The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina


Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

The mission of The Citadel’s Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program is to provide a student-centered learning environment focused on advanced applied engineering techniques and professional skills development for principled leaders in the engineering community through a rigorous curriculum, emphasizing practical engineering concepts, strong professional values, and a disciplined work ethic.

Admission Requirements

Applicants will be admitted to the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) degree program on the basis of professional and scholastic achievement, along with their aptitude for graduate study. Other qualities appropriate to graduate study are also considered. Anyone holding a bachelor’s degree from an ABET accredited college or university is eligible for consideration. Other technical bachelor’s degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Provisional Admission: Applicants may be admitted provisionally if their GPA does not meet minimum requirements. Students admitted provisionally are limited to take two mechanical engineering courses and must receive a grade of “B” or better in each engineering course to continue in the program.

All material must be received by the CGC office on or before the following dates to assure consideration to the MSME degree program during the applicable semester.

Semester to begin: Admission material due:
Fall July 20th
Summer April 15th
Spring December 1st

 

For degree-seeking students:

  • Completion of the online graduate application along with the non-refundable application fee.
  • Submission of an official transcript of the baccalaureate degree from an ABET accredited engineering program or approved alternative.
  • Submission of official copy of Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Admission test must have been taken with the last five years.
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation.

For non-degree seeking professionals wanting to take graduate-level courses to fulfill professional practice requirements:

  • Completion of the online graduate application along with the non-refundable application fee.
  • Submission of an official transcript of the baccalaureate degree an ABET accredited engineering program or approved alternative.
  • Permission of department is required.


Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering is conferred upon those candidates who successfully complete an approved program of study consisting of 30 semester hours of graduate credit as delineated below.

Students are expected to complete all degree requirements within a six-year period from the time of registration in their first graduate course at The Citadel. Any transfer credit must have been earned within six years prior to admission into The Citadel MSME program. Any prerequisites for applicable courses must be met.

Graduation Requirements (non-credit bearing)

  • Darkness to Light Training
  • The Citadel’s Principled Leadership Seminar

Graduation Requirements (Course Requirements)
All degree candidates must:

  1. File a plan of study outlining the intended areas of interest and listing the top four corresponding courses of interest.
  2. Complete at least 6 courses (18 hours) from the mechanical engineering areas of study below.
  3. Complete 4 courses (12 hours) in technical or non-technical classes listed below. Other electives will be considered on a case-by-case basis with approval from the department head.

Mechanical Engineering Areas of Study

Composites Engineering
MECH 604 Advanced Mechanics of Materials
MECH 605 Materials and Process Selection
MECH 606 Fatigue and Fracture
MECH 702 Theory of Elasticity
MECH 703 Theory of Plasticity
MECH 708 Mechanics of Composite Materials

Aeronautical Engineering
MECH 611 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
MECH 631 Advanced Engineering Mathematics
MECH 670 Applied Aerodynamics
MECH 771 Compressible Flow
MECH 772 Computational Methods in Thermal Sciences

Manufacturing Engineering
MECH 625 Computer-Aided Design and Analysis
MECH 635 Computer-Aided Design and Analysis Laboratory
MECH 640 Manufacturing Process and Design
MECH 645 Machine Design
MECH 660 Advanced Design

Power and Energy
MECH 615 Applied Heat Transfer
MECH 617 Advanced Topics in Renewable Energy Systems
MECH 618 Energy Sources, Technology, and Policy
MECH 619 Power Systems Engineering

Mechatronics Engineering
MECH 650 Modeling, Analysis, and Control Systems
MECH 655 Advanced Mechatronics
MECH 750 Introduction to Modern Control Engineering
MECH 755 Nonlinear Control Engineering

 

Non-Technical Electives

Business Administration
BADM 604 Foundations of Economics
BADM 609 Foundation of Management and Organization
BADM 713 Communication for Leadership
BADM 716 Legal and Ethical Environment for Decision Makers
BADM 722 Leadership in Organizations

Engineering Leadership and Program Management
PMGT 650 Overview of Tech Project Management
PMGT 651 Technical Project Planning & Scheduling
PMGT 652 Applications in Quality Management
PMGT 653 Tech Project Support & Operations
PMGT 661 The Legal and Contractual Aspects of Program Management
PMGT 671 Project Manager Leadership Development
PMGT 672 Applied Leadership Concepts

Leadership LDRS 710 Ethics, Values and Principled Leadership
LDRS 711 Leading Change: Organization Development and Transformation
LDRS 712 Leading Teams: Coaching, Culture, Diversity, and Globalization
LDRS 713 Leadership Self-Appraisal, Development And Critical Thinking
LDRS 714 Strategic Leadership, Vision, Mission and Contemporary Issues

Transfer Credit: A maximum of two courses (6 credit hours) may be transferred in from a regionally accredited college or university, provided: (1) grades of “B” or better were received in the courses being considered, (2) credit was earned within six years prior to admission into The Citadel MSME program, and (3) each course has been approved by the department head. A maximum of five courses (15 credit hours) may be transferred in from Clemson University, provided: (1) grades of “B” or better were received in the courses being considered, (2) credit was earned within six years prior to admission into The Citadel MSME program, and (3) each course has been approved by the department head.

Course/ Certificate Availability: The courses/ certificates will be offered based on student preferences/ overall demand indicated in your plan of study to be submitted after acceptance. Students should be aware course/certificate offerings will be based on minimum class size enrollment. The Mechanical Engineering Program will continually monitor student interest to expedite completion of your program of study.

Transfer Credit from The Citadel: A maximum of 12 hours may be transferred from one Citadel graduate degree program where appropriate, provided that core degree requirements are met.

Grading: All students are subject to the Academic Standards section under Policy Information of The Citadel Graduate College catalog.

Requirements for Graduation: The degree of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering may be conferred upon those students who successfully complete the 30 hours of graduate coursework as specified above with a grade-point ratio (GPR) of 3.0 or better on hours earned at The Citadel. Completion of more than 30 credit hours of advanced graduate coursework will only be allowed for professional development, and may not be used to increase GPR to the 3.0 required for graduation.


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