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
College of Engineering graduate degree recipients' starting salary range:
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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.
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
A limited number of assistantships are available on a competitive basis. This award is subject to the work needs of the position and department, your satisfactory performance of duties, your academic record, and availability of funds, and may be subject to change.
International (F-1) students who receive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees may be eligible to apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion optional practical training (OPT). To learn about the eligibility criteria and detailed steps to apply, please review the International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC) OPT page and USCIS resources. F-1 students must consult with the ISSC to apply for STEM OPT.