University of Vermont

The Graduate College

Mechanical Engineering


The CMB Program Office

Given Building C141C

Burlington, VT 05405

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S.; Accelerated M.S., Ph.D.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The mechanical engineering graduate program at the University of Vermont (UVM) offers a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree and a Master's of Science (M.S.) degree in mechanical engineering, as well as an accelerated M.S. degree in mechanical engineering for qualified students. The program is currently home for about 30 graduate students, two-thirds of whom are Ph.D. candidates. Also we have been rapidly expanding the faculty in the past two years with the addition of two new assistant professors who will strengthen the program portfolio in the areas of control systems and biomaterials. The main asset of our program is certainly the human factor, including our dedicated faculty and staff, and motivated students. Curriculum. We continuously update our curriculum to address modern topics in mechanical engineering, and to offer a breadth of courses that makes studying in our program more flexible, whether you intend to earn an M.S. as a continuing student from local industries, or directly obtain a doctorate right from your bachelor. Most of our graduate students are full-time and actively engaged in research projects with one or two faculty mentors who will be dedicated to your success. The size of the program also enables you to have close interactions with the rest of the faculty, and to regularly participate in the life of the program via weekly graduate student seminars and invited speaker presentations. Graduate. Since its creation, more than 180 students from across the United States and various countries around the world have graduated from the UVM mechanical engineering graduate program. Also, we actively seek to admit a diverse group of students in mechanical engineering to address the contemporary challenges of our society. For example, more than 42% of our graduating Ph.D. students in the past five years are women. To date, our graduates have achieved successful careers in academia as distinguished professors, in industry as engineers and entrepreneurs, and in government positions as program directors for national funding agencies or scientists at national laboratories. Faculty and Research. The success of our graduate program is build on a distinguished faculty whose research is recognized nationally and internationally through innovation, dissemination of knowledge in high-impact journals, and research awards. Recently, our faculty has won major awards from Department of Defense, Department of Energy, NASA, and the National Science Foundation, including the recipients of one ARO Young Investigator Award, one DoE Early Career Award, and two NSF CAREER Awards. Clearly, our focus is to create a research environment that is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative from which our students can flourish. Our faculty is actively engaged in applied and fundamental research to address timely scientific questions relevant to mechanical engineering. Research in the mechanical engineering program is largely interdisciplinary and therefore involves research collaborations with different programs and Centers across campus such as the College of Medicine, the Vermont Advanced Computing Center, the Materials Science program, and the Civil and Environmental Engineering program. The mechanical engineering faculty at UVM works closely with students in six research areas: 1. Computational Multiscale Simulations & Theory 2. Mechanical Engineering in Aerospace Applications 3. Mechanical Engineering in Biology and Medical Research 4. Mechanical Engineering in Complex and Adaptive Systems 5. Mechanical Engineering in Micro and Nanotechnology 6. Mechanical Engineering in Sustainable Energy We conduct a range of multidisciplinary research projects on the following topics: Smart Structures Aerospace Engineering Turbulence Complex Fluids Multiscale Mechanics Micro and Nano Engineering Nanomaterials Energy Harvesting, Conversion and Storage Control Systems Microorganisms and Cells Biomaterials Theory and Simulation using High-performance Computing Admission. Details on the application process for admission in the UVM mechanical engineering graduate program, along with some information about tuition, fees and financial aid, can be found in the program website. Each application is reviewed once a complete online submission is received. It is strongly recommended to submit your application by February 1 to obtain full consideration in the fall admissions, and by September 1 for the spring admissions. Also feel free to send us a pre-application at no cost to help determine whether you satisfy the minimum requirements for admission. We very much look forward to seeing you study in Vermont in mechanical engineering.


ABET accredited program

International Student Requirements:

In addition to the above eligibility requirements, international students are required to provide TOEFL scores.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 30 credits for MS, 7

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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