Graduate Mechanical Engineering

Join the dynamic atmosphere as a graduate mechanical engineering student — learn, grow and develop your skills as an engineer, scholar and professional. We offer M.S., Ph.D. or D.E. programs that will challenge you to conceive, design and analyze products and systems. Join us and study with researchers and professors who are committed to providing the framework for solutions to important challenges facing our world.

Career Outlook and Highlights 

  • No. 1 — Catholic university for sponsored engineering R&D
  • No. 2 — in Ohio for sponsored physical S/TEM (physical sciences, math and engineering combined) R&D
  • No. 3 — Catholic university for sponsored R&D in all categories
  • No. 10 — nationally for federally sponsored engineering R&D

Plan of Study

University Catalog for Graduate Mechanical Engineering (M.S., D.E., Ph.D.)

Master of Science (M.S.) in Mechanical Engineering

A minimum of 30 semester hours:

  • Thesis option: 24 semester hours of course work (8 classes) and 6 semester hours of research credit
  • Non-thesis option: 30 semester hours of course work (10 classes). (Suggested for International Students.)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mechanical Engineering

A minimum of 60 semester hours:

  • 30 hours of course work beyond the M.S. and 30 hours of research leading to a dissertation.

Doctor of Engineering (D.E.) in Mechanical Engineering

A minimum of 60 semester hours:

  •  39 semester hours beyond the M.S. and 21 hours of research leading to a dissertation.

Areas of Research

  • Aircraft thermal management
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Combustion
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Kinematic design & optimization
  • Noise & vibration control
  • Tribology

Program Details

You'll enjoy a dynamic atmosphere of learning at the University of Dayton, which allows you to become an engineering scholar and professional.

Mechanical engineers synthesize principles of the physical sciences, mathematics, economics and human relations. Engineers in these areas conceive, design and analyze aerospace, thermal, mechanical, material, manufacturing and energy systems.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the online application, you should submit the following:

  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.

Application Deadlines

Applications accepted on a rolling basis with the following approximate general deadlines:

  • Fall Term: June 15th
  • Spring Term: November 15th
  • Summer Term: March 15th

Please contact your department chair to follow up on exact deadlines.

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300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0238