The Accelerated MS Program was introduced in 2003 as a procedure whereby all the required credits for earning B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering can be satisfied in 5 years. The primary motivation for the program is to facilitate and encourage our undergraduate students, in particular Louisiana natives, to pursue a graduate degree in the Department.
Admissions Process and Criteria
Students with an Overall GPA ≥ 3.5, and a Mechanical Engineering GPA ≥ 3.5 after having completed ME2334, ME2733, ME2212, ME3133, ME3701, ME3143, ME3834, ME4133 are invited to apply to the Mechanical Engineering Department’s Accelerated MSME Program.
Note: The selection is made by January of the Junior (3d) year (start of second Junior-year semester) of the students.
The selected students are now asked to talk with the ME faculty and:
Decide on their Primary Area of Concentration (Thermal/Fluid Science, Mechanical Systems, Materials)
Select a research project for their MS degree under the Accelerated MS Program
Select their faculty advisor for their MS degree
Identify the members of the MS Advisory Committee
Students will then submit an application for enrollment into the program by:
Completing and submitting the “APPLICATION FOR THE ACCELERATED MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAM” application form issued by the graduate school,
Completing and submitting the “PLAN OF STUDY FOR THE ACCELERATED MS PROGRAM IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING” form.
Submitting a Statement of Purpose Essay (limit 1 page).
Note: Steps 2 and 3 must be completed by the last day of classes of the Spring semester of the Junior (3d) Year of the Student and step 4 must be completed by the end of May of the Junior (3d) Year of the Student.
Curriculum Requirements and Timeline
General Requirements for the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering Degree
Roadmap to Complete 3/2-Program in 5 Years
Note: Students who have completed the Qualifying/Comprehensive Exams get higher pay-rate assistantships than those who haven’t.
Guidelines for the Accelerated MS Special Study Subjects
Objectives: To develop independent research skills, including: literature review, and analyzing a component of the research.
Implementation: With the approval of the student graduate advisory committee, a professor in charge will be appointed for each student. The scope of the study will be defined by the professor in charge who will direct, monitor and have the final say in the evaluation of the outcome and the grade. A concisely written proposal will define the scope of the study and the expected outcome(s).
Evaluation and defense: The components of the evaluation include the general opinion regarding the progress of the student gained by the professor in charge, a final presentation, and a final report. The final presentation will be defended in front of a panel of three professors, including the professor in charge. One of the professors will be a departmental representative who will make sure that uniformity of standards is preserved.
This is carried out in consultation with the major professor or the professor named by him who would direct the activities. The work will entail initiation of research activities pertinent to the student’s chosen research topic needed for timely completion of the Accelerated MS Program objectives.
A written report and oral presentation are required at the end of the summer program for evaluation by the major professor or his/her designee. The oral presentation will be delivered during a special session scheduled during the last week of classes of the summer term to the group of Accelerated MS students and to any attending faculty and graduate student in order to disseminate the results.