Graduate Programs

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

Mechanical engineering degrees offered

Materials science and engineering degrees offered


  • Design and Manufacturing 
  • Dynamic Systems
  • Materials
  • Solid Mechanics 
  • Energy and Transport Phenomena

Learn more about specializations and courses


Teaching assistant (TA) and research assistant (RA) positions are available for MS and PhD students. As an admitted student, you will be automatically considered for TA funding, but please note that these positions are competitively assigned. Interested students should contact faculty members directly to see if they have RA positions available.

Qualified master's program applicants, including those who apply to the 4+1 Program, can now earn a Mechanical Engineering Student Excellence Scholarship valued at $1,000. 

Career outcomes

Our students graduate prepared to continue their research in academic institutions or enter the industry. Many have obtained positions as mechanical, manufacturing, project, design and HVAC engineers with competitive companies, such as:

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

Watson Career and Alumni Connections offers professional advice and services such as interview guidance, cover letter critiques and networking opportunities. 

Our students

map of where our mechanical engineering graduate students are from

Explore where our mechanical engineering graduate students come from with this interactive map.

Please note: Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of programs in Watson College, participate in certain activities or projects, and/or obtain professional engineering licenses. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact Watson College's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Dean's Office.

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