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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

College of Engineering

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering - Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (code MAE_MS02)

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering (code MAE_MS01)

Master of Science in Engineering (code COE_MS01)

The goal of the Master’s programs in mechanical and aerospace engineering, the MSAE and MSAE degrees, is to provide students with the advanced engineering education needed to enhance their careers and pursue doctoral studies.

Admission to the MSAE or MSME degree programs requires a minimum GPA of 2.70 in the last 60 (semester) or 90 (quarter) upper-division major units attempted.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (code MAE_MS02)

This program involves modern computational and experimental methods knowledge and skills which are of immediate practical importance. This knowledge is communicated in the advanced courses and used in the conduct of a thesis or project. The areas of emphasis within the MSAE program include:

  • Dynamics, Vibration, Control, and Robotics
  • Fluid and Thermal Sciences
  • Materials
  • Mechanics
  • Design and Manufacturing

Further information may be obtained from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering’s website: http://www.csulb.edu/colleges/coe/mae.

To be considered for admission, the graduate applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, have been in good standing at the last institution attended, and have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.7 for the last 60 (semester) or 90 (quarter) upper-division major units attempted. The general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required.

Prerequisites

  • 1. A bachelor’s degree in an accredited curriculum in Mechanical Engineering, or other appropriate discipline, with a minimum grade point average of 2.70 in the last 60 (semester) or 90 (quarter) upper-division major units attempted.
  • 2. Students must consult with the MSME graduate advisor prior to enrolling in any courses for their program.
  • 3. Failure to attempt to fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) during the first semester in the program will prevent registration in engineering courses in subsequent semesters.

Note: Before being admitted a qualified student without a mechanical engineering undergraduate degree MUST provide a written statement to the MSME graduate advisor that he/she understands that all deficiencies must be removed before attempting graduate-level courses.

Requirements

PLAN I

Completion of a minimum of 30 units beyond the bachelor’s degree in upper-division and graduate courses approved by the student’s Department Graduate Study Committee, including:

  • 1. Eighteen units of 500- and/or 600-level courses in mechanical and aerospace engineering;
  • 2. Six units of electives selected from approved upper-division or graduate courses from appropriate areas;
  • 3. Completion of six units of MAE 698-Thesis and submission of a written thesis.

PLAN II

Completion of a minimum of 36 units beyond the bachelor’s degree in upper-division and graduate courses approved by the student’s Department Graduate Study Committee, including:

  • 1. Twenty-four units of 500- and/or 600-level courses in mechanical and aerospace engineering;
  • 2. Six units of electives selected from approved upper-division or graduate courses from approved areas;
  • 3. Completion of six units of MAE 697-Directed Research.

Advancement to Candidacy

Prior to formally starting their thesis or project (registering for MAE 697 or 698), students must apply for Advancement to Candidacy. Students applying for Advancement to Candidacy must:

  • 1. Have completed ALL undergraduate deficiencies with grades of “C” or better;
  • 2. Have attained an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
  • 3. Have completed at least 12 units applicable to the degree with a GPA of at least 3.0;
  • 4. Have completed at least 12 units applicable to the degree with a GPA of at least 3.0;
  • 5. Have fulfilled the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). This requirement can also be met by presenting evidence that the student met the requirement while an undergraduate at CSULB or at certain CSU campuses.
  • 6. Have their program of studies approved by the faculty coordinating their area of emphasis, the ME program graduate advisor, and department chair.

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering (code MAE_MS01)

This program involves modern computational and experimental methods and provides the essential information which will permit students to acquire the knowledge and skills which are of immediate practical importance. This knowledge is communicated in the advanced courses listed in the MAE curriculum and used in the conduct of a thesis or project. The areas of emphasis within the MSAE program include:

  • Space Systems Engineering
  • Aircraft Systems Engineering
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Aerospace Structures and Materials

Both graduate and undergraduate programs benefit from the advice of an advisory committee comprised of senior staff from aerospace companies, government agencies, and universities. Further information may be obtained from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering’s website: http://www.csulb.edu/colleges/coe/mae.
To be considered for admission, the graduate applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, have been in good standing at the last institution attended, and have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.7 for the last 60 (semester) or 90 (quarter) upper-division major units attempted. The general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required.

Prerequisites

  • 1. A bachelor’s degree in an accredited curriculum in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering with a minimum grade point average of 2.70 in the last 60 (semester) or 90 (quarter) upper-division major units attempted. Applicants with a lower GPA may be admitted, subject to the successful completion of appropriate deficiencies assigned by the graduate advisor.
  • 2. A bachelor’s degree in engineering, mathematics, science or other appropriate discipline, with the requirement that essential undergraduate prerequisites in engineering be satisfied.
  • 3. Graduate students must consult with the graduate advisor for information concerning procedures and requirements for appropriate approval of their courses of study prior to enrolling in their graduate programs.

Requirements

PLAN I

Completion of a minimum of 30 units beyond the bachelor’s degree in upper-division and graduate courses approved by the student’s Department Graduate Study Committee, including:

  • 1. Eighteen units of 500- and/or 600-level courses in mechanical and aerospace engineering;
  • 2. Six units of electives selected from approved upper-division or graduate courses from appropriate areas;
  • 3. Completion of six units of MAE 698 Thesis and submission of a written thesis.

PLAN II

Completion of a minimum of 36 units beyond the bachelor’s degree in upper-division and graduate courses approved by the student’s Department Graduate Study Committee, including:

  • 1. Twenty-four units of 500- and/or 600-level courses in mechanical and aerospace engineering;
  • 2. Six units of electives selected from approved upper-division or graduate courses from approved areas;
  • 3. Completion of six units of MAE 697-Directed Research.

Advancement to Candidacy

Prior to formally starting their thesis or project (registering for MAE 697 or 698), students must apply for Advancement to Candidacy. Students applying for Advancement to Candidacy must:

  • 1. Have completed ALL undergraduate deficiencies with grades of “C” or better;
  • 2. Have attained an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
  • 3. Have completed at least 12 units applicable to the degree with a GPA of at least 3.0;
  • 4. Have fulfilled the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). This requirement can also be met by presenting evidence that the student met the requirement while an undergraduate at CSULB or at certain CSU campuses.
  • 5. Have their program of studies approved by the faculty coordinating their area of emphasis, the AE program graduate advisor, and department chair.

Master of Science in Engineering (code COE_MS01)

Admission to the MSE graduate program requires a minimum GPA of 2.7 in the last 60 upper-division units attempted. For requirements, see the description in the College of Engineering section of this catalog.

The Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department administers two emphases under the Master of Science in Engineering. The other prerequisites and requirements are the same as for the MSAE and MSME programs.

Management Engineering Emphasis

A special management perspective is required for the successful generation of technical products and services. In order to plan, design, direct and control technical projects, technical managers must be capable of inspiring and developing professional personnel. They must be able to integrate planning, manufacturing and budgetary concerns of the project and be able to easily communicate with general management.

This emphasis primarily admits students with a traditional engineering background. It emphasizes the management of engineering-based endeavors and does not require undergraduate business courses as prerequisites for graduate work. An individualized program is developed according to student’s undergraduate degree, area of interest, or industrial application; interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.

Ph.D. in Engineering and Industrial Applied Mathematics (code COE_PH01)

For requirements, see the description in the College of Engineering section of this catalog.