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Mechanical Engineering (MS) 
Program Description

Research in mechanical engineering includes the areas of fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, dynamic/computational mechanics, control systems and thermosciences. Close relation with the Applied Mathematics Program is maintained.

Masters's students may choose a thesis, master’s report option, or non‑thesis/coursework only option:

  • Master's Thesis Option - The thesis option consists of 26 units of coursework, plus 6 units of Thesis (AME 910).  Students who choose the thesis option must complete a thesis and pass a final oral examination.  The examination lasts from one to two hours and includes a defense of the research results.
  • Master’s Report Option - The report option consists of 29 units of coursework, plus 3 units of Master's report (AME 909).  No other independent study units are allowed for the report option.  Students who choose the report option must complete a report and pass a final oral examination. This examination consists of a 30-minute presentation by the student followed by 15 minutes of questioning. 
  • Non‑Thesis/Coursework Only Option - This option is not available to students who receive financial support from the University in the form of teaching or research assistantships or fellowships.  The non‑thesis option consists of 32 units of coursework following the general requirements of the M.S. degree program.  A maximum of 3 units of Independent Study (AME 599) or 3 units of research (AME 900) may be included in the study program.  A student who wishes to enroll in independent study must make arrangements for supervision by a faculty member in the Department and submit the independent study proposal form to the Graduate Administrative Associate. The non‑thesis option does not require a final oral examination.
Department/Academic Unit(s)

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering -

The Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering (AME) is excited that you have chosen to apply to our graduate program!

Admission to the AME graduate programs is granted based on a holistic evaluation of applicants’ credentials, including undergraduate and/or graduate GPA, GRE scores, personal statement, research experience, and letters of recommendation. A Bachelor of Science degree from an aerospace, mechanical, or nuclear engineering curriculum of a recognized institution of higher education is required of all applicants to the graduate program, with a cumulative grade point average equivalent to 3.25/4.00 or better in previous university‑level academic coursework, particularly in advanced mathematics and engineering courses. However, graduates from other engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences curricula may be admitted provisionally. Applicants’ GRE scores are expected to be in the top 25th percentile, particularly for the Quantitative portion of the GRE.  International students must submit TOEFL (minimum overall score of 79) or IELTS scores (minimum composite score of 7, with no subject area falling below a 6) in order to be considered for admission.

Please note that ALL applicants who wish to be considered for departmental funding must apply and submit an online application for admission by January 1st for Fall admission and by June 1st for the Spring admission.  Online applications for admission (not requiring funding) may be submitted by domestic applicants at any time before the start of the Fall or Spring semesters, and by international applicants by June 1st for Fall admission and by October 15th  for Spring admission. 

College of Engineering  
Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson UA Online  
Admissions Contact
Nancy E Preble
Graduate Program Coordinator
Nancy E Preble
Director of Graduate Studies
Jesse C Little
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Guadalupe Estrella
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

(1) Minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.25
(2) GRE General Exam scores: Applicants’ scores are expected to be in the top 25 percentile, particularly for the Quantitative portion.
(3) 3 letters of recommendation
(4) Statement of purpose
(5) International applicants: minimum TOEFL internet based score of 79 or IELTS test score of 7.

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE General

Required for International Applicants: TOEFL or IELTS

Financial Aid

It is recommended that both international and domestic students apply by the following deadlines if they wish to be considered for department funding:

Fall semester application deadline: January 1
Spring semester application deadline: June 1

Teaching and Research Assistantships available to outstanding students.

Admissions Deadlines

Deadline for Domestic Applicants Application for Admission only (without Funding Consideration):

  • Fall: June 1
  • Spring: October 1

Deadline for Domestic Applicants and International Applicants Application for Admission, with Funding Consideration:

  • Fall: January 1
  • Spring: June 1
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 1502(MEE), 1601(AEE)

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

The AME Master of Science program course requirements vary somewhat for Thesis, Master’s Report and Non‑Thesis/Coursework only options, but mandatory requirements for all programs include:    

  • 6 units, Advanced Engineering Analysis (AME 500A and 500B);
  • 2 units of Graduate Seminar (AME 696G);
  • 9 units/ 3 courses from a Core Area (see Core Area section on following page);
  • 6 units of Thesis (AME 910) or 3 units of Master’s Report (AME 909) (not required for Non-Thesis/Coursework only students).

Please note that all 3 options require a total of 32 units' enrollment, and thus additional coursework beyond those listed above is required. No more than 6 units of non-AME courses are permitted. 

Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
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Last revised 16 May 2016