The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Mechanical Engineering. The degree requires 30 credit hours, consisting of either 10 courses or 8 courses and a master's thesis.

Candidates for graduate studies plan their program in consultation with an adviser. Maximum flexibility in scope of studies is afforded by utilization of courses offered in other departments of the university or other area universities through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan area.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers two graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.S.M.E.):

  1. Professional Master's Program - for recent graduates and practicing engineers interested in specialized areas to enhance their careers. The program emphasizes advances in existing and emerging technologies. Master's thesis is optional.
  2. Master's Program (pre-doctoral) - for students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. Master's thesis is required.

Students are required to enroll in 500-level or above ME courses and two out of the following three courses: ENGR 516, ENGR 518 and ENGR 520. Other ENGR or other graduate level courses may be approved in consultation with the student's academic advisor. One Engineering Management course may be acceptable if approved by the Department Chair.

Dual Master's degrees are available in conjunction with biomedical, civil, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, and engineering management.

Research Areas

  • Acoustics and Wave Propagation
  • Advanced and Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Clean Energy Production and Use
  • Computational Methods (FEM and CFD)
  • Electronic Packaging
  • HVAC and Refrigeration

  • Microfluidics and Biofabrication
  • Multiphase Flow and Heat Transfer
  • Optical Measurements
  • Robotics and Mechatronics
  • Smart Materials and Systems
  • Vibration


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