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Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Oral comprehensive exam
32 credit hours

MMAE has a long history of providing valuable Master's level education to engineers across a broad spectrum of topics. Our graduates leave IIT well prepared in their specific areas of focus. Nearly 2000 people have earned a Master of Engineering or Master of Science degree from MMAE. 

The Master of Science degree program advances knowledge through post-baccalaureate coursework and state-of-the-art research in preparation for careers in industrial research and development. The M.S. degree is also generally acceptable as a prerequisite for study toward the doctorate.

In line with the department's approach to its graduate programs, a student had considerable flexibility, in consultation with his or her program adviser, in formulating an M.S. program.The M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering requires the completion of a minimum of 32 credit hours of approved work, which includes six to eight credit hours of thesis research. Before completion of the first semester of graduate study, full-time students should select an area of specialization and a permanent adviser. Graduate students pursuing the M.S. degree on a part-time basis should select a permanent adviser before registering for their twelfth credit hour.

The student, in consultation with the adviser, prepares a program of study that reflects individual needs and interests. The adviser must approve this program, as well as the department's Graduate Studies Committee, the department chair, and the Graduate College. After the completion of the thesis, the student is required to pass an oral comprehensive examination on his or her thesis or related topics.

The examination committee consists of at least three appropriate faculty members who are nominated by the thesis adviser and appointed by the department's Graduate Studies Committee.