A MechE Degree?
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers three programs of undergraduate study. The first of these, the traditional program that leads to the bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, is a more structured program that prepares students for a broad range of career choices in the field of mechanical engineering. The second program leads to a bachelor's degree in engineering and is intended for students whose career objectives require greater flexibility. It allows them to combine the essential elements of the traditional mechanical engineering program with study in another, complementary field. The third program, in mechanical and ocean engineering, is also a structured program for students interested in mechanical engineering as it applies to the engineering aspects of ocean science, exploration, and utilization, and of marine transportation.
All of the educational programs in the department prepare students for professional practice in an era of rapidly advancing technology. They combine a strong base in the engineering sciences (mechanics, materials, fluid and thermal sciences, systems and control) with project-based laboratory and design experiences. All strive to develop independence, creative talent, and leadership, as well as the capability for continuing professional growth.
In addition to the three MechE major programs, the Department also offers a minor program for those students who wish to acquire a basic knowledge of our field.
More information on all of these courses of study can be found in the Undergraduate Program area of this site.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a total of eight graduate degrees. Four of these are SM degrees with specification - Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science in Ocean Engineering, Master of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and Master of Science in Oceanographic Engineering (a joint degree offered by MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute). Three other degrees are designed with engineering practice in mind: the Master of Engineering in Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineer's Degree, and Naval Engineer's Degree. For doctoral candidates, the department offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) / Doctor of Science (Sc. D) program, the highest academic degree offered in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
More information on MechE graduate degrees can be found in the Graduate Program area of this site.