Mechanical and Aerospace MS Programs

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 (24-27 credit hours of coursework, plus 3-6 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 21 credits of the student's program must be MAE courses.

Program Options

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

MS with Thesis MS with Project All-Course MS Dual MS Degree

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.