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  Nov 24, 2017
 
 
    
USC Catalogue 2017-2018

Mechanical Engineering (MS)


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Requirements for the Master of Science in mechanical engineering are the same as set forth in the general requirements. Six of the required units must be in AME 525  and AME 526  or courses in engineering analysis approved in advance in writing by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The specific sequence of courses that constitutes an acceptable program must be approved in advance.

Requirements for Graduation Without Thesis, 27 units total with 3.0 GPA: AME 525  and AME 526  or approved mathematics (6); 500 level courses in major department (12); approved 400 or 500 level courses (9).

With Thesis, 27 units total with 3.0 GPA: AME 525  and AME 526  or approved mathematics (6); 500 or 600 level courses in major department (12) not including thesis; maximum AME 594a , AME 594b  — thesis (4); approved 400 or 500 level units (5) (a maximum total of 8 units combining AME 590  and AME 594a , AME 594b ).

Recommended Programs of Study

The program of study depends upon the student's interest and background. During the first semester at USC, students must consult with a departmental adviser about an area of concentration and draw up a plan of study, which must be approved by the adviser. Besides the common requirements, listed below are several areas in mechanical engineering with specific courses identified as core and core electives. Groups of courses in other combinations and from other departments within the university may be approved if a particular coordinated interest can be demonstrated. In some instances students whose background is not in mechanical engineering may be required to take additional course work.

Common Requirements


Engineering Analysis (6 units):


Engineering electives (3–6 units):


  • Approved 400-, 500- or 600-level courses

Engineering Design


Thermal and Fluid Sciences


Core courses (12 units):


Four courses from one of the selected areas:

Mechanics and Materials


Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)


Dynamics and Control


Students interested in this area may follow the M.S., Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (Dynamics and Control) described below.

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