Master’s Programs

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.

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 32-credit program designed for working professionals. 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.

MS Program Requirements

All MS students must meet all Graduate College minimum requirements in addition to the requirements of their specific program.

Our MS programs require a grade point average of at least 3.0 (with A = 4.0). Credit toward a graduate degree is not given for any course in which a grade of less than C has been obtained. No graduation credit is given for credit/no credit courses. All courses must be approved first by the student’s advisor and then by the director of graduate studies.

There are no comprehensive examinations in our MS programs.

The Graduate College requires that a student complete our MS programs within five years of the date of initial registration.