2021-2022 Graduate Course Catalog 
    May 23, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Course Catalog

Mechanical Engineering, BS/Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, MS

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Young B. Moon, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department Chair
263 Link Hall

Thong Dang, Graduate Program Director
462 Link Hall
Michelle Blum, Mechanical Engineering Program Director
239 Link Hall


Jeongmin Ahn, Benjamin Akih-Kumgeh, Jackie Anderson, Michelle Blum, Edward Bogucz, Thong Dang, John Dannenhoffer, Barry Davidson, Bing Dong, Victor Duenas, Mark Glauser, Melissa Green, Alan Levy, Xiyuan Liu, Shalabh Maroo, Young Moon, Qiquan Qiao, Utpal Roy, Amit Sanyal, Mehmet Sarimurat, Roger Schmidt, Wanliang Shan, Yiyang Sun, Yeqing Wang, Jianshun Zhang, Teng 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 106 - General Chemistry Lecture 1

CHE 107 - General Chemistry  Laboratory I

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

Elective 1 (3 credits)

WRT 205 - Studio 2: Critical Research and Writing

Second Year-Fall Semester

ECS 326 - Engineering Materials, Properties, and Processing

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

MAE 284 - Introduction to CAD

Third Year-Fall Semester

MAE 315 - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Laboratory

MAE 341 - Fluid Mechanics

MAE 312 - Engineering Analysis

MAE 333 - Data Analysis for Engineers

ELE 231- Electrical Engineering Fundamentals I

ELE 291- Electrical Engineering Laboratory I

Third Year-Spring Semester

MAE 321 - Dynamics of Mechanical Systems

MAE 355 - Fundamentals of Heat Transfer

MEE 332 - Introduction to Machine Design

MAE 322- Control Systems for MAE

Elective 3 (3 credits)

Fourth Year-Fall Semester

MEE 331 - Manufacturing Processes

MEE 416 - Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

MEE 471 - Design Practice

Elective 4 (3 credits) *Must be either MAE 530, MAE 571, or MAE 573

Elective 5 (3 credits)

Elective 6 (3 credits)

Fourth Year-Spring Semester

MEE 471 - Design Practice

MEE 472 - Synthesis of Mech Systems

Elective 7 (3 credits)

Elective 8 (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 complet 30 credits, including a capstone project (MAE 994 : 0 credits; graded as Pass/Fail), and must attend at least two (2) semesters of the MAE graduate seminars (MAE 995 : 0 credits; graded as A-F, based on attendance). Out of the required 30 credits, students cannot take more than 9 credits at the 500-level. The M.S. degree in MAE offers both “general” and “concentration” options. A minimum GPA of 3.0 for coursework included in the Program of Study for the degree along with a minimum GPA of 2.8 for all credits earned must be achieved to graduate. Completion of the program with less than 24 semester credits in engineering does not lead to credit toward licensure.

Students selecting the “general” option must take three (3) required courses (MAE 675 MAE 643 , and MAE 635 ) and four (4) elective courses from the MAE department.

Students selecting a “concentration” option must take MAE 675, four (4) courses from a chosen concentration. Available concentrations and their concentration core(s) are:

i) Thermal/Fluids

   MAE 643 - Fluid Dynamics  

   3 elective courses in Thermal/Fluids

ii) Solids/Structure

    MAE 635 - Advanced Mechanics of Materials  

    3 elective courses in Solids/Structure

iii) Design/Manufacturing

     MFE 639 - CAD/CAM Systems  

     ECS 526 - Statistics for Engineers  

     2 elective courses in Design/Manufacturing

Acceptable elective courses for each concentration are available in the department.

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. The specific format of the PowerPoint presentation can be obtained from the graduate secretary. 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 the committee of MAE faculty who will determine whether the student has passed or failed. 

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