M.S. in Mechanical Engineering - Applied Advanced Study

The department will no longer be admitting and enrolling new students to the MS in Mechanical Engineering - Applied Advanced Study degree after Spring 2024. Students already admitted and enrolled in the MS in Mechanical Engineering - Applied Advanced Study degree during or before Spring 2024 will remain eligible to complete their degree requirements through Spring 2025. Students interested in this program are encouraged to apply to the MS in Mechanical Engineering - Advanced Study degree as the same educational outcomes can be achieved through that degree. 

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering–Applied Advanced Study (126 units)

This 126 unit program allows you to delve into a technical concentration and experience professional development opportunities as part of the curriculum. A required summer internship rounds out your graduate education.

Students pursuing the M.S. in Mechanical Engineering - Applied Advanced Study program will:

  • Strengthen and broaden their skill sets/competency through exposure to graduate level courses in Mechanical Engineering
  • Be able to apply mathematics and engineering principles to solve problems found in practical settings
  • Acquire depth in one primary subject area
  • Be able to work in teams to propose, plan, and execute projects of engineering relevance
  • Be able to disseminate engineering work to a broad professional community via written and oral communication
  • Have the experience of applying engineering, professional, and communication skills to applied problems in an industrial or research setting

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

Students pursuing this master’s program have additional requirements:

  • Students in this program are required to participate in a summer internship to gain real-world professional experience in industrial or research settings.
  • Students must complete course 24-798: Internship in Mechanical Engineering (3 units) during their summer semester*
  • Students must complete course 39-699: Career and Professional Development for Engineering Masters Students (3 units).

Students may choose from these concentrations:

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

At 126 units, this program can be completed in three semesters including the summer term.

Master’s students talk about their team projects for the Advanced Mechanical Design course:

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.

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

*Students in this program will incure an additional tuition charge for the three units they complete during their summer semester. 

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

Need more info?

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