New Graduate Student

Welcome to the Wolfpack!

Congratulations on your recent admission to the NC State Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Graduate Program. We are excited to have you join our department. This welcome page will include important information about the MAE Program, including how to register for classes, degree requirements, a summarized timeline of your degree progress, and links to helpful resources.

You can use the block headings below to find the information that applies to your specific program.

Welcome to MAE at NC State – Go Wolfpack!

 

MAE Graduate Office

Who We Are

The MAE Graduate Office consists of:

  • Director of Graduate Programs and Professor: Dr. Kara Peters (kjpeters@ncsu.edu)
  • Graduate Programs Coordinator: Iyana Porter (mae_gradoffice@ncsu.edu)
  • Graduate Services Assistant: Vacant

A complete list of the faculty and staff within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering can be found here.

What We Do

The staff within the MAE Graduate Office is here to assist you with any program related issues you may encounter. For example, if you need assistance filling out a Graduate School form, completing your Plan of Work, or making sure you have fulfilled your degree requirements, we can be of assistance. If you are unsure of where to locate information or assistance, you can give us a call or send us an email. We will be glad to help you find the information you need! Our contact information is above.

Our graduate website offers a large amount of information including advising information, answers to frequently asked questions, a graduate forms page, and a link to the Graduate School Handbook. We also have a document which lists degree requirements for all MAE students. We realize that information about our program may be limited and we welcome your questions as we work to improve the online visibility of our programs. You should originate all questions with the MAE Graduate Office as you are earning a degree through our program.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to one of the MAE Graduate Office staff.

How to Enroll in Courses

Please visit the NC State Enrollment Calendar to review when enrollment opens for your admission semester. If we are beyond the open enrollment date, your advising hold should have already been lifted. If you are being notified that you have an advising hold on your account when you attempt to register, please contact the MAE Graduate Office to have the hold released. Additional important information regarding registration is available on the Student Services Registering for Classes webpage.

As a first semester MAE student you should use our Suggested First Semester Course Listing to help select your courses. If you require advising before you connect with an advisor, please contact the MAE Graduate Office. It is your responsibility to register for appropriate courses that fall within the requirements of your degree. Please review the course description and prerequisites closely before enrolling in a course. If you have any questions concerning course enrollment you should contact the MAE Graduate Office before you enroll in the course.

MAE 801 Seminar Course

MAE 801 is a required course for all first semester MAE graduate students who are enrolled in 9 credit hours (i.e. full-time) or more. The course is a placeholder for special seminars, and the meeting dates and times may change with each seminar. First semester MAE students are required to attend 4 scheduled meetings and 4 seminars throughout their first semester. The first scheduled meeting of MAE 801 serves as a time slot for departmental orientation of new graduate students. All new MAE graduate students are required to attend this important session. Additional information regarding the MAE 801 attendance requirement will be discussed during the departmental orientation.

Note: MAE 801 is a required course that does not contribute toward your degree credit requirements.

Advisors

Our program does not assign advisors to students. It is the responsibility of the student to connect with an advisor. When and how you find an advisor will depend greatly on whether you are an MS Thesis or MS Non-Thesis student. Please review the advisor procedures below. You can find more information about the difference between the thesis and non-thesis tracks in the MS Requirements guide linked in the Degree Requirements section below.

  • MS Thesis students will begin looking for a faculty advisor to search as their Committee Chairperson in their first semester and should have an advisor secured by the end of their second semester at the latest. During the third semester, the student will work with their advisor to find two other faculty members to serve on their thesis review committee. During or near the end of the third semester, we suggest you submit your plan of work for approval with all three committee members (chair + 2 members).
  • MS Non-thesis students will have Dr. Peters and the MAE Graduate Office serve as interim advisors throughout the majority of their program. All non-thesis students are required to take MAE 586 Course in Project Work, which is typically taken in the fourth semester. To take this course, the student must find a faculty advisor for their proposed project; generally, non-thesis students will find this faculty advisor during their third semester. A Non-Thesis plan of work requires one (and only one) faculty advisor. Though students will develop their MAE 586 project with their faculty advisor, students should list Dr. Peters as Committee Chairperson on their Plan of Work.
  • All MS students who are looking for an advisor (whether for their thesis or MAE 586 project) can review faculty listed by their area of research on the MAE Areas of Research page.
  • Please contact the MAE Graduate Office if you need assistance with securing an advisor.

