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Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

To qualify for admission to conditionally classified standing, applicants must meet the following university and departmental requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from an institution accredited by ABET
  • Minimum cumulative 2.50 GPA
  • Good standing at the last institution attended

Students not meeting the above requirements may be admitted at the discretion of the department Chairman and may be required to take additional units of advisor-approved prerequisite coursework. The student must demonstrate potential for graduate study by earning a B or higher in these courses.

Students who have a B.S. degree outside of mechanical engineering will be required to complete deficiency courses prior to beginning a course work for the Master’s degree.

Additional information about applying for the MS in Mechanical Engineering can be found at for domestic students or for international students.

Classified Standing

Achievement of classified graduate standing includes the following:

  • Completion of all deficiency work specified by the graduate advisor with a grade of B or better
  • Development of an approved study plan.  Before completing nine units at CSUF toward the M.S. degree, the student must meet with an advisor for preparation of a study plan which must be approved by the Department Chairman and the Office of Graduate Studies.  Failure to do so may result in additional unit requirements for the degree.  Any subsequent changes in the approved study plan must have prior written approval of the advisor and Chairman; forms to file a request for change in study plan for the master’s degree are available in the department office
  • Fulfillment of the University Writing Requirement prior to completing nine units at CSUF toward the M.S. degree. Students must demonstrate writing ability commensurate with the baccalaureate degree.

Study Plan

The study plan consists of a minimum of 30 units of advisor-approved upper-division or graduate-level course work which must be completed with an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0.  At least half the units required for the degree must be approved graduate (500-level) courses.  A minimum of 21 of semester units must be taken at CSUF.  All course work on the student’s study plan normally should be completed within five years; this time limit begins with the semester of the earliest course used on the student’s study plan and consists of a total of ten consecutive semesters.  When individual circumstances warrant, this time limit may be extended for up to two years (four additional consecutive semesters); the student must file a petition, prior to the expiration of the five-year limit, with the Graduate Studies Office to extend the five-year time limit.  The approved study plan is valid as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment in regular semesters at the University; otherwise, it is necessary for the student to reapply and meet any changed or additional requirements approved in the interim.

Required Courses (3 units)

To fulfill the 3-unit required course, students are given the option of taking any one of the following mathematics-oriented courses:

  • EGME 438 – Analytical Methods in Engineering
  • EGME 538 – Advanced Engineering Analysis

Concentration Courses (15 units)

A graduate student is required to select a minimum of 15 units in mechanical engineering.  These units must be 400-level technical elective and 500-level graduate courses and are selected according to the student’s are of interest.  Coursework is designed to meet the student’s professional career goals and shall focus on the following areas:

  • Robotics, Controls, and Automated Manufacturing
  • Design and Materials for Manufacturing
  • Thermal and Fluids Engineering
  • Power and Energy

Other Courses (9 units)

Elective units should be taken in mechanical engineering or a related engineering field and are subject to advisor approval.

Exam/Thesis/Project Option

Subject to approval by the advisor, students may select one of the following options for final review by a Department committee:

  • Satisfactory completion of a final oral comprehensive examination
  • Preparation and oral defense of a thesis on original research in accordance with University requirements (3 - 6 units)
  • Preparation and submission of a formal project report for review and approval by the faculty committee (3 - 6 units)

Students enrolling in less than six units of Thesis/Project will be required to take an oral comprehensive exam. Students enrolling in six units of thesis or project may defend their thesis or project instead of taking an oral comprehensive exam.