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Mechanical Engineering (MSE)

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The Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) Mechanical Engineering program provides students with a strong background in principles of mechanical engineering and a thorough knowledge of the latest technologies in the field which extends beyond the undergraduate experience. The program is designed to meet the unique needs of working professionals.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from a regionally accredited college or university. Candidates with degrees other than engineering may be conditionally admitted on a case by case basis and will be required to take prerequisite engineering courses depending on their background.

A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)


Prospective students from other engineering disciplines may also be considered for admission to the program. A student who has not earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering may be required to complete undergraduate mechanical engineering courses before regular admission to the program. Contact the Department of Engineering for transcript evaluations and guidance., (810) 762-3131.


To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

Application for Graduate Admission

$55 application fee (non-refundable)

Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

GRE scores (general) sent to the University of Michigan-Flint Institutional Code #1853

Two letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be from individuals familiar with your work in academic or professional contexts and who can comment on your critical thinking skills, your ability to undertake independent projects, and your capacity for collaborating with colleagues. Electronic recommendation requests are sent out as a part of the online application process.

Statement of Purpose: Describe your objectives for graduate study and reasons for selecting this program. Statements may be submitted online during the application process or emailed to 


Submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs by 5 p.m. on the day of the application deadline. This program offers rolling admission with monthly application reviews. To be considered for admission, all application materials must be submitted on or before:

Fall - May 1* (guaranteed consideration/international student deadline)

Fall - August 1 (if space permits, US citizens and permanent residents only)

Winter - October 1 (guaranteed consideration/international student deadline)

Winter - December 1 (if space permits, US citizens and permanent residents only)

*You must have a complete application by the early deadline to guarantee application eligibility for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.


International students are required to submit additional documentation to enter the program. Visit for additional admission requirements and steps.

Transfer of Credit

With approval of the Engineering Graduate Coordinator, students may transfer in, or elect as graduate non-candidates for degree (NCFD), up to six credits of graduate-level courses in engineering.  See Transfer of Credit in the Graduate Study section for more information.


B. Electives (12 credits)

  • Four graduate-level EGR courses, or three graduate-level EGR courses and an AUE course. A maximum of 9 credits in courses taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels (currently EGR 510, EGR 551), and a minimum grade of B (3.0) in each one.

C. Option of Choice (6 credits)

One of the following options:

Thesis Option

Students electing the thesis option must secure a thesis advisor and enroll in two thesis courses. Successful completion and oral defense of the thesis is required to earn credit for these courses. All these must conform to university standards.

Note: Independent study course are not allowed toward program requirements under the thesis option.

Non-Thesis Option

  • Two additional EGR or AUE graduate level courses and satisfactory performance on the master’s level exit examination.

Note: Only one independent study course is allowed toward program requirements under the non-thesis option. Also see the note in Item B.

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