Jun 23, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 
Graduate Catalog

Mechanical Engineering, M.S.

The Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering  program consists of a minimum of 34 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree.

In addition, students are required to maintain acceptable performance; all master’s course work must be completed with a minimum GPA of 3.0. A student receiving one “C’ in the course work will be warned that his/her performance is unacceptable and that the student will be reviewed by Mechanical Engineering faculty which will suggest corrective. A student receiving two “C’s” will be dismissed from the program, pending review by the Mechanical Engineering faculty.

The student’s plan of study must be developed in conjuction with his/her project advisor or Graduate Coordinator and filed with the Graduate Coordinator.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the UALR Graduate School admission requirements, the applicants for the M.S. program in Mechanical Engineering must also meet the following criteria:

Education: An applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or better in the last 60 credit hours. An applicant who has a bachelors degree related disciplne with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or better in the last 60 credit hours may be admitted upon recommendation of the mechanical engineering faculty.

Standardized test scores: An applicant may submit the GRE test in support of the application.

English language requirement: International students must satisfy the Graduate School TOEFL or IELTS tests requirements.

Statement of purpose: An applicant must submit a satement of purpose ( not to exceed one page in length) that indicates the applicant intended area of research and desired educational outcomes upon completion of the program. The student should include the courses that are directly relevant to the research area as part of the narrative to strengthen this statement.

Recommendation letters: An aplicant must submit at least two letters from referees who are qualified to evaluate the applicants academic potential. 

The institution from which the bachelors degree is granted must be acccredited by institutional or regional accrediting agencies recognised by the US department of Education (https://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/acred/accreditation_pg6.html)

Applicants who do not meet all the admission requirements may be recommended for conditional admission. Conditionally admitted students must fulfill the requirements of the UALR Graduate School and those specified in their letter of admission to achieve regular admission.

Early Admission Requirements

Undergraduate students may apply and be accepted provisionally into the MS program any time after completing 75 or more hours of undergraduate course work. However, at least 90 hours of undergraduate coursework must have been completed by the time the first graduate Mechanical Engineering course is taken.

  1. Students must satisfy the minimum university requirements for admission to an early graduate program
    • All applicants must have at least a 3.2 overall GPA.
    • All applicants must complete an application for and be accepted into the desired graduate program.
    • All applicants must complete an Early Entry Program form and have it approved by the graduate coordinator and the Graduate School. This form must be approved before the student begins graduate coursework. Failure to obtain prior approval negates the ability to “double count” courses.
    • Specific programs may have more rigorous admissions criteria.
  2. Students must be majoring in the BS in Mechanical Engineering
  3. Students must have completed SYEN 3371 (Dynamics I), SYEN 3373 (Mechanics of Materials I), SYEN 3374 (Fluid Mechanics I), and SYEN 3378 (Thermodynamics I) with a minimum gpa of 3.5 in those courses.
  4. Students must be recommended for admission by the Mechanical Engineering Engineering faculty

Mechanical engineering students who have been admitted to the early entry graduate progam in the MS in Mechanical Engineering may apply MEEG 5315, MEEG 5327, MEEG 5335, MEEG 5371, MEEG 5374, SYEN 5375, MEEG 5376, SYEN 5381, SYEN 5383, or MEEG 5384 as program core courses in the MS in Mechanical Engineering in addition to applying these courses towards the BS in Mechanical Engineering as described above

Transfer Credit

A maximum of six hours can be transferred from a graduate program from another university with a graduate coordinator’s approval.

Program Requirements

Core Courses

Specialization Requirement

6 credit hours form the following list:

  • SYEN 7100, 7200, 7300 (may be repeated for credit)
  • SYEN 7199, 7299, 7399 (may be repeated for credit)

Research Preparation

1 credit hour

SYEN 7101 - Research Methodology  

Master’s Thesis Advisor

The advisor is the faculty member who guides the student thesis. Any tenure-track mechanical engineering faculty member appointed in the Systems Engineering department may serve as the advisor. A tenure track faculty member outside the Systems Engineering department may serve as advisor with approval of mechanical engineering faculty appointed in the Systems Engineering Department 

Master’s Thesis Committee

The Thesis Committee  will guide the students progress towards completion fof the Thesis, and the committe will examine the students thesis proposal in the Thesis proposal Defense and completed thesis in the Thesis Defense. The commitee shall consisit of the Thesis Advisor, who chairs the committee, and a minimum of two additional committee members. A majority of the committee members shall be mechanical engineering faculty appoined in the Systems Engineering Department

Thesis Proposal

3 credit hours

SYEN 8301   


Thesis Proposal Defense

The students shall present a thesis proposal to the Thesis Committee at the completion of the thesis proposal course (SYEN 8301) in the format specified in the course. A majority of the thesis committee must vote in favor of passing the student. Should the student fail the defense, a second attempt may be made in the subsequent academic semester.If the students fails the proposal defense for a second time, s/he will be dismissed from the program.



The Student shall prepare a written thesis in accordance with the format established by the Graduate School.  The student shall present the thesis to the Thesis Committee. A majority of the Thesis Committee must vote in favor of passing the student. if the student fails the thesis defense, He/She will be dismissed from the program.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete the program requirements 
  • Pass thesis proposal defense.
  • Pass thesis final defense.