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Mechanical Engineering

This program has been designed to build upon a student's undergraduate background and provide additional depth and breadth in the challenging and versatile profession of Mechanical Engineering. The department offers two graduate path alternatives. The Master of Science (MS) degree program is a traditional thesis-based approach whereby the student pursues both laboratory and course work culminating in the preparation and oral defense of a written thesis. The Master of Mechanical Engineering (MME) degree is a course-based master's program which requires additional coursework in lieu of a traditional thesis. 


Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) 




36 credits of formal coursework 

12 credits of thesis 


The following three options are recommended by the Department of Mechanical Engineering for qualified students pursuing the M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering: Power/Energy, Applied Mechanics, and Design. Each option is selected to build upon a basic undergraduate background and to provide additional depth in that general area. Only 12 hours of credit of below-500-level courses may be used in any plan of study (math courses excluded). Other plans of study may be selected subject to approval by the student's Advisory Committee and the Department chair. 


Topics for thesis research could come from areas such as solar and wind energy, heat transfer, corrosion, thermodynamics, IC engines, robotics, experimental stress analysis, finite element analysis, noise and vibration control, aerodynamics, design optimization, and analytical mechanics. Part-time students from industry are encouraged to select, with their advisory committee chair, job-related topics. 


Suggested courses for the three options are listed below. 


Power/Energy Option 


CH 450 Air Pollution Control 

ME 401 Foundations of Fluid Mechanics 

ME 402 Advanced Heat Transfer 

ME 407 Power Plants 

ME 408 Renewable Energy 

ME 426/526 Turbomachinery 

ME 427 Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamic 

ME 501 Advanced Thermodynamics 

ME 502 Topics in Heat Transfer 

ME 503 Viscous Fluid Flow 

ME 510 Gas Dynamics 

Plus approved Math electives 

Plus approved technical electives from Engineering or Physics 


Applied Mechanics Option 


EM 403 Advanced Mechanics of Materials 

EM 502 Advanced Dynamics 

EM 503 Advanced Vibration Analysis 

EM 505 Theory of Elasticity 

ME 422 Finite Element Fundamentals 

ME 506 Advanced Control Systems 

ME 512 Lightweight Structural Analysis 

ME 522 Advanced Finite Element Analysis 

Plus approved Math electivesPlus approved technical electives from Engineering or Physics 


Design Option 


EM 503 Advanced Vibration Analysis 

ME 422 Finite Element Fundamentals 

ME 506 Advanced Control Systems 

ME 513 Environmental Noise 

ME 518 Advanced Kinematics 


ME 522 Advanced Finite Element Analysis 

Plus approved Math electivesPlus approved technical electives from Engineering or Physics 


Recommended Math Electives 


MA 330 Vector Calculus 

MA 366 Functions of a Real Variable 

MA 367 Functions of a Complex Variable 

MA 383 Engineering Statistics II 

MA 385 Quality Methods 

MA 431 Calculus of Variations 

MA 433 Numerical Analysis 

MA 434 Topics in Numerical Analysis 

MA 436 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations 

MA 444 Deterministic Models in Operations Research 

MA 445 Stochastic Models in Operations Research 

MA 471 Linear Algebra II 

MA 485 Applied Regression Analysis & Introduction to Time Series 

MA 487 Design of Experiments 

MA 580 Topics in Advanced Probability Theory and Applications 

MA 590 Topics in Mathematics 


Recommended Physics Electives 


PH 401 Intro. to Quantum Mechanics 

PH 402 Intro. to Atomic Physics 

PH 404, 530 Acoustics, Advanced Acoustics 

PH 405/505 Semiconductor Materials and Devices I 

PH 406/506 Semiconductor Materials and Devices II 

PH 407 Solid State PhysicsPH 408/508 Microsensors 

PH 425 Adv. Physics Laboratory III 

PH 440 X-Rays and Crystalline Materials 

PH 470 Special Topics in Physics 

PH 512 Methods of Mathematical Physics 

PH 514 Quantum Mechanics 


Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (MME) 




20 credits of core coursework 

8 credits of core math coursework 

20 credits of elective coursework 


Each MME student must prepare a program of study, including a statement of purpose and the courses to be taken. This must be approved by the ME graduate study committee before the student registers for classes for the 1st quarter of enrollment as a graduate student. 

