College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2017-2018

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Engineering - Mechanical Engineering, Master of Engineering

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.

Careers

What Can I Do with a Master of Engineering in Mechanical 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.

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Aerospace engineer
  • Sustainability engineer
  • Engineering consultant
  • Field engineer


University Requirements

  • 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.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 30
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Research Individualized research may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
Progression Plan Link View Program of Study

Purpose Statement

The Master of Engineering is a non-thesis professional degree, based primarily on course work and/or on an engineering project designed with the guidance of a faculty advisor to address a need or problem specific to their engineering field of study (Civil, Environmental, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering).  This degree program is designed to provide a broad, practice-based education.

Student Learning Outcomes
Students will:
 
Demonstrate the ability to apply graduate level critical thinking skills to formulate and solve advanced civil (electrical/environmental/mechanical) engineering problems.

  • Acquires knowledge on advanced contemporary engineering topics and computational tools specific to civil (electrical/environmental/mechanical) engineering.
  • Develops the ability to identify, formulate, and solve relevant advanced civil (electrical/environmental/mechanical) engineering problems.
  • Develops the ability to synthesize, explain, verify, and justify solutions to complex civil (electrical/environmental/mechanical) engineering problems.
Demonstrate the ability to, independently and creatively, design, plan, and conduct complex civil (electrical/environmental/mechanical) engineering projects.
  • Assesses the state of the art in the field of study.
  • Applies, independently and creatively, appropriate engineering theories and tools towards developing a viable solution for the project.
  • Designs and conducts activities specific to the project.
Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively the results of a comprehensive research project through oral presentations and publications.
  • Creates a report reflecting the integration of knowledge acquired through the project.
  • Delivers an oral presentation to peers summarizing the work performed on the project and its outcomes.
  • Synthesizes and presents the relevance of the engineering project in both technical and non-technical terms.

Details

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.
    • Transcripts
    • 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
  • Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Plan Option

    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, which may allow them to complete both degrees in an accelerated manner by applying 6 units 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/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.
Master's Requirements
  • Take the following 30 units:

    • Coursework in applied mathematics, in a relevant topic such as linear algebra, partial differential equations, or applied mathematics modeling (3 units)
    • Coursework in engineering management (course may be offered through such programs as Engineering, Business, or Management) (3 units)
    • Coursework in engineering computational techniques, in a course such as ME 554 or MAT 563 (3 units)
    • Coursework in mechanical engineering with your advisory committee's approval. Up to 6 units outside of mechanical engineering, in a related engineering or interdisciplinary field, are allowed here. (15 units)
    • Additional courses from mechanical engineering or related areas, with your advisory committee's approval. This can include up to 6 units in an optional practice-oriented project, developed and conducted under your advisory committee's guidance and focused on a problem of interest to the practicing engineering community. (6 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.
  • PROGRAM FEE INFORMATION
  • Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $402 per credit hour for distance-delivered courses has been approved for this program.

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