For students who desire to focus on coursework for the MS degree, with the aim of developing deeper expertise in a particular discipline of mechanical engineering, six or more credits of coursework can be taken in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics as part of the free electives designated in Group IV of the aforementioned Master of Science Degree Program. When selecting courses for this applied engineering option, it should be kept in mind that it is necessary to simultaneously satisfy the aforementioned University requirements for all types of master’s degrees.

The six or more credits of coursework in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics can be selected from the areas of controls and dynamics, fluid mechanics, mathematical methods, mechanics of materials and thermo-heat transfer. As is the case for all other tracks towards the MS degree, the student should ensure that her/his knowledge base is equivalent to the prerequisites for a given course. In this regard, it is helpful to consult with a faculty member or the course instructor to determine if the level of preparation is adequate.

This track is well suited to those students who are currently employed by an industrial firm or a government agency and it is difficult to dedicate blocks of time on campus to complete an MS thesis or project. It is, however, also equally suitable for full-time resident students.