Mechanical Engineering

Program Overview

Degrees Offered

Master of Science
Master of Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy


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.


Click on any of the specializations below to learn more about programs in Energy Systems, Manufacturing and Materials Systems, Mechanical Systems.

Energy Systems Engineering

This program typically entails advanced study of a) thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer and combustion; b) the application of these principles to phenomena and devices which constitute energy-conversion systems; and c) 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.

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.

Mechanical Systems Engineering

Entails advanced study of a) mechanical system design and analysis and b) 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.

Visit the department webpage for more detailed program information.

Application Requirements

  • Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • 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.
  • For doctoral applicants only: a brief statement of purpose and copies of any published work, including master’s thesis and essays.

Application Deadline

Rolling admission; this means you may apply any time before August 1 for fall term admissions (June 1 for international applicants) and December 15 for spring term admissions (October 15 for international applicants). These are the dates by which your applications must be complete, meaning that 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), please 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.

Financial Aid

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.