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Graduate Program/Research

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers both Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in all fields of mechanical engineering. Admission is based on an appropriate baccalaureate degree and the requirements of the Graduate School. Persons holding a bachelor’s degree in another engineering discipline or in a science may be admitted. In such cases it may be required that some undergraduate courses be taken without graduate credit.

An individual program of study is planned by each student in consultation with his or her graduate committee. The program will include courses from both the engineering mechanics and thermal science fields. Ordinarily only six credits of acceptable 400-level courses may be included in a M.S. degree program.  The primary focus of the Ph.D. is on independent research and thus course work is a smaller portion of the total consideration.

For students with a strong interest in other disciplines, the opportunity exists for a M.S. degree program of study in which at least 60 per cent of the required work is done within the Mechanical Engineering Department. The remaining work may be taken in the other discipline if the student’s advisory committee approves it as part of a coherent degree in Mechanical Engineering.

The Master of Science degree with thesis requires a thesis comprising a minimum of six semester hours of credit as well as 24 semester hours of course work. The non-thesis Master’s degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work and a comprehensive examination.  The Ph.D. requirements are spelled out in the graduate guidelines which are available from the link at the top of the page.

If you have any questions or need additional information about the graduate program, please contact the MEE Graduate Coordinator. For all reseach related activities please visit the individual faculty websites.


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Mechanical Engineering
5711 Boardman Hall, Room 219
Orono, ME 04469-5711
Phone: (207) 581-2120 | Fax: (207) 581-2379E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469