Mechanical Engineering

Degree: Master of Science in Engineering – Mechanical
Area Director: Mal, A,

Program Description: The mechanical engineering certificate program offers students advanced study in a number of areas including mechanical behavior of materials, structures, fluids, controls, and manufacturing. Students in this program must meet all departmental MS degree requirements as found in the UCLA HSSEAS Announcement and summarized below. Only the comprehensive plan (not the thesis option) is available through the online program.

Degree Requirements: 

At least nine courses are required (36 units), of which at least five must be graduate courses at the 200 level (excluding ENGR 299 Capstone Project course), and meet Comprehensive Exam Requirement. The courses should be chosen so that the breadth requirements and the requirements at the graduate level are met.

  • At least 6 courses must be taken from the MAE Department with 5 courses at the 200 Level.
  • Breadth Requirements (The breadth requirements are only applicable to students who do not have a B.S. degree from an ABET-accredited aerospace or mechanical engineering program). Take following 2 courses:

MAE 150B, MAE 156A,

  • Graduate-Level Requirement (Must select a minimum of 5 at the 200 level from the MAE dept.)

Students are required to take at least one course from the following:

MAE 256A, MAE 269A, MAE 297C.

The remaining required courses may be selected from the MAE Department:  (Please note new courses are added all the time as long as they are from the MAE Dept they are Eligible, they may not appear in List below:

MAE course List:

MAE 150B, MAE156A, MAE 154B, MAE 166C, MAE 168, MAE 171B, MAE 250D, MAE 256A, MAE 256B, MAE 256F, MAE 262, MAE 269A, MAE 269D, MAE 270A, MAE 270B,  MAE 296A, MAE 296B, MAE 297C, MAE CM280A (CEE 237, CEE 235A, CEE 235B, CEE 233 are also acceptable).

Field Experience

Not required.

Comprehensive Exam Requirement

Students can meet the Comprehensive Exam Requirement in two ways: Choose (1 option below)

Option 1:

Take and Pass ENGR 299 Capstone Project course.

Option 2:

Take and pass three written exams for three different graduate level courses within the student’s area of specialization. The written exams are held concurrently with the final exam of the graduate level courses. Students may select which exams they would like to count towards the Comprehensive Exam requirement.


As long as you have met the requirements above the remaining courses may be selected from  other Engineering departments. No approval is necessary

Thesis Plan



Students are expected to complete the degree within two academic years and one quarter, including two summer sessions. The maximum time allowed in this program is three academic years (nine quarters), excluding summer sessions.