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Graduate Degree Programs

The Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science offers the PhD, MS, BS and Master of Engineering degrees.

Opportunities for advanced study and research are presently available in biomechanics, energy conversion and efficiency, advanced materials, nanotechnology and computational mechanics.

Faculty and students collaborate on interdisciplinary projects with partners in Biomedical Engineering, Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and the School of Medicine. Students interested in these fields and registered in the department may take courses offered by these programs and may include faculty from these departments on thesis committees.

PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Degree requirements: graduate coursework (36 credit hours) and doctoral research (36 credit hours). Students must pass the Mechanical Engineering qualifying exams by the end of the third semester, prepare and defend a thesis proposal, then write and successfully defend the doctoral dissertation. To receive a PhD, the candidate must satisfy the applicable teaching requirements of the Graduate School.

Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from an accredited undergraduate engineering program in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering or equivalent.

Average length of study: four to five years from the B.S. degree (more for part-time study).

Aimed at students interested in: a research career in government, industry, or academia that involves teaching, conducting basic research, or managing basic research in mechanical engineering or a related discipline.

PhD in Aerospace Engineering

Degree requires: graduate coursework (36 credit hours) and doctoral research (36 credit hours). Students must pass the Aerospace Engineering qualifying exams by the end of the third semester, prepare and defend a thesis proposal, then write and successfully defend the doctoral dissertation. To receive a PhD, the candidate must satisfy the applicable teaching requirements of the Graduate School.

Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from an accredited undergraduate engineering program in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering or equivalent.

Average length of study: four to five years from the B.S. degree (more for part-time study).

Aimed at students interested in: a research career in government, industry, or academia that involves teaching, conducting basic research, or managing basic research in aerospace engineering or a related discipline.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.S.M.E.) prepares engineers for advanced professional practice.

Degree requirements: ten courses (30 credit hours) from an approved list of graduate classes or eight courses plus either a thesis or energy project.

Prerequisites: accredited B.S. in engineering or a related science.

Average length of study: two years for full time or up to five years for part time.

Aimed at students interested in: developing engineering skills for advanced professional practice or preparation for doctoral studies.

Concentration may be done in: applied mechanics, dynamics and design, fluid-thermal sciences, solid mechanics, materials science, or energy.

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering

The Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering (M.S.A.E.) prepares engineers for advanced professional practice.

Degree requirements: ten courses (30 credit hours) from an approved list of graduate classes (or eight courses plus a thesis).

Prerequisites: accredited B.S. in engineering or a related science.

Average length of study: two years for full time to five years for part time.

Aimed at students interested in: developing engineering skills for advanced professional practice or preparation for doctoral studies.

Courses are centered on: the integration of structures, dynamics and control, aerodynamics, and thermal sciences for aerospace applications. Emphasis is given to aerospace vehicles such as airplanes, missiles, and helicopters.

Master of Science in Materials Science

Degree requires: Thirty units of coursework for the coursework option or twenty-four units of coursework plus six units of research for the thesis option.

Prerequisites: Applicants with a B.S. in engineering, physics, or chemistry are eligible for admission.  College coursework should include mathematics through calculus and differential equations, as well as two semesters of both chemistry and physics.

Average length of study: two years for full time.

Aimed at students interested in: developing and applying new materials to solve important technical problems in many disciplines.

Courses are centered on: how the chemical composition and fine structure of materials (typically at length scales of nanometers) affects their characteristics and macroscopic behavior.

Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

The Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (MEng. in M.E.) is a one-year, non-thesis full-time (up to five years part-time) program aimed at advancing the technical and project management skills needed by mechanical engineers in US and international industry.

Degree requires: 30 units of credit in engineering or mathematics courses are required, and these must be at the 400-level or higher. Courses from other engineering departments are encouraged.

Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from an accredited undergraduate program in engineering, science, mathematics or technology with a GPA of 2.75 or better. (International students must complete and submit scores of the TOEFL examination.)

Average length of study: one year for full time and up to five years for part time.

Aimed at students interested in: international students seeking to establish graduate educational credentials in mechanical engineering within the United States; students transitioning into a career in mechanical engineering from other disciplines; new hires at companies willing to invest in an accelerated mechanical engineering graduate education; and people already working in the industry who wish to reinforce and enrich their engineering skills. Students seeking a doctoral degree should apply to the PhD program rather than the MEng. program.

Dual Degree Program – MEng & MBA

The combined MEng/MBA program builds engineering and business skills for a career in technical management.

Prerequisites: accredited bachelor’s degree in business, engineering or a related science.

Average length of study: 2.5 years for full-time students.

Aimed at students interested in: management of mechanical engineering-focused technical enterprises.

Courses are centered on: a combination of engineering and business concepts.

Degree Requirements:

  • Total number of hours required for the dual degree is 75 (both degrees will be granted simultaneously upon completion)
  • Complete 51 hours for MBA (66 minus 15 transferred from the MEng.)
  • Complete 24 hours for MEng. (30 minus 6 transferred from the MBA)
  • Program duration is 2.5 years, including summer internship
  • Students must apply to and be accepted by both programs
  • Students must apply to the second program before the end of the first year (it is preferable that student apply to both prior to admission)
  • Take GMAT or GRE
  • Program starts in August only

Tuition and Scholarship:  If a student starts the program in the Engineering School, they will be charged Engineering tuition for the first two semesters. MBA tuition will apply to the final three semesters. If a student starts the program in the MBA, they will be charged MBA tuition for the first three semesters.  Engineering tuition will apply for the final two semesters.

Director of Graduate Studies

Interested in a PhD in Materials Science?

  • The Institute of Materials Science & Engineering offers an Interdisciplinary PhD in Materials Science & Engineering.

  • Visit IMSE for more information.

Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering & Applied Science, Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

Jolley Hall, CB 1185, 1 Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO, USA 63130
Phone: (314) 935-6047, Fax: (314) 935-4014

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