School of Engineering Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering (M.S., D.E., Ph.D.)

Continue your studies in mechanical engineering at a program where you have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills while you work with industry giants and scholastic leaders.

You will have access to 88 dedicated laboratories. This includes our campus labs as well as facilities at the University of Dayton Research Institute, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Air Force Research Laboratories and several major private industries.

Major areas of concentration include:

  • Materials 
  • Thermo-fluids 
  • Solid mechanics 
  • Energy 
  • Robotics 
  • Design and manufacturing

Students interact closely with faculty in the classroom and work side by side with professionals in top-notch research facilities. Full- and part-time students enjoy the flexibility of evening courses taught by our dedicated faculty who have earned a national reputation for excellence in teaching.

The M.S., Ph.D. and D.E. programs attract some of the brightest minds in the field, providing you the opportunity to work on concentrations in engineering mechanics, energy, materials, thermo-fluids or robotics with the best teachers, professionals and fellow students.

Our master's program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit. The doctoral degree requires another 30 credit hours of coursework and 30 hours of research leading to a dissertation.

M.S. Admission Requirements

Applicants to the mechanical engineering program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé.
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Additional Information
Graduate assistantships are available for some programs; however, some restrictions may apply to international students. Some of the graduate assistantships are at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and require citizenship or permanent residency. Please contact individual programs for details.

Ph.D., D.E. Admission Requirements

Applicants to the mechanical engineering program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers
  3. A personal statement or résumé
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Additional Information
Graduate assistantships are available for some programs; however, some restrictions may apply to international students. Some of the graduate assistantships are at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and require citizenship or permanent residency. Please contact individual programs for details.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Click the "Review Degree Requirements" link and select your area of interest.