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M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering is a 10 course (30 credit) program. This program prepares students to be successful in the broad area of advanced design and analytical skills. Coursework covers product design, energy and power systems, fluids and heat transfer, modeling and simulation, materials, and manufacturing.

Subject areas include:

  • Production operations systems, product development
  • Manufacturing processes and statistical methods
  • Advanced product design, thermal systems, polymer or experimental design
  • Biomaterials in the design of medical devices
  • Mechatronics
  • Electrical machines, renewable energy, advanced engineering materials, finite element analysis, or circuit analysis
  • Simulation and visualization of dynamic systems

Our flexible master's curriculum offers two different degree plans to choose from depending on your educational background:

  1. For students who already have a Mechanical Engineering bachelor's degree; or
  2. For students who have a bachelor's degree in other areas of study.

Contact

Dr. John Abraham

Program Director, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Dr. John Abraham
Phone Number
651-962-5766

Program Advantages

  • Succeed in a wide variety of industries
  • An industry-based curriculum with impact
  • Faculty with extensive industrial experience
  • Succeed in a wide variety of industries

    Our program prepares you to succeed in a wide variety of industries including biomedical, manufacturing, product design, mechanical design, aerospace, HVAC, controls, simulation and computer-aided design, mechatronics, robotics, electrical design, power generation and distribution, and materials selection.

    An industry-based curriculum with impact

    Our program is industry-based and applied. Bring your work experiences to class and apply what you learn on the job. We want you to use the knowledge you gain to address real workplace issues.

    Faculty with extensive industrial experience

    Our full-time and practicing faculty members have decades of industrial experience in aerospace, biomedicine, controls, power systems, manufacturing, energy production, and more. Our instructors bring both academic credentials and industry experience to the classroom. These executives, managers and engineers share a passion for teaching and improving the industrial welfare of our nation. They emphasize hands-on learning, promote interaction among students and encourage the free exchange of ideas.

    Succeed in a wide variety of industries

    Our program prepares you to succeed in a wide variety of industries including biomedical, manufacturing, product design, mechanical design, aerospace, HVAC, controls, simulation and computer-aided design, mechatronics, robotics, electrical design, power generation and distribution, and materials selection.

    An industry-based curriculum with impact

    Our program is industry-based and applied. Bring your work experiences to class and apply what you learn on the job. We want you to use the knowledge you gain to address real workplace issues.

    Faculty with extensive industrial experience

    Our full-time and practicing faculty members have decades of industrial experience in aerospace, biomedicine, controls, power systems, manufacturing, energy production, and more. Our instructors bring both academic credentials and industry experience to the classroom. These executives, managers and engineers share a passion for teaching and improving the industrial welfare of our nation. They emphasize hands-on learning, promote interaction among students and encourage the free exchange of ideas.

    Graduate Programs That Work for You

    Our evening class schedules allow both industry professionals and career changers to achieve their educational goals. And each class meets just once per week.

    Convenient Schedule

    Our programs serve working professionals with busy lives. You choose how quickly you move through the curriculum. And you may start in any of our three starts: fall, spring or summer.

    View our Course Schedule

    Coursework and Degree Requirements

    The M.S. in Mechanical Engineering is a 10 course (30 credit) program. Students must successfully complete all program requirements and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7. The coursework for this master's degree is based upon the undergraduate major of the student.

    Students with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering select four courses in Design, four courses in Analysis, and two electives.

    Students with a bachelor's degree and who do not have a Mechanical Engineering background are required to take four graduate foundational courses, three courses in Design and three in Analysis.

