Mechanical Engineering (MS/PhD)

Master's students in mechanical engineering earn 30 semester credits (32 semester credits for the non-thesis option) of work beyond the baccalaureate degree. Each student is paired with a faculty adviser whose activities parallel his or her own interests, and together they design an individualized program of study. Course requirements are therefore based on personal goals, while also providing coherent, in-depth study of a particular area of mechanical engineering.

Students seeking the doctoral degree in The College of Engineering should earn a minimum of 96 semester credits of graduate work. Since doctoral candidates must demonstrate an ability for independent scholarship, they initiate their research early in their program.

Admission Requirements


  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in Engineering
  • GRE (may be waived with departmental approval)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume


  • Hold a baccalaureate or master's degree in Engineering
  • GRE (may be waived with departmental approval)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume

Application Deadline

Applications to the master's and doctoral degree programs in Mechanical Engineering are accepted on a rolling basis.

Additional Information

Main areas of graduate study in mechanical engineering include systems and controls, engineering mechanics, materials, and thermal-fluid sciences. Students in the department are encouraged to take at least one mechanical engineering course outside the main area of interest to develop some breadth in their graduate education.

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.

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