Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering


Program Director: Ali Beskok, Ph.D.


Mechanical Engineering is a diverse, dynamic, and exciting field. Because of the wide-ranging technical background attained, mechanical engineers have the highest potential for employment after graduation with exceptional mobility necessary for professional growth even during bear-market conditions.

The Mechanical Engineering Department at SMU has a long tradition of offering a superb engineering education within an environment fostering creativity and innovation. Small classes, a trademark of our program, not only provide for strong mentoring, but they also foment academic excellence through cooperation and team work.

Our exceptionally qualified faculty members are continuously engaged in cutting-edge research projects, facilitating the attainment and transmission of knowledge to the students. Leading by example, through encouragement and dedication, our faculty is committed to the success of our students during their tenure at SMU and after graduation.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering admission requirements for an M.S. degree, applicants are required to satisfy the following additional requirement: a B.S. in mechanical engineering or a closely related discipline.

Degree Requirements

In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering degree requirements for an M.S. degree, candidates are required to satisfy the following requirements: the completion of 10 graduate-level courses (30 credit hours) or the completion of eight courses (24 credit hours) and a master’s thesis.

The master’s thesis must attain a certain level of originality to be considered independent work and be presented to, and approved by, a committee with at least three members and chaired by the adviser. Students are required to take two core and three additional courses (15 credit hours) from one of the three existing areas of concentration: design and dynamic systems and controls, mechanics and manufacturing, and thermal and fluid sciences. In addition, the students must take at least one course from each of the other two areas. The choice of courses must be approved by the academic graduate adviser. These requirements provide depth and breadth to the academic experience of students.

The available areas of concentration are:

Design and Dynamic Systems and Controls 

ME 7302 Linear System Analysis (core)
ME 7320 Intermediate Dynamics (core)
ME 7322 Vibrations
ME 7326 Vehicle Dynamics 
ME 7346 Optimal and Robust Control
ME 7347 Frequency Domain Methods in Linear Control Systems

Mechanics and Manufacturing

ME 7312 Continuum Mechanics
ME 7315 Optics Laser-Assisted Manufacturing
ME 7319 Advanced Mechanical Behavior of Materials (core)
ME 7327 Dynamic Characterization of Materials
ME 7338 Nontraditional Manufacturing Processes
ME 7340 Introduction to Solid Mechanics (core)
ME 7361 Matrix Structural Analysis
ME 7364 Introduction to Structural Dynamics

Thermal and Fluid Sciences 

ME 7318 Microfluidics and Microfabrication
ME 7330 Intermediate Heat Transfer (core)
ME 7331 Advanced Thermodynamics
ME 7332 Heat Transfer in Biomedical Sciences
ME 7333 Transport Phenomena in Porous Media
ME 7336 Intermediate Fluid Dynamics (core)
ME 7337 Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics

The best students enrolled in this master’s program are encouraged to participate in research projects conducted by the Lyle School of Engineering faculty by utilizing the thesis option for the master's program and to consider extending their studies toward a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering at SMU or elsewhere.

Degree Plan

Course Descriptions

Graduate Catalog

Graduate Catalog Archives

M.S. | Mechanical Engineering Flyer (.pdf)

M.S. | Mechanical Engineering + MBA