Master of Science

MS Degree Requirements

MS Thesis

The MS Thesis is optional. If the Thesis Option is chosen, the student should register for MEM898 Master’s Thesis credits. The work for an MS Thesis is completed under the supervision of a faculty advisor who will direct the research work and assign grades for the Thesis credit . All MS students completing the Thesis option must submit an original Thesis to the Drexel University Library. The Thesis must be presented and defended to a committee of no less than three faculty members, at least two of which must be MEM faculty members. The Thesis must be submitted along with the Thesis Approval Form and the Graduate Program Completion Form.

MS Courses

The minimum course requirement for the MS Degree is 45 credits, including credits of the optional MS Thesis. Students may transfer not more than 15 credits (equivalent to 10 semester-credits) from approved institutions, provided they follow the rules and regulations described in Drexel University's Graduate Curricula. These 45 credits consist of the required 9 credits of applied mathematics, the required 12 credits of core area courses, and the remaining 24 credits of technical elective courses, as tabulated below.

Course type Number of Credits Required
Mathematics courses (required) 9 Credits
Core Area courses (required) 12 Credits
Technical elective courses 24 Credits
TOTAL 45 Credits

The 9 credits of applied mathematics may be fulfilled by taking either the applied mathematics course sequences (MEM 591, MEM 592, MEM 593) mentioned in Section I Graduate Program Manual, or any other approved equivalent mathematical courses. The 12 credits of core area courses may be fulfilled by taking any two core course sequences, each from a different core area, as listed in Section I Graduate Program Manual.

Of the remaining 24 technical elective credits, at least 12 must be taken from within the MEM Department, while the rest may be taken from the College of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, or from other colleges, if consistent with the student's Plan of Study and given advance written approval by his/her Advisor. Out of the 24 technical elective credits, a Thesis-Option student may complete up to 18 credits for MEM898 Master's Thesis and MEM699 Independent Study and Research. Out of the 24 technical elective credits, a Non-Thesis Option student may complete up to 9 credits for MEM699 Independent Study and Research.

MS Procedural Requirements

MS Plan of Study

Upon approval by their Advisors, students in the MS Program must file a Plan of Study, MEM GR-1 Form with the Graduate Advisor prior to the third quarter of study. This Plan of Study should clearly indicate how the course requirements cited above are satisfied, whether or not the MS Thesis option is chosen, and must also indicate any applicable transfer of credits. Students holding a Bachelor's degree in a Science Department or Engineering Department other than Mechanical Engineering are typically advised to take several undergraduate courses as preparation for graduate studies in MEM Department. Though these courses are not counted toward the required 45 credits for MS Degree (or 48 credits for graduate co-op option students), they also must be listed in the Plan of Study.

Clearance of MS Candidate for Graduation

At the beginning of the expected quarter of graduation, the MS candidate will file the completed MEM GR-2 Form "Clearance for MS Degree Applicant" with the Graduate Advisor. If the MS Thesis option has been pursued then the MEM GR-2A Form "Clearance for MS Thesis" must also be filed. When this Form(s) shows that all departmental requirements have been satisfied, the Graduate Advisor will clear the student for graduation.