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
- 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.
| Required Degree
||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.
| Other Degree Requirements
||A satisfactory undergraduate grade point average (GPA) in engineering or relevant coursework. Applicants may be admitted on a conditional basis as determined by the Graduate Committee of the Department. Applicants with a degree in a discipline other than mechanical engineering may be required to make up the deficiencies in the undergraduate mechanical engineering curriculum. Undergraduate courses listed as deficiencies do not count toward the graduate degree.
| General University Requirements
||Must meet university wide requirements.
||A completed a Graduate School application.
||Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
| Resume or Curriculum Vitae
| Letters of Recommendation
||Two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation.
| Statement of Purpose
||A statement of purpose/research experience, and ranking of the concentration areas based on preference.
| Test Scores
||General GRE, not older than five years.
| Evaluation of Foreign Credentials
All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
- Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429, email@example.com, or online at https://www.foreigncredentials.org/our-services/apply-now/.
- If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
| International Applicants
||Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
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.
- Mechanical Systems and Design
- Mechanics and Materials
- Thermal and Fluid Systems
- Biomechanics and Bioengineering
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.