The 21st century poses a number of challenges, but to the mechanical engineer, these challenges represent opportunities to make a difference for future generations. Whether it means helping to protect the environment, improve transportation, or develop sustainable energy sources, the prospects for employment and advancement remain strong. Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest disciplines in the engineering industry, and exciting positions are opening up in a wide variety of fields, from agriculture and aerospace to medical and manufacturing.

The support I have received for my master’s thesis has been incredible. Through the faculty and staff’s insights, guidance, and wisdom, I have developed a deeper understanding as well as an eclectic set of skills. Sotatsu Mitsuboshi

mechatronic systems

Keeping up with advancing technology is crucial to your success as a mechanical engineer, and many employers consider graduate education essential. Lawrence Technological University’s Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering aims to expand your technical knowledge, improve your communication skills, and enhance your advancement opportunities. The program also prepares you to continue your education should you choose to pursue a doctoral degree.

Lawrence Tech’s MS in Mechanical Engineering features a comprehensive curriculum structured to fully prepare you for careers in such fields as combustion engines, emissions, energy systems, manufacturing processes and systems, structural analysis, powertrain systems, dynamics, vibrations, thermal sciences and fluid mechanics.

Developed for full-time students and professionals who are graduates of ABET-accredited undergraduate engineering programs, the MS in Mechanical Engineering is a 30-credit-hour program designed to accommodate your busy schedule. Courses are offered in the evenings and the degree can be completed in approximately two years.

Depending on your goals, you can choose between a coursework-only option or a thesis option, which consists of coursework and a thesis. The coursework-only option offers a choice between two tracks of study, solid mechanics and thermal/fluid systems, and consists of four core courses and six electives. The thesis option consists of four core courses, four electives, and a thesis on a topic chosen in conjunction with your employer.

Your 30-credit-hour program consists of your choice of two tracks:

Core Courses 12
  Thermo Fluids Track  
    EME 5253    Engineering Analysis I  
    EME 5153    Applied Thermodynamics  
    EME 5353    Transport Phenomena I  
    EME 5363    Transport Phenomena II  
  Solid Mechanics Track  
    EME 5253    Engineering Analysis I  
    EME 5333    Advanced Dynamics  
    EME 5213    Mechanical Vibrations  
    EME 5223    Advanced Mechanics of Materials  
Thesis or Electives (select six from the following areas)
  Master's Thesis  
  Thermal/Fluid Systems  
  Solid Mechanics, Dynamics, and Vibration Systems  
  Energy Systems  
  Manufacturing Systems  
  Automotive Systems  
  Mechatronics Systems  
Total 30

Admission to Lawrence Tech’s Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program is competitive and requires:

  1. Submission of the Application for Graduate Admission
  2. A Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from an accredited (or equivalent) university with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  3. Official transcripts of all completed college work
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. A resume, including professional experiences and extracurricular activities

Applicants who do not meet all of the conditions for regular graduate admission may be considered for provisional admission by the Graduate Admissions Committee, provided they demonstrate an exceptionally high aptitude and promise for doing graduate work in this area and hold a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical or electrical engineering. Applicants may be required to take the GRE examination and pass the TOEFL examination.

Additionally, the academic background of candidates will be evaluated by the Graduate Admissions Committee as part of the admissions process. Students found deficient in a particular subject area are required to enroll in pre-core crossover courses before being allowed to enroll in some of the core program courses. No graduate credit will be granted for these courses.

For more information, contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at 800.225.5588 or

For specific questions about the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program, contact the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at 248.204.2550 or

These procedures and forms are provided for current students.