MS Degree

The Master of Science (MS) is a master thesis option. This option is 24 credits of coursework and 6 credits of research thesis.

The thesis option is available to students who wish to include a research experience as part of their graduate program. A 6 credit hour, written research thesis under the supervision of and approved by at least one NAME faculty member is required as part of the 18 NAME credits.

If pursuing the master thesis-based degree, master students are encouraged to reach out to NAME faculty to discuss potential research projects during their first term of study.


  • Take Required Course – MATH for Naval Architects (NA 500/ 3 credits), these credits will also count towards the required 15 NAME 500+ level credits
  • Take at least One (1) COGNATE Course (level 400 and up) – An Engineering or another Math course outside NAME
  • A minimum of 18 credit hours of NAME courses – At least 15 (of the 18 required NAME) credits need to be at the 500 level or above
  • Take 6 credits of NA 592 (Master thesis)
  • IF NEEDED – Remaining credits will be of approved coursework (level 400 and up) – Not all students will need this if they already have earned 30 credits by fulfilling the above requirements

Below are some of the NAME 500 level courses offered:

  • NA 510 Marine Structural Mechanics
  • NA 512 Finite Element Methods in Solid and Structural Mechanics
  • NA 513 Defect Assessment for Marine Structures
  • NA 514 Fatigue of Structures
  • NA 520 Intermediate Marine Hydrodynamics
  • NA 523 Numerical Marine Hydrodynamics
  • NA 525 Drag Reduction Techniques
  • NA 528 Remote Sensing of Ocean Dynamics
  • NA 540 Marine Dynamics III
  • NA 551 Offshore Engineering I
  • NA 552 Offshore Engineering II
  • NA 562 Marine Systems Production Business Strategy and Operations Management
  • NA 565 Self Driving Cars: Perception and Control
  • NA 568 Mobile Robotics: Methods and Algorithms
  • NA 570 Advanced Marine Design
  • NA 583 Adaptive Control
  • NA 590 Directed study, research, and special problems
  • NA 592 Masters Thesis – 6 credits
  • NA 599 Special Topics in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
  • NA 620 Computational Fluid Dynamics for Marine Design

Ready to apply?

Applicants to this program should complete the Rackham School of Graduate Studies application