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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

College of Engineering

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering - Graduate Programs

The goal of the Master’s programs in mechanical and aerospace engineering, the MSAE and MSME, is to provide students with the advanced engineering education needed to enhance their careers and pursue doctoral studies.

Admission to the MSAE or MSME degree programs requires a minimum GPA of 2.70 in the last 60 upper-division units completed.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (code MAE_MS02)

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering is offered by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering.

Built on a broad and basic undergraduate instruction, the graduate level courses and the graduate degree, the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, develop competence in the fields of design and manufacturing, dynamics and controls, materials and composites, mechanics and Finite Element Methods, and thermal systems. Modern laboratories in CAD, fluid power and mechanics, heat power, control systems, manufacturing, plastics, design, thermodynamics, heat flow, metallurgy, and mechanical properties of materials are maintained for undergraduate and graduate instruction, and graduate research. Design rooms, laboratories within the other engineering departments, computer facilities, and machine shops supplement the mechanical engineering facilities.

Additional details may be found in the Schedule of Classes. For further information and complete degree requirements contact Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.

Admission Procedures

To be considered for admission, the graduate applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, have been in good standing at the last institution attended, and have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.7 for the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) attempted. There is no separate department application, but applicants must submit a second set of transcripts to the department.

Prerequisites

  1. A bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, engineering, or other appropriate discipline from an accredited college or university, with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 in the last 60 semester units attempted.
  2. Students must consult with the program graduate advisor prior to enrolling in any course for their program.
  3. The Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) during the first semester in residence. Failure to attempt to fulfill the GWAR during the first semester will prevent registration in engineering courses in subsequent semesters.

Note: Before being admitted, a qualified student without a mechanical engineering degree must provide a written statement to the MSME graduate advisor that he/she understands that all deficiencies must be removed before attempting graduate-level courses.

Requirements

PLAN I

Completion of a minimum of 30 units beyond the bachelor’s degree in upper-division and graduate courses approved by the student’s Department Graduate Studies Committee, including:

  1. Eighteen units of 500- and/or 600-level courses in mechanical and aerospace engineering.
  2. Six units of electives selected from approved upper-division or graduate courses from appropriate areas.
  3. Completion of six units of MAE 698-Thesis, and submission of a written thesis.

PLAN II

Completion of a minimum of 36 units beyond the bachelor’s degree in upper-division and graduate courses approved by the student’s Department Graduate Studies Committee, including:

  1. Twenty-four units of 500- and/or 600-level courses in mechanical and aerospace engineering.
  2. Six units of electives selected from approved upper-division or graduate courses from appropriate areas.
  3. Completion of six units of MAE 697 (Directed Research).

Advancement to Candidacy

Students applying for advancement to candidacy must:

  1. have completed all undergraduate deficiencies with grades of “C” or better;
  2. have attained an overall grade point average of (GPA) or 3.0;
  3. have completed at least 12 units applicable to the degree with a GPA of at least 3.0;
  4. have fulfilled the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). This requirement can also be met by presenting evidence that the student met the requirement while an undergraduate at CSULB or at certain CSU campuses;
  5. and have their program of studies approved by the ME program’s graduate advisor.

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering (code MAE_MS01)

The Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering program was created to education graduate students in subjects relevant to the requirements of the aerospace industry. This program has been designed for both full-time students and working professionals, and is unique in its emphasis on practical applications and its intimate interaction with the aerospace industry. Several areas of specialization are available for an optimum contribution to the student’s career goals.

The MSAE program involves modern computational and experimental methods and provides the essential information which will permit students to acquire the knowledge and skills which are of immediate practical importance. This knowledge is communicated in the advanced courses listed in the MAE curriculum and used in the conduct of a thesis or project. The areas of emphasis within the MSAE program include: space systems engineering; aircraft systems engineering; computational fluid dynamics; and aerospace structures and materials.

Both graduate and undergraduate programs benefit from the advice of an advisory committee comprised of senior staff from aerospace companies, government agencies, and universities.

Further information may be obtained from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering’s website: http://www.csulb.edu/colleges/coe/mae/.

Prerequisites

  1. A bachelor’s degree in an accredited curriculum in Aerospace or Mechanical engineering with a minimum grade point average of 2.70 in the last 60 (semester) upper-division units attempted. Applicants with lower GPA may be admitted subject to successful completion of appropriate deficiencies.
  2. A bachelor’s degree in engineering, mathematics, science or other appropriate discipline with the requirement that essential undergraduate prerequisites in engineering be satisfied.
  3. Graduate students must consult with the graduate advisor for information concerning procedures and requirements for appropriate approval of their courses of study prior to enrolling in their graduate programs.

Advancement to Candidacy

Prerequisites for advancement to candidacy are:

  1. Classified status.
  2. An approved program of studies for the Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering.
  3. Fulfillment of the CSULB Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  4. Be enrolled in regular session.
  5. Application for Advancement to Candidacy must be done prior to or concurrent with enrollment in MAE 698, Thesis.

Requirements

PLAN I

Completion of a minimum of 30 units beyond the bachelor’s degree in upper-division and graduate courses approved by the student’s Department Graduate Study Committee, including:

  1. Eighteen units of 500- and/or 600-level courses in mechanical and aerospace engineering;
  2. Six units of electives selected from approved upper-division or graduate courses from appropriate areas;
  3. Completion of six units of MAE 698, and submission of a written thesis.

PLAN II

Completion of a minimum of 36 units beyond the bachelor’s degree in upper-division and graduate courses approved by the student’s Department Graduate Study Committee, including:

  1. Twenty-four units of 500- and/or 600-level courses in mechanical and aerospace engineering;
  2. Six units of electives selected from approved upper-division or graduate courses from appropriate areas;
  3. Completion of six units of MAE 697.

Master of Science in Engineering (code COE_MS01)

Admission to the MSE graduate program requires a minimum GPA of 2.7 in the last 60 upper-division units attempted.

For requirements, see the description in the College of Engineering section of this catalog.

The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department administers two emphases under the Master of Science in Engineering. The other prerequisites and requirements are the same as for the MSAE and MSME programs.

Management Engineering Emphasis

A special management perspective is required for the successful generation of technical products and services, and thus the Master of Science in Engineering: Program in Management Engineering is offered by the College of Engineering at California State University, Long Beach.

In order to plan, design, direct and control technical projects, technical managers must be capable of inspiring and developing professional personnel. They must be able to integrate planning, manufacturing and budgetary concerns of the project and be able to easily communicate with general management.

The Emphasis in Management Engineering primarily admits students with a traditional engineering background. It emphasizes the management of engineering-based endeavors and does not require undergraduate business courses as prerequisites for graduate work.

Well-suited for working students, graduate courses in management engineering are offered in the late afternoon and evening. An individualized program is developed according to each student’s undergraduate degree, area of interest, or some well-defined industrial application; interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.

The graduate program supports innovative thesis topics that enable the degree candidate to be knowledgeable about new applications and/or areas in management engineering.

The graduate Emphasis in Management Engineering at California State University, Long Beach seeks to:

  • Provide industry and government with engineers who have essential management knowledge and skills.
  • Provide engineers with career advancement opportunities in project management and the management of research, manufacturing and other technical enterprises.
  • Educate engineers as managers who can effectively plan and implement technological projects.

Ph.D. in Engineering and Industrial Applied Mathematics (code COE_PH01)

For requirements, see the description in the College of Engineering section of this catalog.