The EM Graduate Program offers advanced study and research leading to the Master of Science in Engineering degree and the Doctor of Philosophy degree. The normal prerequisite for graduate study is a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Mechanics or in a related field of engineering. Graduate study is possible for those with degrees in science or mathematics, but some undergraduate coursework will be needed to make up any deficiencies.

Master of Science Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Science degree must be enrolled in one of two degree options, each requiring 30 total semester credit hours. These are known as the Thesis/Report Option (also called simply the Thesis Option) and the Coursework Option. MS degree applicants will be admitted to either the Thesis/Report Option or the Coursework Option at the time of admission. Students may switch between degree options after enrollment with faculty approval.

Doctor of Philosophy Requirements

The PhD program consists of coursework, qualifying examinations, candidacy and the dissertation. Students take a number of advanced courses over a broad range of subjects related to mechanics of solids, structures and materials, mostly in the first 2-3 years of their graduate study. To be admitted to candidacy for the PhD degree, the student must pass first a written and subsequently an oral examination. The written examination is general in nature and covers subject matter studied mainly in the first year. The oral examination is given in the student's Area of Study and is conducted by a committee of faculty members after two or three year in the program. Students may not take courses on credit/no credit basis until after they have passed the written qualifying examination. In addition, students conduct research and write dissertations to be defended publicly and examined by a faculty committee.  


Engineering Mechanics Graduate Courses

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