Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Keeping up with advancing technology is crucial to your success as a mechanical engineer, and many employers consider graduate education essential. Lawrence Technological University’s Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering aims to expand your technical knowledge, improve your communication skills, and enhance your advancement opportunities. The program also prepares you to continue your education should you choose to pursue a doctoral degree.

Lawrence Tech’s Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering features a comprehensive curriculum structured to fully prepare you for careers in fields such as combustion engines, emissions, energy systems, manufacturing processes and systems, structural analysis, powertrain systems, dynamics, vibrations, thermal sciences and fluid mechanics.

Developed for full-time students and professionals who are graduates of ABET-accredited undergraduate engineering programs, the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering is a 30-credit-hour program designed to accommodate your busy schedule. Courses are offered in the evenings and the degree can be completed in approximately two years.

Depending on your goals, you can choose between a coursework-only option or a thesis option, which consists of coursework and a thesis. The coursework-only option offers a choice between two tracks of study, solid mechanics and thermal/fluid systems, and consists of four core courses and six electives. The thesis option consists of four core courses, three electives, and a thesis on a topic you are interested in.

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The MSME program offers students two degree options:

Option I: Coursework Only

Core Courses (4 courses) 12 credits
Electives (3 courses) 9 credits
Thesis 9 credits
Total Credit Hours 30 credits

Option II: Coursework Only

Core Courses (4 courses) 12 credits
Electives (6 courses) 18 credits
Total Credit Hours 30 credits



Core Courses Thermal - Fluid Systems Track

EME 5153 Applied Thermodynamics 3
EME 5353 Transport Phenomena I 3
EME 5363 Transport Phenomena II 3
EME 5253 Engineering Analysis I 3

Core Courses Thermal - Solid Mechanics, Dynamics, and Vibration Track

EME 5333 Advanced Dynamics 3
EME 5213 Mechanical Vibrations 3
EME 5223 Advanced Mechanics of Materials 3
EME 5253 Engineering Analysis I 3

Students can choose elective courses and receive a concentration in one of six fields: Automotive; Energy Systems; Manufacturing; Mechatronics; Solid Mechanics, Dynamics, and Vibration Systems; and Thermal-Fluid Systems. Students who choose the thesis option can obtain a concentration if they take two courses from one of the above areas and write their thesis in that same field. Students not writing the thesis can obtain a concentration if they take four courses in one of the concentration areas. Students will be credited for only one concentration.



EME 6283 Engineering Analysis II 3



EME 5433 Vehicle Dynamics 1 3
EME 5453 Vehicle Crashworthiness 3
EME 6333 Body and Chassis Systems 3
EMS 6343 Automotive Manufacturing 3
EME 6353 Automotive Mechanical Systems 3
EME 6373 Powertrain Systems 1 3
EME 6383 Powertrain Systems 2 3
EME 6473 Hybrid Electric Vehicles 3
EME 6623 Automotive Control System I 3

Energy Systems

EME 5263 Energy Resources and Technology 3
EME 5273 Heat Pipes 3
EME 5283 Elements of Nuclear Engineering 3
EME 5293 Fusion Engineering 3
EME 5313 Biofuels and Biomass Energy Eng. 3
EME 5373 Alternative Energy Engineering 3
EME 5983 Special Topics – Solar Energy Engineering 3
EME 6163 Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 3


EME 6103 Engineering Materials 3
EMS 6203 Manufacturing Processes 3
EMS 6303 Computer Integrated Manufacturing 3
EMS 6323 Expert Systems in Manufacturing 3
EMS 6403 Quality Control 3
EMS 6703 Manufacturing Systems 3


MRE 5183 Mechatronic Systems I 3
MRE 6183 Mechatronic Systems II 3
EME 5323 Modern Control Systems 3
EEE 5534 Digital Control Systems 4
EEE 5654 Digital Signal Processing 4
MRE 5143 Aerospace Systems Engineering 3
MRE 5813 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles 3
MRE 6153 Optimization in Mechatronic Systems 3
MRE 6293 Intelligent Tire and Vehicle Structure Mechatronics 3

Solid Mechanics, Dynamics, and Vibrations Systems

EME 5203 Design of Mechanical Joints 3
EME 5343 Mechanics of Composite Materials and Structures 3
EME 6113 Fatigue Analysis 3
EME 6123 Automotive Structural Analysis 3
EME 6213 Fundamentals of Acoustics 4
EME 6493 Theory of Plates and Shells 3
EME 6533 Mechanical Vibrations II 3
EME 6553 Structural Stability 3
EME 6593 Random Vibrations and Spectral Analysis 3
EME 6613 Elasticity I 3
EME 7113 Fracture Mechanics 3

