Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering program (MSME) is designed as a course of study to provide graduate engineers with a deeper and broader understanding of the methods and skills in the area of mechanical engineering.

The program outcomes are achieved through knowledge and skills that students gain by virtue of expert curriculum design, instruction in an effective learning environment, and opportunities for inquiry and professional development.

Students will take courses in the following broad domains:

  • Thermal Systems: This domain includes instruction in renewable energy, energy conversion, computational fluid dynamics, turbomachinery, gas dynamics, electronics cooling, heat and mass transfer.
  • Mechanical Systems: This domain includes courses in applications of theory of elasticity, robotics, kinematics, advanced dynamics, composite materials and fracture mechanics.

Students will be able to identify, formulate, and solve advanced mechanical engineering problems. They will also be able to use the techniques, skills, and modern analytical and software tools necessary for the mechanical engineering practice. Sequences of electives, as well as a master's Project/Thesis, will assist in achieving the program's learning goals.

Program Overview

The aim of the MSME program is to achieve the following basic objectives:

  • Students will be educated in methods of advanced engineering analysis, including the mathematical and computational skills required for advanced problem solving. They will be trained to develop the skills and the ability to formulate solutions to problems, to think independently and creatively, to synthesize and integrate information/data, and to work and communicate effectively.
  • Students will be provided with in-depth knowledge that will allow them to apply innovative techniques to problems and utilize the tools they need to focus on new applications.
  • Students will avail themselves of a breadth of knowledge that fosters an awareness of and skills for interdisciplinary approaches to engineering problems.
  • Undergraduate students in mechanical, aerospace, civil, chemical, industrial, and manufacturing engineering have the opportunity to pursue, upon completion of their undergraduate studies, a graduate program that would allow them broader career paths and leadership roles in the mechanical engineering area. Students outside the above engineering fields (e.g. physics, applied mathematics, etc.) will be assigned to take specific bridge courses in their area of specialization interest to meet the course prerequisite.


Mechanical engineering is a highly diverse discipline that ranges from the aesthetic aspects of design to highly technical research and development. The student population for the MSME program has several origins. Typical examples are as follows:

  • Engineers and scientists who, responding to the specific needs of their industry across the spectrum of special domains listed above, need to acquire skills so that they may effectively guide the development of technologies which will enhance product quality and business opportunities
  • Engineers and scientists who wish to fulfill their need for personal and professional growth in the mechanical engineering domain
  • Engineers who aspire to academic careers and those who wish to eventually continue their studies toward a Ph.D. degree
  • Engineers aspiring to a career change
  • Current undergraduate engineering students and alumni who desire an opportunity to continue their studies for an advanced engineering degree at Fairfield University