Gain an edge in today’s competitive marketplace by developing your analytic and strategic skills and learning how to apply them in fields that are growing in our region and around the world.
The objective of the Clarkson Mechanical Engineering program is to expand your understanding and application of solid mechanics, thermal fluid systems, materials and energy systems and advance your career opportunities in power systems, emerging energy technologies and product design evolution. As a student, we encourage you to consider MBA electives and non-technical courses to integrate business skills that complement your technical expertise.
We offer an MS degree in mechanical engineering both at the Capital Region Campus and in Potsdam, N.Y. Capital Region courses take place in the evening, while courses in Potsdam are typically held during the day.
MS in Mechanical Engineering, Main Campus
The master's in mechanical engineering programs consist of a minimum of 30 credit hours. Students complete the Potsdam-based MS program in one to five years.
Students interested in the following should explore our Main Campus MS:
Faculty Mentor Programs
A minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate coursework, including at least 20 credit hours of course and seminar work.
Satisfactory completion of one of the research or professional experience components.
A written thesis based on independent research.
A comprehensive examination.
An appropriate, professionally-oriented special project.
Those students who are not fully prepared to pursue graduate work in engineering may be required to take additional coursework for which graduate credit will not be given.
MS in Mechanical Engineering, Capital Region Campus
The master's in mechanical engineering program at the Capital Region Campus consist of a minimum of 30 credit hours. Students typically complete the MS at the Capital Region Campus in one and a half to two years, full-time, or in two and a half to three years, part-time.
The Clarkson University Capital Region Campus (CRC) in Schenectady, NY is a satellite campus for Clarkson University. The CRC caters to the working engineering professional, offering:
Evening On-site Courses
A Professional Setting
Outstanding Faculty who are adjuncts and professionals from within the industry
Degree Requirements (Professional):
With evening courses and part-time study, our Capital Region Campus offers the only engineering program in the capital region designed to meet the needs of working professionals. You’ll learn and network with other professionals who are seeking to advance their knowledge and become leaders in their fields. Coursework is also well-matched to recent graduates who want to benefit from learning alongside experienced professionals. The GRE is not required for acceptance into this program.
Our advisors work closely with students to understand their career goals and develop study plans that enable them to advance. Each student program will include a minimum of 10 graduate courses and an MS graduate project in mechanical engineering (total 30 credits).
"The more abstract problem-solving processes have made me a better engineer. Thinking through problems logically and applying thoughts rationally affords me more confidence when identifying paths forward for difficulties I face in my day-to-day work."
Alicia Stanton ’19, MS in Mechanical Engineering, Drug Product Engineer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Students must have a BS in engineering or equivalent field. Applications from students from other disciplines will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Students who are not fully prepared to pursue graduate work in mechanical engineering may be required to take additional courses for which graduate credit will not be given.
A complete application file consists of the following items:
Resume and statement of purpose.
Letters of recommendation — three letters required.
Test scores — GRE* and TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable).
*GRE is waived for Clarkson graduates. GRE scores may also not be needed for applicants with work experience, graduate degrees or other practical/applied skill sets. The GRE is not required for applicants to the Capital Region Campus MS program.
Supplemental information may be submitted if desired; this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.