Master's and Ph.D. Programs
About the Program
Mechanical Engineering is the branch of engineering dealing with the analysis, design, manufacture, and improvement of machines. 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.
Specialize in Energy Systems, Manufacturing & Materials and Mechanical Systems
Select the specializations below to learn more about programs in Energy Systems, Manufacturing and Materials Systems, Mechanical Systems. Visit the Mechanical Engineering department web page for more detailed program information including faculty.
Master of Science, Energy Systems Engineering
This program typically entails advanced study of
- thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer and combustion
- the application of these principles to phenomena and devices which constitute energy-conversion systems
- 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.
Master of Engineering, 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.
Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Systems Engineering
Entails advanced study of
- mechanical system design and analysis
- 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.
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.
Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
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.