Kate Gleason College of Engineering
One Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
The ME in mechanical engineering is intended to be a terminal degree program designed for those who do not expect to pursue a doctoral degree but who wish to become a leader within the mechanical engineering field. This program is particularly well-suited for students who wish to study part time, for those interested in updating their technical skills, or for those who are not focused on a research-oriented master of science degree, which requires a thesis. A conventional thesis is not required for the program. In its place, students complete a capstone experience, which may be a design project leadership course or a well-organized and carefully chosen industrial internship. A research methods course may also fulfill the capstone experience; however, this option is primarily intended for students who are considering transitioning to the MS program in mechanical engineering. (Courses taken within the ME program are transferrable to the MS program.)
Plan of study
The program requires 30 credit hours. In addition to the two required courses, students choose three courses from nine different focus areas and four elective courses. All full-time equivalent students are required to attend graduate seminar weekly for each semester they are on campus. Up to three courses may be taken outside the mechanical engineering department. Students may complete the program's requirements within one calendar year with summer study. Students may also augment their education through cooperative education employment opportunities. Although co-op is not a requirement of the program, it provides students an opportunity to gain valuable employment experience within the field.
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid Description: For graduate study, many of the 70 graduate programs offer assistantships. Additionally, more than 9,000 student jobs are available on campus each year.
# of Credits Required: 30
Classification: Master's College or University I
Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Candidates may work with RIT's Financial Aid Office to determine aid eligibility and funding options.
Locale: Large Suburb