Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Program Description

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Welcome from the graduate program coordinator.

On behalf of the mechanical engineering graduate faculty, I welcome you to discover the different facets of our dynamic program at the University of Vermont. We offer a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree and a Master's of Science (M.S.) degree in mechanical engineering, as well as an accelerated M.S. degree in mechanical engineering for qualified students. In 2012, the program has received a record number of applications for admission, and is currently home for 40 graduate students, including 15 Ph.D. students. This represents a net increase of about 20% in graduate student enrollment in this program since 2011. The main asset of the UVM mechanical engineering graduate program is the human factor that is our dedicated faculty and staff, and motivated students.

Curriculum. We continuously update our curriculum to address modern topics in mechanical engineering, and to offer a breadth of courses that makes studying in our program more flexible, whether you intend to earn an M.S. as a continuing student from local industries, or directly obtain a doctorate right from your bachelor. Most of our graduate students are full-time and actively engaged in research projects with one or two faculty mentors who will be dedicated to your success. The size of the program also enables you to have close interactions with the rest of the faculty, and to regularly participate in the life of the program via graduate student seminars and invited speaker presentations.

Graduate. Since its creation, 200 students from across the United States and various countries around the world have graduated from the UVM mechanical engineering graduate program. Also, we actively seek to admit a diverse group of students in mechanical engineering to address the contemporary challenges of our Society. To date, our graduates have achieved successful careers in academia as distinguished professors, in industry as engineers and entrepreneurs, and in government positions as program directors for national funding agencies or scientists at national laboratories.

Faculty and Research. The success of our graduate program is build on a distinguished faculty whose research is recognized nationally and internationally through innovation, dissemination of knowledge in high-impact journals, and research awards. Recently, our faculty has won major awards from Department of Defense, Department of Energy, NASA, and the National Science Foundation, and includes the recipients of one ARO young investigator award, one DoE early career award and two NSF CAREER awards. Clearly, our focus is to create a research environment that is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative from which our students can thrive.

Admission. Each application is reviewed once a complete online submission is received. It is strongly recommended to submit your application by February 1 to obtain full consideration in the fall admissions, and September 1 for the spring admissions. Also, a link is provided in the sidebar to help determine whether you satisfy the minimum qualifications for admission.

Thank you again for visiting our website. I very much look forward to seeing you study in Vermont in Mechanical Engineering.

Douglas Fletcher, Ph.D.

Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator

Applicant Qualifications

The mechanical engineering graduate program seeks to attract excellent students. We offer a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree and a Master's of Science (M.S.) degree in mechanical engineering, as well as an accelerated M.S. degree in mechanical engineering for qualified undergraduate students. Each student must meet the general requirements for admission as outlined under the regulations of the University of Vermont Graduate College. Typically, students entering the program have received a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or a related field. Applicants with other backgrounds will be evaluated individually and must complete prescribed undergraduate technical course work. Part-time study leading to the Master of Science degree is also possible for engineers who are employed in the vicinity. Applications are accepted from the United States and around the world.

Application for Admission

To be considered for admission in our graduate program in mechanical engineering, students must complete an official application with UVM Graduate College using the on-line application process. Applications are evaluated based on transcript information, GRE (general test), statement of purpose, and recommendation letters to develop a complete understanding of an applicant's likelihood to succeed in advanced study of mechanical engineering. While applications are reviewed as soon as they are received, we appreciate your patience until the admission decision is made. The deadlines for application submission are:

  • February 1 for fall admissions.
  • September 1 for spring admissions.


If English is not the applicant’s first language, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score is required. UVM requires a minimum band IELTS score of 6.5. and 7.0 for funding. For TOEFL see scores see attached chart. For information about test dates and sites for TOEFL, contact TOEFL ; and for IELTS, contact IELTS . If an international student has attended a U.S. institution for three or more years, the Office of Admissions may waive the requirement for TOEFL or IELTS scores on a case-by-case basis.

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Last updated February 2, 2016
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