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Mechanical Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #149 (BCR) Riverside, CA, United States| Online
The Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) offers the opportunity for graduate study in specialized areas of mechanical engineering. It is composed of 17 faculty members and roughly 75 graduate students.
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Overview

The M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering can be earned by either one of two plans:

  • Completion of a thesis (Plan I), which reports a creative investigation of a defined problem
  • Passing a comprehensive examination
  • For the M.S. degree, students must meet a minimum residency requirement of three quarters, one complete academic year, in the University of California. At least two of these three quarters must be spent at UCR. Registration in at least 4 units of 100 or 200 level course work is necessary for each quarter of academic residence. Students should enroll in 12 units each quarter unless the Graduate Advisor grants an exception.

    The M.S. degree Plan I (Thesis) requires completion of a minimum of 36 units of upper-division and graduate-level approved course work and submission of an acceptable thesis. At least 24 of these units must be in graduate courses (200-series courses), a minimum of sixteen of these being Mechanical Engineering graduate courses (ME 200 or higher, excluding ME 250, ME 290, ME 297, ME 298I, and ME 299). No more than 8 units of course work may be satisfied with directed studies (ME 290) or individual internship (ME 298I). Students must defend the thesis.

    The M.S. degree, Plan II (Comprehensive Examination) requires completion of a minimum of 36 units of upper-division and graduate-level approved course work and successfully passing a comprehensive examination. At least 24 of these units must be in graduate courses (200 course series), a minimum of 16 of these being Mechanical Engineering graduate courses (ME 200 or higher, excluding ME 250, ME 290, ME 297, ME 298I, and ME 299). The student must take 3 units of seminar (ME 250) and no more than 7 units of directed studies (ME 290) or individual internship (ME 298I).

    Programme Structure

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    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus, Online

    English Language Requirements

    • Minimum required score:

      80

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    • Minimum required score:

      550

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    Academic Requirements

    You need the following GPA score:

    Required score: 3

    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

    Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

    • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

      Recommended Verbal Reasoning score:

      150

      Recommended Quantitative Reasoning score:

      150

      The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

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      The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

    General Requirements

    • Application Fee - The nonrefundable $100.00 application fee ($125.00 for M.B.A./M.P.Ac./M.Fin./Flex M.B.A. applicants only)
    • Transcripts - It is very important that all transcripts be sent directly to the graduate program to which you are applying
    • Statement of Purpose/Personal History Statement
    • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • The Graduate Record Examination

    Tuition Fee

    Living costs for Riverside

    • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

    Funding

    UCR offers a variety of multi-year funding opportunities for incoming students that may include stipends, full or partial payment of tuition and fees, and appointment as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or Graduate Student Researcher (GSR). An applicant is judged on the basis of the quality of previous academic work, the evidence of ability to do research and other creative accomplishments, and the promise of becoming a productive scholar. A contribution to the campus goal of achieving a diverse student body may also be a consideration. Fellowship/grant awards are paid from a variety of funding sources, some of which require financial data. Students who receive fellowships, and full or partial teaching and research positions must register for and complete a full program of study and research each quarter, remain in good academic standing and make acceptable progress toward their degree.

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