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College of Engineering and Applied Science

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UC Denver
 

Mechanical Engineering

Master of Science


The Master of Science (MS) program builds on the fundamentals of mechanical engineering typically learned in an undergraduate degree program. Our program is comprised of three tracks that allow the students to obtain background in manufacturing processes, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, bioengineering, energy thermodynamics, composite materials and sports engineering.

 Areas of Study

Program Options

Students in each of the plans may choose one of four options. The four tracks are:

  • Biomechanics
  • General Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Thermal Sciences

Students may choose to specialize in biomechanics, thermal science or mechanics. The fourth option is the general mechanical engineering option.

  • The biomechanics option requires students to complete 6 core courses (16 credit hours) in mechanical engineering. The remainder of the coursework can be selected from elective courses offered within the college of engineering, as well as other campuses such as the CU Anschutz Medical Campus or CU Boulder.
  • The general mechanical engineering option requires the student to take 18 semester hours of required course work in analytical methods, numerical methods, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, elasticity and dynamics. 
  • The mechanics option requires 12 semester hours of course work in analytical methods, numerical methods, elasticity and dynamics. The student then selects 9 semester hours of course work in approved electives from a selection of mechanics electives.
  • The thermal science option requires 12 semester hours of course work in analytical methods, numerical methods, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. The student then selects 9 semester hours of course work in approved electives from a selection of thermal science electives.

After meeting the course requirements for any of the three options the student may select any mechanical engineering graduate course to complete the 30 hour credit requirement. The student may also take courses approved by an advisor outside of the Mechanical Engineering Department.

The Graduate School Rules apply to this program.​​

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 Objectives & Outcomes

MS/ME and MEng Program Educational Objectives

The program offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Colorado Denver can be completed in the afternoon and evening hours to accommodate both working and traditional students. The department seeks to graduate a diverse population of students with a master’s degree enabling them to

·                     be employed by a diverse group of industries, research laboratories and educational

              institutions,

·                     pursue careers in traditional engineering, interdisciplinary areas, research and education, and

·                     pursue post-graduate education and advanced degrees.



MS/ME and MEng Program Educational Outcomes

·                     an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

·                     an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

·                     an ability to design a system component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic

   constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety,

   manufacturability, and sustainability

·                     an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

·                     an ability to communicate effectively

·                     an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice​​

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 Admission Requirements

Students must meet the university admission requirements detailed in the CU Denver Graduate Catalog. Students not holding BS in mechanical engineering degrees are required to complete all mathematics, chemistry and physics courses required for the bachelor’s degree before taking graduate courses.

 

Math and Science Prerequisites

Students not holding BS in mechanical engineering degrees are required to complete all mathematics, chemistry and physics courses required for the bachelor’s degree before taking graduate courses.  

·                     MATH 1401 - Calculus I

·                     MATH 2411 - Calculus II

·                     MATH 2421 - Calculus III

·                     MATH 3195 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations

·                     CHEM 1130 - Engineering General Chemistry

·                     PHYS 2311 - General Physics I: Calculus-Based

·                     PHYS 2321 - General Physics Lab I

·                     PHYS 2331 - General Physics II: Calculus-Based

·                     PHYS 2341 - General Physics Lab II

 

In addition, before taking graduate courses students must complete the following undergraduate mechanical engineering courses depending on the track they plan to follow:

General Track

ENGR 3012 (Thermodynamics) 
MECH 2033 (Dynamics)
MECH 3010 (Intro to Numerical Methods)
MECH 3023 (System Dynamics I: Vibrations)
MECH 3042 (Heat Transfer) or MECH 3021 (Fluid Mechanics) 
MECH 3043 (Strength of materials)

Mechanics Track

ENGR 3012 (Thermodynamics) 
MECH 2033 (Dynamics)
MECH 3010 (Intro to Numerical Methods)
MECH 3023 (System Dynamics I: Vibrations)
MECH 3035 (Design of Mechanical Elements) 
MECH 3043 (Strength of materials)

Thermal Sciences Track

ENGR 3012 (Thermodynamics) 
MECH 2033 (Dynamics)
MECH 3010 (Intro to Numerical Methods)
MECH 3021 (Introduction to Fluid Mechanics)
MECH 3042 (Heat Transfer)
MECH 3043 (Strength of materials)​​

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 Degree Requirements

Program Plans

For the Master of Science (MS) degree in mechanical engineering, students may choose between three plans with each plan totaling 30 semester hours.

