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Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Engineering Degree Programs

  • Our master's and doctoral degree programs include: bioengineering, engineering, engineering with a concentration in management, mechanical engineering, materials science, and nanoscale science and engineering.
  • Our faculty and graduate students are heavily involved in cutting-edge research within all of these disciplines.
  • More specif information regarding these programs and links to important documents and university sites may be found below.

  2013-14 Graduate Degree Program Bulletin

Application Process, Degree Requirements, Faculty, Course Descriptions

Course Catalog

One-year Master's Degree (Mechanical, Engineering, Materials Science and in some caess Bioengineering) 

Master of Science

MS Engineering

The Master of Science in Engineering (MS ENGE) is designed to advance the knowledge of students in areas differing from those in which they received their bachelor’s degree. The program is particularly intended for students with bachelor’s degrees in the natural sciences, mathematics, computer science or engineering who are making a change of discipline or wanting to develop expertise in an engineering area, often one that is of emerging importance or interdisciplinary in nature. The program combines a solid background in an area of engineering with a distinctly personal specialization. It enables the student to focus on a particular area of engineering, while providing breadth through its flexible minor or technical elective requirement addressing the student’s specific interests. A master’s in engineering with a concentration in management (CM) is also offered (see below). These engineering and management courses are focused on developing core knowledge and competencies in innovation and entrepreneurship, and providing concrete tools to successfully translate ideas and initiative into marketplace success.

MS ENGE Program Plan
MS Engineering - Concentration in Management

The degree of Master of Science in Engineering allows students to pursue a concentration in management (MS ENGE (CM)). This is an engineering degree with both engineering and management focuses. The concentration in management is designed to meet the increasing needs of students to enhance their career opportunities as managers or as entrepreneurs by supplementing advanced engineering knowledge with a fundamental understanding of business principles within the context of technology enterprises. Drawing upon the strengths of both RSECS and the Daniels College of Business, the program provides the relevant content for graduates to lead technology enterprises. Candidates for the degree of master of science with a concentration in management will be on non-thesis track only.

MS ENGE (CM) Program Plan
MS Bioengineering

The Master of Science in Bioengineering (MS ENBI) integrates engineering sciences with biomedical sciences and clinical practice to provide the skill set needed by bioscience companies. The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering—in collaboration with the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, and Physics & Astronomy—has designed a cross-disciplinary master of science program to address industrial requirements and the desired qualifications of a 21st century workforce in bioengineering businesses. Students with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry, biological sciences or physics, as well as those with accredited engineering degrees, acquire a specialized expertise in bioengineering by designing programs which leverage the individual students’ undergraduate experience and expertise resident at DU.

MS ENBI Program Plan
MS Materials Science

The Master of Science in Materials Science (MS MTSC) program is designed to prepare the student for research and development work in the materials field. The program is multidisciplinary and involves the departments of physics, chemistry and engineering, with the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department administering the degree. The programs reflect the multidisciplinary nature by providing a thorough grounding in each of the basic disciplines of the field. Depth in specialized areas is achieved through the research interests of faculty in each of the participating departments. With an increasing number of technological fields becoming materials-limited in various ways, the program seeks to prepare students to meet the challenges of property improvement and new materials development, with a broad-based curriculum that stresses fundamentals.

MS MTSC Program Plan
MS Mechanical Engineering

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MS ENME) is designed to advance the student’s knowledge in several areas of engineering. Each degree provides breadth through its flexible technical elective requirement, while permitting the student to achieve depth in one of several areas of specialization; fluid mechanics and heat transfer, mechanical design and analysis, and structure and behavior of materials. The purpose of these programs is to serve the profession of engineering and the Colorado community through advanced study in mechanical engineering and related fields. Each program prepares the student for academic and industrial advancement.

MS ENME Program Plan
MS Nanoscale Science and Engineering

The Master of Science in Nanoscale Science and Engineering (MS NANO) program shares faculty and other resources with existing graduate programs in NSM and RSECS. The interdisciplinary nature of this graduate program mandates certain flexibility in order to accommodate students with a variety of backgrounds. In order to make it easier for students to migrate between different programs, the program is structured similarly to other existing graduate programs in NSM and RSECS. All NSM and RSECS graduate programs focus on the research component. Therefore, course work credit is supplemented by the significant amount of credit earned from independent study/independent research (IS/IR) courses taken in order to satisfy minimum credit requirements to earn a degree.

MS NANO Program Specifics

 

Doctor of Philosophy

Ph.D. Engineering

The objective of the Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (PhD ENGE) program is to provide an educational environment that encourages students to develop the ability to contribute to the advancement of science, engineering and technology through independent research. The PhD students of the 21st century may pursue academic, research, entrepreneurial and/or industrial careers. Individualized plans of study are based on students’ previous experience and desired research areas. The plan of study allows students to work on interdisciplinary research, while also satisfying the PhD in engineering degree requirements. The MME department offers two types of general PhD degrees:

  • Concentration in Management
  • Interdisciplinary: The interdisciplinary PhD program offers opportunities for a student to develop a plan of study combining engineering and a complementary discipline (e.g. natural sciences). In the plan of study, coursework in the complementary discipline can be included up to the maximum number of technical elective credits. The student’s plan of study must be approved by the PhD committee and the department chair. When the student is completing research and coursework in a complementary discipline, the student’s PhD committee must include a faculty member from the related department or division/school.
PhD ENGE Program Plan (entering with BS)

 

PhD ENGE Program Plan (entering with MS)
Ph.D. Materials Science

The Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science (PhD MTSC) is designed to prepare the student for research or faculty position in the materials field. The program is multidisciplinary and involves the departments of Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME), with MME as the administering department. The programs reflect the multidisciplinary nature by providing a thorough grounding in each of the basic disciplines of the field. Depth in specialized areas is achieved through the research interests of faculty in each of the participating departments. With an increasing number of technological fields becoming materials limited in various ways, the program seeks to prepare students to meet the challenges of property improvement and new materials development, with a broad-based curriculum that stresses fundamentals.

PhD MTSC Program Plan (entering with bachelor's)

 

PhD MTSC Program Plan (entering with master's)
Ph.D. Nanoscale Science and Engineering

The Doctor of Philosophy in Nanoscale Science and Engineering (PhD NANO) shares faculty and other resources with existing graduate programs in NSM and RSECS. In order to make it easier for students to migrate between different programs, the program is structured similarly to other existing graduate programs in NSM and RSECS. All NSM and RSECS graduate programs focus on the research component. Therefore, coursework credit is supplemented by the significant amount of credit earned from independent study/independent research (IS/IR) courses taken in order to satisfy minimum credit requirements to earn a degree.

PhD NANO Program Specifications