Master’s Programs

Cover of MIE master's overview booklet

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering offers master’s programs that are designed to serve a broad range of student needs and career objectives in the field. Many students complete these programs and move directly into higher-level jobs in industry and government agencies, while others use the degree as a springboard to doctoral-level study in mechanical or industrial engineering.

In the last five years, UIC has graduated 371 students with an MS in mechanical engineering, 229 with an MS in industrial engineering, and 119 with a master of energy engineering.

Get acquainted with these programs in our master’s degree overview booklet (PDF).

UIC MIE offers three master's degree programs:

  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

    A 36-credit program with both thesis and coursework-only options. See details below.

  • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

    A 36-credit program with both thesis and coursework-only options. See details below.

  • Master of Energy Engineering

    A non-thesis master’s program focusing on energy use in buildings and power generation. Visit the program website for details.

MS in Mechanical Engineering

Required Semester Hours: 36

Coursework-Only Option

In the coursework-only option, students complete all the credit hours toward the MS in Mechanical Engineering through coursework. There is no thesis. Requirements are as follows:

  • 16 semester hours of 500-level courses in the department, excluding ME 596, ME 598, and ME 599. Of these courses, 12 hours must be ME courses.
  • An additional 20 semester hours of courses at the 400 level or 500 level. Up to 4 semester hours of ME 596 can be applied toward this requirement. Of these courses, 8 hours must be ME courses.
  • ME 595 Mechanical Engineering Seminar. Students must enroll in this course for every fall and spring semester.

 

Thesis Option

In the thesis option, students complete a suite of coursework in preparation for a master’s-level research project, which they execute with the support of a faculty advisor. The thesis option is strongly recommended for students who may consider going on for a PhD after finishing the MS program. Requirements are as follows:

  • 12 hours of courses at the 500 level, excluding ME 596, ME 598, and ME 599. Of these courses, 12 hours must be ME courses.
  • An additional 12 hours of courses at the 400 level or 500 level. Up to 4 semester hours of ME 596 can be applied toward this requirement. Of these courses, 4 hours must be ME courses.
  • 12 hours of ME 598 MS Thesis Research
  • ME 595 Mechanical Engineering Seminar. Students must enroll in this course for every fall and spring semester.

 

For more information, visit the graduate catalog page for the MS in Mechanical Engineering.

See our graduate course offerings in mechanical engineering here.

MS in Industrial Engineering

Required Semester Hours: 36

Coursework-Only Option

In the coursework-only option, students complete all the credit hours toward the MS in Industrial Engineering through coursework. There is no thesis. Requirements are as follows:

  • 16 semester hours of 500-level courses in the department, excluding IE 596, IE 598, and IE 599. Of these courses, 12 hours must be IE courses.
  • An additional 20 semester hours of courses at the 400 level or 500 level. Up to 4 semester hours of IE 596 can be applied toward this requirement. Of these courses, 8 hours must be IE courses.
  • IE 595 Industrial Engineering Seminar. Students must enroll in this course for every fall and spring semester.

 

Thesis Option

In the thesis option, students complete a suite of coursework in preparation for a master’s-level research project, which they execute with the support of a faculty advisor. The thesis option is strongly recommended for students who may consider going on for a PhD after finishing the MS program. Requirements are as follows:

  • 12 hours of courses at the 500 level, excluding IE 596, IE 598, and IE 599. Of these courses, 12 hours must be IE courses.
  • An additional 12 hours of courses at the 400 level or 500 level. Up to 4 semester hours of IE 596 can be applied toward this requirement. Of these courses, 4 hours must be IE courses.
  • 12 hours of IE 598 MS Thesis Research
  • IE 595 Industrial Engineering Seminar. Students must enroll in this course for every fall and spring semester.

For more information, visit the graduate catalog page for the MS in Industrial Engineering.

See our graduate course offerings in industrial engineering here.

Master of Energy Engineering

The Master of Energy Engineering program maintains a separate website. There, you can find information about admissions, the curriculum, and program outcomes. Find the MEE online at https://energyengineering.uic.edu.

MS Students and Alumni in Their Own Words

Krishnadevi

Krishnadevi Shetty ’20
MS in Industrial Engineering

Amazon (through Populus Group)
Quality Assurance Engineer

What are some of your day-to-day tasks? Non-conformity investigations, corrective and preventive actions, standard operating procedures, process improvement, and data analysis.

What was your favorite course? IE 345 Regression Applications and Forecasting in Engineering.

Favorite thing about the mechanical and industrial engineering department? Professors were very supportive of us, even after graduating. Assistant Professor Heejin Jeong supported me by providing me with a volunteering opportunity after I graduated.

One-sentence “Words of wisdom” to share with students: Change is the only constant in any industry, and continuous improvement is essential everywhere to grow—not only in your work and workplace, but within yourself, too!

Alexander

Alexander Bulger ’21
MS in Mechanical Engineering

How (and why) did you choose your faculty advisor? I chose Dr. Jeremiah Abiade as my graduate advisor from my experience with him as an undergraduate in ME 250 Intro to Engineering Design and Graphics. He is very helpful with any questions I ask, and I found his research interesting. I work in his lab, LORE, on pulse laser deposition.

What do you hope to be doing right after graduation? I have an internship with SpaceX, where I will be an automation and controls intern for this summer. I’m incredibly excited about it.

How is UIC preparing you for your future goals? UIC helped me by providing diverse experiences while I obtained my engineering degree. I was a teaching assistant for eight semesters in ME 250, helping students learn the fundamentals of engineering design. I joined the Society of Automotive Engineers and VESE and got to learn hands-on engineering. I also did undergraduate and graduate research, which was extremely exciting. I don’t think I could’ve been exposed to such an array of different experiences anywhere else.

The best trip/vacation you’ve ever taken, and why: I took a trip to Northern Ireland and played Chip and Putt near the Cliffs.

The snack that powers you up to get through exams: Cliff Bar (brownie or mint).

Favorite restaurant in Chicago, and why: YUZU, best sushi in the city. Fantastic presentation and unique selection of rolls.