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Getting Started

  • Select a Major advisor
    • Advising is an important part of our educational process. Working closely with the advisor is of utmost importance to the successful completion of the degree requirements. The advisor offers guidance in planning a Program of Study, selecting a thesis topic and completing the thesis project.
    • The selection of a Major advisor is a mutual decision between student and faculty member. The student is encouraged to discuss research interests with several faculty members before selecting a Major advisor. A faculty member’s willingness to accept a research advisee is naturally affected by his/her current workload.
    • An important benefit of the MS program is the experience of research. The topic selected should be of mutual interest to the student and advisor. Possible topics would typically be discussed with all faculty members in the student’s area(s) of interest prior to final selection of an advisor.
  • Develop a Program of Study with the assistance of your Major advisor
  • Select a thesis (MAE 8990) or report (MAE 8085) option and a research topic Form to be completed for the MS degree.

Forms

The following forms must be completed as part of the MS process:

  • M-1 Program of Study for the Master’s Degree (PDF)
    • The purpose of this form is to plan the program of study the student will follow, including recommended hours of transfer credit.
    • Submission Instructions
      • Submitted to the Graduate School
      • Due before the end of the student’s second semester
      • Note: You will not graduate if this form is not submitted to the Graduate School the semester prior to graduating).
    • The Program of Study for each student needs to be approved by the MAE Director of Graduate Studies.
    • Any subsequent changes to the approved program should be made on the Program of Study Course Substitution Form.
    • Changes must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and must reflect the original intent of the degree program.
  • M-2 Request for Thesis Committee (for a thesis option only) (PDF)
    • This form is required only for students who select a thesis option.
    • Submission Instructions
      • Submitted to the Graduate School
      • Due before the end of the student’s second semester
      • Note: You will not graduate if this form is not submitted to the Graduate School the semester prior to graduating).
    • The student and his/her advisor will pick the committee.
    • The first reader is the student’s advisor, the second reader is from the student’s department, and the third reader is from outside of the student’s department.
    • Under certain circumstances, an “outside expert” may serve on the committee.
    • Any subsequent changes to the approved committee should be made on the Graduate Student Change of Committee Form.
  • M-3 Report of the Master’s Examining Committee (PDF)
    • The purpose of this form is to have an official record of the final examining process, whether it be a thesis defense or presentation of a report.
    • The student’s committee will indicate on this form if the student has passed the final exam.
    • This Form must be submitted to the Graduate School by a deadline for the semester in which the students plan to graduate.
    • For a report option, the third reader of the committee may be from the student’s department.
  • Change of Committee Form (PDF)
  • Change of Plan of Study Form (PDF)

Requirements

MU requires a minimum of 30 hours beyond the baccalaureate degree for the MS. The student’s advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies (upon recommendation of the MAE Graduate Committee) must approve all coursework used to satisfy the credit hour requirements.

There are 2 options for fulfilling credit hour requirements.

1) Special Project Credit hour requirement

If the report option is chosen, a report must be prepared and submitted to the MAE Department. Reports follow the same manuscript guidelines as a thesis.

  • 3-5 hrs of MAE problems
  • 9 hrs of 8000 MAE courses minimum
  • Maximum of 15 hrs 7000 or 8000 courses (outside MAE or in MAE)
  • 1 hr seminar
  • Special project report required by MAE
  • No thesis required

2) Thesis Credit hour requirement

If the thesis option is chosen, a master’s thesis must be prepared and presented to the Graduate School on CD-ROM as a PDF with required supplemental materials.
The students will be sent “Guidelines for Preparing Theses and Dissertations” from the Graduate School as soon as their Program of Study Form is submitted. See also: Thesis Process for Master’s Students

  • 9 hrs of 8000 MAE courses minimum
  • Maximum of 12 hrs 7000 or 8000 courses (outside MAE or in MAE)
  • 3 hrs 7000 or 8000 math (see requirements below)
  • Maximum of 8 hrs research
  • 1 hr seminar

