements

Students seeking full admission into this program should apply as a classified student. Non-degree seeking students wishing to take classes offered through the online program should apply as an Unclassified student.

Applications for the degree programs are reviewed three times a year. The application deadlines for those semesters are as follows:

  • Fall Semester – June 1
  • Spring Semester – November 1
  • Summer Semester – May 1

An applicant for admission to graduate study must hold a bachelor's degree from a fully recognized four-year educational institution that has unconditional accreditation with appropriate regional accrediting agencies. They must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and the Mechanical Engineering program.

Regular admission to graduate study in the program requires a minimum grade point average (last four semesters of undergraduate work) of 3.00/4.00. When a student is deficient in one of the criteria cited, the student's application, nevertheless, may be considered for admission based on the strength of other materials contained in the student's application.


Attention International Students

International students are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and score greater than 550. Detailed information regarding international applications can be found in the Graduate Catalog. Questions regarding international applications can be addressed to the Office of the Graduate School at gradapps@grad.msstate.edu.

  • ETS is providing home testing for the TOEFL iBT test, and MSU is encouraging students to take advantage of this testing option. For those students applying who have taken the TOEFL within five years of the semester they plan to enroll and are unable to access the TOEFL iBT test from home, we will accept your previous test scores.

Admission Options

Domestic/International Classified Admissions

  1. Submit online application. You will choose Mechanical Engineering as your Program of Study and Online Education as your campus.
  2. Statement of Purpose
  3. Three letters of recommendation
    • You will be asked to submit three names and three email addresses of individuals you are using as references. Once you click submit, these individuals will be sent an email from MSU, which will provide a link to an online form for completing their recommendations.
  4. TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international students.
  5. One official transcript showing bachelor’s degree or progress toward degree. (For international students, please submit a copy in native language along with translated copies, if appropriate.)
  6. One official transcript showing ALL work after bachelor’s degree. (For international students, please submit a copy in native language along with translated copies, if appropriate.)
    • Electronic transcripts should be sent to: gradapps@grad.msstate.edu Mississippi State University, Graduate School. Only one copy of an electronic transcript is required.
    • Paper Transcripts Address (USPS):
      Mississippi State University
      The Office of the Graduate School
      P.O. Box G
      Mississippi State, MS 39762
    • Physical Street Address (for DHL, Fed Ex, UPS, DHS, etc.):
      Mississippi State University
      The Office of the Graduate School
      175 President Circle
      116 Allen Hall
      Mississippi State, MS 39762
  7. Payment of $60 non-refundable application processing fee for domestic students.
    Payment of $80 non-refundable application processing fee for international students.
  8. Once you are admitted, you will receive an email with complete instructions on registering for classes and contacting your advisor.

Academic Advising

After gaining admission to the university, you must contact one of your advisors to determine the courses that are most appropriate for you to take. Approximately two months prior to the upcoming semester, your advisor will send an email to your MSU email account, making course recommendations based on your program of study.

Mississippi State University uses email as its official means of communication with all MSU students. Please check your MSU email account (NetID@msstate.edu) daily. Information on setting up your MSU email can be found at the link for student services.

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Tonya W. Stone

Mechanical Engineering

  • Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator

Accessing Online Courses

Accessing Course Videos

Online students will have access to course videos within 24 hours of the on campus course completion. Students should visit Engage to access the course videos. Instructions for viewing the recordings and downloading the recordings are offered below.


View Videos

Instructions for viewing course videos, use our course video viewing instructions.


Download Videos

Instructions for downloading videos, use our video download instructions.


Viewing Classes Live

To view the class live, distance students will need to go to http://it.engr.msstate.edu/distance/player/?id=buildingroom and make sure they change "?id=buildingroom" to the correct room for their class (i.e. http://it.engr.msstate.edu/distance/player/?id=walker304).

If you experience technical difficulties or have any questions regarding the recording or format of our lecture capture, please contact:

IT Support & Staff
Bagley College of Engineering
Mississippi State University
distance-support@engr.msstate.edu
662.325.7794


Accessing Course Information

Course information may be accessible through Canvas (NetID and Net Password login required). If you do not find course information within Canvas please refer to the course videos (links listed above) for information from your professor regarding the class. Within Canvas clicking on the title for a course will take you to the default course view. On the left, there will be a toolbar with options selected by the professor – these may be Assignments, Announcements, Grades, Web Links, or any combination of a wide variety of utilities. These will be different for each class. If you experience technical difficulties or have any questions regarding Canvas, please contact the Center for Distance Education’s Technical Assistance.


Contact Information

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Daphne Knox

Online Education

  • Coordinator
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Tonya W. Stone

Mechanical Engineering

  • Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
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Tamra Swann

Engineering

  • Distance Education Coordinator