Purdue University Graduate Programs in Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers programs leading to the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.S.M.E.) and Doctor of Philosphy (Ph.D.).

Both Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and the Doctor of Philosphy (Ph.D.) in Mechanical Engineering degrees are Purdue University degrees administered by the Department of Mechanical & Energy Engineering along with the IUPUI Graduate Office here on the IUPUI Campus in Indianapolis, IN.

Also, offered is a five-year combined B.S. and M.S.M.E. degree (Combined BSMS) available to qualified undergraduates. 

Graduate faculty in the department have research interests in the areas of biomechanics, CAD/CAM, combustion, composites, computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer, computational mechanics, dynamics and control, finite element analysis, manufacturing, robotics, solid mechanics, structural mechanics, and vibration. Each graduate degree program provides advanced training in engineering analysis, research, and professional development. Master's programs have thesis and non-thesis options hours. The department's strong resources and rigorous intellectual demands prepare its Master's and Ph.D. graduates to accept increasingly challenging responsibilities in their professional work. 

Active research activities are facilitated by well-equipped research laboratories (including Advanced Energy Research Laboratory, Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing Laboratory, Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Propulsion and Combustion Research Laboratory) and a machine shop. Students may benefit from opportunities to conduct their advanced research and design projects using the state-of-the-art facilities. Students have access to the University Information Technology Services network, as well as the computing facilities of the Computer Network Center (CNC) of the School of Engineering and Technology. The facilities of CNC include UNIX-based workstations as well as Windows-based personal computers. Financial assistance is available on a competitive basis for qualified graduate students, through fellowships and through research and teaching assistantships. For more information, contact the Graduate Office at (317) 278-4960 or send e-mail to

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    • Mechanical Engineering MSME
    • Mechanical Engineering PhD
    • Computer-Aided Mechanical Engineering Grad Certificate
    • Energy Management and Assessment Grad Certificate
    • Engineering Design Innovation Grad Certificate
    • Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technology Grad Certificate
    • Systems Engineering Grad Certificate 
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Graduate Degrees in Mechanical Engineering