Graduate Programs

With faculty expertise in mechanics, materials, manufacturing, thermal and fluid sciences, robotics, mechatronics, control, design, and optimization, along with partnerships in various departments within the College of Engineering and Computing and College of Science, the Department of Mechanical Engineering provides opportunities for students to continue their studies and pursue research in a wide range of disciplines.  Read on for further information, or contact Robert Handler.

Graduate Programs


Mason Engineering’s PhD in information technology with a mechanical engineering concentration is designed for students interested in pursuing research in a specific area. Doctoral students may choose research in areas as broad as continuum mechanics, or more specific topical areas such as solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, or robotics. The program prepares students to become leaders at universities, as well as at national and industrial laboratories.

Check the catalog for official information and requirements.

For more information, contact Robert Handler

Accelerated Master's

The breadth of the mechanical engineering discipline prepares motivated students to pursue an accelerated master’s degree. Up to twelve credits of graduate coursework can be applied towards the completion of both BS and MS degrees allowing a student to earn both degrees in as little as 5 years. Currently, the department administers this degree in several areas including applied and engineering physics, bioengineering, civil engineering, computational science, data analytics, electrical engineering, information technology, operations research, and systems engineering.  For the latest list of programs and requirements, please visit the catalog.

Graduate Certificate in Naval Ship Design

The graduate certificate in naval ship design provides students with the fundamentals and hands-on experience to be effective ship designers and design managers. Through coursework and experiential learning, students will develop specific knowledge in the art of naval ship design and acquire the skills to support the management of new and in-service design programs. Upon completion of the certificate program, graduates will be able to:

  • Design a vessel to execute a specified mission profile.

  • Critically assess the impact of vessel design decisions on the concept of operations.

  • Support programmatic needs by translating fleet requirements to design specifications while managing cost.

The program consists of four core courses plus a student-selected relevant elective course at the 500 level or above. Details on specific course requirements are available in the catalog. Questions can be addressed to Leigh McCue. 

“Our program is designed for students interested in traditional areas of mechanical engineering, as well as research topics of current interest such as biosensors, nanomaterials, and microfluidics.”

— Robert A. Handler, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the graduate program