Forbes magazine ranked “Mechanical Engineer” among the top 10 jobs for 2013. To advance your career in this steadily growing field, earn a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) from Villanova University. Our program is modern, relevant, balanced and comprehensive; providing foundations in basic theory coupled with contemporary engineering topics.
The program’s courses and research projects reflect the specialties of the College of Engineering’s highly distinguished and dedicated faculty, several of whom are nationally recognized leaders in their disciplines. In addition to the broad areas of thermal sciences, mechanics and materials, and dynamics and controls, courses are also offered in emerging fields like bioengineering and nanotechnology.
The MSME can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. Three graduate classes are offered each weeknight, and most courses are available through the College of Engineering's E-Learning program as well, providing flexibility and convenience for working professionals.
Before applying, please refer to the Mechanical Engineering Department's admission criteria.
- The MSME program requires 30 semester credit hours (10 courses), including at least 24 course credits and 6 credits of research for the thesis option.
- Only graduate and research assistants are required to write a thesis. It is optional for other students.
- All degree candidates are required to take ME 7000: Advanced Engineering Analysis.
- Students must maintain at least a "B" average.
- A maximum of six credits may be taken outside the department with the approval of the graduate committee chair.
- A maximum of six credits may be transferred from other institutions with the approval of the graduate committee chair. A grade of "B" or better is necessary for transfer of credits.
Tracks and Courses
There are three broad areas of study within the MSME program:
- Thermal Sciences
- Mechanics and Materials
- Dynamics and Controls
The department has a tentative three-year schedule for its graduate courses. Please be advised that the schedule may change depending on the availability of faculty, student interest, and other constraints.