oregon state school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering Program Options

As a Master of Science Mechanical Engineering student at Oregon State, you will pursue one of the following program options

  • Thesis option. The MSME thesis option involves original mechanical engineering research or the novel application of existing mechanical engineering knowledge to a practical problem. Your research topic must be approved by your graduate committee and your work will be supervised and graded by your major professor. In addition, your research title must be registered with the Graduate School and your thesis must be reviewed and approved by the Graduate School.
  • Project option. With the MSME project option, you will fulfill the Graduate School’s research-in-lieu-of-thesis requirement by completing a project in which you apply mechanical engineering knowledge and methods to a practical problem. The project must be approved by your graduate committee and will be supervised and graded by your major professor. As with the thesis option, you will document your project with a final report, but project reports are not reviewed and approved by the Graduate School.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering Program Milestones

The major milestones in completing an MSME at OSU are charted in the following table. For more information, click on the table links and review the MSME Student Progress Checklist.

University-wide requirements for earning a master's degree at Oregon State are detailed on the OSU Graduate School Website.

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oregon state school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering Meet with the MIME graduate advisor Meeting should occur prior to end of first term in graduate school.

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oregon state school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering Major professor and committee selection Should occur prior to end of first term in graduate school. Graduate program area leads
oregon state school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering Coursework and credit requirements Must be completed prior to final oral examination.

Transferring credits

MIME Proposed Graduate Level Courses [Excel]

Oregon State School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering Ethical research training Can be completed at ANY time, but it MUST BE COMPLETED before program of study approval. www.citiprogram.org
oregon state school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering Program of study development Must be filed with Graduate School prior to completing 18 credits.

Program of Study form [Word PDF]

ME coursework/credits

oregon state school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering Thesis or project completion Must be completed prior to final oral examination.

OSU Grad School Thesis Guide

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oregon state school of mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering Final oral examination Occurs during the student’s final term at OSU and must be formally scheduled at least two weeks prior to the event using the graduate school’s online Exam Scheduling Form.   OSU Grad School exam scheduling form

Additional Notes 

  • Master of Science students may switch to the Master of Engineering program with the approval of their major professor and the MIME Associate Head for Graduate Programs. The major professor must send an e-mail to the MIME Head Advisor for Graduate Programs confirming that they are in support of the change before the student submits a Change of Degree form.
  • Master of Engineering students are not eligible to receive support in the form of graduate assistantships (GRAs or GTAs).