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Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE)

Master of Science Degree Programs

The MAE Department offers three Master of Science (MS) Degrees:

Quality and Convenience

The graduate programs in the MAE department are tailored to working professionals. Most graduate students work full-time and attend classes in the evenings on a part-time basis. To facilitate this, most graduate courses in the MAE department are offered Monday through Friday after 5:30 PM to accommodate working professionals. The MAE departmentís MS programs give practicing engineers an opportunity to increase their competence so as to better meet the needs of the workplace, or to prepare themselves for more advanced study in the discipline.

Master of Science Degree Requirements

All MS programs in the MAE department require 30 units beyond a bachelorís degree, and specific requirements vary by program so students are advised to review the university catalog carefully (see links provided below). Additionally all MS student are required to complete either an MS thesis or a comprehensive examination to complete their degree. All three MS degree programs in the MAE department offer two degree plans: Plan 1 (Thesis) and Plan 2 (Coursework Only), and the breakdown of the required units to be taken to earn an MS degree differs depending on the plan selected as shown in the following table:

  Plan I (Thesis) Plan II (Coursework Only)
Math 6 Units (MAE 501, MAE 502) 6 Units (MAE 501, MAE 502)
Core Area 12 Units (varies by program) 12 Units (varies by program)
Electives 6 Units (varies by program) 12 Units (varies by program)
Other 6 Units MAE 698 and Thesis Comprehensive Exam

For information on MAE courses available, see the university catalog.

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering (MSAE)

For specific details on the MSAE program and to review the program admissions requirements, see the university catalog.

For more details or to make an appointment contact the MSAE program advisor: Dr. Hsin-Piao Chen

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)

For specific details on the MSME program and to review the program admissions requirements, see the university catalog.

For more details or to make an appointment contact the MSME program advisor: Dr. Joshua Hamel

Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)

For specific details on the MSE program and to review the program admissions requirements, see the university catalog.

For more details or to make an appointment contact the MSE program advisor: Dr. Joshua Hamel

Research

There are various ways that graduate students can get involved in research at CSULB while working on their MS degrees. The following links contain information on various faculty research interests and current projects within the College of Engineering at CSULB.

MAE Faculty

COE Research Webpage

Assistantships

Each semester a limited number of hourly assistantship may be available. Students interested in these positions should pay attention to job announcements posted around campus and on Beachboard once enrolled in an MS program.

Teaching assistant positions are typically advertised by the department at the beginning of each term, only last for a period of one term, and terms of employment are managed by the department.

Research assistant positions, when available, are typically advertised by faculty conducting sponsored research and the terms of employment are determined by the faculty members directly.

In either case, these positions are extremely limited, very competitive, and students are not typically allowed to apply for these positions until they are enrolled in an MS program and are taking classes on campus.

Admission Requirements and Procedures

The minimum qualifications required for each program are listed in the University Catalog and can be found by following links provided above. Applications to the graduate programs in the MAE department are submitted using the CSUMentor.edu website. Letters of recommendation are not required. To be considered for admission all graduate applicants must:

  1. Submit an application
  2. Submit all appropriate transcripts
  3. Submit their Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (http://www.ets.org/gre)
  4. Paying the application fee

For details on the application process the see following:
http://www.csulb.edu/depts/enrollment/admissions/graduate_programs.html

For the current application deadlines for all CSULB graduate programs, see the following:
http://www.csulb.edu/divisions/aa/projects/grad/advising/index.html

International applicants have additional application requirements and applications deadlines and must follow a slightly different application process. Please see the following for details:
http://www.ccpe.csulb.edu/international/degreeseeking.aspx?pID=3

University Graduation Requirements and Procedures

To be awarded an MS degree from CSULB, students must meet all university requirements and follow all appropriate procedures. These requirements cover various issues, including transfer credit, graduate writing assessments, GPA requirements, timely degree completion, advancement to candidacy and filing for graduation. These specific details on these requirements and procedures can be found on the university website (follow the provided link) and should be reviewed carefully: http://www.csulb.edu/depts/enrollment/graduation/masters_degree.html

MAE Department Graduate Studies Forms

Advancement to Candidacy Form
Agreement for Independent Study Form
MAE 691, Directed Studies Enrollment Request Form
MAE 697, Directed Research Enrollment Request Form
MAE 698, Thesis Enrollment Request Form
Comprehensive Exam Request Form

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