Graduate Degree Programs


Current graduate students are encouraged to track their progress towards graduation each semester. The following information will outline all the required steps within each respective program.

B.S./M.S.M.S. ThesisM.S. Non-ThesisM.S./M.B.A.Ph.D. Post-B.S.Ph.D. Post-M.S.

For undergraduate students interested in vigorous pursuit of research, the Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a combined degree program intended to foster undergraduate research and to accelerate progress toward the M.S. degree.


Admission


BS/MS Requirements
Mechanical Engineering Major at the University of Utah
Junior status in the major
GRE Exam Quantitative Score - 80th Percentile
Undergraduate GPA - 3.5
Three Letters of Recommendations - 1 from Faculty Advisor

Timeline


BS Junior Year
Take GRE
- Semester 1 (On-Cycle - Fall/Winter, Off-Cycle - Spring/Summer)
Find Faculty Advisor
- Semester 1
Apply to BS/MS Program
- Semester 2 (On-Cycle - March 15, Off-Cycle - October 15)
BS Senior Year
Submit Program Declaraion Form
- Semester 1 (On-Cycle - October 15, Off-Cycle - March 15)
Senior Design Day Poster
- Semester 1 or 2
Apply to Graduate School
- Semester 2 (Please visit Future Students page for deadlines)
Turn in Request for Graduate Credit Form
- Semester 2
MS 1st and 2nd Years
Plagiarism Exam on CIS
- Semester 1 (contact Graduate Advisor for Canvas course invitation)
Form Supervisory Committee
- Semester 2
BS/MS Program of Study
- Semester 3
Graduation Application
- Semester 3 (Please visit Office of the Registrar page for graduation deadlines)
Thesis Defense
- Semester 4
- - M.S. Thesis Abstract Announcement
- - M.S. Thesis Approval Forms

Coursework


During BS
6 Credit Hours - Math, Science or Engineering 5XXX
6 Credit Hours - ME EN 6XXX

**Turn in Request for Graduate Credit in BS/MS Program form for the six credits of 6XXX courses taken during your BS years. Once these courses have been flagged for graduate credit, you can no longer use them to fulfill undergraduate requirements.

During MS
6 Credit Hours - ME EN 6XXX/7XXX
9 Credit Hours - Math, Science or Engineering 6XXX/7XXX
9 Credit Hours - ME EN 6975

**A total of 30 graduate credit hours are needed for the MS degree
**Courses must be completed with a B- or better with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher

 

The thesis-track option is a research-oriented degree. Distinguish yourself from the large number of students with bachelor’s degrees by increasing your knowledge, interests, and training with an MS Degree.

Timeline


1st Semester
Find Faculty Advisor
Submit Program Declaraion Form
Pass Plagiarism Exam on CIS with 100%
2ndSemester
Form Supervisory Committee
Turn in M.S. Supervisory Committee Form
3rdSemester
Turn in Program of Study Form
- MS Thesis Program of Study
- MS Thesis Robotics Track Program of Study
- MS Thesis Design and Manufacturing Track Program of Study
- - Design and Manufacturing Track Electives
Turn in Graduation Application
4th Semester
Schedule and Pass Thesis Defense
- Submit the following forms one week prior to your defense
- - M.S. Thesis Abstract Announcement
- - M.S. Thesis Approval Forms
Complete Thesis Release
- Graduation Overview for Master's Candidates
- Thesis Office

Coursework


Courses
12 Credit Hours - ME EN 6XXX/7XXX
9 Credit Hours - Math, Science or Engineering 6XXX/7XXX
9 Credit Hours - ME EN 6975

**Courses must be completed with a B- or better with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher

The non-thesis-track option is degree based on an in-depth emphasis area. Distinguish yourself from the large number of students with bachelor’s degrees by increasing your knowledge, interests, and training with an MS Degree.

Students admitted prior to the fall 2012 semester have the option to choose between the old or new Comprehensive Exam formats. Students must obtain at least a B+ grade or better in all focus courses in order to be eligible for the New Comprehensive Exam format. Students admitted in the fall 2012 semester or later must adhere to the new Comprehensive Exam format.

Timeline


1st Semester
Find Faculty Advisor
Submit Program Declaraion Form
Pass Plagiarism Exam on CIS with 100%
2nd Semester
Form Supervisory Committee
Turn in M.S. Supervisory Committee Form
3rd Semester
Turn in Program of Study Form
- MS Non-Thesis Program of Study
- MS Non-Thesis Robotics Track Program of Study
- MS Non-Thesis Design and Manufacturing Track Program of Study
- - Design and Manufacturing Track Electives
Turn in Graduation Application
4th Semester
Turn in Comprehensive Exam Notification of Intent Form
- Week 1
Take Comprehensive Exam
- Week 13

Coursework


Courses
15 Credit Hours - ME EN 6XXX/7XXX
15 Credit Hours - Math, Science or Engineering 6XXX/7XXX

**ME EN courses must be completed with a B+ or better. Math, Science or Engineering courses must be completed with a B- or better with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher

The MS/MBA program combines students’ applied interests and training in Engineering with the comprehensive business sense developed in a full-time MBA program. The result is a professional comfortable moving between technical and the commercial issues. MS/MBA graduates will be, with appropriate experience, qualified to direct or manage the transition of new products, processes and systems from the laboratory to the board room.

Students admitted prior to the fall 2012 semester have the option to choose between the old or new Comprehensive Exam formats. Students must obtain at least a B+ grade or better in all focus courses in order to be eligible for the New Comprehensive Exam format. Students admitted in the fall 2012 semester or later must adhere to the new Comprehensive Exam format.

