Degree Specialties-Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Degree Specialties

This list serves as a guideline for areas of focus so that students can further pursue their specific interests within the broad discipline of mechanical engineering if they choose. Specializations/areas of focus are not listed on diplomas. The list does not change the flexibility in the mechanical engineering graduate program – a degree specialization/focus is not required. However, if students wish to focus in a certain area, they can do so. 

To focus in a given area, it is recommended that students take three to five courses in the area. The motivation is two-fold:  i) it provides a concrete list of courses to take if they want to specialize in a given area, and ii) it may help students become effective more quickly in the workplace with a graduate degree. 

Students are encouraged to take courses in the various focus areas in other departments as well.

600 level courses are also offered to undergraduate students.

Focus Areas and Recommended Courses

Fundamental Area - Design & Manufacturing

Fundamental Area - Dynamics & Controls

Fundamental Area - Solid Mechanics, Vibrations and Materials

Fundamental Area - Thermal Fluids

Cross-cutting Area - Bioengineering

Cross-cutting Area - Computational Engineering

Cross-cutting Area - Energy & the Environment

Cross-cutting Area - Micro/Nanotechnology

Cross-cutting Area - Product Development

Cross-cutting Area - Robotics