Degrees

  • Master of Science (MS) Degree Requirements

    The MS program seeks to prepare graduate students by providing them with practical and theoretical engineering knowledge, training the students to be able to become technical leaders, design a research methodology that solves an existing engineering problem, to present on their research, and to contribute to the scholarly work of the global mechanical engineering community.

    Please contact megrad@vt.edu for specific location information. Acceptance into the VT Mechanical Engineering graduate program is based on the overall application package.  In general, the minimum target requirements are listed in the ME section of the Graduate Catalog. The application materials required can be accessed from the Graduate Policies and Procedures Handbook.

    Master of Science (MS) Degree Requirements

    The Master of Science (MS) in Mechanical Engineering requires that masters’ students complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study beyond the baccalaureate, and complete a research thesis. MS students must submit a Plan of Study before completing the first semester registered as a MS student.

    The MS in Mechanical Engineering must include the following minimum requirements:

    1. Research and Thesis (5994): 6 hours minimum (A maximum of 10 hours of 5994 can be used. Students should register in additional research hours as ME 7994 towards the PhD and these hours should not appear on the MS plan of study)
    2. Approved coursework meeting the following requirements:20 hours minimum
    • Courses numbered 5000, or higher: 15 hours minimum
    • ME Coursework: 9 hours minimum
    • ME approved Mathematics or Statistics:  3 hours post baccalaureate
    • A maximum of two Virginia Tech 4000 level courses can be used to meet degree requirements and should be on the Technical Elective List for undergraduate ME students.  If it is a conjoint course, it must be taken at the 5000 level.
    • A maximum of 6 hours of Special Study (5984 only), and a maximum of 6 hours of Independent Study (5974 only), with the total of both not to exceed 9 hours is allowed.
    • Transfer courses meeting Graduate School policies, may be listed and approved on the Plan of Study.

    No courses below the 4000 level will be accepted for graduate credit.

    International VT-TUD Dual Master of Science Degree
    The Virginia Tech-Technische Universität Darmstadt (VT-TUD) Dual Master of Science Degree requires that the student complete one year at each university, for a total of 45 semester credit hours of coursework and 15 semester credits of thesis and research.  The coursework at TUD is in German and the thesis is written in English.  MS degree requirements for both Virginia Tech and the Technische Universität Darmstadt must be completed to receive the diplomas from each university.  Refer to the Graduate Policies and Procedures Handbook.

    Concentrations

    Biomedical Engineering

    Mechanical Engineering graduate students may earn a Biomedical Engineering Option through the VT-WFU School of Biomedical Engineering & Sciences while pursuing an advanced degree. Upon completion of certain requirements the option is placed on the student’s transcript when the degree is conferred. For option requirements please refer to the SBES web page: www.sbes.vt.edu

    Nuclear Engineering Graduate Certificate

    A student must take a total of at least 9 credit hours with a letter grade of B or better in every course to obtain the Nuclear Engineering Graduate Certificate. Six credit hours must be from 5000-level courses or higher.  More information is available in the Graduate Catalog.

    Required:
    NSEG 5114 Nuclear Engineering Fundamentals: 3 credits
    Electives: Minimum 6 credit hours from the approved course list (at least 3 credit hours must be at the 5000-level or higher)

  • Master of Engineering (MENG) Degree Requirements


    The MEng program seeks to educate graduate engineering students by delivering a broad-based theoretical curriculum developing students’ ability to address specific engineering problems in order to enhance industry and the technical community.

    Please contact megrad@vt.edu for specific location information. Acceptance into the VT Mechanical Engineering graduate program is based on the overall application package.  In general, the minimum target requirements are to the left.  The application materials required can be accessed from the Graduate Policies and Procedures Handbook.

    Master of Engineering (MENG) Degree Requirements

    The Master of Engineering Degree (MENG) in Mechanical Engineering is primarily intended for individuals working in industry/government, and pursuing this degree on a part-time basis. Masters’ students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study beyond the baccalaureate.  Because the MENG requires more coursework hours (24) and only project hours (6), departmental funding is not available. MENG students must submit a Plan of Study to the Graduate Coordinator before completing the first semester registered as a MENG student. The Master of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering must include the following minimum requirements:

    1.  Engineering project and report (ME 5904): 6 hours minimum
    2.  Approved coursework meeting the following:  24 hours minimum

    • Courses numbered 5000, or higher: 18 hours minimum
    • ME Course Work: 9 hours minimum
    • Courses outside the student’s discipline area:  6 hours minimum
    • ME approved Mathematics or Statistics: 3 hours minimum
    • A maximum of two Virginia Tech 4000 level courses can be used to meet degree requirements and should be on the Technical Elective List for undergraduate ME students.  If it is a conjoint course, it must be taken at the 5000 level.
    • A maximum of 6 hours of Special Study (5984 only), and a maximum of 6 hours of Independent Study (5974 only), with the total of both not to exceed 9 hours is allowed.
    • Transfer courses meeting Graduate School policies, may be listed and   approved on the Plan of Study.

