Why earn a master's degree in mechanical engineering?

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Work in world-class facilities and collaborate with talented, experienced faculty. Our multidisciplinary research and learning environment focuses on manufacturing, materials science, mechanical design, thermal sciences, and aerospace applications. You'll graduate prepared to make an immediate impact in the field of mechanical engineering.

M.S. vs. M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering

UND offers graduate degrees in both Mechanical Engineering Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Engineering (M.Eng.). Both degrees are offered online or on-campus. Please connect with the Department of Mechanical Engineering before making a final decision.

Both degrees can incorporate an:

  • Interdisciplinary perspective such as bioengineering or environmental engineering, or
  • Focus on design, including manufacturing processes, vibrations, stress analysis, materials, power, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, or combustion

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

The M.S. is more popular. Your M.S. studies require a research project and thesis, or completion of an independent study and written report.

M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering

The M.Eng. is geared toward practice and is more course based. As a M.Eng. candidate, you'll complete an engineering design project before graduation. Small class sizes — typically 10-15 students — mean you'll have easy access to advisors and build a quick rapport with your class.

Graduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering

  • More than two-thirds of students in the mechanical engineering program receive financial support.

  • 3:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

  • Collaborate on real-world projects. Recent graduate research sponsors have included NASA, the National Science Foundation, LM Wind Power, and others.

  • Access leading-edge research facilities on campus, including the Advanced Engineered Materials Center, the Institute for Energy Studies, and Energy & Environmental Research Center.

  • UND mechanical engineering students can find opportunities locally at internationally known companies.

  • Study at the only graduate mechanical engineering online program in the region.

Mechanical Engineer Careers


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Job growth for mechanical engineers, 2019

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Mechanical engineering is one of the most versatile engineering disciplines. You'll find job opportunities in a broad spectrum of industries, including:

  • Airlines
  • Alternative Energy
  • Construction
  • Consumer Products
  • Defense Industries
  • Medical
  • Petroleum
  • Transportation

When You Earn a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering

A master's degree in Mechanical Engineering gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Computer-Aided Design
  • AutoCAD
  • SolidWorks (CAD)
  • Creo Elements/Pro (Computer-Aided)
  • Design Software
  • Finite Element Methods

Top Companies that Recruit UND Mechanical Engineers

Our mechanical engineering graduates have gone to work at companies including:

  • 3M
  • Arctic Cat
  • Boeing
  • Emerson
  • Goodrich Corp.
  • Marvin Windows
  • Polaris

Graduate Mechanical Engineering Courses

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Top Online Engineering College

UND's online master's in mechanical engineering program recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top online graduate engineering program in the nation. This program can be completed within two years.

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