Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Programs

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers graduate programs (MS, MEng, and PhD degrees) in the broad fields of mechanical engineering and materials science & engineering.

MS degree - Areas of Concentration

The program leading to the MS degree provides a balance of advanced theory and practical knowledge necessary for either practice within the profession or for advancement to a doctoral program. Students may specialize in (links go to course listings for each concentration):

  • Applied Mechanics and Design - mechanics and design with emphasis on solid mechanics/stress analysis, biomechanics, vibrations
  • Dynamic Systems and Acoustics – multiphysics phenomena, microstructural vibrations, MEMS/NEMS, novel acoustic measurement techniques, noise control, microscale vibrations and acoustics; 
  • Energy - storage, small-scale harvesting, flexible devices.
  • Materials Science and Engineering - materials characterization, microstructure/property relationships, thin films, computational materials, interfacial phenomena, functional materials, materials processing; 
  • Transport Phenomena - heat and mass transfer in biological/environmental/industrial applications, microfluidics/nanofluidics, complex fluids, interfacial phenomena/wetting

To learn more about the degree requirements, refer to the University Bulletin.

MS and MEng in Mechanical Engineering

Available courses

Master of Engineering (MEng)

Prepares students for careers in professional practice through a flexible course selection (10 courses) and requires no thesis or project.

MS Non Thesis Option

Must take:

Select at least one from:

Select at least one from:

Four courses must come from:

AND

Three advisor-approved technical electives (these courses may be outside the department).

MS Thesis Option

Must take:

Select at least one from:

Select at least one from:

Three required courses must be from:

Two advisor-approved technical electives (these courses may be taken outside the department).

AND

A research thesis. The written thesis and an oral presentation defending the thesis must be approved by the student's research committee before he or she is eligible for the degree.

PhD in Mechanical Engineering

The PhD program prepares students for basic and applied research in mechanical engineering or materials science & engineering. Research areas are multidisciplinary and reflect the interests of the mechanical engineering faculty. 

Students pursuing a PhD specialize in:

Learning Contract

Every PhD student works with his/her advisor to develop a Learning Contract. The contract defines the knowledge and skills appropriate for the student's intended area of research and prepares students for the comprehensive examination. More Info >>

Course Requirements

AND

Courses listed in their Learning Contracts in order to fulfill degree requirements.

Requirements for PhD Degree

  • Submission of Learning Contract;
  • Satisfaction of qualifying exam requirement;
  • Satisfaction of comprehensive exam requirement;
  • Submission of prospectus and presentation of proposed research in an open colloquium;
  • Acceptance of prospectus by the guidance committee;
  • Oral presentation and defense of dissertation.

Thesis

Students pursuing a PhD in mechanical engineering must complete a research thesis.

The written thesis and an oral presentation defending the thesis must be approved by the student's research committee before he or she is eligible for the degree. Publication of the student's research in an archival journal is expected.

Employers of our graduates include

  • Analog Devices
  • BAE Systems
  • Cisco
  • Corning Inc.
  • Dover Technologies
  • Ford Motor Co.
  • General Electric
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Motorola
  • Qualcomm
  • Welch Allyn
  • Academic institutions and national laboratories

Forms

The original or a copy of all forms are stored in the Department Files, in the Office of the Graduate Secretary, ES-1334. Please discuss with the Secretary or Graduate Director which forms to submit to whom.

Masters Degree - Course Tracking and Graduation

Proposed Course of Study/Graduation Check: Watson AdvisingGrad Student Forms

For degree options: 10-CourseThesis, and Master of Engineering

Recommendation for Award of Master's Degree/Advanced Certificate: Graduate School or Recommendation for Award of Master's Degree/Advanced Certificate

PhD Degree - Progress Tracking and Graduation

The Learning Contract will help you, your committee & Chair, as well as the department track your progress through the process of obtaining your PhD. This is an active document which you will update at your committee's request.

All other forms for PhD students are located at: Watson Advising Forms and Graduate School Forms. 

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Related Degrees

Accelerated Master’s Degree Program (4+1)

Accelerated "Fast Track" BS-MBA

Related Links

The Coordinator of Graduate Programs

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Last Updated: 4/21/17