Thermal-Fluid Systems

EME 6133 Viscous Flow 3
EME 6153 Incompressible Flow I 3
EME 6223 Conduction Heat Transfer 3
EME 6233 Convection Heat Transfer 3
EME 6243 Radiation Heat Transfer 3
EME 6253 Turbulence 3
EME 6393 Compressible Flow I 3
EME 6413 Advanced Thermodynamics 3
EME 6523 Combustion and Emissions 3
EME 6543 Computational Fluid Dynamics 3
EME 6563 Aerodynamics 3
EME 7213 Advanced Combustion and Emissions 3
EME 7543 Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics 3

During the course of study, students are expected to:

  1. Learn and apply Mechanical Engineering principles and theories.
  2. Develop analytical and problem solving skills for Mechanical Engineering applications.
  3. Evaluate technical Mechanical Engineering publications.
  4. Effectively communicate technical information (in written, oral, graphical, and digital forms
  5. Understand the importance of lifelong learning and the professional and ethical responsibilities of the engineering profession

Emily FosterEmily Foster, MSME’2019, also earned her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at LTU. After completing her undergraduate study Emily moved to California to work as a DLR Ride and Show Engineer Intern for Disneyland. In 2018 Emily decided to move back to LTU and acquire her MSME degree.

Ran HuRan Hu, traveled 7000 miles from Shanghai, China to advance his education in Mechanical Engineering, will complete the program this year. Ran said working toward the MSME degree not only enhanced his technical knowledge, but also greatly improved his language and communication skills. During 2018-2019, Ran also worked as a member on the SAE Supermileage competition team, and worked with his team to build a single-passenger vehicle with the highest possible fuel economy. Ran’s effort was mainly focused on the powertrain part.

Heat exchange devices constitute several crucial components in automotive cooling systems such as radiator, A/C condenser and evaporator. Enhancement of thermal performance on these devices is critical for improved energy efficiency and design of the automobiles. A novel approach to enhance convective heat transfer is the use of nanofluidsby seeding a very small amount of nanoparticles into the base fluid to form a stable dispersion.

Elankathiravan (Elan) Mathivanan, under the direction of Dr. Liping Liu, experimentally studied the effect of various nanofluids on automotive engine cooling. Elan mixed different types of nanoparticles such as Al2O3, TiC, SiC, MWNT (multi-walled nanotube), and SiO2 nanoparticles with distilled water and ethylene glycol to form nanofluids. An ultrasonic generator was used to generate uniform particle dispersion in the fluid. Elan studied the behavior of different nanoparticles using an Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM) and investigated the impact of various particle types and their volume concentration on fluid properties such as thermal conductivity, density and viscosity. Elan also set up an engine cooling performance testing apparatus to experimentally measure the impact of nanofluids on the cooling performance on an Aprilia SXV 450 engine used for the LTU’s Formula SAE vehicle. Elan compared the results of heat transfer capability for cooling system with and without nanoparticle seeding. He observed that the heat dissipation capacity of nanofluids increased with increasing volume concentration of nanoparticles and also with increasing coolant flow rate

Elan’s master thesis project was funded by the Denso North America Foundation.

MSME Research Photo

Elankathiravan Mathivanan

Lab research photo

Admission to the MSME program as a regular graduate student requires the demonstration of high potential for success based on the following:

  1. Submission of the Online Application for Graduate Admission;
  2. Official transcripts of all college work;Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution OR a non-U.S. degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. baccalaureate degree from a college or university of government recognized standing; A Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (or technical related field) (minimum GPA of 3.0);
  3. Resume
  4. A minimum of one Letter of Recommendation (employers and professors are preferred);
  5. Statement of Purpose (Optional, 1 page).

Applicants who do not meet all of the conditions for regular graduate admission may be considered for provisional admission by the Graduate Admissions Committee, provided they demonstrate an exceptionally high aptitude and promise for doing graduate work in this area and hold a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical or other technical related field. Applicants may be required to take the GRE examination and pass the TOEFL examination.

Additionally, the academic background of candidates will be evaluated by the Graduate Admissions Committee as part of the admissions process. Students found deficient in a particular subject area are required to enroll in pre-core crossover courses before being allowed to enroll in some of the core program courses. No graduate credit will be granted for these courses.