Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Admission Requirements

In addition to the UALR Graduate School admission requirements, the applicants for the M.S. program in Mechanical Engineering (ME) must also meet the following criteria:

  • Education: An applicant must have a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering [1] with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or better on the last 60 credit hours. An applicant who has a bachelor’s degree in a closely related discipline [1] with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or better on the last 60 credit hours may be admitted upon recommendation of the mechanical engineering faculty.
  • Standardized test scores: An applicant may submit the GRE test in support of the application.
  • English language requirement: International students must satisfy the Graduate School TOEFL or IELTS tests requirements.
  • Statement of purpose: An applicant must submit a statement of purpose (not to exceed one page in length) that indicates the applicant’s intended area of research and desired educational outcomes upon completion of the program. The student should include the courses that are directly relevant to the research area as part of the narrative to strengthen this statement.
  • Recommendation letters: An applicant must submit at least two letters from referees who are qualified to evaluate the applicant’s academic potential.

[1] The institution from which the bachelor’s degree is granted must be accredited by institutional or regional accrediting agencies recognized by the US Department of Education (

Program Requirements

  • The Master of Science program in Mechanical Engineering consists of a minimum of 31 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, of which a maximum of six hours can be transferred from a graduate program from another university with the graduate coordinator’s approval. In addition, students are required to maintain acceptable academic performance; all master’s course work must be completed with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  If a student receives one “C” in the course work, the student will be warned that his/her academic performance is unacceptable and that the student will be reviewed by the Mechanical Engineering faculty, which will suggest corrective action.  A student receiving two “C’s” will be dismissed from the program, pending review by the Mechanical Engineering faculty.
  • Thesis Advisor: The advisor is the faculty member who guides the student’s thesis.  Any mechanical engineering faculty member appointed in the Systems Engineering department may serve as the advisor.  A faculty member outside the Systems Engineering department may serve as advisor with approval of mechanical engineering faculty appointed in the Systems Engineering Department.
  • Thesis Committee: The Thesis Committee will guide the student’s progress towards completion of the thesis, and the Committee will examine the student’s thesis proposal in the Thesis Proposal Defense and the completed thesis in the Thesis Defense. The Committee shall consist of the Thesis Advisor, who chairs the Committee, and a minimum of two additional Committee members.  A majority of the Committee members shall be mechanical engineering faculty appointed in the Systems Engineering Department.
  • Thesis Proposal Defense: The student shall present a thesis proposal to the Thesis Committee at the completion of the Thesis Proposal course (SYEN 8301) in the format specified in the course. A majority of the Thesis Committee must vote in favor of passing the student. Should the student fail the defense, a second attempt may be made in the subsequent academic semester. If the student fails the proposal defense for a second time, s/he will be dismissed from the program.
  • Thesis Defense: The student shall prepare a written thesis in accordance with the format established by the Graduate School. The student shall present the thesis to the Thesis Committee. A majority of the Thesis Committee must vote in favor of passing the student. If the student fails the thesis defense, s/he will be dismissed from the program.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete the program requirements
  • Pass thesis proposal defense
  • Pass thesis defense

MSME Curriculum

The student’s plan of study must be developed in conjunction with his/her thesis/project advisor or Graduate Coordinator and filed with the Graduate Coordinator.

Program Core (12 hours from the following course list) [1]

  • MEEG* 5315 – Dynamics II
  • MEEG* 5327 – Acoustics I
  • MEEG* 5335 – Mechatronics I
  • MEEG* 5371 – Thermodynamics II
  • MEEG* 5374 – Fluid Mechanics II
  • MEEG* 5376 – Mechanics of Materials II
  • SYEN  5375 – Mechanical Vibrations
  • SYEN  5381 – Thermal and Fluid Systems
  • SYEN  5383 – Finite Element Analysis
  • MEEG*  5384 – Computational Fluid Mechanics

The program core provides students with the strong mechanical engineering preparation needed either for a successful professional career or for doctoral education.

[1] A student who has taken an undergraduate course that is similar to a program core course does not have to repeat the program core course at the graduate level.  The student must replace each such course with a different course from either the program core list or the specialization requirement list.

Specialization Requirement (6 credit hours from the following list):

  • SYEN 7100, 7200, 7300 (may be repeated for credit)
  • SYEN 7199, 7299, 7399 (may be repeated for credit)

Mathematics requirement (6 credit hours):

MATH 7311, MATH 7312, MATH 7322, MATH 7323, MATH 7324, MATH 7325

Research Preparation (1 credit hour):

  • SYEN 7101 – Research Methodology

Thesis Proposal (3 credit hours):

  • SYEN 8301

Thesis Defense (6 credit hours):

  • SYEN 8100, 8200, 8300


Early entry into Master’s program:

Undergraduate students in their senior year of BS Mechanical Engineering program at UA Little Rock and having a CGPA of 3.2 can apply for early entry into MSME program. Once accepted into the program, students can take up to 12 hours of graduate coursework, which will count towards both the baccalaureate degree and the graduate degree.

Mechanical engineering students who have been admitted to the early entry graduate program in the MS in Mechanical Engineering may apply SYEN* 5315, SYEN* 5371, SYEN* 5374, or SYEN* 5376 as Mechanical Engineering electives in the MS in Mechanical Engineering in addition to applying these courses towards the BS in Mechanical Engineering as described above.

Please see the early entry admission requirements listed at:


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Andrew Wright
Mechanical Engineering Program Coordinator