The Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering prepares young engineers to enter the competitive engineering workforce or to embark on their further academic studies in a Ph.D. program.
Recognized nationally as a leader in experiential education, the University of New Haven offers an intensive, 30-credit master’s degree program in mechanical engineering. Take advantage of practical and hands-on study both inside and outside of the classroom with courses in finite-elements, renewable energy systems, computer-aided engineering, computational fluids, structural mechanics, and more. Course study is enhanced through a number of interactive, state-of-the-art facilities, including our mechatronics/robotics laboratory, instrumentation/mechanics laboratory, thermofluids laboratory, solar testing equipment, engineering maker space, and more. You will also have the opportunity to choose an in-class project or a research project or thesis option to complete your program, with a focus on an area of research of your choosing. Classes are small and personalized, with an average of 20 students per class.
Courses that Build Knowledge and Skills
Students complete 30 credits, 15 credits of required, and 15 credits of electives. Coursework builds the essential strong analytical capabilities that mechanical engineers need while including relevant technical skills most employers and Ph.D. students desire. Most courses have project components or design-oriented content so students can apply their analytical and technical skills to real-world problems.
Mechanical engineering students can choose the topic for their research projects. A group of students recently opted for the highly relevant and newsworthy topic of renewable, alternative energy sources for their project. Their work explored solar heating of domestic hot water systems, wind turbine energy, and heat pipe theory as it relates to evacuated solar collectors.
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30 graduate credits are required for completion.
5 required courses (15 credits) and 5 elective courses (15 credits) are needed for completion of this program.
Specialized areas of study include:
Applied Heat transfer
Solid Mechanics/Computer-Aided Design
Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy Systems
Courses are offered both days and evenings Monday through Friday. Most classes are evenings from 6−9 p.m. on the main campus.
MECH 6602 Mechanical Engineering Analysis
MECH 6610 Advanced Dynamics
MECH 6615 Elasticity
MECH 6630 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
MECH 6632 Applied Conduction Heat Transfer
MECH 6604 Numerical Techniques in Mechanical Engineering
MECH 6605 Finite Element Methods in Engineering
MECH 6611 System Vibrations
MECH 6613 Fundamentals of Acoustics
MECH 6620 Classical Thermodynamics
MECH 6627 Computer-Aided Engineering
MECH 6633 Convection Heat Transfer
MECH 6635 Dynamic Systems and Control
MECH 6638 Measurement and Instrumentation in ME
MECH 6642 Combustion
MECH 6645 Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer
MECH 6651 Microscale Energy Transfer
MECH 6655 Introduction to Mechatronics
MECH 6670 Special Topics
MECH 6690 Research Project
MECH 6695 Independent Study I
MECH 6696 Independent Study II
MECH 6698 Thesis I
MECH 6699 Thesis II
Sample Research Projects:
Design of journal bearings for high-temperature application
Phase change materials
Three-in-one solar technology (funded by U.S. Department of Energy)
HVAC fault detection and diagnosis (funded by U.S. Department of Energy and United Illuminating)
Underwater robot (funded by NINGBO InterSmart Robotic Systems)
Application of Artificial Intelligence in robotics
Below is an example of the schedule of course offerings over the first year.
MECH 6602 MECH 6615 MECH 6630 MECH 6632 MECH 6627 Special Topics Electives
MECH 6604 MECH 6605 MECH 6645 Special Topics Electives
15-week (full semester term) format
Time to Completion
The average time to completion is 18 to 24 months.
We offer two types of scholarships/assistantship to our international master’s students.
Dean’s scholarship provides up to 50% tuition assistance during their enrollment.
Provost Assistantship offers 75% tuition assistance and the opportunity to work for an academic department up to 20 hours per week during their enrollment.