The Department of Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering (MBE) offers two distinct mechanical engineering graduate degree programs. The program leading to the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.S. ME) is a thesis-based program designed to prepare students for research and development and further study at the doctoral level. The program leading to the Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (M.Engr. ME) is a non-thesis program with a focus on professional development.
An applicant must satisfy the minimum admission requirements of the Graduate College. In addition, the applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering from an ABET-accredited program or a baccalaureate degree in a closely related field, and must follow the application procedures specified below. Admission is competitive and the achievement of minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Students completing their bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Boise State University may be eligible for the accelerated master’s degree.
Applicants can apply at anytime. However, to receive full consideration for graduate assistantship funding, please apply before March 15th..
For U.S. citizens, the application for admission is through the Graduate College. For international students, the application for admission is through the International Student Admissions Office. Applicants must complete the two checklists below.
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Once these items have been received by the Graduate College, your application will be forwarded to the MBE Graduate Admissions Committee. In addition to the Graduate College requirements, the MBE Graduate Program requires the application materials in the MBE Application checklist below. The items in the MBE Application checklist should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and addressed to the Graduate Admissions Committee.
Application Checklist for MBE Department
Once the applicant’s file is complete, it will be evaluated by the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Studies Committee and an admission recommendation (regular, provisional, or denial) will be forwarded to the Dean of the Graduate College. In order to ensure proper mentoring of all graduate students, a recommendation for regular or provisional admission will not be forwarded unless a faculty member of the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering is available to serve as the major advisor. The graduate dean will make the final admission decision and notify the applicant and the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Studies Committee.
Students should always refer to the current Graduate Catalog for correct requirements.
Students must complete at least 30 graduate credits distributed as shown in the degree requirements table. A written thesis proposal with oral presentation to the supervisory committee is required prior to the completion of 15 credits applicable to the degree requirements. The supervisory committee must approve the thesis proposal. The thesis must constitute an original contribution to knowledge in mechanical engineering and must be successfully defended at a final oral examination. All work directly related to the thesis must be represented by at least 6 credits of ME 593.
For students that began their M.S. degree before Fall 2013, see old ME graduate program curriculum (pdf)
Students must complete at least 31 graduate credits distributed as shown in the degree requirements table. A maximum of 3 credits of ME 596 Independent Study may be applied to meet the degree requirements. The comprehensive examination cannot be attempted prior to the last semester of the program. If the comprehensive examination is failed on the first attempt, then the student will be permitted a second attempt. Failure on the second attempt will result in dismissal from the program. The guidelines and application for the comprehensive exam is available online.
For students that began their M.Engr. degree before Fall 2013, see old ME graduate program curriculum (pdf)
For a student admitted to the M.S. ME program, the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Studies Committee will initiate the assignment of a supervisory committee including a major advisor who serves as chair. The role of the supervisory committee is to guide the student in all aspects of his or her graduate study. For a student admitted to the M.Engr. ME program, the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Studies Committee will appoint a major advisor; student mentoring will be provided by the major advisor and the chair of the department. All students enrolled in the MBE graduate program will complete an “application for admission to candidacy” to get approval on their proposed program of study.