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Graduate Handbook - Official Degree Requirements

The ME Graduate Handbook (PDF) provides details about admissions, degree requirements, qualifying exam policies, and academic policies.

Additional information of Graduate Study can be found at:

MSU Quick Guide (PDF)

MSU Graduate School Handbook (being revised as of 12-2014)

College of Engineering Information

Responsible Conduct of Research Training

Graduate Education and Research Programs

Graduate Education and Research Groups:

Biomechanics Engineering Group

Dynamic Systems and Controls Group

Fluid-Thermal Science and Engineering Group

Solid Mechanics, Design, and Manufacturing Group

Ph.D. Requirements

The components of the doctoral programs in Engineering Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering are very similar. In each case, the student first finds an advisor and forms a committee. Subsequently, the components of the doctoral degree programs consist of a qualifying exam, a comprehensive exam, prescribed course work, research, the dissertation, and a final oral defense and examination.

ME Qualifying Exams

Please see the following to understand the policy for taking qualifying exams or substituting course work for those exams. New Qualifying Exam Policy.

Past Ph.D. Qualifying Exams

Information of Qualifying Examines and Course Avoiding Qualifying Exams

Click here to view the past qualifying exams

Description of Academic Courses  (PDF)

M.S. Degree Requirements

MS degree program students complete 30 credits of graduate work, including in most cases a Master’s thesis requiring 6-8 credits. The MS program can be completed in four semesters. Students with BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics or a related area can be admitted into the MS program.

To learn more about requirements for the online program, please visit the Online M.S. in Mechanical Engineering page.

Sample M.S. Degree Concentrations

1. Biomechanics

2. Dynamic Systems and Controls

3. Fluid - Thermal Sciences

4. Solid Mechanics, Design, and Manufacturing

MSU Graduate Assistantship Information Brochure

The MSU Graduate Assistantship Brochure is published by the MSU Graduate School and covers the University's policies on Graduate Assistantships. This brochure is available for download in a pdf format: http://grad.msu.edu/assistantships/