Graduate Programs

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Mechanical Engineering: Ph.D., M.S.M.E., M.S.M.E./MBA, B.M.E./M.S.M.E., 4+1, M.S.M.E. Online


The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of master of science in mechanical engineering (M.S.M.E.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in mechanical engineering. The graduate programs are designed to provide considerable flexibility in the selection of course work and specialization. Independent research, a requirement for the Ph.D. degree, is optional for the M.S.M.E. degree. M.S.M.E. students may choose a research-based thesis track, or a coursework-based nonthesis track. The nonthesis M.S.M.E. option may be more suitable for part-time students.

Current UD undergraduate students can be considered for admission to the 4+1 B.M.E./M.S.M.E. (i.e. bachelor of mechanical engineering plus M.S.M.E.). A dual degree in the M.S.M.E. and MBA programs is also available to graduate students.


Degrees Offered

Mechanical Engineering–M.S.M.E.

Mechanical Engineering–M.S.M.E./MBA (COE)

Mechanical Engineering–M.S.M.E./MBA (LCBE)

Mechanical Engineering–Ph.D.

Mechanical Engineering–M.S. (Online)



Application Deadlines

Ph.D. Fall admission deadline:

January 15: Priority consideration for admission and to be considered for departmental funding.
July 31: Final deadline to apply.


January 31Priority consideration for funding
July 31Final deadline to apply


October 30: Priority consideration for admission

December 31: Final deadline to apply


We encourage all applicants to apply in the fall term. Space in the class becomes more limited for spring applicants, resulting in a more competitive application term.

UD Tuition

The 2024-2025 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $1,069.

All or nearly all doctoral students receive a stipend and full tuition scholarship.