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Master of Science in Engineering - Mechanical Engineering



What will I learn?

The Master of Science degree is designed to give post-baccalaureate students a broad understanding of the mechanical engineering field while providing some depth in a specific option area. Option areas include Dynamic Systems and Controls, Fluid and Thermal Sciences, Materials and Mechanics, Engineering Management, Mechanical and Environmental Systems, Nuclear Engineering, and Aerospace Engineering. Applicants who choose the M.S.E. program usually have an interest in more than one aspect of Mechanical Engineering. They are interested in gaining research and/or design experience to become better prepared for the workforce or further graduate study. Graduates from the program have gone to work in a broad range of industries including automotive, aerospace, nuclear, energy, oil, entertainment, HVAC, defense, utilities, and manufacturing.

Available Options

Non-Thesis Track

Thesis Track

Integrated BS-MS Track

Career Possibilities

Mechanical engineers are concerned with the principles of force, energy and motion. They are professionals with expert knowledge of the design, manufacture, and maintenance of all sizes of mechanical systems, thermal devices and processes. Products and processes developed by mechanical engineers include engines and control systems for automobiles and aircraft, electric power generation plants, lifesaving medical devices and consumer products. Virtually every aspect of life is touched by mechanical engineering. Typical career options are:

Environmental engineering
Food processing
Heating and air conditioning
Heavy equipment
Machine tools
Public utilities
Solar energy

A Master of Science degree is often the extent of postgraduate education that an individual interested in entering into the practice of mechanical engineering would need. Some of graduates advance into a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering degree mainly for academic careers.

Which department am I in?

Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$24,050.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 May 2023, 1 October 2023

Start date

17 January 2023, 28 August 2023, 16 January 2024


Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering

4505 S. Maryland Pkwy.,



89154, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Bachelor’s Degree – You must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, or an approved international equivalent. Grade Point Average – You must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 (4.00=A) for your bachelor’s degree, or a minimum 3.00 (4.00=A) for the last two years (60 semester hours).

For international students

The applicant must have a bachelor's degree in engineering or a closely related discipline.

In general, a minimum post-baccalaureate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or equivalent is required for admission in addition to a GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or equivalent in all engineering courses.

English Proficiency Requirement:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Minimum score: 6.5; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (Paper-based) Minimum score: 74; (Computer-based) Minimum score: 213; (Internet-based) Minimum score: 80. Michigan Test of English Language Placement (MTELP) - Minimum score: 85; Pearson Test of English (PTE)- Minimum score: 65.

Application Deadline: May 1 for fall semester; Oct. 1 for spring semester.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Nevada

UNLV provides excellent teaching quality and the diverse modern methods it uses ensure students are at the cutting-edge of their chosen field.

  • Wide selection of study programs including unique options
  • Most diverse school in the U.S (2022 U.S. News & World Report)
  • Thriving campus life amongst the lively Las Vegas atmosphere
  • R1 top tier award from Carnegie for research-related learning

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