The MSME degree is intended for students with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field, such as Aerospace Engineering. Students’ undergraduate backgrounds should include Mechanical Engineering core courses in fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, mechanics of materials, dynamics of mechanical systems, systems analysis, machine design, manufacturing, and design. This degree is intended for students presenting themselves as professional Mechanical Engineers, with academic backgrounds covering both the BSME and MSME curriculum.
Mechanical engineering is the broadest of all engineering disciplines. It
teams up with a wide variety of scientists and engineers on work that spans countless disciplines-from energy and fluid mechanics to dynamics, combustion, vibration, design, manufacturing processes, systems modeling and simulation, mechatronics, robotics, mechanics of materials, rapid prototyping, and composites.
Materials science and engineering is an interdisciplinary field that addresses the structure, processing, and property relationships in materials for engineering applications. Basic principles of chemistry and physics are applied to provide an understanding of the structure of materials and the manner in which the structure determines the properties. Scientific processing methods are then applied to yield the necessary properties, which then can be integrated with and designed to accommodate the needs of modern technology.