Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

The 30-hour mechanical engineering graduate program strengthens your ability to creatively solve technical problems.

Preparing You For Success

The degree gives you technical expertise to further your engineering career. Though designed for students with undergraduate mechanical engineering degrees, you can enter the program conditionally if you have a degree in another engineering or related field.

Classes broaden your knowledge through a combination of theoretical studies and relevant research or design projects. You can tailor the degree to your career interests by choosing in-depth study in a mechanical systems design or energy systems/thermal sciences concentration. 

By the time you graduate, your experiences may include:

  • At least 24 graduate credit hours of coursework
  • At least three credit hours of graduate research
  • One graduate math course (statistics, numerical methods or engineering analysis) approved by your advisor

Making Your Mark

Bradley’s mechanical engineering graduate program successfully prepares you to advance your career or to pursue a doctorate. In recent years, all Bradley mechanical engineering students found employment or started doctoral courses within six months of graduation. They’re working at places such as CNH Industrial, General Motors, the U.S. Air Force, Caterpillar, Komatsu among others.

Graduate Program Requirements

Students who choose the courses-only option will be required to complete the 30 graduate credit hours through coursework only. Students who choose one of the two research options must complete the 30 graduate credit hours with at least 24 graduate credit hours of coursework and up to 6 graduate credit hours of research (i.e. ME 681: Research Project or ME 699: Thesis).

Each student must choose to focus on one specialty area.

Mechanical Systems Design

  • ME 540: Advanced Mechanical Vibrations - 3 hrs.
    or ME 544: Mechanical Systems Analysis - 3 hrs.
    or Advanced Controls
  • ME 502: Problems in Advanced Dynamics - 3 hrs.
  • ME 557: Advanced Design of Machine Elements - 3 hrs.
  • ME 501: Advanced Thermodynamics - 3 hrs.
    or ME 515: Intermediate Heat Transfer - 3 hrs. 
    or ME 521: Intermediate Fluid Mechanics - 3 hrs.

Thermal Science

  • ME 501:  Advanced Thermodynamics - 3 hrs.
  • ME 515: Intermediate Heat Transfer - 3 hrs. 
  • ME 521: Intermediate Fluid Mechanics - 3 hrs.
  • ME 540: Advanced Mechanical Vibrations - 3 hrs.
    or ME 544: Mechanical Systems Analysis - 3 hrs.
    or Advanced Control
    or ME 502: Problems in Advanced Dynamics - 3 hrs.
    or ME 557: Advanced Design of Machine Elements - 3 hrs.

Note: The student’s advisor must approve the Program of Study, including any subsequent changes. All students are required to pass a Master’s Comprehensive Exam (MCE) in their respective area of concentration.