Graduate Studies in Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering program at Missouri S&T offers a comprehensive graduate education in a number of exciting areas. Doctoral and thesis masters students conduct high-impact research in our laboratories and centers while being mentored by world-class faculty. Non-thesis masters and certificate programs are also available for students wanting to update and enhance their technical skills. We offer the Doctor of Philosophy (traditional and direct from bachelors) and Master of Science (thesis and non–thesis options) degrees, as well as certificates in Composite Materials and Structures, Control Systems, Energy Conversion and Transport, Manufacturing Automation and Engineering Mechanics. All graduate degrees and certificates are available to distance students. Students pursuing research studies (i.e., thesis masters and doctor of philosophy) can apply for Teaching Assistantships through the department and for Graduate Research Assistantships by contacting MAE Faculty‌ directly.  The university has Kummer I&E Doctoral Fellowship available to highly qualified domestic and international PhD students, and the department has Mathews and Kaiser Fellowship available to highly qualified domestic and international PhD students. 

Almost all of our students conducting research receive support for their graduate studies.  Click on the link below to learn more about the many funding opportunities available to our students.

Funding Opportunities


Dr. Gao with her PhD student working on nanophotonic devices under the optical microscope.  Dr. Gao's research focuses on nanophotonic devices and optic technologies. 

Dr. Jonghyun Park, assistant professor, and Mr. Jie Li, Ph.D. candidate, of the mechanical and aerospace engineering department at Missouri S&T, investigate unique processing methods for manufacturing battery electrodes that could lead to transformational enhancements in battery capacity, energy density, and life cycle.

As part of a Honeywell-Missouri S&T research collaboration agreement, a five-year ~ $5 million project entitled “Metal Additive Manufacturing Materials Analysis” has been established at Missouri S&T under direction of Dr. Ming Leu with research funding provided by Honeywell.