What is Mechanical Engineering?

The Mechanical Engineering graduate program in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering  (MME) offers both MS and PhD degrees. The PhD degree requires the completion of a dissertation in addition to the course credit hour requirements and qualifying exams.

Graduate level courses in core Mechanical Engineering areas as well as in emerging areas are offered. Academically, the program is grouped into research foci consisting of: (1) Structural Dynamics and Acoustics; (2) PHM, Intelligent Systems and Reliability Engineering; (3) Advanced Manufacturing; (4) Engineering Simulation and Applied Mechanics; (5) Nano-Technology and Bio-Medical Engineering; (6) Therma-Fluid and Enhanced Heat Transfer; (7) Advanced Materials Research.

Admission Requirements

  • GRE - Required of all international students; GRE is exempt for students that earned a degree from an ABET accredited university (or equivalent accreditation) in the USA with a GPA of 3.0+
  • Transcript(s) and Degree Certificates (unofficial transcripts are used for admissions review, only admitted applicants submit official transcripts)
  • GPA minimum 3.0 or equivalent
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • International students - English Proficiency Test: TOEFL (minimum 92) or IELTS (minimum 6.5)

The Department has state-of-the-art research laboratories in Vibrations and Acoustics, Computational Mechanics, Nanotechnology, Manufacturing, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Thermal Processing and Thermal Fluids, Heat Mass Transfer, Fuel-Cells and Microscale Flow, and Heat Transfer. Currently, five major research centers are housed in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, which provide many opportunities for students and faculty to engage in scholarly research and knowledge creation. These are:

  1. NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems
  2. UC Simulation Center - a UC/P&G Collaboratory
  3. Siemens Simulation Technology Center
  4. NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials
  5. Additive Manufacturing Center
  6. Laser Shock Peening (LSP) Center

In addition, faculty in MME receive research funding from national agencies (NSF, DOE, NASA, DOD, EPA) as well as numerous industries. Research assistantships and teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines and additional application information can be found at the CEAS Office of Graduate Studies.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.