The M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (ME) degree program is designed for students to gain advanced knowledge for research, analysis, and design in mechanical engineering. It has established a six-year time limit for completion of the M.S. degree. Extension beyond six years requires the approval of the ME Graduate Faculty. The student must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a 4.00 scale in 400-, 500-, and 800-level courses listed on her/his Plan of Study.

Areas of Concentration

The program is structured into three areas of concentration in order to take full advantage of the specialty areas of expertise of the Mechanical Engineering graduate faculty:

  • Thermo-Fluids Science
  • Mechanical Science
  • Materials Science

M.S. ME Program Requirements

Course Type Course Number or Area Credits
Mathematics EMCH 524A


Concentration area Thermo-Fluids Science, Mechanical Science, or Materials Science 9
Electives (i) Variable, but including at least one outside concentration area 12
Colloquium ME 590 1
Thesis/scholarly paper research ME 600 6
Total Credits 31


  • The required course credits must be completed with a grade point average of 3.00 or higher.
  • At least 18 credits must be earned in 500- and 600-level courses.
  • Preparatory course(s) required for teaching assistants (such as ENGR 888), remedial courses, and any courses required in our undergraduate program are not counted toward degree requirements for the M.S. degree.

Culminating Experience: The M. S. Thesis 

A candidate registers for a minimum of six credits of M E 600 or M E 610 and submits a thesis following the procedures specified by the Graduate School.

During the first year of enrollment, graduate students will be required to complete an online Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training program. This is part of the SARI (Scholarship and Research Integrity) program at Penn State which is designed to offer graduate students comprehensive, multilevel training in the responsible conduct of research. The Office for Research Protections (ORP) will provide the conduit to this training via the SARI Resource Portal on the ORP website ( Graduate students will also be required to engage in an additional 5 hours of discussion-based RCR education prior to degree completion. SARI instruction will be included as an integral part of the graduate colloquium.

All students are expected to complete one credit of colloquium (ME 590) during the first two semesters of study. Degree requirements must be completed during a six-year period.

Students who have deficiencies in the use of spoken or written English may be required to take speech and writing classes in addition to the specified degree requirements. Credits earned to remediate deficiencies cannot be applied towards requirements for the M.S. degree.

Tentative Two-year Course Offering Plan

  Year #1 Year #2
  Fall Spring Summer Fall Spring
Thermo-Fluids Science ME 427
ME 504

ME 521
ME 431

ME 401

ME 512 ME 523
ME 408
Mechanical Science ME 445
ME 545
ME 560
ME 469
ME 446 ME 554 ME 577
ME 470
Materials Science MATSE 564
All tracks EMCH 524A
ME 596
ME 461
ME 596
  EMCH 524A
ME 596
ME 600
ME 444
ME 596
ME 600


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