  • Plan I - Students following Plan I (thesis option) take 24 semester hours of formal course work plus 6 semester hours of thesis work.
  • Plan II - Students following Plan II (project option) take 27 semester hours of formal course work plus a 3 semester hour final project requiring a report.
  • Plan III - Students following Plan III (10-course option) take 30 semester hours of formal course work plus a final comprehensive exam.

Students following Plan I or Plan II must submit a proposal to their examination committee prior to the semester in which they register for their thesis or project semester hours, and the examination committee must approve the proposal for the thesis or project.

The student must present the required thesis or project to his/her graduate committee and the committee must approve the thesis or project for satisfaction of the student’s graduation requirement.​

All courses are 3 semester credit hours.  Students in either plan may choose one of three tracks. In the first two tracks, the student may choose to specialize in either thermal science or mechanics. The third track is the general mechanical engineering option.

Study Tracks

  • Thermal Sciences
  • Mechanics
  • General Mechanical Engineering

Thermal Science Option

The thermal science option requires 12 semester hours of course work in analytical methods, numerical methods, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. The student then selects 9 semester hours of course work in approved electives from a selection of thermal science electives.

The required courses for the thermal science track are

  • MECH 5110 (Numerical Methods for Engineers)
  • MECH 5120 (Analytical Methods for Engineers)    
  • MECH 5141 (Viscous Flow) 
  • MECH 5180 (Advanced Heat Transfer)

Mechanics Option

The mechanics option requires 12 semester hours of course work in analytical methods, numerical methods, elasticity and dynamics. The student then selects 9 semester hours of course work in approved electives from a selection of mechanics electives. For students following Plan I, both the thermal science and mechanics options allow the student to pick one approved 3-semester-hour elective not necessarily in the chosen specialty. For students following Plan II, both the thermal science and mechanics options allow the student to pick two approved 3-semester hour electives not necessarily in the chosen specialty.

The required courses for the mechanics track are

  • MECH 5175 (Finite Element Analysis)
  • MECH 5120 (Analytical Methods for Engineers)
  • MECH 5163 (Dynamics)
  • MECH 5123 (Intro to Continuum Mechanics)

General Mechanical Option

The general mechanical engineering option requires the student to take 18 semester hours of required course work in analytical methods, numerical methods, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, elasticity and dynamics. For students following Plan I, the general mechanical engineering option allows the student to pick two approved 3-semester hour electives. For students following Plan II, the general mechanical engineering option allows the student to pick three approved 3-semester hour electives.

The required courses for the general track are

  • MECH 5120 (Analytical Methods for Engineers)
  • MECH 5163 (Dynamics)     
  • MECH 5110 (Numerical Methods for Engineers)  
  • MECH 5141 (Viscous Flow)
  • MECH ​5123 (Intro to Continuum Mechanics)
  • MECH 5180 (Advanced Heat Transfer)
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 How to Apply

Graduate application must be submitted online​ through the CU Denver Application Portal.

Required Documents

     -       Resume

     -       Statement of Purpose (uploaded along with online application)

     -       3 Letters of Recommendation (see instructions below)

     -       Official transcripts – ONE copy (see instructions below)

     -       GRE test scores (see instructions below)

     -       TOEFL (or IELTS) test scores (see instructions below)

 

Additional documents (US Citizens/Permanent Residents only)

     -       Tuition Classification Form (for those claiming in-state eligibility)

     -       Non-Academic Suspension Supplement

     -       Criminal History Supplement

 

NOTE: all submitted written application materials are scanned for plagiarism and added to a local database used for plagiarism detection.​

 

Mailing address for application materials:

Graduate School
Campus Box 163
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

 

Courier Address (UPS, DHL, FedEx, etc.)

Graduate School
1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 1251
Denver, CO 80204

 

Contact e-mail and phone

Program specific questions – 303-556-6205   mechanical@ucdenver.edu

Admission requirements – 303-315-2179 graduateadmissions@ucdenver.edu

 

Application Terms and Deadlines

Applicants must make arrangements to ensure all required materials are received by the relevant deadlines below. All incomplete applications are cancelled after the deadline or processed for the following semester.

