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Mechanical Engineering (M.S.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Master of Science program in Mechanical Engineering is designed to offer students the opportunity to prepare for leadership roles in careers with industry, government, or educational institutions. A thesis option is offered for research-oriented students. A non-thesis option is available for students who prefer a practice-oriented degree in engineering.

Why pursue an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering?

  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty
  • Cutting-edge research projects funded by federal agencies and industries
  • State-of-the-art laboratory facilities enabling students earn more hands-on experiences
  • Possible teaching and research assistant positions
  • A diverse environment with students from all over the world

Degree Requirements

  • The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the degree is 30 for the thesis option and 33 for the nonthesis option. 
  • For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Admission Prerequisites: 

  • a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or a related field from an accredited institution of higher education or proof of equivalent education at a foreign or unaccredited institution,
  • Applicants with a degree in a discipline other than mechanical engineering need to make up the deficiencies in the undergraduate mechanical engineering curriculum prior to applying for the graduate degree. 
  • Other applicants who wish to continue their education in an area of Mechanical Engineering but do not intend to pursue a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering may seek admission as special graduate students.

Application Requirements:

  • A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
  • A completed Graduate Studies application.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
  • The GRE is required.
  • Letters of Recommendation are optional.
  • A Statement of Purpose is optional
  • Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet
  • Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5
  • Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Career Options Available for a M.S. Mechanical Engineering Graduate

  • Professional engineers in R&D.
  • Research personnel at national labs, NASA, Department of Defense.
  • Manufacturing in general.
  • Automobile industry.
  • Aerospace industry.
  • Major defense contractors, such as General Dynamics, Lockheed, Boeing.
  • Pursuing higher degrees, such as PhD in engineering fields.

Concentration Areas

  • Mechanical Systems and Design
  • Mechanics and Materials
  • Thermal and Fluid Systems
  • Biomechanics and Bioengineering

Research Labs/Facilities

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (Dr. Kiran Bhaganagar): Developing large scale and high performance computing tools for fluid dynamic applications in the natural systems such as atmosphere, ocean and biological applications.
  • Building Performance and Diagnostics Laboratory (Dr. Bing Dong): Energy systems/informatics, controls and diagnostics, indoor environment quality, probabilistic graphical models, numerical optimization, and uncertainty analysis.
  • Flexible Manufacturing and Lean Systems Lab (Dr. F. Frank Chen and Dr. Adel Alaeddini): Technological advancement and tools of flexible manufacturing systems and lean enterprise systems.
  • Computational Bioengineering and Control Laboratory (Dr. Yusheng Feng): Mathematical modeling of biological systems in the areas of bioheat transfer, model-based real-time control, multi-scale modeling of cancer, haptic device enabled surgical simulation, and medical devices design.
  • Multiphase Flow Simulation Laboratory (Dr. Zhigang Feng): Theoretical/computational fluid mechanics and multiphase flow and its applications.
  • Impact Dynamics Laboratory (Dr. John Foster): Dynamic behavior of materials/impact dynamics, computational mechanics, and failure modeling with peridynamics.
  • Cardiovascular Biomechanics Laboratory (Dr. Hai-Chao Han): Determining the role of mechanical stress in the development and remodeling of the cardiovascular system and thus to improve the understanding, treatment, and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
  • Computational Reliability Laboratory (Dr. Harry Millwater): Developing effective computational tools to evaluate the reliability of engineered structures/components, thus ameliorating time-consuming and expensive physical testing.
  • Robotics and Intelligent Machines (RIM) Lab (Dr. Brent Nowak): Design, simulation, testing, and analysis of intelligent devices, such as but not limited to mechatronics, robotics (AUV, ASV, serial manipulators), medical devices, and end-effectors through sensing and heuristic control methods.
  • Manufacturing Systems and Automation Lab (Dr. Can Saygin and Dr. Krystel Castillo): Effective and efficient integration and synthesis of automation technologies, human resources, and decision-making models for design, planning, scheduling, and control of production of goods and delivery of services.
  • Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Lab (Dr. Hungda Wan): Evaluation and enhancement of sustainability of manufacturing systems in three major areas: Lean Operations, Digital Factory, and Green Processes.
  • Hard Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory (Dr. Xiaodu Wang): Elucidating the nanomechanics and ultrastructural origins of bone fragility, thus improving prediction and prevention of aging and disease induced bone fragility fractures.
  • Multiscale Computational Mechanics Laboratory (Dr. Xiaowei Zeng): Developing multiscale computational methodologies in understanding of materials response.

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: F. Frank Chen, Ph.D.
Telephone: (210) 458-5382

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Course Scheduling and Offerings

  • This program is housed on UTSA’s Main campus.
  • Graduate courses are typically offered at 5:30-6:45 pm and 7:00-8:15 pm time slots to accommodate working students.

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