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Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

The Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering is designed to prepare students for further studies at the doctoral level or for students who want to advance in their careers, particularly those who want to specialize in a specific area. Whether they are interested in robotics, renewable energy, biomedical engineering, aerospace, or automobiles, this degree program builds on the principles they learned as undergraduates—as well as the hands-on experience they gained in their jobs—by providing more in-depth education.

Our M.S. in Mechanical Engineering is designed to be completed in 2 years and qualifying students can be approved early, which allow undergraduate students to begin taking master’s courses during their last year prior to earning their bachelor’s degree. Ultimately, this allows qualifying students the ability to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 5 years.

It has two options, thesis and professional (non-thesis). It is a research-based program of study, requiring students to complete independent research that culminates in several projects and, in one of the options, with a thesis project. Either option includes a rigorous curriculum and allows students to concentrate their program in the specialized areas of their choice. 

What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineers design and implement innovative, real-world solutions to complex problems related to mechanical, thermal and fluid systems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics. They also consider public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors.

In today's world of rapid change, innovations and advancements in mechanical engineering are continuously needed to strengthen the quality of life by making it safer, more enjoyable and more productive. We educate and train highly skilled and experienced mechanical engineers to meet growing workforce needs in Texas and the United States.

Careers in Mechanical Engineering

Anything that involves force, energy, or motion involves mechanical engineering. Because mechanical engineers design and work with all types of mechanical systems, careers in this field span across many industries.

A mechanical engineer working in the aerospace industry could design the next big energy-efficient jet engine. The robotics industry employs mechanical engineers who build robots that help save lives. The entertainment industry also demands the talents of mechanical engineers who design grand, moving Broadway stages and thrilling roller coaster rides.

According to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), aspiring engineers can find a career in just about any industry, including:

  • Aerospace
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Bioengineering
  • Design
  • HVACR: Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials
  • Nuclear
  • Petroleum
  • Robotics
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Systems
  • Tribology 

How much do Mechanical Engineering graduates make?

According to PayScale, there is a substantial wage premium for having a Master's degree vs. a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering: $83,000 vs. $74,000 - a $9,000 premium per year. 

Plus, with a master's degree, an engineer is more likely to advance to the Senior Mechanical Engineer position sooner with a substantial salary bump to an average pay of $97,000. 

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New, $54 Million Engineering Building

In Fall 2019, Tarleton opened a 98,000-square-foot facility on the Stephenville campus that brings together complementary programs into the School of Engineering. This innovative facility provides mechanical engineering majors with access to extensive study and work areas with state-of-the-art equipment for enhanced classroom and lab experiences.

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Prepare for work in high-tech fields of engineering

As a master's mechanical engineering student at Tarleton, you will have access to extensive research- and industry-grade equipment and software. Tarleton's state-of-the-art Engineering Building features advanced 3-D printing and prototyping, fluid mechanics and heat transfer research and development trainers — such as a Rankine Power Cycler, FluidMechatronix pumping and control system, and Hybrid Energy Lab for fuel cell studies — a heating, ventilating and air conditioning unit; automation and controls lab systems; a 145-mph wind tunnel; a 10 kN universal-testing machine; and a hydraulics flume.

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Engage with faculty who care about and nurture your success

The faculty have extensive teaching, research and professional experiences that build the foundation for the program curriculum. They offer additional guidance and support through undergraduate advising, mentorship and professional growth. They also help students find internship and research opportunities through their vast professional networks.

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Apply for scholarships and financial aid

Mechanical engineering majors may qualify for a number of program and departmental scholarships. Just fill out the common application for consideration of all scholarship and financial aid opportunities available at Tarleton.

What classes will you take as a Mechanical Engineering major?

The MEEN-MS program is an industry-focused, practice-oriented degree that will deepen mechanical engineering skills in design, manufacturing, controls, robotics, and energy and sustainability. The main areas of study in our MEEN-MS program are mainstream in mechanical engineering nationally and in the state of Texas:

  • Mechanics of Solids and Materials
  • Design, Manufacturing, and Materials Selections
  • Thermal-Fluid Systems and Heat Transfer
  • Power, Energy, and Sustainability
  • System Dynamics, Controls, and Robotics
  • Nanotechnololgy and MEMS Devices
  • Advanced Performance Materials and Structural Health Monitoring

View all required classes for the master's degree.


The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

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