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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Engineering (M.S.E.) - Mechanical

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Purdue University
Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.)

Department of Mechanical Engineering  
College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building, Rm. 321 ~ 260-481-6357

Hosni Abu-Mulaweh, Graduate Program Director

The Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) with Mechanical Engineering specilization is designed to help students sharpen their engineering skills, grow professionally, and stay on top of recent developments in the field.  Our MSE degree prepares students for the future by broadening and deepening their understanding of engineering principals, state-of-the-art technology, and technical management. Our MSE equips students to succeed in our rapidly-changing world and positions them to become senior engineering professionals or technical managers.

Our graduate program is designed for working engineers taking one or two courses each semester. However, full-time students can also be accommodated, as they can take additional classes in systems engineering, organizational leadership, math & statistics, and engineering technology. In addition, on-line classes from Purdue WL can be taken at a reduced tuition rate. All students are encouraged to conduct research and write a thesis. Research is a high-impact, transformational activity that benefits industry, students, and our program. Industry-sponsored research projects are ideal. A non-thesis MSE option is also available.

Most courses are offered in the evening to meet the needs of both full-time students and working adults.

Program Delivery:

  • The MSE program is delivered primarily through on-campus courses; however, the opportunity to take some courses on-line through the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University does exists.  Students are strongly encouraged to discuss this option with their advisor beforehand.  In order to meet the needs of both our full-time students and working adults, most of the graduate level courses are offered in the evenings.

Admissions Criteria:

Applicants to the M.S.E. program ideally should have graduated from an approved, accredited engineering program with a Bachelor of Science degree in their selected area of specialization with a GPA of 3.0.

Graduates with Bachelor of Science degrees from programs in the physical sciences, computer science, mathematics or technology will be considered for admission. Formal admission to the M.S.E. program requires a Bachelor of Science degree as well as:

  • Completion of the engineering mathematics sequence which includes calculus, multivariate calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations
  • Completion of at least two semesters of calculus-based physics
  • Completion of all undergraduate engineering courses that are the prerequisites to the graduate courses on the student’s plan of study

Application Process:

Students that meet the admission criteria and wish to enroll in the combined BSME/MSE program should consult with their academic advisor during the second semester of their junior year or earlier, and

  1. Complete and submit the Five Year BSME/MSE Program Application (https://www.pfw.edu/departments/etcs/depts/cme/5-year-program/F2018_Five%20Year%20BSME-MSE%20Application.pdf)
  2. Complete and submit Form GS-27 (https://www.pfw.edu/departments/etcs/depts/cme/5-year-program/gs-form-27.pdf)
  3. Complete the regular application to graduate school of Purdue University(https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/)

Major and Supporting Courses Required for the MSE

The course of study requires completion of 30 credit hours in the following components:

  • Four 500-level, graduate mechanical  engineering core courses
  • Two additional 500-level, engineering course
  • Two thesis research courses (ENGR 698) or two approved elective courses (graduate level)
  • Two math (or closely related) approved courses


Mechanical Engineering Core Requirements (12 credit hours)

Course Electives:

Students have the opportunity to take courses from the following departments:

Systems Engineering (SE)

Organizational Leadership (OL)

Math (MA) and Statistics (STAT)

Distance Learning Courses through Purdue West Lafayette

  • ME 55300 Product and Process Design
  • ME 55700 Design for Manufacturability
  • MSE 69700 Materials Engineering Fundamentals

Transfer Credit:

With the approval of the Director of Graudate Studies, students may transfer up to 12 grduate credit hours of appropriate course work with grades of a B (3.00) or better earned at other accredited instuations.  No more than 12 graduate credits completed as a non-degree student will be counted toward the MPM.

Total: Credits 30

Student Responsibility

Students are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for their selected program.  Thus, it is essential that they develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing their academic career.  All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the Graduate Director.

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