Graduate Program Coordinator
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers opportunities for graduate study providing for advanced professional competency and leading to the degree of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. The main goal of the graduate program in mechanical engineering is to strengthen the ability of the student to solve complex technological problems in a creative way. To achieve this, the program of study is designed to broaden the student’s knowledge, to provide for in-depth study in an area of concentration, and to complement theoretical study with relevant and significant research and/or design. The student will ordinarily concentrate in either the mechanical systems design area or in the area of energy systems/thermosciences.
To qualify for unconditional admission, applicants should have the equivalent of an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering with a minimum undergraduate last-60-hour grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Transcripts of all prior work at the college level and two letters of recommendation should accompany the application. Students with undergraduate degrees in related fields of science and engineering or those who do not meet the minimum grade point requirement can be admitted conditionally at the discretion of the department. Requirements for removal of conditional status will be specified in the letter of admission. For students whose primary language is not English, a TOEFL score of at least 550 is required for unconditional admission.
Students with undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering from institutions other than Bradley University may be required to take undergraduate coursework if their transcripts do not show a satisfactory level of preparation in certain areas.
New students who are planning to take their coursework at an off-campus site must submit copies of their transcripts for evaluation purposes with their first application for off-campus registration. To ensure that appropriate academic advising takes place, all continuing students, including those off-campus, will have their registration capability encumbered each semester until they have met with their advisor or appropriate faculty representative from the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
The student must file an approved plan of study with the graduate program director that describes the courses to be taken and any proposed research. It must be filed prior to registering for more than nine semester hours that will be applied toward satisfying degree requirements. The plan of study must be approved by the graduate program director and by the student’s advisor.
Master’s Degree Curriculum Requirements
A total of 30 graduate credit hours is required to complete the Mechanical Engineering program. The total credit hours must include:
- One advanced mathematics course is a general requirement for all MSME students and must be approved by the student’s advisor. Courses in statistics, numerical methods, and engineering analysis are applicable to this requirement.
- Students must take ME 681 project(s) or thesis in order to graduate, unless the ME Department approves the student’s work experience to satisfy this requirement.
- In the systems and solid mechanics specialization, the student must gain fundamental knowledge in the following three areas and must acquire basic knowledge in one of the fundamental areas in the thermal sciences. The following courses fulfill the above mentioned requirement:
Mechanical Systems Design students must take
- Systems (Vibration ME 540, Systems ME 544, or Advanced Controls)
- Dynamics (ME 502)
- Advanced Design of Machine Elements (ME 557)
- One course in thermal science chosen from three fundamental areas namely, thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluids. The student must select one of the courses outlined below.
Thermal science students must take
- Thermodynamics (ME 501)
- Heat Transfer (ME 515)
- Fluids (ME 521)
- One fundamental course in solid mechanics (one of the above mentioned)
Applied Science students must take
at least four of the following courses plus one fundamental course in either mechanical systems or energy systems as required above.
- ME 503 Internal Combustion Engines
- ME 507 Nuclear Energy
- ME 509 Solar Engineering
- ME 533 Propulsion Systems
- ME 534 Environmental Engineering - Air Conditioning
- ME 535 Environmental Engineering - Refrigeration
- ME 536 Industrial Pollution Prevention
- ME 537 Building Energy Management
- ME 547 Fluid Power Control Systems
- ME 549 Microprocessor Interfacing in Mechanical Systems
- ME 560 Principles of Robotic Programming
- ME 577 Finite Element Methods in Engineering
- ME 604 Design of Internal Combustion Engines
- ME 648 Advanced Computer Aided Design
The student’s advisor must approve the program of study, including any subsequent changes.
Students opting not to do a thesis will be required to register for three but not more than nine semester hours of research (ME 681, 682) unless waived because of demonstrated experience. All students are required to pass a comprehensive examination in their respective area of concentration according to the policies outlined above.
The student will be eligible to take the MCE after he/she successfully completes all the requirements stated above. The student must report to the department by February 15 or September 15 a list of five courses (excluding math and the course from other side) to be tested on. The list must include all the three fundamental/applied required courses listed above and two additional ME courses. The department’s graduate committee will combine the list of courses to be tested on by the 3rd week of February or September. A request for test questions will be issued by March 1 or October 1 by the graduate committee to the faculty members who teach the listed courses. The involved faculty will provide two (2) problems for each of their listed courses to the ME Department office by the first Friday of March or October. The student will be required to solve one of the two problems. Each problem should not take more than one-half hour to solve. All tests are open book. Faculty who request a closed-book option for their part must notify the ME Department by the first Friday of March or October and will be encouraged to proctor the exam. The students must be notified by the ME Department by the second Friday of March or October whether certain tests will be closed book. The students will be instructed to solve 5 of the 10 problems. No two problems can be on the same topic. Passing the MCE requires successful completion of 4 of the 5 submitted problems. The student must retake the topic that he/she failed during the next regularly scheduled MCE. Students who fail have only one additional opportunity for reassessment. Time allotted for the test will be three hours. Students who opt to take thesis option will not be required to take the MCE written exam, but still must abide by the degree guidelines as described above. These students will be tested on their fundamental knowledge during the oral defense of their thesis.