Masters Degree

Masters Degree

The Master of Engineering - Mechanical (M.E.) degree program extends and broadens students' undergraduate preparation. Students take courses that are more specialized and detailed, deepening their understanding of the field. It can be considered as a terminal degree or as a preparation for the Ph.D. degree program.

A Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering is needed for acceptance into the Master's program. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in other engineering disciplines may be required to take appropriate undergraduate courses before being formally admitted into the Master's program. International applicants whose native language is not English and who have not obtained prior degrees from a U.S. institution are required to provide TOEFL scores. View the full application requirements checklist.

The Master's degree requires thirty credits. Fifteen of the credits (or five courses) form the core and comprise the student's major field. The core courses consist of:

  • ME 635 Modeling and Simulation
  • ME 636 Project Management of Complex Systems
  • ME 641 Engineering Analysis I
  • and two more courses from any one of the following tracks
Manufacturing Systems
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Systems
  • ME 644 Computer-Integrated Design and Manufacturing
  • ME 645 Design of Production Systems
  • ME 652 Advanced Additive Manufacturing
  • ME 665 Advanced Product Development
  • ME 535 Good Manufacturing Practice in Pharmaceutical Facilities Design
  • ME 540 Validation and Regulatory Affairs in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • ME 628 Manufacturing and Packaging of Pharmaceutical Oral Solid Dosage Products
  • ME 645 Design of Production Systems
Product Design
Thermal Engineering
  • ME 615 Thermal Systems Design
  • ME 644 Computer-Integrated Design and Manufacturing
  • ME 659 Advanced Structural Design
  • ME 665 Advanced Product Development
  • ME 601 Engineering Thermodynamics
  • ME 604 Advanced Heat Transfer
  • ME 615 Thermal Systems Design
  • ME 674 Fluid Dynamics

The remaining five courses (15 credits) constitute the student's elective field and will consist of:

  • at least one course of "600-level or higher" given in the Mechanical Engineering Department
  • a maximum of four courses of "500-level" given in the Mechanical Engineering Department
  • a maximum of one course given in other departments

A student may substitute a Project (ME800 Special Problems in Mechanical Engineering, 3 credits) or a Thesis (ME900 Thesis in Mechanical Engineering, 6 credits) for the appropriate number of courses. The available pool of electives allows the student to specialize in one of the following areas: Advanced Manufacturing, Air Pollution Technology, Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer, Design and Production Management, Power Generation, Robotics and Control, Structural Analysis and Design, Vibration and Noise Control. In order to graduate with a Master's degree, a student must obtain a minimum of "B" average in the major field as well as an overall average of "B" in all the courses needed to meet the 30-credit requirement for the degree. Please see The Graduate School section on Student Status.

In addition to the 30 credit Master of Engineering degree, the department offers several Graduate Certificate programs which are specifically designed to allow practicing engineers an opportunity to gain specialized knowledge in a particular Mechanical Engineering focus area. Credits earned towards a Graduate Certificate may later be applied towards a full Master of Engineering graduate degree. For more information, please see the Graduate Certificates page.

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Admission Requirements

Admission into the Graduate Certificate or Master's Degree programs requires an undergraduate degree in Engineering, or in a related discipline, with a grade point average of "B" or better from an accredited college or university.

Required Documentation

All applicants must submit the following documents to be considered for admission:

  • Completed online application for admission
  • Official college transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • GRE scores*
  • Application fee

Optional Documents:

  • Resume/CV

* Starting Fall 2014 GRE scores required for all applicants applying into a full-time graduate program in the School of Engineering and Sciences. (Code #2819) All scores are only valid for five years prior to the application term. GRE required for all PhD applicants.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

TOEFL/IELTS - International students (Code #2819).  For English language proficiency requirements please click here.

Approximately two weeks following receipt of the above material, you will receive a decision letter from the Office of Graduate Admissions. If accepted you will receive an acceptance letter outlining the program to which you were accepted, as well as your assigned Academic Advisor's contact information.

For questions related to program requirements please check with the Office of Graduate Admissions at

For more details on deadlines and how to apply please visit the Office of Graduate Admissions website at