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.
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.
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.