Plan of Work

The Graduate Plan of Work is a document that serves both as a guide to successful degree completion and a contract between students and their programs. In this way, it serves to reduce the potential for misunderstandings about degree requirements and outlines the expected academic progress students should make. It is especially helpful when it is evaluated on at least an annual basis by students with their advisor(s), and, where applicable, their advisory committees, with any needed modifications recorded at that time. It should be viewed as a “living document” that reflects changes that may occur as students continue to develop and refine their academic programs.

As such, you will be expected to fill out your plan of work in your first semester, however, you will not ‘submit for approval’ until after you know your committee members. For MS thesis students, this will typically be in the second or third semester. For MS non-thesis students, this will generally be near the end of the third semester when you have found your MAE 586 project advisor. For more information, you can review your program timeline and requirement documents in the next section.

Degree Requirements

There are three main documents that will help you understand your MS degree program and the degree requirements:

If you will be completing a thesis:

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Graded Courses: You must have a minimum of 21 credits from graded courses
    • Up to 3 courses (9 credits) can be from non-MAE courses approved by your advisor
  • Research Credits: You must have a minimum of 9 credits of MAE 695
  • Total Credits Required: 30

If you will not be completing a thesis:

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Graded Courses: You must have a minimum of 27 credits from graded courses
    • Up to 3 courses (9 credits) can be from non-MAE courses approved by your advisor
  • Project Work Credits: You must have 3 credits of MAE 586
  • Total Credits Required: 30

Transcripts

Please make sure that you have sent the Graduate School official transcripts of all coursework taken and all degrees awarded at any institution of higher learning that you have attended. If you are currently enrolled at such an institution, upon completion of your program there, you should ask the registrar to send the Graduate School an updated official transcript covering all work completed and a statement of any degree awarded, including the date awarded. All transcripts should be submitted prior to your enrollment at NC State. If they are not on file with the Graduate School by the end of your first semester here, you will not be permitted to register for your second semester.

Transfer Credits: MS students can transfer up to 12 credits of related graduate-level work with grades of B or better (not B-) if the credits were not used to fulfill undergraduate requirements. Students who are interested in transferring credits toward their MS degree should make sure that their credits are eligible for transfer per the Graduate School’s requirements. Also, MS students who would like to transfer credits must abide by the Graduate School’s Time Limit Policy. If you would like to transfer credits into your program, you should complete a transfer credit request form in your first semester. If you have any questions about transferring credits or the related policies, please contact the MAE Graduate Office.

Graduate Student Deadlines, Job Opportunities, and Events

The MAE Graduate Office will send out emails to your NC State email address with new opportunities for MAE graduate students, MAE and College of Engineering events, and graduate student deadlines as they arise. Our office knows that you each receive a ton of emails from the University, however, if you receive an email from us with the subject **IMPORTANT** you should make time to read the email. We will only label emails that are truly important in this manner. Please keep an eye on your email for important announcements such as these.

Engineering Online & Distance Education

Distance Education (DE) is a general term that refers to any students at NC State who are in online programs. It can also refer directly to the online courses. DE programs are available in many areas of study such as communication, psychology, or engineering. Engineering Online (EOL) is a platform for Distance Education students who are enrolled in engineering programs. Engineering Online houses many engineering programs such as Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Computer Engineering. EOL also has their own certificate programs and professional development courses.

As a student in the online MS program in MAE, you will be considered a Distance Education (DE) student and you will use Engineering Online (EOL) as your platform.  

How to Enroll in Courses

As a DE student in MAE at NC State, you will be registering for and taking classes through the EOL platform. To begin the registration process, please visit the EOL Enroll in Courses webpage.

Please follow the instructions provided by EOL to register for courses. Please note that MAE DE graduate students are limited to two courses per semester. You can select any of the MAE courses listed on the EOL Courses by Semester webpage. For more details on taking up to three approved non-MAE courses please see the Degree Requirements section below. For more detailed information on the way the program works, please visit the EOL Online Learning webpage.

