Engineering - Mechanical Engineering, Master of Engineering
As you probably know already, Mechanical Engineering is a broad field that is vital to many industries. Applying mathematics and physics to design, analyze and build mechanical components and systems like automobiles, power plants, robots, and spacecraft are just some of the applications of this degree. Our program prepares you for professional practice with a broad, applied education across two specializations in Mechanical Engineering: thermal-fluid sciences and solid mechanics. You will have the opportunity to enhance and/or develop the skills, knowledge, and understanding that are critical to today’s practicing engineers.
Beginning in Fall 2022, the Engineering-Mechanical Engineering, Master of Engineering will be available Online.
The Master of Engineering (MENG) with an emphasis in Mechanical Engineering is a non-thesis professional degree that will help you advance your career objectives. We offer two specializations in Mechanical Engineering: Thermal-Fluid Sciences and Solid Mechanics.
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With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Aerospace engineer
- Sustainability engineer
- Engineering consultant
- Field engineer
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To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)
You must additionally complete:
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
- All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
- All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
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In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
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|Additional Admission Requirements||Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.|
|Research||Individualized research may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.|
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The MEng in mechanical engineering trains students to become engineers who are capable of finding solutions to complex mechanical and interdisciplinary engineering problems. This program is designed for students with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or in a related field. Students in this program will have the opportunity to take courses and perform a practice-oriented design project in topics ranging from renewable energy to smart materials and structures to biomechanics to robotics. Students will be trained in advanced applied mathematics, computational tools in engineering, evaluating of the literature in mechanical engineering, designing complex mechanical engineering systems or components, and communicating mechanical engineering theories, methodologies, and solutions. Graduates of this program will be well prepared to work in a broad range of industries, including but not limited to aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, biomedical, etc., or pursue higher education.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Solve, analyze, evaluate, and interpret results to complex mechanical engineering problems.
- Analyze and critically evaluate information from the scientific literature on mechanical engineering.
- Apply mechanical engineering concepts and tools to a comprehensive design project in mechanical engineering.
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively mechanical engineering theories and methodologies.
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Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
- Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
- For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
- International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy
Individual program admission requirements include:
- B.S. degree in Engineering or completion of prerequisite courses (see department website for details)
- GRE® revised General Test
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Personal statement or essay
This Master’s degree requires 30 units distributed as follows:
- Applied Mathematics Course Selection: 3 units
- Engineering Management Course Selection: 3 units
- Computational Techniques Course Selection: 3 units
- Coursework in Mechanical Engineering or other areas, as approved: 15 units
- Select from the following: 6 units
- Practice-oriented project
- Electives selected with advisory committee’s approval
Take the following 30 units:
- Coursework in applied mathematics with your advisory committee's approval. Examples include courses in linear algebra, partial differential equations, or applied mathematics modeling (3 units)
- Coursework in engineering computational techniques, with your advisor's approval. Examples include ME 554 or MAT 563, or ME 525 or ME 599 - Advanced FEM and CFD (3 units)
- Coursework in mechanical engineering with your advisor's approval. Up to 6 units outside of mechanical engineering, in a related engineering or interdisciplinary field, are allowed here. (18-21 units)
- Select from (3-6 units):
- Up to 6 units of an optional practice-oriented project, developed and conducted under your advisor's approval, focused on a problem of interest to the practicing engineering community (3-6 units) Or
- Additional ME coursework, that includes a project, with your advisor’s approval. Examples include ME 563, ME 573, ME 575, ME 580, ME 599 – Plates & Shells, ME 599 – Cardiovascular Fluid Mechanics. (3 units)
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program
This program is available as an Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan. Accelerated Programs provide the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates working on their bachelor’s degree to simultaneously begin work on a master’s degree. Departments may allow students to complete both degrees in an accelerated manner by approving up to 12 units applicable toward both degrees. Students must apply to the accelerated program and the master’s program by the application deadline, and meet all requirements as listed on the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Programs to be considered for admission. Admission to programs is competitive and qualified applicants may be denied because of limits on the number of students admitted each year. Be sure to speak with your advisor regarding your interest in Accelerated Programs.
- PROGRAM FEE INFORMATION
Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $900 per year has been approved for this program.
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- Statement of purpose - This should be a short letter addressed to the Admissions Committee. It should state your reason for pursuing the intended degree, what relevant experience you already have, and what experience you hope to gain by completing the degree.
- Curriculum Vitae - This is an extended version of your resume. It should provide more information on your studies and experiences, and support your statement of purpose.
- Three letters of recommendation - These should come from individuals who could provide insight on your readiness and ability to successfully complete your graduate studies (e.g. faculty members, technical supervisors, or other individuals from the field in which you wish to pursue the degree). Within the online application you will be required to input the email addresses of your references and the system will automatically send the letter of recommendation request to each of them.
- Test scores
- GRE is not required for this program.
- International applicants from non-English speaking countries (or who didn't complete prior degrees with English as language of instruction) must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. The minimum scores accepted for TOEFL and IELTS are 80 and 6.5, respectively. Applicants with lower scores may be considered for the Program in Intensive English.
- Transcript(s) - Your transcripts must be included in your application. GPA over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is expected. Official transcripts are not required until admissions. If your undergraduate degree will not post until after your application is submitted, please send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know when you will send the official transcript with your degree posted
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- Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) - The NAU ME MEng is part of the WRGP program, so qualified out-of-state students from the western US may be eligible for in-state-tuition.
- Financial Aid - Students may be eligible for additional financial aid and scholarships. See the Graduate College's webpage on financing your education for more information.
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- Program of Study (by catalog year)
- Optional: MEng Project Proposal and Advisory Committee Approval Form
- Optional: MEng Project Assessment Submission Form
- MEng Learning Outcome Assessment