Aerospace & Mechanical
Engineering

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Requirements for the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering are the same as set forth in the general requirements. Six of the required units must be in AME 525 and AME 526 or courses in engineering analysis approved in advance in writing by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The specific sequence of courses that constitutes an acceptable program must be approved in advance.

Requirements for Graduation Without Thesis, 27 units total with 3.0 GPA: AME 525 and AME 526 or approved mathematics (6); 500 level courses in major department (12); approved 400 or 500 level courses (9).

With Thesis, 27 units total with 3.0 GPA: AME 525 and AME 526 or approved mathematics (6); 500 or 600 level courses in major department (12) not including thesis; maximum AME 594ab — thesis (4); approved 400 or 500 level units (5) (a maximum total of eight units combining AME 590 and AME 594ab).

Recommended Programs of Study

The program of study depends upon the student's interest and background. Listed below are four areas in mechanical engineering with specific courses identified. The entire MSME degree may be completed through USC's Distance Education Network (DEN).

Courses in other combinations and from other departments within the university may be approved if a particular coordinated interest can be demonstrated. In some instances students whose undergraduate background is not in mechanical engineering may be required to take additional course work.

During the first semester at USC, students must consult a departmental faculty advisor in the area of concentration and draw up an approved study plan.

In the area of Dynamics & Control, a specific structured program is designed.

Graduation Requirements – MSME

Thermal & Fluid Sciences: Combustion, Fluid Dynamics or Heat Transfer

A total of at least 27 units is required for the degree of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. The Thermal & Fluid Sciences encompasses concentration in one of the following areas: (1) Combustion, (2) Fluid Dynamics, and (3) Heat Transfer. A coherent degree program in one of these concentrations will require four core courses (12 units), two required engineering analysis courses (6 units), two core electives (6 units), and one engineering elective (3 units) by advisement. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required for graduation. Additional requirements may need to be met per the University Catalogue.

Required Engineering Analysis

 

6

 

AME 525

Engineering Analysis

3

 
 

AME 526

Engineering Analytical Methods

3

 
     

Core Courses

 

12

 

Combustion

Fluid Dynamics

Heat Transfer

   
 

AME 436

AME 457

AME 457

3

 
 

AME 513

AME 511

AME 515

3

 
 

AME 514

AME 530a

AME 516

3

 
 

AME 530a

AME 535a

AME 517

3

 
           

Core Electives (take two courses from the following list, not duplicating the above selection)

 

6

       
 

AME 436

Energy and Propulsion

3

 
 

AME 457

Engineering Fluid Dynamics

3

 
 

AME 511

Compressible Gas Dynamics

3

 
 

AME 513

Principles of Combustion

3

 
 

AME 514

Advanced Topics in Combustion

3

 
 

AME 515

Advanced Problems in Heat Conduction

3

 
 

AME 516

Convective Processes

3

 
 

AME 517

Radiation Heat Transfer

3

 
 

AME 530a

Dynamics of Incompressible Fluids

3

 
 

AME 533

Multi-Phase Flows

3

 
 

AME 535a

Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics

3

 
 

AME 535b

Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics

3

 
 

AME 537

Microfluidics

3

 
 

AME 599

Spacecraft Thermal Control

3

 
         

Engineering Elective:

Take one 400-, 500- or 600-level graduate course by advisement

 

3

Contact

Combustion:

Dr. Paul Ronney,

ronney@usc.edu

Fluid Dynamics:

Dr. Charles Campbell,

campbell@usc.edu

Heat Transfer:

Dr. Sati Sadhal,

sadhal@usc.edu


Graduation Requirements – MSME

Engineering Design

A total of at least 27 units are required for the degree of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. The Engineering Design is a program concentration that focuses on engineering design process and techniques. A coherent degree program in this concentration will require two required engineering analysis courses (6 units), three core courses (9 units), two core elective courses (6 units), and two engineering electives approved by advisement (6 units). A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required for graduation. Additional requirements may need to be met per the University Catalogue.

Required Engineering Analysis

 

6

 

AME 525

Engineering Analysis

3

 
 

AME 526

Engineering Analytical Methods

3

 
     

Core Courses

 

9

 

AME 503

Advanced Mechanical Design

3

 
 

AME 505

Engineering Information Modeling

3

 
 

AME 509

Applied Elasticity

3

 
         

Core Electives (take two courses from the following)

 

6

 

AME 404

Mechanical Engineering Problems

3

 
 

ASTE 520

Spacecraft System Design

3

 
 

ASTE 523

Design of Low Cost Space Missions

3

 
 

AME 527

Elements of Vehicle and Energy Systems Design

3

 
 

AME 541

Linear Control Systems II

3

 
 

AME 549a

System Architecting

3

 
 

CE 529a

Finite Element Analysis

3

 
         

Engineering Electives (take two courses from the following)

 

6

 

Approved (by advisement) 400-, 500-, or 600-level engineering courses.

   
     

Contact

Dr. Yan Jin, yjin@usc.edu


Graduation Requirements – MSME

Mechanics and Materials

A total of at least 27 units are required for the degree of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. A coherent degree program in Mechanics of Materials will require two required engineering analysis courses (6 units), four core courses (12 units), one core elective course (3 units), and two engineering electives approved by advisement (6 units). A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required for graduation. Additional requirements may need to be met per the University Catalogue.

Required Engineering Analysis

 

6

 

AME 525

Engineering Analysis

3

 
 

AME 526

Engineering Analytical Methods

3

 
     

Core Courses

 

12

 

AME 509

Applied Elasticity

3

 
 

AME 559

Creep

3

 
 

AME 560

Fatigue and Fracture

3

 
 

AME 584

Fracture Mechanics

3

 
         

Core Electives (take one course from the following)

 

3

 

AME 542

Theory of Plates (CE 542)

3

 
 

AME 588

Materials Selection

3

 
 

CE 529a

Finite Element Analysis

3

 
         

Engineering Electives (take two courses from the following)

 

6

 

Approved (by advisement) 400-, 500-, or 600-level engineering

courses

   
     

Contact

amegrad@usc.edu