WPI’s groundbreaking and comprehensive mechanical engineering program has been leading the industry for more than 150 years. As a student in the Online MS in Mechanical Engineering program, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to push the boundaries of analysis, design, and manufacturing as you customize a program that leverages your professional expertise in mechanical engineering and meets career and lifestyle goals.

Students can earn their degree in only two years. Working closely with their faculty advisors, will develop a customized and relevant plan of study for the MS program, allowing them to:

  • Perform detailed stress analysis to create designs that are both structurally robust and cost-effective
  • Select materials to maximize functionality and performance while minimizing costs
  • Model the kinematics and dynamics of complex multi-axial mechanical systems for more efficient and reliable designs
  • Execute advanced analyses of fluid dynamics to improve process efficiency and properly size the components of a fluid system.
  • Produce designs which are optimized for manufacturing so that they can be made more quickly at lower cost
I’m more than halfway through the mechanical engineering graduate program at WPI and I’ve already seen an increase in my responsibilities at work and earned a job promotion… WPI is flexible and it’s been very worthwhile. I only wish I had started earlier.
Jim Daniel
Flow Engineer
ALDEN
The WPI name speaks for itself and pursuing a graduate degree here has given me a competitive edge over other engineers….WPI has certainly led me down the path of career success with my employer.
John Courtney
Manufacturing Engineer
Smith & Wesson, Springfield, Massachusetts

Courses

The MS in Mechanical Engineering is a non-thesis degree with a minimum of 30 credit hours, including:

  • 18 graduate credits in mechanical engineering
  • 3 graduate credits in mathematics (Note: ME 5000 is a 2 Credit course which may be used to fulfill this requirement)
  • 9 graduate credits of electives within or outside of mechanical engineering

Two-Credit Courses in Specialization Areas

AEROSPACE

AE 5101. Fluid Dynamics
AE 5102. Advanced Gas Dynamics
AE 5103. Computational Fluid Dynamics
AE 5200. Mechanical Vibrations
AE 5220. Control of Linear Dynamical Systems

STRUCTURES AND MATERIALS

ME 593. Special Topics
ME 5303. Applied Finite Element Methods in Engineering
ME 5311. Structure and Properties or Engineering Materials
ME 5312. Properties and Performance of Engineering Materials

DYNAMICS & CONTROL

ME 5103. Computational Fluid Dynamics
ME 5200. Mechanical Vibrations
ME 5203. Introduction to Control of Nonlinear Dynamical Systems
ME 5000. Applied Analytical Methods in Engineering
ME 5001. Applied Numerical Methods in Engineering
ME 5202. Advanced Dynamics
ME 501. Robots Dynamics *Three Credit Course

FLUID ENGINEERING

ME 5101. Advanced Fluid Dynamics
ME 516. Heat Transfer *Three Credit Course
ME 5102. Advanced Gas Dynamics
ME 5103. Computational Fluid Dynamics

DESIGN & MANUFACTURING

ME 5001. Applied Numerical Methods in Engineering
ME 543. Design and Analysis of Manufacturing Process *Three Credit Course
ME 5441. Design for Manufacturability
ME 5420. Fundamentals of Axiomatic Design of Manufacturing Processes

Prerequisites

Applicants to the MS in Mechanical Engineering program should have a BS in mechanical engineering or a related field, such as other engineering disciplines, physics, or mathematics. Test scores, and other required application documents, can be found here.

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After Graduation

Graduates find opportunities in the manufacturing, professional, scientific, and technical services industries, as well as in government and academia. Alumni of WPI’s Mechanical Engineering program work for GE Aircraft Engines, Keurig, Wyman-Gordon Company, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Bose Corporation, Sikorsky, and more.

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Mechanical Engineering Department

The Mechanical Engineering Department is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.