Why UM-Flint

The MSE in Mechanical Engineering is currently on program moratorium. However, interested students should still inquire about future semester offerings by emailing Dr. James Alsup. 

What Sets UM-Flint's MSE Program Apart?

The demand for engineers is on the rise, as more and more companies are looking for these qualified professionals to help build a better world. Prepare to embrace this exciting opportunity with the Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) in Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Michigan-Flint. Designed to meet the unique needs of working professionals, it features a full or part-time course schedule with on-campus classes offered in the evening. This program provides expert faculty mentorship, real-world experience, state-of-the-art equipment, and much more—so you’ll have everything you need to succeed at the graduate level and further your career.


As part of the curriculum, students will be able to gain real-world experience while addressing industry needs within communities. Mechanical engineering is the most diversified engineering discipline. Therefore, careers in manufacturing, aerospace, power generation, automotive, energy, HVAC, and biomedical can all be enhanced through an advanced degree in mechanical engineering. A strong graduate base draws industry attention, and helps develop new start-up companies which are essential for economic development. Furthermore, this program provides public and community service to Flint, Genesee County, and the State of Michigan.


The program’s research activities are highly interactive with our University of Michigan professors, as well as the community and industry. Our leading-edge explorations will help equip MSE graduates with the training and education required to advance their careers in industry, government, and academia.


MSE in Mechanical Engineering courses are taught by expert faculty who bring professional knowledge and experiences to their instruction. UM-Flint faculty members are regularly published and involved in ongoing research, proposal writing, and other scholarly activities. They are also devoted mentors who will guide and support you in practically applying your classroom lessons.


As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan system, UM-Flint students can tap additional resources, expertise, and contacts at the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses. “Maize and Blue through and through,” our supportive community provides students with invaluable assistance in research, networking, and other initiatives.


You’ll complete your MSE with a small cohort of fellow students who share your passion for problem-solving, innovation, and project management. This cohort structure allows for a lot of interaction, enabling you to develop a strong support network for personal and professional development. Curriculum projects create a collaborative environment to help you build practical and technical skills.


  • EGR 230 - Statics (3)
  • EGR 260 - Mechanics of Deformable Solids (3)
  • EGR 280 - Science of Engineering Materials (3)
  • EGR 315 - Machine Element Design (3)
  • EGR 350 - Fluid Mechanics (3)
  • EGR 353 - Thermodynamics (3)
  • EGR 370 - Dynamics (3)
A. Core Courses (12 credits)
  • EGR 511 - Advanced Mechanics of Materials (3)
  • EGR 532 - Advanced Thermodynamics (3)
  • EGR 540 - Advanced Dynamics and Control (3)
  • EGR 550 - Advanced Fluid Mechanics (3)
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.

  • EGR 595 - Master’s Thesis I (3)
  • EGR 596 - Master’s Thesis II (3)
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.

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.

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Currently, the MSE is only accepting applications for the fall 2021 semester and beyond. 


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 FlintGradOffice@umich.edu 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 FlintGradOffice@umich.edu

Currently, the MSE is only accepting applications for the fall 2021 semester and beyond. 

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 - November 15 (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 www.umflint.edu/graduateprograms/international-students for additional admission requirements and steps.