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The Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Washington University in St. Louis offers students the option to pursue bachelor's, master's, PhD 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 and chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, biology and 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
The PhD in Mechanical engineering is aimed 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
The PhD in Aerospace engineering is 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 provides engineering skills for advanced professional practice or preparation for doctoral studies.
- Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering
The Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering provides engineering skills for advanced professional practice or preparation for doctoral studies.
- Master of Science in Materials Science & Engineering
The Master of Science in Materials Science & Engineering is aimed at students interested in developing and applying new materials to solve important technical problems in many disciplines.
- Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
The Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (MEng) is aimed at international students interested in 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.
- 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
- Contact Us
Director of PhD Studies
Jubel Hall, Room 303E
Director of MS Studies
Jubel Hall, Room 203F
- Resources for Current Students
- Fellowship Opportunities
Olin Fellowship Program
Outstanding women applying for admission are encouraged to compete for the prestigious Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowships for Women in Graduate Studies.
Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Program
The Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Program was established in 1991 for the purpose of providing strong encouragement as well as generous financial support to outstanding and diverse students interested in careers as college or university professors.
The McDonnell International Scholars Academy provides the network with which Washington University in St. Louis incubates new ideas and mentors future leaders. Through partnerships, they lead groundbreaking research projects and prepare Scholars to be effective leaders in a global community.
- Interested in a PhD in Materials Science?
The Institute of Materials Science & Engineering offers an interdisciplinary PhD in Materials Science & Engineering.
Visit IMSE to learn more!
- Independent Study
Learn more about Independent Study, and find the forms you need to get started here.
- Course Listings & Bulletin
*For purposes of planning your schedule, you may review course offering history by clicking the "details" link and then opening the "history" link to see when and how often a course is offered.
- Spring 2016
- Summer 2016
- Fall 2016
- Spring 2017
- Summer 2017
- Fall 2017
- Spring 2018
- Summer 2018
- Fall 2018
- Spring 2019
- Spring 2016
- Doctor of Science (DSc)
The department offers the Doctor of Science (DSc) degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and Materials Science.
The DSc is intended primarily for part-time students. It has similar requirements to the PhD but without the teaching requirement.
For a list of differences, view the comparison chart (pdf).