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Graduate Programs

The Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering brings together faculty members and post-baccalaureate students into a community of scholars with a common interest in innovation, creativity and advanced professional study. It seeks to provide, in the atmosphere of a professional school, the widest possible opportunity for advanced study and investigation and for intimate association among workers whose common objective is to extend the boundaries of their profession.

The Mechanical Engineering Department offers the following graduate degrees:

  1. Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (SMME)
  2. Master of Science in Ocean Engineering (SMOE)
  3. Master of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (SMNAME)
  4. Master of Science in Oceanographic Engineering (SMOGE, joint MIT/WHOI degree)
  5. Master of Engineering in Manufacturing
  6. Mechanical Engineer's (ME) degree
  7. Naval Engineer's (NE) degree
  8. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Science (ScD), which differs in name only (this includes the joint MIT/WHOI degrees)

The department also participates in the dual-degree Leaders for Global Operations Program (LGO).


MechE also participates in the Joint Program with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; however application for admission to that program is done through the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science & Engineering website. If you wish to be considered for the MechE graduate program independently of the MIT-WHOI Joint Program, please also complete the MechE online application.


Persons interested in applying to the Graduate Program should start by reading the Guide to Graduate Study in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. This document contains essential information about entrance requirements, application procedures, financial support, and thesis supervision. It also provides detailed descriptions of the many graduate degrees that are available.


The Guide to Graduate Study is available in PDF format. It can be dowloaded from the link below.


Guide to Graduate Study in Mechanical Engineering at MIT (PDF)


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