Masters in Mechanical Engineering
What is a Masters in Mechanical Engineering?
A masters in mechanical engineering prepares students to design, develop and produce various mechanical devices including tools, engines and machines. Earning a masters in mechanical engineering prepares graduates to enter the field as innovative, effective and highly skilled engineers. As such, individuals with a mechanical engineering graduate degree have an edge over competitors and increased career opportunities.
Masters in Mechanical Engineering Programs and Curriculum
Most mechanical engineering masters programs seek applicants with a bachelor’s degree in engineering from an A.B.E.T. (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited program. However, some programs also accept applicants from a science or mathematical background. In addition, previous coursework in chemistry, physics, linear algebra, differential equations are typically requirements. Also, extensive coursework in calculus is often required.
Most masters programs in mechanical engineering have coursework unique to that particular program. However, several fundamental courses can generally be seen across most programs:
- Gas dynamics
- Computational fluid dynamics
- Mechanical design
- Structural acoustics
- Alternative energy systems and energy conservation
Most mechanical engineering graduate programs culminate in the completion of a project and a thesis. Upon graduating, most engineers will need to obtain licensure in order to being working.
Mechanical Engineering Career Paths
Mechanical engineers with master’s degrees can enter directly into the field, sometimes even assuming a supervision role. With experience, engineers earn increasingly complex responsibilities. Therefore, they may advance to technical specialist positions, supervisor positions and
finally managing engineer positions. Engineers can find work in a variety of industries including manufacturing, scientific and technical services. Some are self-employed and others find work with government agencies.
Mechanical Engineering Salary and Job Outlook
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects jobs for mechanical engineers will grow by 5% between 2012 and 2022. Job growth will be fueled by advancements in technology and product improvement endeavors.
The BLS reported median annual salary for mechanical engineers in 2012 was $80,580. The top 10% of earners made more than $121,530, while the bottom 10% of earners made less than $52,030. The graph below provides 2012 median salary information for mechanical engineers employed in select industries.
- Philadelphia, PAPhiladelphia, PA
- San Luis Obispo, CASan Luis Obispo, CA
California State University, Cal Poly
The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering is designed to prepare students with the skills and knowledge needed to work as an engineer in research and development, analysis, or design of products or to continue toward a doctoral degree...
- West Hartford, CTWest Hartford, CT
University of Hartford
Graduate studies in engineering at the University of Hartford lead to the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.). The program emphasizes applied design and stresses communication, which is very important for a successful career.
- Kingston, NSKingston, NS
Royal Military College of Canada
A 'university with a significant difference", the Royal Military College of Canada's uniformed students are educated and trained for careers as commis...
- Morgantown, WVMorgantown, WV
West Virginia University
- Rochester, NYRochester, NY
Rochester Institute of Technology
The master of science degree in mechanical engineering is awarded upon successful completion of an approved graduate program consisting of a minimum of 30 semester credit hours.
- Rochester, NY
- Jeddah, Saudi ArabiaJeddah, Saudi Arabia
King Abdullah University of Science & Technology
All admitted students receive the benefits of the KAUST Fellowship which includes: Full tuition support, Competitive monthly living allowance, Housing, Private medical and dental coverage and Relocation support. The Mechanical Engineering Program at...
- Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
- Trollhattan, SwedenTrollhattan, Sweden
University of Trollhattan/Uddevalla
- Skoevde, SwedenSkoevde, Sweden
University of Skovde
- Linkoping, SwedenLinkoping, Sweden
- Jonkoping, SwedenJonkoping, Sweden
The program comprises the entire product development process, with emphasis on industrial design and design of technical components and products.
- Akita, JapanAkita, Japan
- Houston, TXHouston, TX
Through a combination of fundamental classwork and independent research across a broad spectrum of mechanical engineering and materials science, Rice's graduate program is an interdisciplinary program offering a core activity in advanced materials resea...
- Corvallis, ORCorvallis, OR
Oregon State University
- Nagasaki, JapanNagasaki, Japan
- Cambridge, MACambridge, MA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Graduate School brings together faculty members and post-baccalaureate students into a community of scholars with a common interest in advanced professional study and creative works. It seeks to provide, in the atmosphere of a professional school, t...
- Miyazaki, JapanMiyazaki, Japan
- Thessaloniki, GreeceThessaloniki, Greece
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
- Seoul, KoreaSeoul, Korea
Kyung Hee University
This Graduate School attempts to develop an atmosphere where industrial workers and managers can learn leading-edge techniques to prepare for leading...
- Toyama, JapanToyama, Japan
- Taipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan