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Mechanical Engineering Graduate Programs

What is Mechanical Engineering?

MAE offers MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering. MS students have three plan options: thesis, report, or coursework only. PhD students may start from a bachelor's or a master's degree. The faculty of the MAE department each have a vigorous research program and are always searching for excellent graduate students to join their group. If you are interested in working one-on-one with one of our faculty on an MS thesis or PhD dissertation, please peruse the faculty research pages. If you have any questions, we encourage you to make an appointment with our graduate program coordinator or to simply contact us.

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering provides each graduate with a foundation of knowledge and experience upon which to build successful careers in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or other fields where a strong engineering background is required or desirable. Graduate programs emphasize research by the faculty with a high level of student involvement providing enhanced preparation for engineering practice, research, and education. Faculty, staff, and students are committed to excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement in an environment that fosters diversity and mutual respect.

Thinking about an MS?

Whether you have recently graduated or are currently in an undergraduate degree in engineering, you should consider pursuing your master's. Pursuing a master's degree could show your future employers that you are ready to handle a technical leadership role in their organization. Not only could it open opportunities for you professionally, but it will increase your earning potential in an already competitive marketplace.

Thinking about a PhD?

Our PhD students benefit from the opportunity to do research with excellent faculty. While a BS or an MS focuses on what is already known, a PhD helps you to discover new things. If you're looking for a research role in a company or any job that will require a specific set of expertise in R&D, a PhD is absolutely essential.

Master's Program

Pursuing a master’s degree helps you gain specialized knowledge to advance in your field. Not only could it open opportunities for you professionally, but it will increase your earning potential in an already competitive marketplace.

The Mechanical Engineering MS offers coursework in the areas of Aerospace, Dynamics and Controls, Solid Mechanics, and Thermal/Fluid Science. Students choose one of three plan options to complete the degree. All graduate students must complete School of Graduate Studies' (RGS) forms and requirements for their chosen plan.

Plan A Thesis -30 credits

Students complete research on an approved topic, and write and defend a thesis documenting the research and conclusions reached.

  • Coursework (24 credits):
    • 12 credits MAE 6000 or above
    • 3 credits advanced math
    • 9 credits other coursework
  • Research: 6 credits MAE 6970
  • Thesis Proposal
  • Final Thesis Defense

Mechanical Engineering MS.A Program Checklist

Plan B Report -30 credits

Students complete an approved project and write and defend a report documenting the work done and conclusions reached.

  • Coursework (27 credits):
    • 12 credits MAE 6000 or above
    • 3 credits advanced math
    • 12 credits other coursework
  • Project: 3 credits MAE 6950
  • Project Proposal
  • Final Report Defense

Mechanical Engineering MS.B Program Checklist

Plan C Coursework -33 credits

Students complete coursework to satisfy degree requirements.

  • Coursework (33 credits):
    • 18 credits MAE 6000 or above
    • 3 credits advanced math
    • 12 credits other coursework

Mechanical Engineering MS.C Program Checklist

PhD Program

You don’t have to be an experienced researcher to purse a PhD. Research topics could include solids, thermal fluids, dynamics and control, and even aerospace. Mechanical engineering is a very broad and diverse engineering discipline. We offer PhD programs from a BS or an MS degree.

The Mechanical Engineering PhD may be started from a bachelor's or master's degree. If starting from a bachelor's, students may opt to complete a MS Plan C on the way to the PhD. Mechanical Engineering courses are offered in the areas of Aerospace, Dynamics and Controls, Solid Mechanics, and Thermal/Fluid Science. All graduate students must complete School of Graduate Studies' (RGS) forms and requirements. All PhD students must complete USU 6900 Research Integrity, which documents the completion of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) requirements.

Beyond a Bachelor's Degree

  • 72-81 credits required:
    • 18 credits MAE 6000 level or above
    • 6 credits advanced math
    • 12 other credits
    • 36 credits Dissertation Research
  • Pass 3 PhD Qualifying Exams (80% or above)
  • MS Plan C Option (81 credit minimum)
  • Dissertation Proposal Defense
  • Paper submitted to refereed journal
  • Final Dissertation Defense

Mechanical Engineering PhD.BS Checklist

Beyond a Master's Degree

  • 42 credits required:
    • 9 credits MAE 6000 level or above
    • 3 credits advanced math
    • 30 credits Dissertation Research
  • Pass 3 PhD Qualifying Exams (80% or above)
  • Dissertation Proposal Defense
  • Paper submitted to refereed journal
  • Final Dissertation Defense

Mechanical Engineering PhD.MS Checklist

Contact Us

Have questions? We would be happy to help you. If you have questions concerning the application process, which programs are available, the coursework or requirements for each degree, or general information about graduate school, please contact us.