The M.S. degree Plan I (Thesis) requires completion of a minimum of 36 units of upper-division and graduate-level approved course work and submission of an acceptable thesis. At least 24 of these units must be in graduate courses (200-series courses), a minimum of sixteen of these being Mechanical Engineering graduate courses (ME 200 or higher, excluding ME 250, ME 290, ME 297, ME 298I, and ME 299). No more than 8 units of course work may be satisfied with directed studies (ME 290) or individual internship (ME 298I). Students must defend the thesis.
Course work used to satisfy the student’s undergraduate degree requirements may not be applied toward the 36 unit M.S. requirement. However, UCR undergraduates who have no more than two courses or eight units of course work remaining in their bachelor degree program, and who have been admitted to graduate status may begin course work for their advanced degrees at the beginning of the final quarter of undergraduate study. After entering the graduate program, these students may petition to transfer these units to their graduate record. These units cannot have been used toward the bachelor degree.
An acceptable M.S. thesis must be submitted. The M.S. thesis may be based on:
- A research or advanced design project, either analytical, computational or experimental;
- An extensive report consisting of theoretical, computational or experimental contribution to mechanical engineering
The student’s M.S. Thesis Committee is responsible for approving the thesis. The thesis committee is composed of three members.
After submission of the M.S. thesis, the student is required to defend the thesis in a defense.
An abstract and title should be submitted to the Graduate Assistant at least 9 days prior to the scheduled defense so that it can be advertised to the public for a period of at least one week. No exceptions will be made for late abstracts.
The student will then modify the thesis based on comments received during the defense. Upon approval, two unbound copies of the final thesis in a format compatible with the guidelines set forth by the Graduate Division must be submitted to the Graduate Division.