MEng in Mechanical Engineering


Program Description

The Master of Engineering is a non-thesis professional degree, based primarily on coursework and/or on an engineering project designed with the guidance of a faculty advisor to address a need or problem specific to their engineering field of study (Civil, Environmental, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering). This degree program is designed to provide a broad, practice-based education.

Student Learning Outcomes

LO1. Demonstrate the ability to apply graduate-level critical thinking skills to formulate and solve advanced mechanical engineering problems:

  • Acquires knowledge on advanced contemporary engineering topics and computational tools specific to mechanical engineering.
  • Develops the ability to identify, formulate, and solve relevant advanced mechanical engineering problems.
  • Develops the ability to synthesize, explain, verify, and justify solutions to complex mechanical engineering problems.

LO2. Demonstrate the ability to, independently and creatively, design, plan, and conduct complex mechanical engineering projects:

  • Assesses the state of the art in the field of study.
  • Applies, independently and creatively, appropriate engineering theories and tools towards developing a viable solution for the project.
  • Designs and conducts activities specific to the project.

LO3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively the results of a comprehensive research project through oral presentations and publications.

  • Creates a report reflecting the integration of knowledge acquired through the project.
  • Delivers an oral presentation to peers summarizing the work performed on the project and its outcomes.
  • Synthesizes and presents the relevance of the engineering project in both technical and non-technical terms.


The Master of Engineering (MEng) program offers a practice-oriented education that prepares graduates for real-world engineering challenges.

Degree requirements

  • The Master of Engineering (MEng) requires the completion of 30 hours of coursework.
  • At least half of the coursework, not including the practice-oriented project, must be in engineering. This minimum may be higher in some academic emphases.
  • A thesis is not required; however, a practice-oriented project of up to 6 hours is optional in some emphases.
  • Within the total of 30 units, you must complete a minimum of 3 units in applied engineering mathematics, as well as 3 units of engineering management or business.
  • You must take at least 10 units of coursework from your home institution.
  • Prior to graduation, you must satisfy the requirements of a capstone event, which is developed and administered by your advisory committee.

Also, note the following policies that apply to all students who choose NAU as their home institution:

  • The Graduate College at NAU requires at least 24 hours of formal coursework—that is, courses other than individualized courses such as independent study, research, and master's project.
  • You may apply up to two 400-level courses toward your degree (6 credit hours maximum).
  • A limit of 25% of your coursework (a maximum of 7.5 hours) may be transferred from accredited institutions outside Arizona, provided the grade is "A" or "B". You will need to fill in a petition to transfer, form, and ask for the signature of the chair of your advisory committee.
  • You are responsible for choosing the chair and members of your advisory committee by the time you complete 9 units of coursework. Also, no later than the first month of the semester in which the 10th credit unit is taken, you must submit a program of study (POS) listing all coursework intended to satisfy the MEng degree requirements. Note that the POS is subject to the approval of your advisory committee and the Graduate Programs Director at NAU.
  • Additional requirements for each of the program emphases are described on the specific departmental pages. Each academic emphasis has specific course requirements in addition to the general program requirements described above.

If you do not have a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent in Mechanical Engineering, then you will be required to complete pre-admission courses to achieve equivalency.

Last updated May 2020

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