Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) degree provides the technical education needed for engineering professionals in various industries such as aerospace, automotive, energy and power, utilities, petrochemical, design, manufacturing and transportation. While the field of Mechanical Engineering encompasses this broad set of technical areas, this degree program encourages focused education in selected areas of interest.

As an MSME student, you will choose from one of three recommended programs of study:

The course program for each track is designed to provide you with an education that is strong in both fundamentals and application, preparing you for doctoral programs, as well as for continuing your engineering career in the industry.

Career Options

A variety of career opportunities exist, but primarily in the areas of: Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Manufacturing, Warehouse Distribution Facilities, Dynamics & Control, Transportation Systems, Consulting Firms, Biomedical Design, Robotics, Nuclear Power and Refrigeration Systems.

Courses of Interest – Across all Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering graduate degree programs*

AME 525 | Engineering Analysis
AME 526 | Engineering Analytical Methods

Students must choose one track – Thermal and Fluid Sciences, Engineering Design, or Mechanics and Materials.

Example: Thermal and Fluid Sciences Track with an Emphasis in Combustion Core Courses

AME 436 | Energy and Propulsion
AME 513 | Principles of Combustion
AME 514 | Applications of Combustion and Reacting Flows
AME 530a | Dynamics of Incompressible Fluids

Engineering Design Track

Example: Engineering Design Track Core Courses

AME 503 | Advanced Mechanical Design
AME 505 | Engineering Information Modeling
AME 509 | Applied Elasticity

Mechanics and Materials Track

Example: Mechanics and Materials Track Core Courses

AME 509 | Applied Elasticity
AME 559 | Creep
AME 560 | Fatigue and Fracture
AME 584 | Fracture Mechanics

*Click here for a complete list of program requirements.

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