M.S. in Mechanical Engineering - Advanced Study

If you are looking to become an engineering professional in private industry or the government sector, we invite you to explore the unique curriculum of the M.S. in Mechanical Engineering - Advanced Study program. Most of our applicants find that this is the best master’s program for them.

As a student, you will acquire depth in a concentration while pursuing project-based experiences, working in teams on real-world problems, and developing a range of professional skills. At 120 units, this program can be completed in three semesters (six for part-time students).

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering–Advanced Study (120 units)

The M.S. in Mechanical Engineering - Advanced Study program prepares graduate students to be collaborative problem-solvers in an evolving world of emerging technologies and manufacturing trends. Immersed in project-based learning, students have the flexibility to choose an academic concentration based on their interests and goals.

Students with a bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline or equivalent are encouraged to apply to this program.

Four concentrations are available:

  • Design and manufacturing of mechanical systems
  • Energy and thermal fluid systems
  • Robotic and control systems
  • Self-defined (through petitioning the Department of Mechanical Engineering)

See the course requirements and descriptions for each concentration.

The curriculum goes beyond these specialties by incorporating course work and opportunities to develop and strengthen professional skills in leadership and communications. In addition, students may opt to perform a small amount of research.

Students may also choose to pursue a summer internship that provides them with real-world professional experience in industry, the government sector, or in other areas.

At 120 units, this program can be completed in three semesters (six for part-time students).

Engineering outside of the classroom

As a graduate student, you will be encouraged to participate in co-curricular engineering and design experiences on campus. A sampling includes: the MechE Graduate Research Symposium, college-wide or university-wide research symposia, and organizations such as Carnegie Mellon Racing.

What's new?

Students in the Robot Design and Experimentation course share their work:

Each of our master’s programs provides:

  • hands-on learning and collaborative problem-solving through project-based courses
  • flexibility to tailor your curriculum according to your interests and goals
  • ongoing services and programming to enhance communication, leadership, and team-building skills in the Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh ecosystems 
  • personalized career advising services and networking opportunities to ensure your long term professional success.


Our master’s programs are self-supported or have an outside funding source (such as the student’s employer) to pay for tuition and living expenses. To see annual tuition rates, visit Carnegie Mellon’s The HUB website.

Note that immigration regulations do not allow Carnegie Mellon University to issue visa documents for part-time master’s programs.

Apply here! (by these deadlines)

The application for Fall entry opens in October.

Need more info?

Review our admission process and frequently asked questions for more details.