As a first semester DE student, you should use our Suggested First Semester Course Listing to help select your courses. If you require advising before you connect with an advisor, please contact the MAE Graduate Office. Because you are a DE student, you should only take courses listed on the Engineering Online website, as these have been specifically selected by the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department for DE students. It is your responsibility to register for appropriate courses that fall within the requirements of your degree. Please review the course description and prerequisites closely before enrolling in a course. If you have any questions concerning course enrollment you should contact the MAE Graduate Office before you enroll in the course.

Please visit the NC State Enrollment Calendar to review when enrollment opens for your admission semester. If we are beyond the open enrollment date, your advising hold should have already been lifted. If you are being notified that you have an advising hold on your account when you attempt to register, please contact the MAE Graduate Office to have the hold released.

Exams and Proctors

You will be required to nominate a proctor to administer your exams. This does not have to be done immediately but should be done within the first two weeks of the semester. To learn more about the Engineering Online exam procedure, please visit the EOL Exams and Homework webpage.

If you have any questions or concerns about the exam and proctor process, you can contact our Exam Coordinator, Lisa Jessick:

Lisa Jessick, Exam Coordinator
College of Engineering – Engineering Online
246A Page Hall, NCSU
Box 7547, Raleigh, NC 27695-7547
Local Phone: 919.515.3693
Fax: 919.515.8415
E-mail: lisa_jessick@ncsu.edu
Exam E-mail: exams_eol@ncsu.edu

Advisors

Our program does not assign advisors to students. It is the responsibility of the student to connect with an advisor. Distance Education students will generally register for MAE 586 Course in Project Work in their final semester and will need to find a project advisor in the semester before they register. Your advisor will function as your Committee Chairperson on your plan of work. Your advisor will also work with you to complete your MAE 586 project. You should look for a faculty member to serve as an advisor to your proposed project by going to our Research webpage. Through this link, you will find faculty whose interests overlap with your own. If you do not have your own project, or if you have trouble finding an advisor or project for MAE 586, Engineering Online posts a list of possible projects with the corresponding advisor each semester. This list can be found on the Engineering Online Course Description for MAE 586.

Until you have secured an advisor, the Graduate Office and Director of the Graduate Program, Dr. Kara Peters, will be happy to answer questions and provide the necessary guidance. In the meantime, you should use our Suggested First Semester Course list to help select your first semester courses and our Course Suggestions by Topical Area list for subsequent semesters. If you are unable to select an advisor, the Director of the Graduate Program will help you secure an advisor. Please contact the MAE Graduate Office if you need assistance securing an advisor.

Plan of Work

The Graduate Plan of Work is a document that serves both as a guide to successful degree completion and a contract between students and their programs. In this way, it serves to reduce the potential for misunderstandings about degree requirements and outlines the expected academic progress students should make. It is especially helpful when it is evaluated on at least an annual basis by students with their advisor(s), and, where applicable, their advisory committees, with any needed modifications recorded at that time. It should be viewed as a “living document” that reflects changes that may occur as students continue to develop and refine their academic programs.

As such, you will be expected to fill out your plan of work in your first semester, however, you will not ‘submit for approval’ until after you know your advisor. For MS non-thesis students (DE students), this will generally be near the end of the third semester when you have found your MAE 586 project advisor. For more information, you can review your program timeline and requirement documents in the next section.

Degree Requirements

There are three main documents that will help you understand your MS degree program and the degree requirements:

As DE student, you will automatically be a non-thesis MS student and your degree requirements are as follows: 

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Graded Courses: You must have a minimum of 27 credits from graded courses
    • Up to 3 courses (9 credits) can be from non-MAE courses approved by your advisor
  • Project Work Credits: You must have 3 credits of MAE 586
  • Total Credits Required: 30

GE ‘A’ Courses: If you are a GE Edison Scholar, your two ‘A’ courses will count toward your degree requirements. One will count as an MAE course and one will count as a non-MAE course which means, after your A courses, you have only 2 approved non-MAE courses left.

Time Limit Policy: Many DE students attend the program part-time but please be aware that this does not extend the 6-year MS degree time limit. For more information please review this policy in the Graduate School Handbook.

Transcripts

Please make sure that you have sent the Graduate School official transcripts of all coursework taken and all degrees awarded at any institution of higher learning that you have attended. If you are currently enrolled at such an institution, upon completion of your program there, you should ask the registrar to send the Graduate School an updated official transcript covering all work completed and a statement of any degree awarded, including the date awarded. All transcripts should be submitted prior to your enrollment at NC State. If they are not on file with the Graduate School by the end of your first semester here, you will not be permitted to register for your second semester.

