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The University of Texas at Dallas
Graduate Admissions

Department of Mechanical Engineering


Professors: Andrew J. Blanchard, Cyrus D. Cantrell III, Yves .J. Chabal, Bruce E. Gnade, Matthew J. Goeckner, Louis R. Hunt (Emeritus), Moon J. Kim, Mario Rotea, Mark W. Spong, Mathukumalli Vidyasagar, Robert M. Wallace
Associate Professors: Gerald O. Burnham, Kyeongjae Cho, Jiyoung Kim, Jeong-Bong Lee
Assistant Professors: Fatemeh Hassanipour, Walter Hu
Visiting Assistant Professors: Greg Lee.


The program leading to the M.S.M.E. degree prepares both recent baccalaureate graduates and experienced mechanical engineers for advanced micro-scale and nano-scale mechanical and thermal design and development. It is designed to serve the needs of engineers who wish to continue their education. Courses are offered at a time and location convenient for the student who is employed on a full-time basis.


The Engineering and Computer Science Building and the new Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory provide extensive facilities for research on micro-scale and nano-scale systems. A Class 10000 microelectronics clean room facility, including e-beam lithography, sputter deposition, PECVD, LPCVD, etch, ash and evaporation, is available for student projects and research.

In addition to the facilities on campus, cooperative arrangements have been established with many local industries to make their facilities available to UT Dallas graduate engineering students.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Admission Requirements

The University’s general admission requirements are discussed here.

A student lacking undergraduate prerequisites for graduate courses in mechanical engineering must complete these prerequisites or receive approval from the graduate adviser and the course instructor.

A diagnostic exam may be required. Specific admission requirements follow.

The student entering the M.S.M.E. program should meet the following guidelines:

         An undergraduate preparation equivalent to a baccalaureate in mechanical engineering from an accredited engineering program,

         A grade point average in upper-division quantitative course work of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale, and

         GRE scores of 500, 700 and 4 for the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing components, respectively, are advisable based on our experience with student success in the program.

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to judge the candidate’s probability of success in pursuing a program of study leading to the master’s degree.  Applicants must also submit an essay outlining the candidate’s background, education and professional goals. Students from other engineering disciplines or from other areas of science or mathematics may be considered for admission to the program; however, some additional course work may be necessary before starting the master’s program.

Degree Requirements

The University’s general degree requirements are discussed here.

The M.S.M.E. requires a minimum of 33 semester hours.

All students must have an academic advisor and an approved degree plan. These are based upon the student’s choice of concentration (Microelectromechanical Systems or Mechanical Systems Engineering). Courses taken without advisor approval will not count toward the 33 semester-hour requirement. Successful completion of an approved course of studies leads to the M.S.M.E. degree.

The M.S.M.E. program has both a thesis and a non-thesis option. All part-time M.S.M.E. students will be assigned initially to the non-thesis option. Those wishing to elect the thesis option may do so by obtaining the approval of a faculty thesis supervisor.

All full-time, supported students are required to participate in the thesis option. The thesis option requires six semester hours of research, a written thesis submitted to the graduate school, and a formal public defense of the thesis. The supervising committee administers this defense and is chosen in consultation with the student’s thesis adviser prior to enrolling for thesis credit. Research and thesis hours cannot be counted in a M.S.M.E. degree plan unless a thesis is written and successfully defended.


One of the two concentrations listed below, subject to approval by a graduate adviser, should be used to fulfill the requirements of this program. Only grades of B or better are acceptable in the five required core courses, MECH 6305, MECH 6340, MECH 6301, MECH 6310, and MECH 6331.

Microelectromechanical Systems

This concentration emphasizes the mechanical and thermal design, fabrication and testing of micro-scale and nano-scale microelectromechanical systems.

Each student electing this concentration must take four prescribed elective courses and two free electives to make a total of 33 hours.

The prescribed elective courses for this concentration are MECH 6382, MECH 6302, MECH 6315, MECH 6320, MECH 6321, MECH 6322, MECH 6381, MECH 6385, MSEN 5300, MECH 6310, MSEN 5340, MSEN 5353, MSEN 6310, MSEN 6361, and PHYS 6377.

Mechanical Systems Engineering

This concentration is focused on the fundamental principles, design, fabrication and analysis of complex mechanical systems.

Each student electing this concentration must take four prescribed elective courses and two free electives to make a total of 33 hours.

The prescribed elective courses for this concentration are MECH 6302, MECH 6315, MECH 6320, MECH 6321, MECH 6332, MECH 6336, MECH 6381, MECH 6385, MSEN 6310, MSEN 6361, and PHYS 6377.


Last Updated: February 28, 2011