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.


  • The applicant's undergraduate record and letters of recommendation must indicate the ability to undertake graduate studies.
  • Applicants should ideally hold an accredited bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or its equivalent. Applicants not possessing an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering may be required to take additional undergraduate courses prior to admission.
  • The undergraduate course of study should have included, in addition to the usual two years of basic science and mathematics, at least one year of course work in the areas of solid mechanics, dynamics, thermal sciences, fluid mechanics, materials science and/or design.
  • Scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are required for international applicants and graduates of institutions not accredited by ABET.
  • International applicants must give evidence of adequate proficiency in the English language by achieving a score of at least 600 (equivalent to 250 in computer-based score) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). IELTS scores may be substituted for the TOEFL.

Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for complete details and application deadlines. 

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 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 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.