Mechanical Engineering Master’s of Science Program (with Thesis)


The mission of the Master of Science Program in Mechanical Engineering is to train graduates of related undergraduate programs in a more advanced way, taking into account the needs of new technologies, emerging research fields, industry and society, and deepening them in a particular field.


The main aim of the Master of Science (M.Sc.) Program in Mechanical Engineering is to provide graduates with the latest developments in information and technology, and to provide them with specific field expertise in line with the needs of today’s technology and industry. The post-graduate courses are designed to provide a solid foundation to facilitate students’ efforts to understand and solve many of the problems they face in their thesis projects and professional careers. Students will be able to have a wider knowledge of their field of study with the courses they are taking and will learn to conduct in-depth research on a particular field with their thesis work.


Graduate students must take at least 7 courses (at least 21 credits). Each student’s curriculum will be determined by the student and thesis advisor according to the following rules:

  • To satisfy the mathematics course requirement, a course is selected from the following courses: MECH 521, MAT 583 or MAT 587 (or ME 521, ES 501, AEE 501, MATH 583 or MATH 587, which are equivalent of these courses).
  • At least 4 courses, excluding MECH 521, must have at least 12 credits in total, MECH 5XX or ME 5XX.
  • The program may include up to 2 courses from the three categories listed below (subject to approval of the program coordinator of the program):
    • Post-graduate courses offered in other programs,
    • Undergraduate technical elective courses given by the Mechanical Engineering Program,
    • Undergraduate technical elective courses offered by other programs.
  • Courses must be completed for a maximum of 4 semesters.
  • In addition to the course load:
    • Each graduate student must pass the non-credit MECH 590 Thesis Seminar course.
    • Each graduate student must pass the non-credit MECH 599 Research Methods and Ethics in Engineering course.
    • It is expected that graduate students must successfully write and defend a thesis before the sixth semesters.

The courses which students should take in the program can be summarized as follows:

Lesson Mandatory / Elective Course
One of the following Mathematics Courses: MECH 521 / ME 521 / ES 501 / AEE 501 / MAT 583 / MATH 583 / MAT 587 / MATH 587 Mandatory Course
MECH 500 M.S. Thesis Mandatory Course
MECH 590 Thesis Seminar Mandatory Course
MECH 599 Research Methods and Ethics in Engineering Mandatory Course
Other Courses (6) Elective Course

Research Interests

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Admission Criteria

The conditions to be provided in the application and the documents to be submitted are:

  • Resume
  • Official transcript(s)
  • English language proficiency: At least 65 points must be taken from METU-EPE (METU English Proficiency Examination) (or equivalent score from other foreign language exams approved by the Senate of the Middle East Technical University)
  • ALES (Academic Personnel and Postgraduate Education Entrance Exam) for Turkish citizen candidates must have a minimum quantitative score of 70
  • 2 reference letters
  • Letter of intent