Villanova’s Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) program is modern, relevant and comprehensive.

In addition to the broad areas of thermal sciencesmechanics and materials, and dynamics and controls, courses are also offered in emerging fields like bioengineering and nanotechnology.

Our Community

Pursuing an engineering master's degree at Villanova is to become part of a close-knit scholarly community. Professors are highly available and engaged in their students' success.

Master's in Mechanical Engineering:

  • 16% female
  • 56% part-time
  • Average age: 26
  • Total enrollment: 63

Flexible Options

Classes are conveniently held in the evenings to allow you to successfully balance work and family while earning your degree. You can participate in class on campus, in real-time (synchronously) via our E-Learning program, or on your own schedule through recorded materials and lectures. Our graduate programs are unique in that you can combine online and on campus options, attending class and participating remotely depending upon your availability and preference. You can also complete your mechanical engineering graduate degree entirely online. Learn more about the opportunities of E-Learning.

Successful Outcomes

Graduates of Villanova's Master's of Mechanical Engineering program go on to careers at companies such as:

The Boeing Company

Ford Motor Company

L3Harris Technologies

Lockheed Martin

Naval Surface Warfare Center

Northrop Grumman



Ongoing research areas for faculty in Mechanical Engineering:

  • Autonomous systems
  • Unmanned surface and underwater vehicles
  • Biomedical topics including bone fracture mechanics and cryopreservation of tissues
  • Energy efficient data center thermal design
  • Mechanical and thermal characterization of thin film nanomaterials
  • Health care diagnostics and management
  • Biomimetic materials design



Qianhong Wu, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies


Deogratius Kisitu, Graduate Assistant

"Villanova's MSME program is outstanding; the rigorous, solid courses and groundbreaking graduate thesis research have greatly augmented my knowledge and skills as an aspiring thermal engineer.”

Deogratius Kisitu, Graduate Assistant


Mary Beth Biddle, graduate of Villanova's Master's in Mechanical Engineering program.

“I was able to take courses from renewable energy and manufacturing to composites and finite element analysis—a wide range of topics that I couldn’t necessarily find in other programs.”

Mary Beth Biddle, Mechanical Engineer, Lockheed Martin; Adjunct Professor, Thomas Jefferson University


Gregory Karambelas, Senior Associate / Mechanical Engineer, CannonDesign

"The MSME program gave me the opportunity to connect engineering with nature. From my thesis on biomimetic materials science that analyzed the naturally occurring strength of seashells, to my courses in heat transfer and renewable energy. These gave me the solid foundation of HVAC system design I use to this day in making buildings operate more sustainably with our environment."

Gregory Karambelas, Senior Associate / Mechanical Engineer, CannonDesign