Transfer Credits: MS students can transfer up to 12 credits of related graduate-level work with grades of B or better (not B-) if the credits were not used to fulfill undergraduate requirements. Students who are interested in transferring credits toward their MS degree should make sure that their credits are eligible for transfer per the Graduate School’s requirements. Also, MS students who would like to transfer credits must abide by the Graduate School’s Time Limit Policy. If you would like to transfer credits into your program, you should complete a transfer credit request form in your first semester. If you have any questions about transferring credits or the related policies, please contact the MAE Graduate Office.

Graduate Student Deadlines, Job Opportunities, and Events

The MAE Graduate Office will send out emails to your NC State email address with new opportunities for MAE graduate students, MAE and College of Engineering events, and graduate student deadlines as they arise. Our office knows that you each receive a ton of emails from the University, however, if you receive an email from us with the subject **IMPORTANT** you should make time to read the email. We will only label emails that are truly important in this manner. Please keep an eye on your email for important announcements such as these. Distance Education students are welcome to attend any and all on-campus events.

Helpful Links for DE

Getting Started with Online Courses:

Virtual Orientation – NC State orientation designed specifically for online and distance education students
How to get started with Engineering Online
Course Logistics for Engineering Online students – including how to register for classes, testing procedures, how to choose a proctor, etc
Testing Services – explains how to take proctored tests on campus or remotely

How to Enroll in Courses

Please visit the NC State Enrollment Calendar to review when enrollment opens for your admission semester. If we are beyond the open enrollment date, your advising hold should have already been lifted. If you are being notified that you have an advising hold on your account when you attempt to register, please contact the MAE Graduate Office to have the hold released. Additional important information regarding registration is available on the Student Services Registering for Classes webpage.

As a first semester MAE student you should use our Suggested First Semester Course Listing to help select your courses. If you require advising before you connect with an advisor, please contact the MAE Graduate Office. It is your responsibility to register for appropriate courses that fall within the requirements of your degree. Please review the course description and prerequisites closely before enrolling in a course. If you have any questions concerning course enrollment you should contact the MAE Graduate Office before you enroll in the course.

MAE 801 Seminar Course

MAE 801 is a seminar course that is required in the first semester for all MAE graduate students who are enrolled in 9 credit hours (i.e. full-time) or more. MAE 801 is a required course that does not contribute toward your degree credit requirements. The course is a placeholder for special seminars, and the meeting dates and times may change with each seminar. PhD students are required to attend 5 seminars each semester for the first two years of their program but only have to register for MAE 801 in their very first semester. You are excused from the seminar requirements only if you have valid meeting time conflict with either a regular letter grade course or a job/internship. The first meeting of MAE 801 serves as a time slot for departmental orientation of new graduate students. New graduate students are required to attend this important session, so please plan to attend. The date and time of the first MAE 801 meeting will be announced closer to the start of the spring semester.

Advisors

Our program does not assign advisors to students. It is the responsibility of the student to connect with an advisor. Your advisor will function as your Committee Chairperson on your plan of work. Your advisor will also work with you to complete your dissertation. You should look for a faculty member to serve as an advisor to your proposed project by going to our Research webpage. Through this link, you will find faculty whose interests overlap with your own. Discuss your proposal with the faculty and ask one of them if they would work with you. If you are unable to select an advisor, the Director of the Graduate Program will help you secure an advisor. Please contact the MAE Graduate Office if you need assistance with securing an advisor.

Plan of Work

The Graduate Plan of Work is a document that serves both as a guide to successful degree completion and a contract between students and their programs. In this way, it serves to reduce the potential for misunderstandings about degree requirements and outlines the expected academic progress students should make. It is especially helpful when it is evaluated on at least an annual basis by students with their advisor(s), and, where applicable, their advisory committees, with any needed modifications recorded at that time. It should be viewed as a “living document” that reflects changes that may occur as students continue to develop and refine their academic programs.

As such, you will be expected to fill out your plan of work in your first semester, however, you will not ‘submit for approval’ until after you know your advisor and committee members. For PhD students, you should know your committee members by your third semester when you take your Qualifying Exam; however, you are not required to submit your plan of work until you go to schedule your Preliminary Exam. For more information, you can review your program timeline and requirement documents in the next section.

