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.

The MSME program offers students two degree options:
Option I: Coursework and Thesis
Core Courses (4 courses) 12
Electives (3 courses) 9
Thesis 9
Total Credit Hours 30
Option II: Coursework Only
Core Courses (4 courses) 12
Electives (6 courses) 18
Total Credit Hours 30
Total Semester Credit Hours: 30  
  Core Courses - Thermal-Fluid Systems Track  
    EME 5253    Engineering Analysis I  
    EME 5153    Applied Thermodynamics  
    EME 5353    Transport Phenomena I  
    EME 5363    Transport Phenomena II  
  Core Courses - Solid Mechanics, Dynamics, and Vibration Track  
    EME 5253    Engineering Analysis I  
    EME 5333    Advanced Dynamics  
    EME 5213    Mechanical Vibrations  
    EME 5223    Advanced Mechanics of Materials  

Students can choose elective courses and receive a concentration in one of six fields: Automotive; Energy Systems; Manufacturing; Mechatronics; Solid Mechanics, Dynamics, and Vibration Systems; and Thermal-Fluid Systems. Students who choose the thesis option can obtain a concentration if they take two courses from one of the above areas and write their thesis in that same field. Students not writing the thesis can obtain a concentration if they take four courses in one of the concentration areas. Students will be credited for only one concentration.

  EME 6283 Engineering Analysis II 3
EME 5433 Vehicle Dynamics 1 3
EME 5453 Vehicle Crashworthiness 3
EMS 6343 Automotive Manufacturing 3
EME 6353 Automotive Mechanical Systems 3
EME 6373 Powertrain Systems 1 3
EME 6383 Powertrain Systems 2 3
Energy Systems
EME 5263 Energy Resources and Technology 3
EME 5273 Heat Pipes 3
EME 5283 Elements of Nuclear Engineering 3
EME 5293 Fusion Engineering 3
EME 5313 Biofuels & Biomass Energy Eng. 3
EME 5373 Alternative Energy Engineering 3
EME 5983 Special Topics - Solar Energy Engineering 3
EME 6163 Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 3
EME 6103 Engineering Materials 3
EMS 6203 Manufacturing Processes 3
EMS 6303 Computer Integrated Manufacturing 3
EMS 6323 Expert Systems in Manufacturing 3
EMS 6403 Quality Control 3
EMS 6703 Manufacturing Systems 3
MRE 5183 Mechatronic Systems I 3
MRE 6183 Mechatronic Systems II 3
EME 5323 Modern Control Systems 3
EEE 5534 Digital Control Systems 4
EEE 5654 Digital Signal Processing 4
MRE 5143 Aerospace Systems Engineering 3
MRE 5813 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles 3
MRE 6143 Adaptive Control in Mechatronic Systems 3
MRE 6283 Autonomous Wheel Power Mgt. Systems 3
MRE 6293 Intelligent Tire and Vehicle Structure Mechatronics 3
Solid Mechanics, Dynamics, and Vibrations Systems
EME 6113 Fatigue Analysis 3
EME 6123 Automotive Structural Analysis 3
EME 6213 Fundamentals of Acoustics 3
EME 6493 Theory of Plates and Shells  3
EME 6533 Mechanical Vibrations II 3
EME 6553 Structural Stability 3
EME 6593 Random Vibrations & Spectral Analysis 3
EME 6613 Elasticity I 3
EME 7113 Fracture Mechanics 3
Thermal-Fluid Systems
EME 6133 Viscous Flow 3
EME 6153 Incompresible Flow I 3
EME 6223 Conduction Heat Transfer 3
EME 6233 Convection Heat Transfer 3
EME 6243 Radiation Heat Transfer 3
EME 6253 Turbulence 3
EME 6393 Compressible Flow I 3
EME 6413 Advanced Thermodynamics 3
EME 6523 Combustion and Emissions 3
EME 6543 Computational Fluid Dynamics 3
EME 6563 Aerodynamics 3
EME 7213 Advanced Combustion and Emissions 3
EME 7543 Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics 3

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 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

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