Mechanical Engineering

 

Master of Science | Mechanical Engineering

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) addresses the needs of off-campus students whose schedule or location does not allow on-campus study. The online courses are identical to on-campus courses in terms of content, requirements and academic rigor. Designed for students with a B.S. degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering or related field, this M.S. degree requires 30 credit hours. No thesis is required.

Convenience and flexibility are key advantages of this program. The MSME degree is a 30-credit-hour degree program that does not require a thesis, a final oral exam, or on-campus attendance.

Benefits of the degree

  • Flexibility (time and place)
  • No need for campus attendance
  • Earn an engineering graduate degree from a well-established and recognized university
  • Enhance your career opportunities
  • Achieve new competencies, broaden your expertise and expand your knowledge

This program is administered by Engineering Online at NC State.

Eligibility

Prerequisites for admission to Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) include an accredited undergraduate degree in engineering with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Students majoring in other fields may need to complete a number of undergraduate mechanical engineering courses prior to being accepted for admission.

Note: Please complete item 5 of the Graduate School application form as follows: enter “Mechanical Engineering” for the field “Desired Major”, enter “Master of Science” for “Degree Sought”, and enter “Distance Education” for the field “Department/Specialty/ Concentration”. Also leave “Desired Minor” field blank.

The MSME program is designed primarily for those individuals who work or reside in the continental U.S. The program does not currently accept international students who reside outside the continental USA.

Cost

This master's degree requires 30 Engineering Online graduate credit hours. At 2018-19 tuition rates, the cost of the required courses is $513 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,361 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the 30-credit program is $15,390 for North Carolina residents and $40,830 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Plan of Study

The program consists of 30 credit hours. A full-time graduate student may take 9 credit hours of coursework per semester; part-time students typically take 3 or 6 credit hours of coursework per semester. All requirements for the degree must be completed within six years of enrolling in the first course which appears on the NC State graduate transcript. All students must comply with Graduate School regulations for continuous registration or must request a leave of absence not to exceed one year.

Students who are employed full-time may enroll in only two courses per semester. It is highly recommended that new students enroll in just one course during their first semester.

Students are assigned an academic advisor and work with this advisor to develop an individual Plan of Graduate Work. Some specialty areas have specific course requirements.

Requirements for the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) degree include completion of 30 credit hours of graduate-level courses at the 500 or 700 level with an overall grade point average of 3.0. Each student in the MSME Online and Distance Education program must complete a minimum of six MAE courses (18 credits). In addition, each student must complete one course (3 credits) of MAE 586 (Project Work in Mechanical Engineering). The remaining three courses (9 credits) may consist of any graduate-level engineering, mathematics or statistics course offered through  Engineering Online.
MSME Distance Education students are permitted to take and attend courses on campus. However, approval must be obtained from the Director of Graduate Programs prior to registering. Under no circumstances can more than three courses taken on campus be applied to satisfy the off-campus student’s degree requirements.

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Courses

MAE 495 - Special Topics in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Units: 1 - 3

Offered as needed to present new or special MAE subject matter.

MAE 501 - Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics

Units: 3

Classical thermodynamics of a general reactive system; conservation of energy and principles of increase of entropy; fundamental relation of thermodynamics; Legendre transformations; phase transitions and critical phenomena; equilibrium and stability criteria in different representation; irreversible thermodynamics. Introduction to statistical thermodynamics.

Offered in Spring and Summer

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2019 Spring Term

MAE 504 - Fluid Dynamics Of Combustion I

Units: 3

Gas-phase thermochemistry including chemical equilibrium and introductory chemical kinetics. Homogeneous reaction phenomena. Subsonic and supersonic combustion waves in premixed reactants [deflagration and detonation]. Effects of turbulence. Introduction to diffusion flame theory.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

MAE 505 - Heat Transfer Theory and Applications

Units: 3

Development of basic equations for steady and transient heat and mass transfer processes. Emphasis on application of basic equations to engineering problems in areas of conduction, convection, mass transfer and thermal radiation.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

MAE 513 - Principles of Structural Vibration

Units: 3

Principles of structural vibration beginning from single and multi-degree of freedom systems and extending to distributed systems. Forced system response, vibration of strings, bars, shafts and beams and an introduction to approximate methods.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Summer Term 1 2019 Fall Term

