Degree Programs-Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Master's Degree Programs

Multiple options are available under the M.S. degree program to satisfy needs and fulfill goals of the students. All M.S. options discussed below are self-supported or have an outside funding source (such as the student’s employer) to pay for tuition and living expenses. Too see annual tuition rates at Carnegie Mellon University, visit the HUB website.

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering – Course-Work Option

This program is designed for students who want to become engineering professionals in private industry or the government sector after graduation. In this option, students take advanced graduate-level courses to expand their knowledge base beyond a typical undergraduate Mechanical Engineering curriculum. A wide range of fundamental and specialized courses are available that allow students the flexibility to specialize in a given area. Specialized courses are designed to provide in-class project experience to various degrees.  Nearly 80% of our graduate students select to graduate with the MS-Course option. Click here to find more details about degree requirements.

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering - Research Option

This program is designed for students who want to perform graduate level research, to either pursue a PhD degree or work in industry after graduation. Admission to MS-Research option does not guarantee admission into our PhD program. PhD students are accepted through our direct PhD program. Students admitted to this option will perform research with a faculty member for the entire duration of the program. Students are matched with the faculty member at the time of admission. Since the emphasis is on research, course requirements are less.  The culmination of the research-option MS is a final research report and presentation to faculty and students at the annual Bennett Conference, held in the spring of each year. Click here to find more details about degree requirements.

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering – Accelerated Masters Program

For Current Carnegie Mellon Undergraduates

An accelerated program is available to Carnegie Mellon undergraduate students who also wish to complete a Course-Work Master's degree in mechanical engineering. Exceptional students can apply for admission to the program at the end of the first semester of the Senior year and must meet the requirements for admission to the Department's graduate program.
Please refer to the Accelerated Graduate Program website for additional information.

Master of Integrated Innovation for Products & Services

The Master of Integrated Innovation for Products & Services (MII-PS) degree combines engineering, design and business skills to create products that meet users’ or stakeholders’ value expectation. The degree is offered by the Integrated Innovation Institute, which is a joint program of the Carnegie Institute Technology (CIT), the College of Fine Arts (CFA) and the Tepper School of Business. The program takes one year (two semesters) to complete and is self-supported.

The MII-PS program focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to developing products. The MII-PS is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, industrial design or related fields with a strong interest in product development. Please visit the Master of Integrated Innovation for Products & Services website for more information.

Master of Science in Computational Design and Manufacturing

This innovative program is intended for students who have a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and desire to advance their careers by acquiring problem-solving skills with modern computational engineering tools such as computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided engineering (CAE) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM). Students will sharpen their skills by learning the theories and applications of computational design and manufacturing methods through a balance of course and project work. The project work provides students with practical problem-solving experiences through the use of commercial computational tools or the development of their own custom software.

Dual Degree and Master of Engineering & Technology Innovation Management

Engineering and Technology Innovation Management MS (E&TIM) educates future engineering leaders by coupling technical education with frameworks to lead, foster, and manage technical innovation. A summer internship is an integral element of this interdisciplinary program.
The Mechanical Engineering M.S. Degree Course Work Option may be combined with the E&TIM program to form a 21-month dual degree M.S. program that equips students to drive value creation from technical innovation based on their understanding of technical concepts, innovation management fundamentals and real world implications.

Master of Energy Science, Technology and Policy

Effective solutions to energy problems will come from engineers and technical managers who understand the interdisciplinary challenges of energy, and who are well informed on the broad issues of energy supply, demand, storage, utilization, policy, sustainability, and the environment.  The Carnegie Mellon Energy Science, Technology and Policy (ESTP) program addresses this need with a professional engineering master’s degree that is based in engineering, aligned with new discoveries in science, attuned to sustainability and the environment, and informed by a broader perspective in economics and public policy.  Depth in the ESTP curriculum is associated with declaring a concentration and taking specialized coursework in one of six engineering disciplines, which include Mechanical Engineering.  Students must apply and be admitted directly to the College of Engineering ESTP program, and applications are submitted through the program's website.