    STEM Approved Program

    Select four courses from the Design category:

    • ETLS 501 – Production Operations Systems
    • ETLS 502 – Manufacturing Processes (design of manufacturing processes)
    • ETLS 520 – Design and Manufacturing in the Medical Device
    • ETLS 555 – Advanced Product Design
    • ETLS 591 – Advances Thermal Systems ETLS 672 – Excellence in Product Design
    • ETLS 673 - Excellence in Product Design
    • ETLS 701 – Design of Experiments
    • ETLS 723 – Biomaterials in the Design of Medical Devices
    • ETLS 773 – Principles of MEMS Product Development
    • ETLS 774 – Introduction to Mechatronics
    • ETLS 775 – Polymers in Design ETLS 777 – Finite Element Analysis

    Select four courses from the Analysis category:

    • ETLS 506 – Statistical Methods for Manufacturing Quality
    • ETLS 591 – Advances Thermal Systems
    • ETLS 701 – Design of Experiments
    • ETLS 746 – Power Electronics
    • ETLS 747 – Electric machines and Vehicles
    • ETLS 748 – Renewable Energy Generation
    • ETLS 776 – Advanced Engineering Materials
    • ETLS 777 – Finite Element Analysis
    • ETLS 789 – Simulation and Visualization of Dynamic Systems

    Choose two technical electives:

    Choose any two electives from the ETLS or SEIS course catalog or participate in a two semester engineering project (6 credits)


    Four required foundational courses:

    • ETLS 502 – Manufacturing Processes
    • ETLS 741- Heat Transfer & Fluid Mechanics
    • ETLS 771 – Materials Engineering
    • ETLS XXX - Engineering Solids course (TBD)

    Select three courses from the Design category:

    • ETLS 501 – Production Operations Systems
    • ETLS 520 – Design and Manufacturing in the Medical Device
    • ETLS 555 – Advanced Product Design
    • ETLS 591 – Advances Thermal Systems
    • ETLS 672 – Excellence in Product Design
    • ETLS 701 – Design of Experiments
    • ETLS 723 – Biomaterials in the Design of Medical Devices
    • ETLS 773 – Principles of MEMS Product Development
    • ETLS 774 – Introduction to Mechatronics
    • ETLS 775 – Polymers in Design
    • ETLS 777 – Finite Element Analysis

    Select three courses from the Analysis category:

    • ETLS 506 – Statistical Methods for Manufacturing Quality
    • ETLS 511 – Circuit Analysis
    • ETLS 591 – Advances Thermal Systems
    • ETLS 701 – Design of Experiments
    • ETLS 746 – Power Electronics
    • ETLS 747 – Electric machines and Vehicles
    • ETLS 748 – Renewable Energy Generation
    • ETLS 776 – Advanced Engineering Materials
    • ETLS 777 – Finite Element Analysis
    • ETLS 789 – Simulation and Visualization of Dynamic Systems

    Substitution of any courses can be made based on the prior experience of the student. The decision on substitutions would be made by the MS in Mechanical Engineering program director.



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    Attend an online information session to get program details and receive $20* off your application fee just for attending. Our programs serve working professionals with busy lives. Set your own pace and start fall, spring or summer. Classes are offered in the evenings. We look forward to meeting you.

    *St. Thomas alumni, St. Thomas returning graduate students, St. Thomas employees, and all U.S. active and retired military personnel and veterans are eligible for a full $50 application fee waiver.

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    Faculty

    Dr. John Abraham

    Dr. John Abraham

    Dr. Abraham is a professor and program director of the M.S. in Mechanical Engineering program at St. Thomas. John’s special expertise includes medical devices, climate change, heat transfer and fluid flow processes, and thermal design. He has produced over 350 publications, including peer-reviewed journal papers, books, book chapters, patents, and conference presentations.

    Dr. John Abraham
    Brian Plourde.

    Brian Plourde

    Mr. Plourde brings real-world engineering developing skills to the classroom. He co-founded multiple companies, including a company that has developed solar-power water pasteurization systems for the developing world. Around the world, unsafe water is the second largest killer of children under the age of five; Mr. Plourde’s invention helps solve this global problem.

    Brian Plourde
    Dr. Genevieve Gagnon.

    Dr. Genevieve Gagnon

    Dr. Gagnon joined the University of St. Thomas in 2010. Genevieve teaches courses in statics and materials engineering at St. Thomas. Her research has focused on the thermal fatigue of ceramic-reinforced aluminum composites and the analysis and characterization of materials using mechanical testing.

    Dr. Genevieve Gagnon