The creativity and research of the Mechanical Engineering profession impact health, exploration, manufacturing and high technology industries throughout the world. Mechanical engineering is and will remain critical in areas as diverse as space exploration, environmental control, defense, transportation and bioengineering.

The Master of Science (MS) in Mechanical Engineering program is geared toward providing students and practicing engineers with advanced studies in several areas of specialization. The degree is available in either a thesis or a non-thesis program.

Major Areas of Specialization

  • Thermo/Fluid
  • Mechanics/Materials
  • Design and Manufacturing

Admission Requirements

Prospective students seeking a graduate degree in the College must satisfy all university admission requirements as well as the specific program requirements. Each department evaluates candidates for admission to its programs. A student seeking admission into a graduate program offered by the University must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution or, in the case of foreign students, from a well established institution of higher learning that is authorized to grant degrees by appropriate authorities in that country. The minimum requirements for admission into the Master of Science in Mechanical  Engineering are:

  • Completed Graduate Application and fee ($30). Apply Now
  • Official transcripts from an accredited institution showing completion of a baccalaureate degree or higher, with a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (upper division)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose (why do you want to get an MS and in what area plan to concentrate your studies)
  • TOEFL scores of at least (550 paper based, 213 computer based or 80 internet based); or IELTS overall band of at least 6.5. School Code 5206
  • GRE exams are not required, unless you are applying for financial aid.  For financial aid, must score a minimum of 143 verbal and 151 quantitative and 3.0 on the writing part of the examination. School Code 5206

The application for admission and all related documents should be sent to:

  • Florida International University
  • College of Engineering and Computing
  • 10555 West Flagler Street, EC 2430
  • Attn: Graduate Admissions, Office of the Dean
  • Miami, Florida 33174-1630, USA

Applicants with degrees from disciplines other than engineering may be required to take remedial courses. You will be informed of the final admission decision upon review of the completed application package and supporting documents by the Graduate School and the Faculty Committee of the academic department.

Immunization Policy
As a prerequisite to registration, Florida International University requires all students born after December 31, 1956 to present documented proof of immunity to measles (Rubeola) and German measles (Rubella).

International Students
In addition to meeting all the admission requirements as established by the University as well as by the Academic program, international students must obtain a student visa in order to be able to attend classes in the United States. For International Students Admission Procedures, International Students.

International students who take the program online and will not be residing in the United States are not required to obtain a student visa.

Application Deadlines
Due to time needed to process applications for admission, please submit your application and supporting documents (i.e. transcripts, evaluations of university coursework, tests, etc.) by the Priority Consideration deadline dates.

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Florida Residents
To claim in-state tuition, you must provide copies of two of the following documents showing Florida residency for at least the last 12 months prior to the beginning of the semester:

  • Florida voter registration information
  • Florida driver’s license or state ID
  • Florida vehicle registration information

You may also submit one of the documents above, accompanied by copies of at least two of the following documents:

  • Lease, rental or mortgage contract
  • Letter from utility company (Electric, telephone, cable, etc.)
  • Employment letter with current W-2 or W-4
  • Bank letter (indicating activity in account for 12 consecutive months)
  • Professional License
  • Current Florida Public School contract
  • In-state tuition receipt from another Florida State School (last 12 months)
  • Active Duty military orders
  • Warranty Deed
  • Declaration of Domicile

Need help? Get in touch:

Mais Kayyali
Associate Director for Graduate Studies
Phone: 305-348-2535
Location: 10555 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33174, EC 2429

Sara-Michelle Lemus
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Phone: 305-348-1890
10555 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33174, EC 2430

Non-Degree seeking students
A student is allowed to take classes as a non-degree seeking student while in the process of gaining acceptance into the graduate program they wish to pursue. The maximum amount of credits that may be later applied to the program is 12 (4 classes).

Financial Aid and Scholarships
FIU and the College of Engineering and Computing offer a variety of fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships to qualified domestic and international students. The amounts of these awards vary depending on the type of award, but they may provide full tuition and a monthly stipend.

Degree Requirements

The program is available in both a thesis and a non-thesis option. Thesis students shall complete a minimum of 24 semester credit hours of course work, plus 6 semester credit hours of Master’s Thesis Research, as well as a Graduate Seminar. Non-thesis students shall complete a minimum of 33 semester credit hours of graduate course work, one semester of Graduate Seminar, and a Comprehensive exam.

To be eligible for a Master of Science (MS) degree in Mechanical Engineering a student must:

1. Satisfy all University requirements for a Master’s degree.
2. Meet all undergraduate deficiencies, and requirements as specified by the student’s advisory committee.
3. Complete all required semester hours of acceptable graduate level courses.
4. Earn a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all approved courses in the student’s program of study.
5. Complete an acceptable thesis or final comprehensive examination (non-thesis).
6. Pass an oral examination that includes an oral defense of the thesis or graduate project.

Thesis Option requirements
Successful completion of a minimum of 24 hours of graduate course work, including a minimum of 6 hours of 6000 level courses with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
Succesful completion of a 6 credit master’s thesis. This includes:

  • Proposal and approval of a 3-member Thesis Committee
  • Submission and subsequent approval of a Master’s Thesis proposal
  • Successful presentation and defense of the Master’s Thesis

Non-Thesis Option requirements

  • Successful completion of a minimum of 33 hours of graduate course work, including a minimum of 9 hours of 6000 level courses with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Succesful completion of final oral comprehensive examination
  • A maximum of three credits of independent study may be included

Course requirements
a. Successful completion of the graduate seminar course
b. Successful completion of at least two applied/computational mathematics courses
c. Six credit hours must be taken outside the major area of specialization
d. A maximum of three credit hours of independent study may be counted towards the MS

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