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Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

This program involves modern computational and experimental methods knowledge and skills which are of immediate practical importance. This knowledge is communicated in the advanced courses and used in the conduct of a thesis or project. The areas of study within the MSME program include:

  • Dynamics, Vibration, Control, and Robotics
  • Fluid and Thermal Sciences
  • Materials
  • Mechanics
  • Design and Manufacturing

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

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) or 90 (quarter) upper-division major units attempted. The general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required.

Prerequisites

1. A bachelor's degree in an accredited curriculum in Mechanical Engineering, or other appropriate discipline, with a minimum grade point average of 2.70 in the last 60 (semester) or 90 (quarter) upper-division major units attempted.

2. Students must consult with the MSME graduate advisor prior to enrolling in any courses for their program.

3. Failure to attempt to fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) during the first semester in the program will prevent registration in engineering courses in subsequent semesters.
Note: Before being admitted a qualified student without a mechanical engineering undergraduate 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 graduate and 400-level courses approved by the student's Department Graduate Advisor, including:

1. Eighteen units of 500- and/or 600-level courses in mechanical and aerospace engineering;

2. Six units of electives selected from approved graduate or 400-level 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 30 units beyond the bachelor's degree in graduate and 400-level courses approved by the student's Department Graduate Advisor, 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 graduate or 400-level courses from approved areas;

3. Completion of a comprehensive written exam.

Advancement to Candidacy

Prior to formally starting their thesis or project (registering for MAE 697 or 698), students must apply for 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 (GPA) of 3.0

3. Have completed at least 12 units applicable to the degree with a GPA of at least 3.0;

4. Have completed at least 12 units applicable to the degree with a GPA of at least 3.0;

5. 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.

6. Have their program of studies approved by the faculty coordinating their area of emphasis, the ME program graduate advisor, and department chair.


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