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Mechanical Engineering (M.S.)

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

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. program attracts 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.

Plan of Study

University Catalog for overview and courses for the master's in mechanical engineering degree.

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.)

Program Details

Because of our region's history of innovation, design, aerospace and manufacturing, the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is the ideal place for you to develop your skills and career as a mechanical engineer. Our department and faculty strengths: aerospace, energy, mechanical systems, controls, biomechanics, materials and manufacturing — will become your strengths.

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.


Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Jamie Ervin, Department Chair

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0238