MAE 531 - Engineering Design Optimization

Units: 3

Nonlinear optimization techniques with applications in various aspects of engineering design. Terminology, problem formulation, single and multiple design variables, constraints, classical and heuristic approaches, single and multiobjective problems, response surface modeling, and tradeoffs in complex engineering systems. Numerical optimization algorithms and implementation of these optimization techniques. Graduate standing in engineering recommended.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

MAE 533 - Finite Element Analysis I

Units: 3

Fundamental concepts of the finite element method for linear stress and deformation analysis of mechanical components. Development of truss, beam, frame, plane stress, plane strain, axisymmetric and solid elements. Isoparametric formulations. Introduction to structural dynamics. Practical modeling techniques and use of general-purpose codes for solving practical stress analysis problems.

Offered in Fall Only

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2019 Fall Term

MAE 535 - Design of Electromechanical Systems

Units: 3

A practical introduction to electromechanical systems with emphasis on modeling, analysis, design, and control techniques. Provides theory and practical tools for the design of electric machines [standard motors, linear actuators, magnetic bearings, etc]. Involves some self-directed laboratory work and culuminates in an industrial design project. Topics include Maxwell's equations, electromechanical energy conversion, finite element analysis, design and control techniques.

Offered in Spring and Summer

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Summer Term 1

MAE 541 - Advanced Solid Mechanics I

Units: 3

Development of principles of advanced strength of materials and elasticity theory leading to solution of practical engineering problems concerned with stress and deformation analysis. Tensor analysis, coordinate transformations, alternative measures of strain, elastic constitutive equations, stress measures, formulation and solution of two and three dimensional elasticity problems. Examples include advanced beam theory for shear deformation and large deformation, contact mechanics, stress concentration, pressure vessels and compound cylinders, thermal stress analysis, and stresses in layered microelectronic devices.

Offered in Fall Only

MAE 543 - Fracture Mechanics

Units: 3

Concept of elastic stress intensity factor, Griffith energy balance, determination of the elastic field at a sharp crack tip via eigenfunction expansion methods, J integrals analysis, experimental determination of fracture toughness, fatigue crack growth, elastic-plastic crack tip fields. Emphasis on modern numerical methods for determination of stress intensity factors, critical crack sizes and fatigue crack propagation rate predictions.

Offered in Spring and Summer

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Summer Term 1

MAE 550 - Foundations Of Fluid Dynamics

Units: 3

Review of basic thermodynamics pertinent to gas dynamics. Detailed development of general equations governing fluid motion in both differential and integral forms. Simplification of the equations to those for specialized flow regimes. Similarity parameters. Applications to simple problems in various flow regimes.

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2019 Summer Term 1

MAE 551 - Airfoil Theory

Units: 3

Development of fundamental aerodynamic theory. Emphasis upon mathematical analysis and derivation of equations of motion, airfoil theory and comparison with experimental results. Introduction to super sonic flow theory.

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2019 Fall Term

MAE 561 - Wing Theory

Units: 3

Discussion of inviscid flow fields over wings in subsonic flow. Vortex lattice methods, lifting surface theories and panel methods developed for wings with attached flow and leading-edge separation. Calculation of aerodynamic characteristics and determination of effects of planform and airfoil shapes.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Years

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2019 Summer Term 1

MAE 586 - Project Work In Mechanical Engineering

Units: 1 - 6

Individual or small group investigation of a problem stemming from a mutual student-faculty interest. Emphasis on providing a situation for exploiting student curiosity.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Summer Term 1 2019 Fall Term

MAE 589 - Special Topics In Mechanical Engineering

Units: 1 - 6

Faculty and student discussions of special topics in mechanical engineering.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Summer Term 1 2019 Fall Term

MAE 688 - Non-Thesis Masters Continuous Registration - Half Time Registration

Units: 1

For students in non-thesis master's programs who have completed all credit hour requirements for their degree but need to maintain half-time continuous registration to complete incomplete grades, projects, final master's exam, etc.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Spring Term 2019 Summer Term 1 2019 Fall Term

 
Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallJan 15 (Financial Aid Priority); Mar 1 (Int); June 1 (US)
SpringJul 15 (Int); Nov 1 (US)
Summer 1DE Students ONLY: Mar 15 (US); Dec 15 (Int)
Summer 2DE Students ONLY: May 1 (US); Dec 15 (Int)

Dr. Kara Peters

Director of Graduate Programs, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

College of Engineering

919.515.5226
kjpeters@ncsu.edu