Degrees and Certificates

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Master of Science (M.S.)

Virginia Commonwealth University

Master of Science

The Master of Science in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering program utilizes the faculty and research facilities of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering to expose students to advanced and emerging technologies in mechanical and nuclear engineering. Research thrusts in the department include but are not limited to smart materials, micro/nanotechnology, energy conversion systems, sensors, aerosol science, nuclear engineering, fluid mechanics, medical devices, robotics and biomechanics.
The M.S. degree program offers a thesis or non-thesis option and can be tailored to meet the individual student’s academic goals and research interests. Eighteen to 24 months of full-time study usually are necessary to complete the requirements for the thesis-option. The non-thesis option generally requires 12 months of full-time study or up to four years of part-time study. A time limit of six calendar years, beginning at the time of first registration, is placed on work to be credited toward the master’s degree. Generally, a maximum of six credit hours of approved graduate course work required for a master’s
degree may be transferred from another program at VCU or outside institution and applied toward the degree.
The following are the minimum credit hour requirements for the proposed graduate degree program
M.S. thesis option – minimum 30 credit hours including nine credit hours in core courses, 15 credit hours in technical electives (engineering, science or related areas) and six credit hours in directed research EGMN 697
M.S. non-thesis option – minimum 30 credit hours including nine credit hours in core courses and 21 credit hours in technical electives (engineering, science or approved courses) The mechanical and nuclear engineering M.S. degree program contains three curricular components:
1. Core component: This component consists of three required core courses that provide the foundation of the M.S. curriculum. See below for specific course requirements.
2. Technical elective component: This component allows the student to take courses in either engineering, science or other areas with approval of the student’s adviser and graduate program director.
3. Directed research component: This component emphasizes research directed toward completion of M.S. degree requirements under the direction of an adviser and thesis committee.
Depending on the option pursued, students will have to take courses from two or all three of the curricular components. Students should select their concentration component courses based upon their concentration areas. Selecting one concentration area over another does not preclude a student from choosing courses from other areas.