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Master of Science programs in mechanical engineering (MSME) and biomedical engineering (MSBE) - East Carolina University

The Masters of Science in mechanical engineering (MSME) is a research oriented degree program that is administered by the Department of Engineering in the College of Engineering and Technology. The program has two focus areas of research – i) advanced energy systems: research includes sustainable and efficient energy systems, wind-energy, ocean wave energy generation and storage, energy harvesting, and energy transport and conversion processes, and ii) mechanics of biomaterials: research includes mechanical behavior of structural tissues, cellular materials, metals for medical implants and biological tissues.

ECU MSME is a two-year program with a minimum of 32 semester hours of coursework and thesis. At least fourteen (14) semester hours of the coursework will come from the Department of Engineering, with an additional 6 semester hours of thesis credit and additional courses from the Departments of Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Biostatistics and other disciplines as required to support the interests and research of individual students and faculty. In addition to the course work each student must complete a research-based thesis, a comprehensive defense of thesis proposal, a seminar based on thesis research, and a thesis defense.

1. Complete and submit a graduate application from the ECU Office of Graduate Studies website at
2. Submit any required forms such as the Statement of Legal Residence, Statement of Purpose, resume, official copies of all transcripts, and three letters of reference to the ECU Office of Graduate Studies.

Applicants may be granted conditional admission if they do not qualify for regular admission. Students entering from disciplines other than engineering may find it necessary to take preparatory undergraduate and/or graduate level courses that serve as prerequisites. Preparatory courses that are for undergraduate credit only may not be applied toward credit hours required for a graduate degree.


For more information, please see the attached flyers. Limited number of graduate assistantships are available.

PDF icon MSME flyer (002).pdf184.2 KB
PDF icon MSBE flyer.pdf196.54 KB
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