 

Fall Term

International Applicants -- April 15th
US Citizens/Permanent Residents -- May 1st

Spring Term

International Applicants - September 15th
US Citizens/Permanent Residents -- October 1st

Letters of Recommendation

Include names and email addresses of three recommenders in your online application – our university will email them a request and guidance for submitting recommendations.  Their responses will load directly into the CU Denver online application. If you received your BS from the CU Denver, recommendations are not required.

 

Official Transcripts

Request each academic institution you have previously attended (except the University of Colorado/any campus) to submit ONE official transcript to the Graduate School Admissions Office at the address above. E-transcripts need to be sent to the Graduate School at megan.l.rogers@ucdenver.edu  NOTE* we do not accept uploaded from a university website unofficial transcripts.

 

International transcripts only: transcripts obtained from a foreign institution can be scanned and e-mailed in PDF format after submitting the online application. If admitted, international students will provide original transcripts when arrived for the first semester. NOTE* we do not accept WES or any other transcripts evaluation. You can scan your international transcripts (original language + English translation + copy of graduation certificate or Diploma) in a single PDF file and e-mail to megan.l.rogers@ucdenver.edu OR send by mail to the above address.

 

GRE

Applicants must submit evidence of adequate preparation for graduate study by either (a) submitting official GRE scores, or (b) documenting an earned bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher from an institution accredited by a U.S. accreditation body, or an earned master’s degree with a GPA of 3.50 or higher from an institution accredited by a U.S. accreditation body.

 

Preferred minimum scores are: 150 Verbal / 153 Quantitative / 3.5 Analytical Writing

 

TOEFL/IELTS

Non-US Citizens/Permanent Residents with undergraduate and/or graduate degree from a foreign institution should meet English Language Proficiency requirements of:

TOEFL minimum of 75 with sub-scores no less than: reading-15, listening-15, speaking-18, writing-17;

 

IELTS minimum score of 6.5 with each sub-score no less than 5.5;

 

Non-US Citizens/Permanent Residents graduated from an institution accredited by a U.S. accreditation body are not required of TOEFL/IELTS.

 

NOTE* use Institution Code 4875 (no department code is needed) to submit scores directly. Self-reported GRE/TOEFL/IELTS scores without any documentation from ETS  center are not taken into consideration by the admissions committee.

 

How to pay application fees?

You must pay an application fee of $50 (domestic) or $75 (international). It is payable online by credit card. You may submit applications to up to three different programs for that fee by selecting "Pay by Check" on subsequent applications. If you have technical questions about your application, please contact Krystal Fox via email at krystal.fox@ucdenver.edu or by phone at 303-315-5843

 

Is conditional admission is available for international students?

YES. If your application is strong enough, but you do not meet the English Language Proficiency requirements (see above), you can be offered a “conditional admission”. Conditional admission means you cannot be issued the I-20 form and you cannot register for classes until you fulfil the English language requirements or you have successfully completed the CU Denver’s English Language Academy The conditional admission offer is valid for one year only. If you still want to be considered for the admission after a year – you will need to re-apply and pay application fees.

 

Is provisional admission available?

YES. Applicants may be accepted as "provisional degree students." This status is indicated in the acceptance letter along with the conditions that must be satisfied by a specified deadline in order for the student to obtain regular status.

 

Can I defer the admission?

YES. An admission offer is valid for one year only. US Citizens/Permanent Residents need to contact the department directly with the deferral request. International students need to submit deferral request online. To be considered for the admission after a year requires the applicant to reapply and pay application fees.

 

Can I be admitted without a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering?

YES. Students, who do not possess sufficient mechanical engineering educational background, can be admitted to the MS/ME program and might need to take additional undergraduate prerequisite courses within the first two semesters of acceptance. For details, see the Admission Requirements.

 

How to check my application status?

After submitting the online application, you can check the status of your application and the documents completeness through the Prospective Student Portal using the same Username and Password you created for your online application.

 

How long does the decision take?

After your application is complete and all required documents and tests are submitted, it usually takes 3-4 weeks for the graduate committee to review your application. The decision letter will be e-mailed directly from the department to the e-mail address you provided in your application, you may need to check a spam box.​

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