Academic programs

Courses in both undergraduate and graduate programs explore fundamental principles of mechanical engineering and their application to modern technological problems. Students collaborate on interdisciplinary work where they research and design creative, leading-edge solutions to these problems.

Our curriculum focuses on the study of the following topics:

  • Dynamics, controls, and robotics
  • Manufacturing processes and advanced materials
  • Energy and environmentally-friendly "green" engineering
  • Engineering for health with biotechnologies and biomechanics
Mechanical engineering students at work

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME)

At the undergraduate level the department awards a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering that is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission ABET.

In addition to rigorous courses, undergraduates complete a senior design project, or capstone, and can undertake formal degree options. Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular student projects and competitions and undergraduate research.

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Master's programs

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)

The MSME degree is intended for students with an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering or a closely related field, who have studied fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, mechanics of materials, mechanical systems, systems analysis, machine design, and manufacturing.

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Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)

Students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than mechanical or aerospace engineering who have completed standard math, natural science, and engineering fundamental courses may qualify for admission to the MSE degree.

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Online option

Students have the opportunity to take master's classes online, on a full- or part-time basis. These classes are taught by the same expert UW faculty, but they provide the convenience of completing the master's degree from anywhere, at any time. We use the latest latest internet and video technologies to provide easy access to course materials and lectures.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mechanical Engineering

Study for a Ph.D. is approximately 30% course work and 70% research. Ph.D. students can attend the University of Washington on either a full-time or part-time basis.

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