Graduate programs in mechanical engineering are fairly common throughout Ohio and are available at the master's and doctoral levels. Here we examine a few of the different schools in the state and the mechanical engineering programs they offer.
Ohio Schools with Mechanical Engineering Graduate Programs
The Ohio State University
The Ohio State University in Columbus offers a Master of Mechanical Engineering (ME) program that allows students to choose from a thesis or non-thesis option, where students take additional coursework in place of a thesis. The master's degree program totals 30 credits and requires students to attend mechanical engineering seminars each semester. The university also offers a PhD program that requires at least 80 credits beyond a bachelor's degree or 50 credits beyond a master's.
Ohio University in Athens provides a Master of Science (MS) and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. The MS program totals 32 credits and includes a thesis and non-thesis option. Students in the non-thesis option must complete a final research project. Students in the doctoral program actually earn a PhD in Mechanical and Systems Engineering and can choose from tracks in mechanical engineering or industrial and systems engineering. Students in the PhD program must take at least 60 credits beyond a master's degree and complete a dissertation.
Cleveland State University
Cleveland State University has an accelerated 4+1 BS/MS, an MS, and a Doctor of Engineering (DE) in Mechanical Engineering. The MS program allows students to choose from concentrations in mechatronics, thermal-fluid mechanics and energy systems, control systems, and mechanical systems and design. The program requires 30 to 33 credits, depending on whether students choose the thesis or non-thesis option. The curriculum can be completed on a full- or part-time basis, and some distance-learning classes are available. The Doctor of Engineering program requires 30 credits of coursework beyond a master's and at least 30 credits of dissertation research, as well as qualifying and candidacy exams.
University of Dayton
The University of Dayton offers an MS, PhD, and DE in Mechanical Engineering. The MS program totals 30 credits, includes a thesis and non-thesis option, and has available assistantship positions. Both the PhD and DE require 60 credits, but the PhD requires 30 hours of dissertation work, while the DE only requires 21 hours of dissertation work. Students at the master's and doctoral level can choose from concentrations in areas such as robotics, thermo-fluids, solid mechanics, and energy.
Wright State University
Wright State University, also in Dayton, has an MS in Mechanical Engineering program that totals 30 credits. Students in the program can choose from a concentration in design or thermal fluids. Each concentration offers a thesis and non-thesis option that requires additional coursework in place of a thesis. Students in the program also have access to the school's various computer systems and laboratories and may compete for graduate assistantships to help fund their education.
Common Entrance Requirements
Applicants to graduate degree programs in mechanical engineering in Ohio must have at least a bachelor's degree, and several programs require the degree to be in an area of engineering or another science- and math-heavy field, such as chemistry, physics, or applied mathematics. Many of these programs also require students to meet a minimum GPA requirement, which is as high as 3.0. Some programs also require GRE test scores, while others do not require the exam at all or may only require it if students meet specific criteria, such as a low GPA. It is fairly common for mechanical engineering graduate programs to require applicants to submit their transcripts, letters of recommendation/references, a statement of purpose, and/or a resume with their applications.
Students in Ohio can pursue a master's degree or doctorate in mechanical engineering. Most of these master's degree programs provide students with a thesis or non-thesis option, while doctoral students must complete a dissertation.