Graduate Program: Mechanical Engineering

General Information


Mechanical Engineering (MS)

Program Description

Research in aerospace engineering covers the fields of aeronautics and space technology. The AME Department also offers options in micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS), nuclear engineering, and biomedical engineering. Close relation with the Applied Mathematics Program is maintained.

Masters's students may choose a thesis, master’s report option, or non‑thesis/coursework only option:

  • Master's Thesis Option - The thesis option consists of 26 units of coursework, plus 6 units of Thesis (AME 910).  Students who choose the thesis option must complete a thesis and pass a final oral examination.  The examination lasts from one to two hours and includes a defense of the research results.
  • Master’s Report Option - The report option consists of 29 units of coursework, plus 3 units of Master's report (AME 909).  No other independent study units are allowed for the report option.  Students who choose the report option must complete a report and pass a final oral examination. This examination consists of a 30-minute presentation by the student followed by 15 minutes of questioning. 
  • Non‑Thesis/Coursework Only Option - This option is not available to students who receive financial support from the University in the form of teaching or research assistantships or fellowships.  The non‑thesis option consists of 32 units of coursework following the general requirements of the M.S. degree program.  A maximum of 3 units of Independent Study (AME 599) or 3 units of research (AME 900) may be included in the study program.  A student who wishes to enroll in independent study must make arrangements for supervision by a faculty member in the Department and submit the independent study proposal form to the Graduate Administrative Associate. The non‑thesis option does not require a final oral examination.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

The Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering (AME) is excited that you have chosen to apply to our graduate program!

Admission to the AME graduate programs is granted based on a holistic evaluation of applicants’ credentials, including undergraduate and/or graduate GPA, GRE scores, personal statement, research experience, and letters of recommendation. A Bachelor of Science degree from an aerospace, mechanical, or nuclear engineering curriculum of a recognized institution of higher education is required of all applicants to the graduate program, with a cumulative grade point average equivalent to 3.25/4.00 or better in previous university‑level academic coursework, particularly in advanced mathematics and engineering courses. However, graduates from other engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences curricula may be admitted provisionally. Applicants’ GRE scores are expected to be in the top 25th percentile, particularly for the Quantitative portion of the GRE.  International students must submit TOEFL (minimum overall score of 79) or IELTS scores (minimum composite score of 7, with no subject area falling below a 6) in order to be considered for admission.

Please note that ALL applicants who wish to be considered for departmental funding must apply and submit an online application for admission by January 1st for Fall admission and by June 1st for the Spring admission.  Online applications for admission (not requiring funding) may be submitted by domestic applicants at any time before the start of the Fall or Spring semesters, and by international applicants by June 1st for Fall admission and by October 15th  for Spring admission. 



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Completion Requirements
Admissions Information

Minimum Credit Units (33)

Core Coursework Requirements

The AME Master of Science program course requirements vary somewhat for Thesis, Master’s Report and Non‑Thesis/Coursework only options, but mandatory requirements for all programs include:    

  • 6 units, Advanced Engineering Analysis
    • AME 500A - Advanced Engineering Analysis (3 units) Minimum Grade Required: C
    • AME 500B - Advanced Engineering Analysis (3 units) Minimum Grade Required: C
  • 2 units of Graduate Seminar
    • AME 696G - Graduate Seminar (1 unit)
    • AME 696G - Graduate Seminar(1 unit)


  • 9 units from one of the following core areas
    • Fluid Mechanics
      • AME 536A - Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics (3 units)
      • AME 536B - Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics (3 units)
      • AME 536C - Compressible Fluid Dynamics (3 units)
      • AME 531 - Numerical Methods in Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer (3 units)
      • AME 561 - Finite Element Methods (3 units)
    • Solid Mechanics
      • AME 564A - Mechanics of Deformable Solids (3 units)
      • AME 564B - Mechanics of Deformable Solids (3 units)
      • AME 562 - Composite Materials (3 units)
      • AME 561 - Finite Element Methods (3 units) 
      • AME 563 - Advanced Finite Element Analysis (3 units)
    • Thermal Sciences
      • AME 530 - Advanced Thermodynamics (3 units)
      • AME 532 - Convective Transport Phenomena (3 units)
      • AME 531 - Numerical Methods in Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer (3 units)
      • AME 561 Finite Element Methods (3 units)
    • Dynamics and Control Systems
      • AME 550 - Advanced Dynamics (3 units)
      • AME 553 - Computational Multibody Dynamics (3 units)
      • AME 558 - Introduction to Advanced Control Theory (3 units)
      • AME 560 - Advanced Vibration (3 units)
      • AME 521 - Spacecraft Optimal Estimation (3 units)
      • AME 552 - Planar Multibody Dynamics with Applications (3 units)
      • AME 554 - Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control (3 units)
      • AME 555 - Introduction to System Identification Methods (3 units)
      • AME 556 - Nonlinear and Optimal Control (3 units)
      • ECE 542 - Digital Control (3 units)
  • 6 units of Thesis (AME 910) or 3 units of Master’s Report (AME 909) (not required for Non-Thesis/Coursework only students) depending on the option selected.

Please note that all 3 options require a total of 32 units' enrollment, and thus additional coursework beyond those listed above is required. No more than 6 units of non-AME courses are permitted. 


Additional Requirements

See required coursework

Student Handbook

Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.

Admissions Requirements

We do not accept terminal masters, all applications must be for the PhD program

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE

Funding Opportunities

The Academic Unit has not provided this information.

Funding Opportunities

Domestic & International Applicants

Fall:December 15th

International Conditional Admission

International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.

Other Information

The GRE Institution Code for The Colorado Heights University is 4832

Last revised 06 Oct 2020