The Mechanical Engineering Department offers the MS degree in mechanical engineering. Course offerings and faculty interests span the entire range of the mechanical engineering field.
The MS program provides advanced education enabling students to solve complex engineering problems.
The program also offers an option in industrial and systems engineering, in which you will learn the critical tools of optimization, modeling, and quality assurance—allowing you to refine your management skills and support the business objectives of your organization. Learn more: option in Industrial & Systems Engineering
Through your master's level studies, you will gain:
- an advanced level of understanding in the general areas of mechanical engineering
- depth of knowledge and an understanding of advanced topics in your chosen area of specialization
You will have the ability to:
- identify and formulate complex engineering problems
- develop solutions to complex engineering problems
- communicate technical material effectively both orally and through technical reports and publications
The MS program requires 30 or 33 credits—depending on whether a project or a thesis or a course work option is undertaken—which is 10 or 11 courses. It is expected that full-time students will complete the requirements in 1½ or 2 years.
Courses are offered on a flexible schedule to accommodate the needs of working students.
Industrial & systems engineering option
The total credit requirement is 30 credits and includes:
- 5 graduate courses (15 credits) from related courses in mechanical engineering
- 3 graduate courses (9 credits) from Charlton College of Business
- professional master's project (6 credits) under the guidance of an academic advisor from the Mechanical Engineering Department or Charlton College of Business
This option makes it possible for you to earn a master’s degree in under 2 years, if you take 2 courses each semester, year round, including the summer.
A number of graduate teaching and research assistantships are awarded to qualified students who have been accepted for admission to a degree program and have requested financial assistance.
Key research areas within the Department of Mechanical Engineering are:
- composite materials
- computational fluid dynamics
- experimental fluid mechanics
- heat and mass transfer
- manufacturing systems modeling
- materials science
- mechanical behavior of emerging advanced materials
- quality control
- solid mechanics
Changes to Graduate Studies admission requirements
In response to the COVID‐19 pandemic, admission requirements for graduate degree and certificate programs may have changed.
Learn more about changes to requirements
Admission requirements include a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or a related field from a college or university of recognized standing. Applicants with different backgrounds may be admitted with additional course requirements needed to meet program prerequisites.
Apply and submit all required application materials to the Office of Graduate Studies.
- Statement of purpose: 300 - 600 words. Indicate your graduate study objectives, research interests and experience, and business or industry experience if applicable. If you are applying for a teaching or research assistantship, include any special skills or experience that would assist in assistantship decisions.
- Official transcripts: from all post-secondary institutions attended (regardless if a credential is earned or not). Transcripts should show class rank if available. Minimum requirements for admission are a 3.0 GPA (out of 4.0), although other evidence of professional competence can be considered for students who do not meet this criteria
- Official GRE score: sent directly from ETS; copies/scans not accepted. Required except by those who are or are about to be graduates of UMassD's Department of Mechanical Engineering.
- 3 letters of recommendation: from persons in the field of your academic major at the institution most recently attended or from supervisors familiar with your recent job performance. BS/MS applicants are encouraged to include a recommendation from a department faculty member willing to advise their graduate research.
International students: official TOEFL or IELTS scores sent directly from ETS or testing agency; copies/scans not accepted. Required of any applicant who did not earn a bachelor’s degree or higher degree from an accredited academic institution in the U.S. or accepted English-speaking country.