Mechanical Engineering

As a student studying mechanical engineering at Boston University, you will learn how robots move, bubbles burst, airplanes fly, and big data enables big ideas. You will learn about technological innovations that enable sustainable energy, engineer biological tissues, create new materials, and advance scientific pursuits at the nanoscale and at the scale of our solar system. You will design and create engineering solutions to real-world challenges. The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers several degree programs, targeted for different levels of experience and interest.

The Minor in Mechanical Engineering program is aimed at undergraduate students who have a physics and calculus background and are interested in learning about the fundamentals of mechanical engineering.

The BS in Mechanical Engineering is a four-year program that covers mechanical engineering science, manufacturing fundamentals, and mechanical design, but also allows for flexibility with regards to advanced engineering elective topics.

The MS in Mechanical Engineering program (thesis and non-thesis options) is designed for students who desire advanced training in areas of mechanical engineering. Graduates may work in a variety of areas of engineering industry or in a governmental laboratory, or continue their training toward a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering, applied mechanics, or a related field.

The MS in Product Design & Manufacture program (thesis or practicum options) is designed to train modern engineers to generate compelling new ideas—and build the passion and leadership skills to translate those ideas into the practical design and mass production of innovative and cost-effective new products.

The MS in Robotics & Autonomous Systems program is designed to prepare students for technically demanding careers in a variety of areas in industry as well as for post-master’s graduate studies in robotics, autonomous systems, or related fields.

The PhD in Mechanical Engineering program is interdisciplinary by design and provides both post-bachelor’s and post-master’s applicants the opportunity for study in a broad range of areas within mechanical engineering as well as within the College of Engineering.