Degree Requirements

There are three main documents that will help you understand your PhD degree program and the degree requirements:

Transcripts

Please make sure that you have sent the Graduate School official transcripts of all coursework taken and all degrees awarded at any institution of higher learning that you have attended. If you are currently enrolled at such an institution, upon completion of your program there, you should ask the registrar to send the Graduate School an updated official transcript covering all work completed and a statement of any degree awarded, including the date awarded. All transcripts should be submitted prior to your enrollment at NC State. If they are not on file with the Graduate School by the end of your first semester here, you will not be permitted to register for your second semester.

Transfer Credits: PhD students can transfer credits into the program Please review the information below:

  • If you do not have a previous MS, you can transfer up to 12 credits of related graduate-level work with grades of B or better (not B-) if they were not used to fulfill undergraduate requirements. Students who are interested in transferring credits toward their PhD degree should make sure that their credits are eligible for transfer per the Graduate School’s requirements.
  • If you have a previous MS from a different institution, 18 credits will automatically transfer from your MS when you complete your plan of work.
    • You do not have to complete a form to transfer these credits.
  • If you have a previous MS from NC State and have not taken a break between MS and PhD, 30 of your MS credits will transfer to your PhD when you complete your plan of work.
    • You do not have to complete a form to transfer these credits.
  • If you have a previous MS from NC State and have taken a break between MS and PhD, 18 of your MS credits will transfer to your PhD when you complete your plan of work.
    • You do not have to complete a form to transfer these credits.

Graduate Student Deadlines, Job Opportunities, and Events

The MAE Graduate Office will send out emails to your NC State email address with new opportunities for MAE graduate students, MAE and College of Engineering events, and graduate student deadlines as they arise. Our office knows that you each receive a ton of emails from the University, however, if you receive an email from us with the subject **IMPORTANT** you should make time to read the email. We will only label emails that are truly important in this manner. Please keep an eye on your email for important announcements such as these.

Below are some links and resources we hope you will find helpful during your time as a student at NC State.


Getting Started at NC State as a Graduate Student:

New Graduate Student Survival Guide
Graduate Student Health Services (GSSP)
New Graduate Student Resources – from the Graduate Student Association
Graduate Student Pre-Arrival Guide – all graduate students may find the last page helpful, which includes a list of resources at NC State and throughout Raleigh.

General NC State Info:

Think and Do the Extraordinary – NC State’s campus-wide campaign
NCSU Campus Map
Wolfalert & Campus Emergency Information
Main Campus Virtual Tour
Diversity at NC State
Office of International Services
Local News – WRAL – WRAL is the main news network for Raleigh, and their headquarters is based on Western Blvd across from NC State’s Main Campus

Centennial Campus:

Centennial Campus – the MAE program is primarily located in Engineering Building III (also called “EB3” or “EBIII”) on Centennial Campus
Centennial Campus Interactive Map – includes dining, bus stops, parking, etc
Centennial Campus Virtual Tour
Centennial Campus Food Truck Calendar – food trucks stop at Centennial Campus almost every weekday and can offer some variety to the other dining options on campus

Student Life:

Campus Life General Info
NCSU Housing – as a Graduate Student you are not required to live on campus. This link also includes information about NC State apartments and villages.
NCSU Dining
NCSU Dining Locations – including dining on Centennial Campus
NCSU Dining Sustainability Programs
Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity – OIED includes Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA), the Women’s Center, the African American Cultural Center, the GLBT Center, as well as other resources
Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Spaces – this list is provided by the OIED and includes spaces on Centennial Campus in EB2
MAE Departmental Student Organizations – this list includes organizations for graduate students, undergraduate students, and both together
NCSU Graduate Student Association
NCSU American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) – more information about ASME can be found here

Health & Wellness:

NCSU Health Services
NCSU Counseling Center
NCSU Counseling Center on Centennial Campus (appointments only)
NCSU Recreation
NCSU Recreation Facilities – including those on Centennial Campus. If you are a full-time, on-campus student you are also automatically permitted to use the main recreation facility Carmichael Complex (located on Main Campus).

Things To Do:

NCSU Athletics
NCSU Athletics Student Tickets
Music, Theater, Art, and Dance Performances
Get Involved with NC State Sustainability Initiatives