Master's and PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Cultivating broadly educated mechanical engineers

Deepen your knowledge of the fundamentals of analysis, design, manufacture and improvement of machines. The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers two master’s programs and a doctoral program. Course work and research in the department's programs may involve the broad fundamentals of mechanical engineering or may concentrate on one or more of the following fields: energy systems, manufacturing and materials systems, and mechanical systems. In these fields, engineering principles are applied not only to traditional equipment and methods but also to modern and emerging technologies. Typically, the engineering course work and research are augmented by laboratory studies.

Although the study of advanced engineering mathematics and, often, basic science is necessary in all programs of study, the selection of subjects may vary depending upon the field of specialization and the student’s professional objectives.

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Master of Science, Energy Systems Engineering

This program typically entails advanced study of:

  • Thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer and combustion
  • The application of these principles to phenomena and devices which constitute energy-conversion systems
  • The analysis, simulation and design of such systems as well as plants; e.g., chemical, metallurgical, food, etc., which are energy-intensive

Current research topics include: plant optimization, fuel cells, cogeneration systems, fluid mechanics and heat transfer in surface mount technology, engine emissions/process effluents and jet engine propulsion systems.

Master's learning outcomes

  1. Apply knowledge of specialized mechanical engineering concepts in engineering analysis and design in a chosen area of specialization.
  2. Effectively communicate ideas on design and analysis to peers, clients and customers.
  3. Conduct guided research in a chosen area of specialization.

Master of Engineering, Manufacturing and Materials Systems Engineering 

Allows students to focus on a broad range of topics. These topics range from micro issues, such as material-related issues and cutting mechanisms in material removal processes, to macro analysis of complex manufacturing systems from either a process or ergonomics perspective.

The focus of this concentration may be computer integrated manufacturing, material processing, mechanical behavior of materials, manufacturing processes, quality systems or ergonomics within manufacturing.

Master's learning outcomes

  1. Apply knowledge of specialized mechanical engineering concepts in engineering analysis and design in a chosen area of specialization.
  2. Effectively communicate ideas on design and analysis to peers, clients and customers.
  3. Conduct guided research in a chosen area of specialization.

Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Systems Engineering

Entails advanced study of:

  • mechanical system design and analysis
  • modeling, simulation, and control

Mechanical design and analysis focuses on the use of physical and mathematical principles to understand the behavior of mechanical systems. It includes computer-aided optimal design, such as the design of multi-body, multi-degree-of-freedom mechanical systems.

Doctoral learning outcomes

  1. Apply knowledge of advanced concepts (i.e., concepts beyond those learned during the master of science program) in engineering mathematics and two out of three areas of specializations offered in the department (mechanical systems, energy systems, manufacturing systems).
  2. Communicate ideas (specific to an area of specialization) via peer-reviewed published and/or presented materials.
  3. Conduct original research in a chosen area of specialization.


Career Opportunities

Potential careers post-graduate study work in industry, research facilities, government or academia and seek jobs that include:

  • Product Designer
  • Manufacturing Positions
  • Machine Designer
  • Structural Designer

Earn Your Bachelors and Master's Degree in Five Years

Mechanical Engineering is also available as an Accelerated Degree Program (ADP), where students can earn a bachelor's and master of science in electrical engineering in five years.

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Graduate Program Recruiter

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Application Deadline

This program has rolling admissions, which means you may apply any time before the following dates:

  • Fall term admissions- August 1 (June 1 for international applicants)
  • Spring term admissions- December 15 (October 15 for international applicants)

These are the dates your application must be complete and all required documentation must be received in the Graduate School by these dates.

However, applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based financial aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) should be aware of the merit-based financial aid deadlines by which all applicant materials must be received by the Graduate School:

  • Fall (August) Term: February 15
  • Spring (January) Term: November 15
  • Summer (May) Term: April 15

Application Requirements

Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.

  • A brief statement of purpose. For doctoral students, we require copies of any published work, including master’s thesis and essays.
  • GRE scores (general test only). Scores from the GRE exam are a requirement of admission for all students in the master's, doctoral, and accelerated degree programs.
  • For international applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

*Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

Merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) is available. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.