Mar 01, 2024
To qualify for admission to a conditionally classified standing, students must meet the CSU requirements for admission to a master’s degree program. Please consult the Graduate Admissions section in this catalog for complete information. In addition, applicants must meet the following departmental requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, e.g., Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
- Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from an institution accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone 410-347-7700
Students not meeting the above requirements may be admitted at the discretion of the gradute adviser and may be required to take additional units of adviser-approved prerequisite coursework. The student must demonstrate potential for graduate study by earning a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in these courses.
Any student entering the Master of Science degree program without a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering will also be required to complete courses in the areas where the student is deemed to be deficient, prior to beginning coursework for the Master’s degree.
Students meeting the following additional requirements will be advanced to classified standing and are eligible to take graduate courses for which they are qualified:
- complete all deficiency work, specified by the mechanical engineering graduate program adviser, with a “B” (3.0) or better;
- meet with an adviser prior to completing nine units toward the M.S. degree at CSUF to develop a study plan, which must also be approved by the student’s graduate adviser, department chair and Office of Graduate Studies; and
- fulfill the university writing requirement prior to completing nine units at CSUF toward the M.S. degree (Please refer to the “Graduate Regulations” section of this catalog and also the class schedule for further information on how this requirement can be met).
The study plan consists of adviser-approved upper-division or graduate-level coursework that must be completed with an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0. At least half the units required for the degree must be in approved graduate (500-level) courses.
Required Courses (3 units)
Adviser-approved math-oriented course (3)
Concentration Courses (15 units)
A student is required to select a minimum of 15 units in mechanical engineering. These units may be 400- and 500-level courses and are selected according to the student’s area of special interest. Coursework is designed to meet the student’s professional career goals and may focus on the following areas: Power and Energy, Design and Materials for Manufacturing, Thermal and Fluids Engineering, Robotics, Controls and Automated Manufacturing.
Other Courses (12 units)
Elective units should be taken in mechanical engineering or a related field and are subject to adviser approval. A maximum of three units of non-engineering courses can be approved on the study plan.
Culminating Experience (0-6 units)
Subject to approval by the adviser, students may select one of the following three options for final review by a department committee:
Students enrolling in less than six units of Thesis/Project will be required to take a comprehensive oral exam. Students enrolling in six units of thesis or project may defend their thesis or project work with an oral exam, limited to their project work, instead of taking a comprehensive oral exam.