grad schools that offer MS in computational mechanics/engineering?

<p>I just graduated with my BS in physics and applied math this December 2009. I've decided to switch my career path to mechanical engineering since I enjoyed the classical physics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer courses I've taken. Plus, I would love to do work in the defense industry related to modeling physical objects such as tanks, missiles, and weapons. I eventually want to do a modeling/simulation/computational work-related position, rather than an experimental or hands on position since I hated my lab courses in physics. Thats why I thought computational areas in ME such as FEM and CFD would me ideal fits for me. Also I heard that if I want to obtain a position at an aerospace/defense company doing modeling/simulation work, I will need a MS, not just a BS.</p>

<p>Most people have suggested that if I do the MSME, I should do the thesis option as I will learn alot more from the MSME by doing the thesis as opposed to just taking courses. I would pursue the thesis-MS without hesitation if it weren't so hard for MS students to get funding. I only applied to 1 MSME program for the fall 2010 term, and all the profs I contacted all said they won't fund MS students. </p>

<p>In addition to looking for MSME programs, are there any good grad programs that offer an MS in computational mechanics/engineering that are likely to fund its MS-thesis students? Preferably ones in CA (since I live in CA)? Also, do any of the ME or computational mechanics/engineering schools still accept applications for the spring or winter 2011 terms?</p>

<p>no one knows?</p>

<p>No program guarantees funding. You just have to apply and see what happens. If you really need funding, you should apply to a PhD program. Or you can enter an MS program with your own support and try to seek out professors when you are there. Or find a company that gives tuition reimbursement for part-time MS.</p>

<p>'Or you can enter an MS program with your own support and try to seek out professors when you are there'</p>

<p>Do you know how likely profs are to fund you after you enter the program? I've tried contacting all the profs whose research I was interested in, but none of them could offer funding, at least not right away</p>

<p>That depends on whether they find you a good fit in their research and whether they have money from proposals. Generally, they may fund you if you stay on for a PhD.</p>