2016-2017 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Apr 12, 2021  
2016-2017 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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H. Ezzat Khalifa, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department Chair
263 Link Hall

Young B. Moon, Graduate Program Director
241 Link Hall
Utpal Roy, Mechanical Engineering Program Director
231 Link Hall


Jeongmin Ahn, Benjamin Akih-Kumgeh, Michelle Blum, Edward Bogucz, Frederick Carranti, Thong Dang, John Dannenhoffer, Barry Davidson, Mark Glauser, Melissa Green, H. Ezzat Khalifa, Alan Levy, Jacques Lewalle, Young Moon, Shalabh Maroo, Vadrevu Murthy, Utpal Roy, Jianshun Zhang

Program Description

The combined degree is for students to complete the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and the Masters of Science in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering degrees consecutively, with a goal of completing both degree requirements in five years. 6 credits of 500-level courses may be counted towards both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. A block of transfer credits labeled as “transferred from SU undergraduate record” appears on the graduate record and applies credit hours toward the graduate degree, but is not calculated in the graduate GPA.


Students must be currently enrolled in the BS Mechanical Engineering program at Syracuse University, and should apply to the combined BS and MS program in the first semester of their third year of study. Admission is based upon academic performance. Students are accepted for graduate study after completion of the third year of study but are not fully matriculated as graduate students until all bachelor’s degree requirements have been met.

BSME Curriculum

First Year-Fall Semester

MAT 295 - Calculus I

CHE 150 - General Chemistry for Engineers

CHE 151 - General Chemistry for Engineers Laboratory

ECS 101 - Introduction to Engineering and Computer Science

WRT 105 - Studio 1: Practices of Academic Writing

ECN 203 - Economic Ideas and Issues

First Year-Spring Semester

MAT 296 - Calculus II

PHY 211 - General Physics I

PHY 221 - General Physics Laboratory I

ECS 104 - Engineering Computational Tools

MAE 184 - Engineering Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

Elective 1 (3 credits)

Second Year-Fall Semester

ELE 231 - Electrical Engineering Fundamentals I

ELE 291 - Electrical Engineering Laboratory I

MAT 397 - Calculus III

PHY 212 - General Physics II

PHY 222 - General Physics Laboratory II

ECS 221 - Statics

Elective 2 (3 credits)

Second Year-Spring Semester

MAT 485 - Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra for Engineers

ECS 222 - Dynamics

ECS 325 - Mechanics of Solids

MAE 251 - Thermodynamics

Elective 3 (3 credits)

Third Year-Fall Semester

ECS 326 - Engineering Materials, Properties, and Processing

MAE 315 - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Laboratory

MAE 341 - Fluid Mechanics

MAE 312 - Engineering Analysis

Elective 4 (3 credits)


Third Year-Spring Semester

MAE 321 - Dynamics of Mechanical Systems

MAE 355 - Fundamentals of Heat Transfer

MEE 332 - Introduction to Machine Design

ELE 312 - Control Systems for MAE

Elective 5 (3 credits)

Fourth Year-Fall Semester

MFE 331 - Manufacturing Processes

MEE 416 - Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

MEE 471 - Design Practice

Elective 6 (3 credits)

Elective 7 (3 credits)

Fourth Year-Spring Semester

MEE 472 - Synthesis of Mech Systems

WRT 205 - Studio 2: Critical Research and Writing

Elective 8 (3 credits)

Elective 9 (3 credits)

Total Credits Required: 128

MSMAE Curriculum

Course Requirements

Graduate courses can be found in the Course Catalog (http://coursecatalog.syr.edu), using the search engine. M.S. students must complete 30 credits, including a capstone project (MAE 994: 0 credits; graded as Pass/Fail), and must attend at least three (3) semesters of the MAE graduate seminars (MAE 995: 0 credits; graded as A-F, based on attendance)
All students must complete three (3) core courses:

  • MAE 675   (Methods of Analysis)
  • MAE 643   (Fluid Dynamics)
  • MAE 635   (Advanced Mechanics of Materials)

Along with the aforementioned three core courses, all students must also complete four (4) more courses in the MAE department. Out of the required 30-credit M.S. degree, students cannot take more than 9 credits (3 courses) 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 is MAE 994 (Capstone Project). The student should register for MAE 994 in his/her last semester. The student will review papers or reports in the technical literature related to the student’s field of interest. Specific requirements will be communicated to the student at the time of registration for MAE 994. 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’s adviser, must be submitted to the MAE Graduate Office. The student will then make their oral presentation to a committee of MAE faculty who will determine whether the student has passed or failed. Part-time M.S. students may petition the Graduate
Affairs Committee for partial exemption from seminar attendance.

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