Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Consistently ranked among “top jobs,” today’s mechanical engineers are pursuing advanced degrees to distinguish themselves in this growing and evolving field. Make your mark with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) degree from Villanova University. Our program is modern, relevant and comprehensive. It meets the needs of the full-time student as well as the working professional, with 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 our E-Learning program as well, providing flexibility and convenience for working professionals.

Degree Requirements

  • 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 combined maximum of six credits may be either (1) taken outside the department with the approval of the graduate committee chair; or (2) 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 two-year rotating schedule for its graduate courses. Please be advised that the schedule may change depending on the availability of faculty, student interest, and other constraints.

 

Contact

Aaron Wemhoff, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies
Aaron.Wemhoff@villanova.edu
610-519-8045

Shaunda Williams
Graduate Program Administrator
Shaunda.Williams@villanova.edu
(610) 519-4981