Academics | Faculties | FACULTY OF ENGINEERING | Department of Mechanical Engineering | Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering | NDU

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Program Educational Objectives

  1. 1.To provide engineers with the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skills in mechanical engineering so that they can adapt very quickly to technological changes in the workplace.
  2. 2.To equip graduates with the ability to practice their profession with advanced skills or to pursue doctoral studies.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. 1.Conduct, present and defend independently quality, original research.
  2. 2.Demonstrate a broad knowledge in different areas of Mechanical Engineering.
  3. 3.Demonstrate a depth of knowledge in a chosen emphasis area of mechanical engineering.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MS in Mechanical Engineering program is subject to the graduate admission requirements of the university as stated in the catalog under “Graduate Admission”. In addition, the following requirements are to be met:

  1. 1.Bachelor of Engineering degree in mechanical engineering or its equivalent from a recognized university (holders of BS degrees in mechanical engineering will have to take a set of remedial courses to be specified on a case by case basis in order to meet the total number of credits required);
  2. 2.Cumulative GPA of 3.0 minimum (or its equivalent from a recognized faculty of engineering);
  3. 3.GRE Scores
  4. 4.Approval of the Faculty Graduate Committee

Furthermore, applicants should be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. All English requirements, as stated in the catalog under “Graduate Admission”, are to be fulfilled.

Graduation Requirements

The program leads to the degree of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering awarded once the following requirements are fulfilled:

  1. 1.The candidate must complete a total of 30 credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0. All courses are to be passed with a minimum of B grade as per rules and regulations concerning graduate studies at NDU. Failed courses may be repeated once provided that the grade on the failed course is equal to D or higher. Failing a course with an F grade means an automatic exclusion from the program.
  2. 2.Holders of a bachelor of engineering in mechanical engineering (5-year program leading to the degree of BE) from a recognized university may apply to transfer a maximum of twelve credits from their undergraduate upper level courses equivalent to 500-level mechanical engineering courses at NDU. Only courses with a B grade can be considered for transfer.
  3. 3.The candidate must attend a series of 0-carrying credit seminars as recommended by the Graduate Committee of the Faculty. The course grading is based on attendance and is pass or fail.
  4. 4.The residency requirements and maximum load per semester are as per rules and regulations for graduate programs at Notre Dame University-Louaize.

Graduate Teaching/Graduate Research Assistantship

A graduate student is a valuable asset who may be offered an assistantship in the form of tuition waiver and/or stipend. A University Graduate Student Assistantship (UGSA) is offered to a student who is assigned as Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or as Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) by the respective department. A GTA will mainly teach remedial and/or introductory courses whereas a GRA will mainly be engaged in research projects under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. The objective of a UGSA is to increase the efficiency of teaching, enhance research activities and promote NDU’s graduate programs. In addition, it provides graduate students teaching and research opportunities that help them develop their critical thinking, scholarly competence, cultural maturity, and professional and administrative experiences in accordance with the mission, vision, core values and strategic goals of Notre Dame University–Louaize (NDU).


To be eligible, all applicants should have a full-time load. NDU Students must have:

  1. 1.A minimum of 3.3 GPA in the undergraduate major.
  2. 2.Three recommendation letters.
  3. 3.An interview by the concerned Faculty Graduate Committee.

In addition to the above, applicants from other universities to NDU should complete a minimum of 6 graduate credits at NDU with a GPA of 3.5 and above. This requirement may be waived upon the discretion of the Faculty Graduate Committee. Other grading systems will be assessed by the concerned Faculty Graduate Committee to determine the GPA in the major field of study. During the summer session, graduate students may be eligible for a GTA/GRA depending on the approved needs of the respective department.


A GTA/GRA is granted assistantship for the duration of one semester/summer session.

Conditional Renewal

A GTA/GRA is renewed if:

  1. 1.The respective department decides on the continuous need for an assistantship.
  2. 2.The student maintains a GPA of 3.5 and above.

Duties of a GTA/GRA

A GTA/GRA will be assigned duties by the Faculty Graduate Committee upon the request of the chairperson of the respective department. The duties of a GTA/GRA shall be defined by the concerned department and shall be 20 hours per week. A Teaching/Research Assistant will not be assigned to perform non-academic duties.

Selection Process and Appointment Procedure. Upon announcement of a GTA/GRA by the concerned Faculty:

A graduate student shall submit an application. The concerned Faculty Graduate Committee will oversee the selection process. It shall:

  1. 1.Review applications (transcripts, recommendation letters, etc.)
  2. 2.Conduct interviews.
  3. 3.Assess the research potential of the candidate.
  4. 4.Evaluate a one-hour teaching presentation by the candidate.

Upon approval, the concerned dean shall offer the student, on behalf of the University, an official letter/contract for final signature. The appointment procedure is completed when the candidate signs the letter/contract and when it is ratified by the signature of the President on behalf of the University.


The GTA/GRA shall receive:

A graduate student shall submit an application. The concerned Faculty Graduate Committee will oversee the selection process. It shall:

  1. 1.Full tuition waiver. For a GRA, the tuition shall be paid for, primarily, by grants/funds received by the GRA advisor/thesis supervisor. Any outstanding tuition balance shall be settled by NDU through the GRA carrying additional academic duties.
  2. 2.A stipend of up to LL300,000/month.
  3. 3.Student parking during the duration of the contract.
  4. candidate.



Mandatory Courses (6cr.)

Suggested Program

Fall Semester Year 1 (9cr.)
MEN 600 Computational Methods for ME (3 cr.)
MEN XXX Course Pool 4.2.a (3 cr.)
MEN XXX Course Pool 4.2.b (3 cr.)
Spring Semester Year 1 (9cr.)
MEN 680 Seminars in Mechanical Engineering 0 cr.
MEN 700 Research Methods in Mechanical Eng. (3 cr.)
MEN XXX Course Pool 4.2.c (3 cr.)
MEN XXX Course Pool 4.2.d (3 cr.)
Fall Semester Year 2 (9cr.)
MEN XXX Elective (3 cr.)
MEN 790 Master Thesis 6 cr.
Spring Semester Year 2 (3cr.)
MEN 7XX Elective (3 cr.)


Total 30 Credits
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