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Program at a Glance

Online Master’s
Engineering and Computer Science

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Design and build the mechanical systems the world relies on.

As society continues to make rapid advancements, mechanical engineers are becoming more vital than ever. In nearly every industry, mechanical engineers ensure the processes, devices and machines we use work smoothly. As a result, higher-than-average job growth is expected.

Because mechanical engineering has such a broad range of applications, UCF Online has created a master’s in mechanical engineering that features two tracks to suit your career goals. These tracks are Mechanical Systems which focuses on topics such as the mechanics of materials, computational methods and engineering design, and thermofluids which focuses on topics such as fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and turbomachinery.

Designed primarily for students with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering, UCF Online’s program provides both thesis and non-thesis options. To meet the needs of busy professionals, we provide an opportunity to take all courses in a web-based environment. Find out how to get started in our online mechanical engineering courses today to play a bigger role in the future of the field.

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Course Requirements

In order to earn your MSME in Mechanical Engineering, you’ll need to complete 30 credit hours of graduate course work.

Number of Core Classes

Students in the Mechanical Engineering, MSME will complete a total of 30 credit hours toward their master’s degree. The distribution of required course credit hour is dependent upon the track:

Thermofluids Track – Students will engage in 12 credit hours toward required courses, 12 credits toward electives, and 6 credits toward either a thesis or non-thesis option.

Mechanical Systems Track – Students will engage in 12 credit hours toward required courses, 12 credits toward electives, and 6 credits toward either a thesis or non-thesis option.

Guidance and Control Dynamics Track – Students will engage in 9 credit hours toward required courses, 15 credits toward electives, and 6 credits toward either a thesis or non-thesis option.

Courses You’ll Take Include

Explore and analyze the dynamics of particles, rigid bodies and distributed mass systems

Commence in a critical examination of the vector field theory, generalized coordinates, complex variables, contour integration and Laplace and Fourier transforms and inversions, variable coefficient ODEs and solution of PDEs for governing equations of heat transfer, ideal fluid flow and mechanics.

Classical Thermodynamics

Explore a general postulative approach to classical macroscopic thermodynamics featuring states as fundamental constructs including conditions of equilibrium, stability criteria and thermodynamic potentials, maxwell relations and phase transitions.

Skills You’ll Gain

  • Gain the knowledge and skills in the areas of GPS navigation and guidance, mechanical systems or thermodynamics.
  • Understand the latest modeling and mathematical methods used in mechanical and aerospace engineering.
  • Learn how to synthesize theory and application to make an immediate impact in the aerospace, mechanical and electrical engineering industries.
Explore the full course list within the program brochure.

Career Opportunities

This program will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to excel in your field. The skills gained from this program combined with your professional experience will enable you to grow within your field. Some positions that may be available to you upon graduation include:


Annual Job Openings


Median Salary for the Mechanical Engineering field nationwide

Source: Emsi Burning Glass –

Job Titles

  • Architectural and Engineering Managers
  • Aerospace Engineers
  • Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians

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Why UCF Online?

UCF is the number one supplier of graduates to the aerospace and defense industries. Our graduates work at top aerospace and defense companies, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, SpaceX, Blue Origin, NASA Centers, and DoD/DoE Research Laboratories. With over 25 years of experience in online teaching and learning, UCF Online offers students an innovative approach to education. Our degrees are accessible, convenient, and designed with working professionals in mind so you can receive a quality education on your terms.

Online Support for Success

You’ve made the decision to continue your education and we’re here to help. From the moment you express interest in a UCF Online program, you’re assigned an enrollment coach to help you navigate everything from completing an application to understanding tuition and the financial aid resources available to you. Once you’re admitted, you’ll be transitioned to a personal success coach who will support you with maintaining school-life balance from the first day of classes through graduation. You’ve committed to furthering your education and we’re committed to guiding you along the way. Connect with a coach now.

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