Requirement Details

  • Mathematics requirement
    • MS students must take one of the mathematics or numerical analysis courses during the first year of MS study. The approved list of courses includes all 7000 & 8000 level Math courses (except Mathematics History). However, students who have taken one of the listed courses or an equivalent course during their undergraduate program or through previous graduate work will be exempt from the requirement.
  • Seminar requirement
    • MS students must take one hour of MAE 8087 (”Seminar”). The MAE 8087 grade is given by S/U. MAE 8087 may be taken any semester and an incomplete grade will be recorded until the semester of graduation at which time the S/U grade will be assigned. The satisfactory completion of MAE 8087 requires (a) seminar attendance each semester the student is enrolled in the MAE graduate program and (b) presentation of at least one seminar during the course of study. Waiver of the seminar attendance requirement for a given semester may be considered on an individual basis by the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) requirement
    • The GPA in the Graduate School is based on the student’s entire graduate record of courses taken at MU. To remain in good standing and to graduate, a graduate student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in all graduate courses taken at MU.
  • Residency Requirement
    • To meet the residency requirement, the student must complete a minimum of 24 hours of advanced study offered by the MU faculty.
  • Time limit
    • A reasonable rate of progress toward the degree is required each semester. The program for the Masters degree must be completed within a period of 8 years after the first enrollment according to Graduate School regulations.

Defense Requirements

  • For the thesis to be successfully defended, the student’s thesis committee must vote to pass the student on the defense with no more than one dissenting or abstaining vote.
    • If failure is reported, the committee will provide written recommendation to the student and work with the student to establish a time line for a second and final defense.
    • Failure to successfully defend a thesis after the second attempt will terminate a student’s master’s degree program.

Completing the MS

Following successful completion of the Final Examination, the student must fulfil certain Graduate School and MAE departmental requirements. The Graduate School will not authorize degree completion until it receives notification that all departmental requirements have been met.

Graduate School Requirements

  1. The Master’s Exam Report Form must be signed by the Master’s Examining Committee members, the Major advisor, and the Director of Graduate Studies, and submitted to the Graduate School.
  2. All incomplete grades are to be changed, signed by the student’s advisor and the Department Chairman and forwarded to the Graduate School.
  3. For the thesis option only, the approval page, which is to be signed by the First, Second, and Third Readers, must be submitted to the Graduate School along with a copy of the file on CD-ROM as a PDF with the required supplemental materials

MAE Departmental Requirements

  1. A bound copy of the thesis or report is to be submitted to the Graduate Program Office for inclusion in MAE’s Thesis Library.
  2. All departmental keys and equipment are to be returned.
  3. A forwarding address must be left with the Graduate Program Administrative Assistant.

Core Course Requirement for MAE MS

Students in Dynamics and Control area must take at least two from the following:

  • MAE 7660: Vibration Analysis (added October, 22 2014)
  • MAE 8001: Optimal Control (added October, 22 2014)
  • MAE 8280: Finite Element Methods
  • MAE 8610: Advanced Dynamics
  • MAE 8750: Nonlinear Systems and Control
  • MAE 8320: Continuum Mechanics

Students in Thermal/Fluids area must take at least two from the following:

  • MAE 7310: Intermediate Heat Transfer
  • MAE 7320: Design of Thermal Systems
  • MAE 7420: Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
  • MAE 8300: Microscale Heat Transfer
  • MAE 8311: Heat Transfer – Convection
  • MAE 8420: Computational Heat Transfer and Fluid Dynamics
  • MAE 8430: Introduction to Two Phase Flow (New Name: Phase Change Heat Transfer)

Students in Design and Manufacturing area must take at least two from the following:

  • MAE 7290: Welding Engineering
  • MAE 7520: Manufacturing Process Analysis
  • MAE 7930: Applied Mechanical Optimization
  • MAE 8510: Manufacturing Design
  • MAE 8910: Modular Machine Tool Design
  • MAE 8930: Advanced System Modeling and Optimal Design

Students in Mechanics and Materials area must take at least two from the following:

  • MAE 8360: Theory of Plasticity
  • MAE 8330: Theory of Elasticity
  • MAE 8320: Continuum Mechanics
  • MAE 8240: Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • MAE 8001: Materials Characterization

Students who complete an MS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering may apply for admission to the PhD program. A statement of objectives and 3 letters of recommendation must be submitted to the Graduate Program Office.