Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Program

Mechanical Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering Masters Degree or Doctorate Overview

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering provides advanced coursework and research that blends basic Mechanical Engineering with fundamental engineering principles and practice. Closely tied to industry needs and applications, the program supports research in turbulence, mechanical design, additive manufacturing, computational fluid dynamics, microgravity fluid management, micro fluidics, motion synthesis for manufacturing and material handling processes. The program features research thrusts spanning a wide range of cutting-edge and specialty areas. 

The PhD in Mechanical Engineering program takes this effort one step further, delving deep into research with the purpose of discovering, changing or enhancing critical aspects of engineering. Closely tied with industry research and development needs, the program focuses on pushing the boundaries of what mechanical engineering could become in the future.

Applicants to the master's program need a solid undergraduate engineering background, while applicants to the PhD program need a strong graduate engineering background. Both programs require applicants to display an ability to work independently, and a desire to work on problems with no obvious solution. 

Degree Details

Location Definitions:

On campus:
100% on campus
100% online
Combination of online and on campus
  • M
    On campus
    Total Credits
    Start Term
    Fall, Winter, Spring
  • D
    On campus
    Total Credits
    Start Term
    Fall, Winter, Spring

Mechanical Engineering Masters Degree or Doctorate: Why PSU?

From zero-gravity experiments in space to developing nano-materials for biomedical application, faculty within the Mechanical & Materials Engineering Department engage in a variety of innovative research areas. At Portland State University, students can work in tandem with faculty who are locally and internationally recognized as academics on the forefront of their endeavors.

Department Research can be categorized into three specialty areas: Design & Manufacturing, Materials Science, and Thermal & Fluid Science.

Ongoing research in the Design & Manufacturing area includes:

  • Agile & Adaptive Robotics
  • Controls
  • Nano Electronic Packaging

Ongoing research in the Materials Science area includes:

  • Advanced Materials & Manufacturing
  • Biomaterial
  • Nanodevice Fabrication & Nanomaterial Synthesis

Ongoing research in the Thermal & Fluid Science area includes:

  • Capillary Fluidics
  • Green Building
  • Microscale Fluidics
  • Wind, Energy, & Turbulence

Portland State University serves the Portland metropolitan area, which is a vibrant and growing community with a culturally diverse population. Portland State University's motto, "Let knowledge serve the city," highlights the campus as a leader in location and international university-community partnerships.

Upon graduation, students find they are well-equipped to enter the workforce with the following industry partners: Autodesk, Blount, Blue Origin, Boeing, Daimler Trucks North America, Galois, Hewlett-Packard, Hyster-Yale, Intel, Jacobs Engineering Group, NASA, Nike, PAE Consulting Engineers, PCC Structurals, Portland General Electric, Precision Castparts, 3D Systems, Tektronix, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Warn Industries, Xerox, and others.

What can I do with a Master's degree or Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering?

Careers in the Mechanical Engineering field can span various industries, including:

  • additive manufacturing
  • aerospace
  • automotive
  • biomedical
  • construction
  • defense
  • electronics
  • energy
  • heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
  • industrial
  • materials and metals
  • mechanical design
  • patent law
  • railway
  • research and development

Featured Courses

  • ME 551/651 Engineering Analysis
  • ME 507/607 Seminar


  • ME 542/642 Advanced Heat Transfer
  • ME 448/548 Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • ME 452/552 Control Engineering I
  • ME 455/555 Finite Element Modeling and Analysis
  • ME 457/557 Introduction to Robotics
  • ME 474/574 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping, and Additive Manufacturing


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).