Degree Programs

Bachelors of Science


Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering and Blended 4+1 Programs

The Mechanical Engineering department offers both a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) as well as a blended BMS program (for current Cal Poly students only) leading to MSME degree. The only difference between the two programs is that in the blended program, up to 8 units of undergraduate technical electives may be double-counted towards the masters requirements (only 5 units are double-counted if course option is chosen). Other differences between the two programs are only internal and relate to the processing of application and financial aid. In the Blended program the undergraduate degree is not awarded until requirements for both BSc and MSc are satisfied.

CSU now requires that you change your objective as close to, but before, you have 180 units towards graduation (out of about 200 required depending on your catalog).

Cal Poly's masters program includes 45 units of course work including a thesis or coursework and an exam. The same philosophy and emphasis on best teaching practices, hands-on education with classes and labs taught by faculty, apply to the masters program as well. Our program is still more hands-on than most other schools, especially when a thesis is involved.

We offer both a thesis oriented program as well as coursework oriented program. The thesis (9 units) is conducted by the student under the advice of a committee of three faculty members. Alternately, 9 units of ME-500 level courses and a comprehensive exam may be taken in lieu of the thesis.

It is required that you have a GPA of at least 3 in your formal study plan to receive your masters degree.

The Blended program is applicable only to Cal Poly continuing students. CSU now requires that the students change their objective close to, but before, 180 units are accomplished towards graduation. The Blended program is accomplished by changing the objective of the student from BSc degree to MSc degree. Please also request 3 letters of recommendation be sent to the graduate advisor. After you are admitted, by submitting the Change of Objective form, your status changes to a graduate student with its new fee requirement, changes in financial aid, as well as priority registration. You will not get your undergraduate degree until all requirements for both degrees are satisfied. Therefore, both degrees will be conferred simultaneously. You may change your objective back to BSc if you change your mind. In the Blended program, up to 8 units of ME-400 level senior electives may be double-counted towards your masters degree. The graduate advisor must approve all courses.

Admission Requirements

We require a minimum GPA of 3 (exceptions possible), three letters of recommendation (see address below), an application, your transcripts, plus GRE scores (having the minimum GPA required does not guarantee admission). The application for masters degree must be submitted electronically through CSUMentor.edu site with the admissions office. Official transcripts must also be sent to the admissions office. The application information, transcripts, and statement of purpose must also be entered through Interfolio site. Letters of recommendation and GRE may be entered through Interfolio (preferred) or sent directly to the graduate advisor.

For the Blended BMS program applicants, a paper version of the application (Part B only) must be delivered to the graduate advisor (transcripts are not required for the BMS candidates). All letters of recommendation must be sent directly to the graduate advisor to the following address:

Dr. Saeed Niku
Mechanical Engineering Department
Cal Poly State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0358


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