Master Of Science (MSE) in Mechanical Engineering

Shape Your Future With a Master’s in Engineering

The Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) – Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Michigan-Flint prepares students to advance their careers and be a part of building a better world. 

Designed to meet the needs of a diverse student cohort, the master’s in mechanical engineering program blends flexible full- or part-time in-person course schedules with expert faculty mentorship, real-world experience, and state-of-the-art equipment to provide a transformative graduate education. 

As part of the College of Innovation & Technology (CIT), the MSE in Mechanical Engineering empowers students to gain vital, hands-on experience, growing their technical skill set and solidifying their theoretical and practical knowledge.

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Why Earn Your Mechanical Engineering Master’s Degree at UM-Flint?

Inspire Powerful Economic Impact

As the most diversified engineering discipline, mechanical engineering sparks innovation in manufacturing, aerospace, power generation, automotive, energy, HVAC, and biomedical industries, which can enact meaningful economic change. That’s why our master’s in mechanical engineering prioritizes student’s real-world experience and highlights industry needs within local communities.

Not only does our program empower graduates to develop new start-up companies and promote economic development, but we also provide public and community service to Flint, Genesee County, and the State of Michigan.

Research Opportunities

UM-Flint’s mechanical engineering program creates a collaborative learning environment where students can engage with their classmates, faculty, the Flint community, and industry partners. Our leading-edge explorations equip MSE graduates with in-demand skills and training essential to advancing their careers in industry, government, and academia.

Connect with Expert Faculty

During their studies, students work closely with UM-Flint’s renowned faculty, who are regularly published and actively involved in ongoing research, proposal writing, and other scholarly activities. With their professional knowledge and experience, our faculty are devoted mentors who guide and support students both inside and outside the classroom.

Learn in a Supportive Community

Our mechanical engineering master’s program utilizes a cohort model to foster a community-based learning environment. As they progress through the program, students collaborate with classmates who share their passion for problem-solving, innovation, and project management. This cohort structure increases engagement and helps students build a strong support network for personal and professional development.

Master’s in Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

The mechanical engineering graduate program curriculum aims to build practical and technical skills that position students as competitive candidates in the engineering industry.

Students take four core classes in mechanics of materials, thermodynamics, dynamics and control, and fluid mechanics. These advanced courses lay the foundation for the remainder of the program, comprising either four graduate-level EGR courses or three graduate-level EGR courses and one AUE course.

Additionally, graduate students could choose to pursue the thesis option or the non-thesis option. Students who choose the thesis option must secure a thesis advisor, take two thesis courses, and complete their thesis and an oral defense. Those who decide upon the non-thesis option must enroll in two EGR or AUE graduate-level courses and pass the master’s-level exit examination. 

Review the detailed Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering Curriculum.

Academic Advising

Need guidance as you work toward your master’s in mechanical engineering degree? CIT’s expert Graduate Programs Manager is ready to help! Committed to your success, our  Graduate Programs Manager can assist you with class selection, degree plan development, and much more. 

Contact Aubree Kraut, [email protected].

Mechanical Engineering Career Outlook

The demand for engineers and their valuable skill sets is on the rise as more and more companies seek out these qualified professionals to help build a better, more sustainable world. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects the employment of mechanical engineers to increase by 10 percent over the next decade, which translates into over 19,000 mechanical engineer job openings each year.

Although a graduate degree is not always required, earning a master’s in mechanical engineering can positively impact earning potential. Typically, mechanical engineers’ median annual wage is $96,310; however, their salary can range from $61,990 to over $150,000 based on the industry in which they work and their professional experience.

Admission Requirements

UM-Flint’s online Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree seeks applicants who meet the following requirements:

Program Requirements

We encourage prospective students from other engineering disciplines to apply to UM-Flint’s MSE mechanical engineering program. Applicants who have not earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering may need to complete prerequisite courses before admission to the program.

These courses could include:

  • EGR 230 – Statics (4)
  • EGR 260 – Mechanics of Deformable Solids (4)
  • EGR 280 – Science of Engineering Materials (4)
  • EGR 315 – Machine Element Design (4)
  • EGR 350 – Fluid Mechanics (4)
  • EGR 353 – Thermodynamics (4)
  • EGR 370 – Dynamics (4)

Contact the CIT Graduate Programs Manager for transcript evaluations and guidance at [email protected].

Applying to the MSE in Mechanical Engineering

At UM-Flint, we make the application process straightforward. To apply to our master’s in mechanical engineering program, please submit the following materials:

  • Application for Graduate Admission.
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable).
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Please read our full transcript policy.
  • For any degree completed at a non-US institution, transcripts must be submitted for an internal credential review. Read the following for instructions on how to submit your transcripts for review.
  • If English is not your native language, and if you are not from an exempt country, you must demonstrate English proficiency.
  • International students on a student visa (F-1 or J-1) may begin the MS program in the fall or winter semesters only. To comply with the immigration regulations requirements, international students on a student visa must enroll in at least 6 credits of in-person classes during their fall and winter semesters.
  • University of Michigan will consider a three-year degree from India equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree if the degrees have been earned with a minimum of 60% marks and the awarding institutions have been accredited by India’s National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with a grade of “A” or better.
  • Statement of Purpose: Describe your objectives for graduate study and reasons for selecting this program. You may submit statements online during the application process or email them to [email protected]
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be from individuals familiar with your work in academic or professional contexts who can comment on your critical thinking skills, ability to undertake independent projects, and capacity for collaborating with colleagues. We send electronic recommendation requests as a part of the online application process.

Email additional application materials to [email protected] or deliver them to the Office of Graduate Programs.

Applicants who attended an institution in India where the language of instruction was exclusively English cannot use that method exclusively to meet the English proficiency requirements. Applicants who attended a verified English-medium institution must also submit an approved test score or use one of the other approved methods. Those with a 5.0 IELTS score are eligible for standard admission and have no further English proficiency requirement; those with below a 5.0 IELTS score will not be admitted.

Students from abroad must submit additional documentation.

*If you are a US citizen or permanent resident and wish to waive this requirement, you may make your case to the Director of Graduate Program by emailing [email protected]. You must provide sufficient evidence that you have the requisite English proficiency.

**The university reserves the right to require an applicant to provide other evidence of English proficiency if independent sources cannot verify that the language of instruction was exclusively English.

Application Deadlines

Prospective students interested in the mechanical engineering graduate program must submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs by 5 p.m. on the day of the application deadline. This program offers rolling admission with monthly application reviews. To be considered for admission, please submit all application materials on or before:

  • Fall – May 1* (guaranteed consideration/international student deadline)
  • Fall – August 1 (if space permits, US citizens and permanent residents only)
  • Winter – October 1 (guaranteed consideration/international student deadline)
  • Winter – December 1 (if space permits, US citizens and permanent residents only)

The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the winter semester. Those students from abroad who are not seeking a student visa may follow the other application deadlines noted above.

*Applicants must have a complete application by the early deadline to guarantee eligibility for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

Estimated Tuition and Cost

At UM-Flint, we are committed to making education accessible. That’s why we ensure graduate students receive competitive tuition rates and helpful financial aid resources that aid in financing their education.   

Learn more about UM-Flint’s tuition and financial aid.

Ignite Your Passion with UM-Flint’s Master’s in Mechanical Engineering

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree program at the University of Michigan-Flint helps you transform your education and take your career to the next level.

Ready to expand your technical skills and be a part of shaping the future? Request information, or start your UM-Flint application today!

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