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Mechanical Engineering

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  3. Curriculum
  4. Tuition

Curriculum: Thesis Option
The Graduate College specifies that at least 32 hours of graduate level credit are required for a Master of Science (MS) degree at the University of Illinois. Of these 32 hours:

  • 24 must be formal, graded coursework
  • 8 of which must be "in major"
  • 8 of which must be at the 500-level
  • 4 of these eight 500-level hours must be "in major" (ME or TAM)
  • 8 hours of ME 599 thesis credit (for those in the thesis option). No more than 8 hours of ME 599 thesis credit can be applied toward the MS degree.

Both the department and the Graduate College require a format check for a thesis. Thesis titles should be reported to the Graduate College at least six weeks before the expected conferral date. The Master of Science degree is conferred in May, August, October, and January. Graduate College thesis information can be found at http://www.grad.illinois.edu/thesis-dissertation.
Non-thesis Option
Upon consent of the advisor and approval by petition of the Graduate Programs Committee, the ME thesis requirement may be waived. The non-thesis option requires a total of 36 hours. Of these 36 hours:
  • 32 must be graded, formal coursework
  • 8 of which must be "in major"
  • 8 of which must be at the 500-level
  • 4 of these eight 500-level hours must be "in major" (ME or TAM)
  • 4 hours of ME 597 - Independent Study (Non-thesis Master's Project). No more than 4 hours of ME 597 can be applied toward the MS degree in the non-thesis option.

After admission to the degree program and completion of several online courses, we recommend that online students intending to pursue the non-thesis MSME option begin searching for a faculty member who would be willing to work with them on the Independent Study: Master's Project. Once an Independent Study adviser has been chosen, please complete the MS Degree Non-thesis Option form: http://online.engr.uiuc.edu/degrees/MSME-Non-Thesis-Option.pdf

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