Mechanical Engineering, MS

School of Engineering

Program Description:

A minimum of 24 credit hours of 500-level credit is required for all students pursuing the Master of Science (M.S.) in Mechanical Engineering degree program.

Plan I (Thesis) This degree plan requires 31 credit hours. Six (6) credit hours (ME 599) are required for a thesis. A seminar course must be taken for two semesters.

Plan II (Non-Thesis) This degree plan requires 34 credit hours. Three (3) credit hours (ME 559) are required for a project. A seminar course must be taken for two semesters.

Plan III (Course Work Only) This degree plan requires 34 credit hours of regular coursework. A seminar course must be taken for two semesters.

Other program information and requirements are available at the Mechanical Engineering department website.

Optional Concentration in Manufacturing Engineering: The M.S. with the Manufacturing Engineering concentration requires 37 credit hours and a three-month industrial internship in a manufacturing setting. At least three electives for this program must be selected from a set of engineering science courses defined by the department.

Optional Concentration in Space Systems Engineering: The M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with the Space Systems Engineering concentration is a Managed Online Program based on Plan III which requires 34 credit hours of course work. In addition to the Mechanical Engineering core course requirements, a set of Space Systems Engineering core courses, defined by the department, must also be selected.

The following courses are required for the concentration, all of which are three credits except as noted:

ME 594:                      Introduction to Space Situational Awareness

ME 595:                      Orbital Mechanics

ME 596:                      Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control

ME 597:                      Small Spacecraft Design I

ECE 535:                     Satellite Communications

ME 591-2 / ECE 590: Current Issues in Space (Seminars, 1 credit)

                                    Must be taken two semesters, once for 0 credit and once for 1 credit

Notes Regarding the Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering

The Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering (M.E.M.E.) degree is offered by the Manufacturing Engineering Program (MEP). This program is (administratively) separate from the ME Department at the University of New Mexico and is housed in the Manufacturing Technology and Training Center (MTTC), located in the South Campus. Details of this degree program are found in the School of Engineering section of this Catalog.


Admission Requirements:

We welcome applications from students who have earned distinguished academic records. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test must be submitted to the Department prior to admission.

The following deadlines apply:

 Domestic Applicants Not Requesting Financial Aid (TA/PA)International and Domestic Applicants Requesting Financial Aid (TA/PA)
FallJuly 30March 1
SpringNovember 30August 1
SummerApril 30N/A

The Director of Graduate Programs makes admission decisions. Applicants must hold (or will have completed by the time they arrive) an accredited Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.) degree and at least a B average in their final two years (or their final, earned 60 credit hours) of their last degree.

Applications from individuals with a B.S. degree in other Engineering disciplines, Math, Computer Science, and Physical Sciences (such as Physics and Chemistry) are also considered. To qualify for a graduate degree, applicants are expected to have at least an undergraduate-level exposure to most of the core ME disciplines. Those who are deemed deficient may be asked to take additional (leveling) courses.


Career Opportunities:

Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of such equipment as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.  A bachelor's degree is the minimum formal education required. However, many employers also require graduate school and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree). 


Contact Information:

Anna Mae Apodaca: Coordinator, Program Advisement
(505) 277-2762
aapodaca@unm.edu