Core Coursework (20 credits = 5 classes): choose from the following (other classes may be substituted for core requirements with the approval of the ME graduate study committee): 


  1. Any 500-level mechanical engineering class 

  1. Any 500-level engineering mechanics class 

  1. CHE 502 Transport Phenomena 


Core Math Coursework (8 credits = 2 classes): choose from the following (other math classes may be substituted for core math requirements with the approval of the ME graduate study committee): 


  • MA 336 Boundary Value Problems 

  • MA 371 Linear Algebra or MA 373 Applied Linear Algebra 

  • One of MA 383 Engineering Statistics II, MA385 Quality Methods, or MA387 Statistical Methods in Six Sigma 

  • MA 433 Numerical Analysis or MA 435 Finite Difference Methods 


Elective Coursework (20 credits = 5 classes) 

  • Electives must be listed as ME, BE, CE, CHE, CSSE, ECE, EM, EMGT, EP, MA, or OE. 

  • No more than 12 credits of electives below the 500-level (not counting math electives) 

  • No more than 8 credits of math electives; each math elective must be 300-level or above 

  • No more than 8 credits of engineering management electives; choose from the following: 


EMGT 524 Production/Operations Mgmt. 

EMGT 526 Technology Mgmt and Forecasting 

EMGT 527 Project Management 

EMGT 534 Management Science 

EMGT 551 Intellectual Property for Engineers and Scientists 

EMGT 561 Failures of Engineered Systems 

EMGT 586 Supply Chain Management 

EMGT 587 Systems Engineering 

EMGT 589 Manufacturing Systems

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Dr. Lorraine Olson

Dr. Olson joined the faculty of Rose-Hulman in 2002. She is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was awarded the Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award in 2013. Her scholarship activities have included finite element methodology applied to non-traditional areas, and much of her research involves early detection of breast cancer.

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Department of Mechanical Engineering
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5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803

Admissions, Programs of Study, and Courses

Our graduate program offers a variety of courses and programs taught by passionate and experienced professors to help you achieve your academic and professional goals. Learn more about our admissions process, and the programs and courses we are proud to offer.

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There are a variety of options for both traditional and non-traditional students at Rose-Hulman. Learn more about how to apply for graduate school.

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A number of courses have been approved by the Graduate Studies Committee for credit toward graduate degrees. Even programs like math offer classes that can be applied toward required graduate credit.

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Rose-Hulman offers graduate studies in 10 different programs. Some programs offer evening classes off campus to make it possible for professionals to continue to work fulltime while earning their graduate degree.

Research Facilities

There are seven research facilities on our campus all operating with the dual mission of providing education, as well as performing research and development. Projects at the facilities reflect faculty and student interests, as well as industry needs. As part of the graduate program at Rose-Hulman, you will likely participate in thesis research in one of our facilities.

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John T. Myers Center for Technological Research with Industry

This 40,000-square-foot facility is devoted to student and faculty project work. The center provides space and specialized instrumentation for students and faculty to engage in engineering design projects for external clients. There is ample laboratory space for project-based education.

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Rose-Hulman Ventures

Rose-Hulman Ventures is a program that brings together students and technology-based companies. For students, the program provides the best engineering professional practice experience possible. In turn, this provides businesses with prototypes, refinements to the design of existing products and expansion in current engineering capabilities. The facility is on the south campus of Rose-Hulman.

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JRSI Laboratory

In this lab, you will have the opportunity to work side by side with surgeons, faculty and engineers to design, execute and present scientific investigations in an effort to develop engineering solutions to clinical problems. Mechanical testing in the lab is conducted utilizing a state-of-the-art biaxial materials testing machine.

Dr. Craig Downing

Dr. Craig Downing

Dr. Craig Downing is the Director of Graduate Studies, Interim Dean of Lifelong Learning, and Head of the Department of Engineering Management. He holds degrees in mechanical engineering, mathematics and statistics, manufacturing systems and workforce education and development.