    A written Project & Report must be submitted for the Final Defense.

    No courses below the 4000 level will be accepted for graduate credit.

    Contact the ME graduate program for approval procedures before taking any Special (5984 only) or Independent Study (5974 only) courses.

    Concentrations

    Nuclear Engineering Graduate Certificate

    A student must take a total of at least 9 credit hours with a letter grade of B or better in every course to obtain the Nuclear Engineering Graduate Certificate. Six credit hours must be from 5000-level courses or higher.  More information is available in the Graduate Catalog.

    Required:
    NSEG 5114 Nuclear Engineering Fundamentals: 3 credits
    Electives: Minimum 6 credit hours from the approved course list (at least 3 credit hours must be at the 5000-level or higher)

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree Requirements


    The PhD program seeks to prepare graduate students to think critically by generating a novel engineering research problem and using their technical competence to craft and conduct experimentation that leads to research methodology from concept to completion. Students will be able to present their research as the leading expert in that research field and will contribute publications, innovative research, and other scholarly activities to benefit the global community.

    Please contact megrad@vt.edu for specific location information. Acceptance into the VT Mechanical Engineering graduate program is based on the overall application package.  In general, the minimum target requirements are to the left. The application materials required can be accessed from the Graduate Policies and Procedures Handbook.

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree Requirements

    The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mechanical Engineering requires that doctoral students must complete a minimum of 90 semester hours of graduate study (with stipulations listed below) beyond the baccalaureate, pass a qualifying exam, preliminary exam, and complete a research dissertation. PhD students must submit a Plan of Study before completing the second semester registered as a PhD student. Much of the course work from the Masters degree can be used towards the PhD. The Plan of Study must meet the following minimum requirements:

    1. Research & Dissertation (7994):  30 hours minimum
    2. Approved Graduate Courses:  30 hours minimum
    3. Additional hours of either research (7994) or coursework:  30 hours minimum
    • Courses numbered 5000, or higher: 27 hours minimum
    • ME approved Mathematics or Statistics:  3 hours post baccalaureate
    • For continuously enrolled VT students completing an MS, most or all coursework can be used towards the PhD
    • Transfer courses (including from a non-VT MS degree) meeting Graduate School policies, may be listed and approved on the Plan of Study.
    • Independent/Special Study Courses (5974 and 5984): 12 hours maximum
    • Once course requirements in number 2 above are met, students may take a maximum of two Virginia Tech 4000 level courses.  These courses should be on the Technical Elective List for undergraduate ME students.  If it is a conjoint course, it must be taken at the 5000 level.

    No courses below the 4000 level will be accepted for graduate credit.

    Contact the ME graduate program for approval procedures before taking any Special (5984 only) or Independent Study (5974 only) courses.

    In addition, doctoral students matriculating with an MS degree must pass the PhD Qualifying exam within their first 3 semesters, as well as passing a Preliminary Exam/Proposal Defense at least 6 months prior to the Final Defense. A written Dissertation must be submitted for the Final Defense.

    Direct PhD

    Students may enroll directly from the Bachelors to the PhD by applying for “Direct-PhD” after completing 2 semesters at Virginia Tech.

    Concentrations

    Biomedical Engineering

    Mechanical Engineering graduate students may earn a Biomedical Engineering Option through the VT-WFU School of Biomedical Engineering & Sciences while pursuing an advanced degree. Upon completion of certain requirements the option is placed on the student’s transcript when the degree is conferred. For option requirements please refer to the SBES web page: www.sbes.vt.edu.

    Nuclear Engineering Graduate Certificate

    A student must take a total of at least 9 credit hours with a letter grade of B or better in every course to obtain the Nuclear Engineering Graduate Certificate. Six credit hours must be from 5000-level courses or higher.  More information is available in the Graduate Catalog.

    Required:
    NSEG 5114 Nuclear Engineering Fundamentals: 3 credits
    Electives: Minimum 6 credit hours from the approved course list (at least 3 credit
    hours must be at the 5000-level or higher)