Master’s of Science (MS) in Mechanical Engineering (ME)

Our MS program in Mechanical Engineering is designed for students who desire advanced training in specific areas of mechanical engineering as a prelude to a career in either research or industry. Students can focus on a variety of specific disciplines, including robotics, dynamics, systems and controls, MEMS/nanotechnology, biomechanics, solid mechanics/materials, thermofluids, and acoustics.

The degree requires either completion of a research thesis or a project-based practicum. The latter is often completed in conjunction with local industry, providing students with both enrichment and exposure to a variety of companies in the Boston area. The choice lies with our students and depends upon their career goals and interests. Our graduates go directly to work in industry and government laboratories. Some may also elect to continue their training toward a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering, applied mechanics, or a related field.

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For Spring 2022 & Fall 2022: The GRE is not needed from applicants to all master’s programs (except LEAP) who have earned, or will earn, a 4 year degree from a U.S. institution. For these applicants, not submitting GRE scores will not have a negative impact on the evaluation of your application. See our Application Requirements for details.

Non-thesis option

Students electing not to pursue a master’s thesis will instead take two additional graduate courses in Mechanical Engineering. This path is ideal for students wishing to complete the MS degree in 1–1.5 years and to use their advanced degree as a foundation for a career in industry R&D (research and development), design and analysis, testing, consulting, management or sales.

The non-thesis option can be completed in 1 year if a student takes four courses each semester. The course planning sheet is similar to that for the thesis option except that two 500–/700-level courses in ME replace the 2 research courses.

Thesis option

The MS program has the option of a master’s thesis. Students interested in pursuing a master’s thesis must identify a research advisor and a suitable thesis project (in consultation with the research advisor) and then defend the thesis before a committee of faculty upon completion of the thesis, prior to completing the program. The current research interests of the ME faculty are listed on our website.  Students are encouraged to begin the process of identifying a research advisor and thesis topic prior to matriculating in the program, and as early as during the time of preparing the application for the MS program. However, students are not required to have secured a research advisor or thesis topic prior to matriculating. The “thesis option” for the MS program in Mechanical Engineering is ideal for students wishing to experience an in-depth, focused exploration of a current research area and to make an original intellectual contribution in that area. This path prepares students for research-oriented careers as well as careers in design and analysis, testing, consulting, and management. For information on specific course requirements please see the program planning sheet.

Internship “With Engineering Practice”

Master’s degree students may also add the optional “with Engineering Practice” designation to their degree by completing an approved internship in their field of study.

Specialization Programs Master’s Students

Amplify your Master of Science or Master of Engineering degree by building additional expertise in the high demand interdisciplinary fields of Data Analytics, Cybersecurity or Robotics. These emerging fields are driving demand for engineering talent across a diverse group of industries, including healthcare, finance, defense, manufacturing and social networking.

*Please note, ME students pursuing a specialization in Data Analytics or Cybersecurity will need to take additional credits.

Late Entry Accelerated Program (LEAP) for Non-Engineering Graduates

LEAP is designed for individuals who seek new career opportunities but may lack the required background in engineering. LEAP enables students who a bachelor’s degree in the Liberal Arts, Business, Fine Arts, or Education to earn a Master’s Degree in Biomedical, Computer Engineering, Electrical, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical, Photonics, Manufacturing or Systems Engineering.