Jun 16, 2024  
2009-2011 Graduate Catalog 

Mechanical Engineering M.S.E.


The Master of Science degree is designed to give postbaccalurate students an in-depth understanding of a specific area within mechanical engineering.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate College, an applicant for the M.S. program must complete the following requirements:

  1. Application must be made to the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Applications must include all documentation as required by the Graduate College. The Department of Mechanical Engineering will admit the student and supervise the student’s M.S. program.
  2. The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a closely related discipline. Students with non-engineering backgrounds will be required to complete a set of course work requirements that will assure successful completion of the M.S. specialization and qualify the student to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. The Graduate Program Committee (GPC) will decide upon special cases.
  3. The applicant must submit a written statement of purpose indicating interests and objectives in working toward a M.S. degree. In addition, two letters of recommendation for the M.S.-level of study must be submitted. The statement and letters should be sent to the department.
  4. Foreign applicants must take and obtain a satisfactory score of a minimum of 550 (213 computerized) on the TOEFL exam as required by the Graduate College.
  5. The applicant must obtain a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) as determined by the GPC.
  6. The GPC will examine the applicant’s academic record and will make the final determination of the applicant’s admissibility to the M.S. program. In general, a minimum postbaccalaureate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or equivalent is required for admission in addition to a GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or equivalent in all engineering courses.
  7. The UNLV Graduate College must formally admit the applicant.

Degree Requirements

Procedures and requirements for the M.S. will be prescribed by the Graduate College under Academic Policies, with additional provisions as follows:

1. At least 15 credits must be from 700-level courses, and at least 15 credits must be from engineering courses. Students must choose one of the following options and take at least three of the courses listed under each respective option:

Additional Degree Requirements

  1. Students pursuing the engineering management option are required to choose the Non-Thesis Option listed below. Students pursuing the engineering management option are required to choose the Non-Thesis Option listed below. Students pursuing options other than the engineering management option may choose, subject to approval by the student’s graduate committee, one of the two options listed below.
    Thesis Option: Requires 24 credits of approved graduate courses plus six credits of work associated with the master’s level thesis, for a total of 30 credits. The final examination will include a defense of thesis.
    Non-Thesis Option: Requires 33 credits of approved graduate courses. At least 18 credits must be earned from 700-level courses, of which 15 credits must be in engineering.
  2. Satisfactory progress is defined as filing an approved program before the completion of nine credits of course work, completion of at least six credits of the approved program per calendar year, maintenance of a GPA of 3.00 (4.00 scale), no grades below C, (C- is not acceptable) and compliance with the letter and spirit of the Graduate Catalog and published policies of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering. If progress is not satisfactory, probation and separation may result, in accordance with the rules of the Graduate College. Any student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on probation and will have one semester to raise it to 3.00 or above.
  3. Only those courses in which a student received a grade of C or better may be used for graduate credit. Students must comply with Graduate College policy.
  4. Each student’s program should show suitable breadth and coherence. As specified in the Graduate Catalog, the program of study will be developed by the student and advisor and filed with the Graduate College. Prior to filing, the program must receive approval by the student’s committee. An approved program must be filed before the completion of nine credits of course work after admission (regular or provisional). The responsibility rests with the student. Students will be dropped from the graduate engineering program if they neglect this requirement.