Master's Programs (MS)

We offer MS Degrees in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering. Students are trained for careers in engineering practice and/or further study at the doctoral level.


  • Requires successful completion of 30 graduate credit hours
  • Must maintain at least 3.0 GPA throughout program
  • Program formats:
    • All course option (30 credit hours of coursework)
    • Project option (27 credit hours of coursework, plus 3 credit hour project)
    • Thesis option (24 credit hours of coursework, plus 6 credit hour thesis)
  • Major advisor plays important role for Project and Thesis options
  • Full-time status: Requires twelve credit hours per semester (nine credit hours if serving as TA/GA/RA)
  • Program duration: Typically three to four semesters
  • Informal courses: Up to six credit hours are permitted  


The Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering Master of Science programs have no core course requirements. However, at least 50% of the student's program must be MAE courses.

Program Options

Note: All students enter UB under the all-course option.

Required for students receiving financial support (TA, RA, or GA) through the department.

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least eight approved graduate courses (24 to 27 credit hours)
  • 3 to 6 credit hours of thesis registration, for a total of 30 credit hours.


The thesis may cover a variety of activities, including theoretical and experimental investigations, practical design projects, and the like.

  • Three people, qualified to render judgment in the area involved, constitute the thesis examination committee: the advisor plus two other faculty members. Non-MAE faculty can serve as a co-advisor or committee members, provided they have a Graduate School appointment.
  • The candidate makes an oral presentation at which the examination committee is present in addition to other interested faculty and students.