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Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Master of Science (M.S.)

Mossi, Dr. Karla
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
kmmossi@vcu.edu
(804) 827-5275

Admission requirements summary

Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Master of Science (M.S.)
Degree:

M.S.
Semester(s)
of entry:

Fall



Spring
Deadline
dates:

Jun 1 (Feb 1 for financial assistance)

Nov 15
Test
requirements:

GRE

The School of Engineering offers the Master of Science in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering degree with either a thesis or non-thesis option. The program utilizes the faculty and research facilities of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering to expose students to advanced and emerging technologies in mechanical and nuclear engineering. Research thrusts in the department include but are not limited to smart materials, micro/nanotechnology, energy conversion systems, sensors, aerosol science, nuclear engineering, fluid mechanics, medical devices, robotics and biomechanics.

The M.S. degree program offers a thesis or non-thesis option and can be tailored to meet the individual student’s academic goals and research interests. Eighteen to 24 months of study usually are necessary to complete the requirements for the thesis-option M.S. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. The non-thesis option generally requires 12 months of full-time study or up to four years of part-time study. A time limit of five calendar years, beginning at the time of first registration, is placed on work to be credited toward the master’s degree. Generally, a maximum of six credits of approved graduate course work required for a master’s degree may be transferred from another program at VCU or outside institution and applied toward the degree.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Apply advanced knowledge of mathematics, science or engineering: Graduates will demonstrate an ability to apply advanced knowledge of mathematics, science or engineering.
  2. Communicate effectively: Graduates will demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively.
  3. Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems: Graduates will demonstrate an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.

Curriculum

The mechanical and nuclear engineering M.S. degree program contains three curricular components:

Core component. This component allows the student to pursue a series of courses that focus on a specific field of engineering and serves as the student’s primary engineering discipline. See below for specific course requirements.

Technical elective component. This component allows the student to take courses in either engineering, science or other areas with approval of the student’s adviser.

Directed research component. This component emphasizes research directed toward completion of M.S. degree requirements under the direction of an adviser and advisory committee.

Depending on the type of degree pursued, students will have to take courses from two or all three of the curricular components. Students can choose to pursue either a thesis or non-thesis degree. Students should select their concentration component courses based upon their concentration area. Selecting one concentration area over another does not preclude a student from choosing courses from other areas. In fact students will be encouraged to take courses from both EGRM and EGRN areas. Sample curricula follow.

Typical program of study – thesis option

Credits
Core component
9
Technical electives – engineering, science or related course work
15
Directed research – EGRM 697
6
Total (minimum)
30

Typical program of study – non-thesis option

Credits
Core component
9
Technical electives – engineering, science or related course work
21
Total (minimum)
30

Core requirements

Core areas Courses (3 credits each)
Continuum mechanics* EGMN 503 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Continuum Mechanics
Mathematical analysis* EGMN 504 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Analysis
Topics in nuclear** EGRN 610 Topics in Nuclear Engineering

* Students entering the M.S. program with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from VCU who have taken EGMN 503 or EGMN 504 as undergraduate technical electives must take replacement courses approved by the MNE graduate program director.

** Not required for students entering with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering. A replacement course approved by the MNE graduate program director must be taken and will count toward the required 9 credits of core courses.

All full-time thesis master’s students must register for and attend EGRM 690 Mechanical Engineering Seminar each semester. Part-time and non-thesis students are not required to register for the seminar, but they are encouraged to attend. All thesis students are required to give a research presentation as part of the seminar series at least once prior to graduation; non-thesis students must give a project presentation prior to graduation, based on an extension of work completed in a project-based course (see degree requirements below), as part of the seminar series. Note that EGMN 690 cannot be used to replace courses or research hours.

Degree requirements

The following are the minimum credit requirements for the proposed graduate degree programs.

M.S. (thesis option) – minimum 30 credit hours including 12 credit hours in concentration course work (EGRM or EGRN), 12 credit hours in technical electives (engineering, science or related areas) and six credit hours in directed research EGRM 697.

M.S. (non-thesis option) – minimum 30 credit hours including 15 credit hours in concentration course work (EGRM or EGRN) and 15 credit hours in technical electives (engineering, science or approved courses).

Admission requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate programs in the Graduate School and the School of Engineering, applicants to the mechanical and nuclear engineering degree must have a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering or a closely related discipline.

Registration

Students may begin a course of study in either the fall or spring semesters for the mechanical and nuclear engineering program, although a start in the fall semester is preferred.

List of courses in mechanical and nuclear engineering

Core courses, seminar and directed research
EGMN 503 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Continuum Mechanics
EGMN 504 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Analysis
EGRN 610 Topics in Nuclear Engineering
EGMN 690 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Seminar
EGMN 697 Directed Research in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Technical elective courses
EGMN 603 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Dynamic Systems
EGMN 604 Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Materials
EGRM 510 Solid Mechanics and Materials Behavior
EGRM 515 Vibrations
EGRM 525 Feedback Control
EGRM 545 Energy Conversion Systems
EGRM 551 Experimental Methods for Engineers
EGRM 555 Smart Materials
EGRM 561 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
EGRM 570 Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
EGRM 580 Flow Control
EGRM 568 Robot Manipulators
EGRM 602 Convective and Radiation Heat Transfer
EGRM 609 Advanced Characterization of Materials
EGRM 630 Advanced Biofluid Mechanics
EGRM 661 Computational Fluid Dynamics
EGRM 662 Advanced Turbomachinery Systems
EGRN 510 Probabilistic Risk Assessment
EGRN 530 System Analysis of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle
EGRN 620 Reactor Theory
EGRN 630 Nuclear Power Plants
EGRN 640Nuclear Safety
EGRN 650 Nuclear Radiation and Shielding
ENGR 570 Effective Technical Writing
ENGR 565 Design Optimization
ENGR 591 Special Topics in Engineering
ENGR 630 Technology, Security and Preparedness

 

 

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