Timeline


1st Semester
Find Faculty Advisor
Submit Program Declaraion Form
Pass Plagiarism Exam on CIS with 100%
2nd Semester
Form Supervisory Committee
Turn in M.S. Supervisory Committee Form
3rd Semester
Turn in MS-MBA Program of Study
Turn in Graduation Application
4th/5th Semester
Turn in Comprehensive Exam Notification of Intent Form
- Week 1
Take Comprehensive Exam
- Week 13

Coursework


Courses
15 Credit Hours - ME EN 6XXX/7XXX
9 Credit Hours - Dual Counted Courses
6 Credit Hours - Math, Science or Engineering 6XXX/7XXX

**ME EN courses must be completed with a B+ or better. Math, Science or Engineering courses must be completed with a B- or better with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is designed to give students in-depth study in a particular research emphasis. Doctorate students have more say in crafting their topics and designing their research. In the workforce, doctorate graduates earn more than graduates with only a master’s. They have the flexibility to choose a career in industry, research, or education.

The first checkpoint in a doctorate student’s career is the Qualifying Exam. Students must pass this exam in order to be officially admitted to candidacy in the Ph.D. program. The exam is directed at testing students’ understanding and application of basic concepts and mastery of technical knowledge in different areas. The exam is administered near the end of the Fall and Spring semesters, and should be taken early in the student’s Ph.D. program.

  • Students admitted with a bachelor’s degree will take the exam during their third semester
  • Qual Exam Handbook 2012

The second checkpoint is a dissertation research proposal defense, which is given within a year of passing the qualifying examination and at least 8 months prior to the dissertation defense. The proposal defense assesses the student’s research abilities and is administrated and scored by the student’s supervisory committee. Passing the proposal defense indicates that the student’s proposed dissertation research is approved by the committee and can commence.

Timeline


1st Semester
Find Faculty Advisor
Submit Program Declaraion Form
Pass Plagiarism Exam on CIS with 100%
3rd Semester
Turn in PhD Qualifying Exam Registration Form
- Week 1
Turn in Qualifying Exam Paper via CIS
- Week 11
Pass Qualifying Exam
- Week 12
4th Semester
Form Supervisory Committee
Turn in Ph.D. Supervisory Committee Form
5th Semester
Schedule and Pass Proposal Defense
- Submit the following forms one week prior to your defense
- - Ph.D. Research Proposal Abstract Announcement
- - Ph.D. Research Proposal Summary
Turn in PhD Report of Research Proposal Defense
Apply for Milestone Master
6th Semester
Turn in Program of Study Form
- PhD Post-BS Program of Study
- PhD Post-BS Robotics Track Program of Study
- PhD Post-BS Design and Manufacturing Track Program of Study
- - Design and Manufacturing Track Electives
7th Semester
Turn in Graduation Application
8th Semester
Schedule and Pass Dissertation Defense
- Submit the following forms one week prior to your defense
- - Ph.D. Dissertation Defense Abstract Announcement
- - Ph.D. Dissertation Defense Summary
- - Ph.D. Dissertation Defense Approval Forms
Complete Dissertation Release

Coursework


Courses
15 Credit Hours - ME EN 6XXX
9 Credit Hours - ME EN 7XXX
15 Credit Hours - Math, Science or Engineering 6XXX/7XXX
14 Credit Hours - ME EN 7970

**Courses must be completed with a B- or better with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is designed to give students in-depth study in a particular research emphasis. Doctorate students have more say in crafting their topics and designing their research. In the workforce, doctorate graduates earn more than graduates with only a master’s. They have the flexibility to choose a career in industry, research, or education.

The first checkpoint in a doctorate student’s career is the Qualifying Exam. Students must pass this exam in order to be officially admitted to candidacy in the Ph.D. program. The exam is directed at testing students’ understanding and application of basic concepts and mastery of technical knowledge in different areas. The exam is administered near the end of the Fall and Spring semesters, and should be taken early in the student’s Ph.D. program.

  • Students admitted with a master’s degree will take the exam during their second semester
  • Qual Exam Handbook 2012

The second checkpoint is a dissertation research proposal defense, which is given within a year of passing the qualifying examination and at least 8 months prior to the dissertation defense. The proposal defense assesses the student’s research abilities and is administrated and scored by the student’s supervisory committee. Passing the proposal defense indicates that the student’s proposed dissertation research is approved by the committee and can commence.

Timeline


1st Semester
Find Faculty Advisor
Submit Program Declaraion Form
Pass Plagiarism Exam on CIS with 100%
2nd Semester
Turn in PhD Qualifying Exam Notification of Intent Form
- Week 1
Turn in Qualifying Exam Paper via CIS
- Week 11
Pass Qualifying Exam
- Week 12
3rd Semester
Form Supervisory Committee
Turn in Ph.D. Supervisory Committee Form
Schedule and Pass Proposal Defense
- Submit the following forms one week prior to your defense
- - Ph.D. Research Proposal Abstract Announcement
- - Ph.D. Research Proposal Summary
Turn in Signed PhD Report of Research Proposal Defense
4th Semester
Turn in Program of Study Form
- PhD Post-MS Program of Study
- PhD Post-MS Robotics Track Program of Study
- PhD Post-MS Design and Manufacturing Track Program of Study
- - Design and Manufacturing Track Electives
5th Semester
Turn in Graduation Application
6th Semester
Schedule and Pass Dissertation Defense
- Submit the following forms one week prior to your defense
- - Ph.D. Dissertation Defense Abstract Announcement
- - Ph.D. Dissertation Defense Summary
- - Ph.D. Dissertation Defense Approval Forms
Complete Dissertation Release

Coursework


Courses
6 Credit Hours - ME EN 6XXX
6 Credit Hours - ME EN 7XXX
6 Credit Hours - Math, Science or Engineering 6XXX/7XXX
14 Credit Hours - ME EN 7970

**Courses must be completed with a B- or better with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher