2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Oct 06, 2022  
2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, MS


H. Ezzat Khalifa, 263 Link Hall, 315-443-2341; fax: 315-443-9099, gradinfo@syr.edu.


Jeongmin Ahn; Benjamin Akih-Kumgeh; Michelle Blum, Edward A. Bogucz Jr., Frederick Carranti, Thong Dang, John F. Dannenhoffer III, Barry D. Davidson, Mark N. Glauser, Melissa Green, H. Ezzat Khalifa, Benjamin Akih-Kumgeh, Alan J. Levy, Jacques Lewalle, Shalabh Maroo, Young Bai Moon, Vadrevu R. Murthy, Utpal Roy, Eric F. Spina, Jianshun S. Zhang

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the following degrees:

  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

It also participates in a college-wide master program leading to the degree:

  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Engineering Management

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. program will be considered if three conditions are met. First, a sufficient level of academic and professional achievement must be documented by transcripts of the student’s prior academic performance (a GPA of 3.33/4.0 or better is expected), GRE Quantitative score of 700+ (155+ on the new scale) and an acceptable GRE verbal score, and letters of recommendation and other supporting information. Second, the focusing of the student’s efforts in one area of specialization should be clear from the student’s transcript and statement of purpose. Third, a faculty adviser must be willing to supervise research in the student’s area of specialization. Prior completion of a M.S. degree and/or an M.S. thesis may be required by individual faculty advisers.

Application Procedure

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You will receive an e-mail or postcard from Syracuse University when your application has been received and processed. Find out more information on the application process.

Course Requirements

Graduate courses can be found in the Course Catalog, using the search engine.

M.S. students must complete 30 credits, including a capstone project (MAE 994 : 0 credits; graded P/F), and must attend at least 3 semesters of the MAE graduate seminars (MAE 995 : 0 credits; graded A/B/C/F, based on attendance)[1].

All students must complete three (3) core courses:

Additional Courses

Along with the aforementioned three core courses, all students must also complete four (4) more courses in the MAE department. Out of a required 30-credit M.S. degree, students should not take more than 9-credits at the 500-level. Furthermore, students intending to pursue a Ph.D. degree after the M.S. degree should plan to meet the Ph.D. admission requirements and Ph.D. qualifying examination requirements, and select M.S.-level courses accordingly.

Graduation Requirements

The exit requirement for the M.S. degree includes MAE 994 - Capstone Project . The student will review technical papers or reports in the technical literature related to the student’s field of interest. The student will prepare an oral presentation summarizing the technical content of the documents reviewed, and present his/her findings before a faculty committee. A hard copy of the presentation, signed by the student adviser, must be submitted to the MAE Graduate Office before the oral presentation. The committee will decide whether the student has passed or failed. The student should register for MAE 994  in his/her last semester for 0 credit hours.


[1] Of the 48-credit course work, 30 credits should be equivalent to our M.S. degree requirements.