Mechanical Engineering Graduate Programs
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers the following graduate programs:
- Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering
- Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (thesis or non-thesis, campus or online)
- Master of Science in Robotics (MSR)
- Graduate Certificate in Composite Manufacturing and Engineering
- 4 + 1 Program BME/MSME
While most incoming graduate students have a degree in mechanical engineering or other closely related fields, our graduate programs are also suitable for students with degrees in such areas as physics or mathematics.
For more information about our graduate programs check the official program policy statement.
The Ph.D. program in Mechanical Engineering consists of 33 credits of graduate level course work plus 9 credits of Doctoral Dissertation. The Ph.D. program is designed to allow for considerable flexibility in course selection and specialization of study. Course work must be completed with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (see Graduate Catalog for relevant details). In addition, the student must pass the Qualifying Examination, Candidacy Examination and fulfill the teaching requirement prior to completing the dissertation requirements. The Ph.D. should be obtainable in four years of full-time study after entering the program.
The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) program is available 100% online, 100% on campus, or a hybrid of both formats. All formats are offered at the same low tuition rate and utilize the same world renowned faculty.
By emphasizing both theory and practice, the Master of Science in Robotics program is designed to meet the needs of professionals seeking advanced training as well as scholars who want to explore robotics through structured, guided instruction. Graduates of the MSR program will understand the fundamentals of robotics and be prepared to develop and deploy robotic devices.
The University of Delaware’s reputation in the field of composites played a critical role in the awarding of 11th Manufacturing USA Institute. This honor further aligns our world renowned Center for Composite Materials with industrial partners in presenting the latest in composite manufacturing education. Our new industry aligned Graduate Certificate in Composite Manufacturing & Engineering is available at reasonable tuition rates.
The 9 credit Graduate Certificate is available 100% online. All formats are offered at the same low tuition rate and utilize the same world renowned faculty. In addition, these courses function as “dual credit” with the Masters degree, functioning as electives for that program
To successfully participate in certificate programs, one should hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering or the sciences, thereby ensuring knowledge in engineering mathematics and mechanics.
Core Research Areas
Be a leader in solving biomechanical problems. The human body is a mechanical system that contains fluid flow, structural mechanics and evolving components—all central concepts in mechanical engineering.
Develop new, clean and sustainable energy sources through novel energy conversion techniques, alternative energy storage methods and fuel-efficient vehicles, among other traditional methods of energy conversion.
Understand how materials respond, then use this information to optimally design everything from airplanes to artificial joint replacements using composite and advanced materials, nanotechnology and creative ingenuity.
The emergence of nanotechnology, which deals with the manipulation of materials at the atomic and molecular scales, has enabled the development of new materials and devices that exhibit novel properties.
Construct sophisticated robotic devices that, via advanced control systems, help humans in a multitude of situations, such as manufacturing plants, rescue squads, military operations and rehabilitation devices.
Accelerated Joint BS/MS Degree Programs (4+1)
Earn more. Choose one of our 4+1 programs and earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in as little as five years. The accelerated degree programs allow students to apply for graduate programs during their junior year. If granted provisional acceptance, you may take graduate-level courses during the final year of your undergraduate program. Because some undergraduate courses are waived under an accelerated degree program, you’ll be able to complete both the undergraduate and graduate degrees in only one additional year.
- Mechanical Engineering 4+1 (BME/MSME)
- Mechanical Engineering/Business Administration 4+1 (BME/MBA)
- Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering 4+1 (BME/MMSE)
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