Since 1969, Virginia Tech’s campus in the DC Metro Area has fostered world-class education, innovation, and research. Offering online and on-site graduate training in Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering, the department continues to focus on solutions to critical problems at the intersection of science, technology and government.
The mechanical engineering program offers master’s level graduate programs leading to the M.S. with or without thesis and MEng degrees. Our curriculum is designed to allow flexibility to meet your needs with focus areas for students that prefer a more-structured program.
Focus areas allow students to target specific subtopics within the study of mechanical engineering. Electives are offered to expand either the depth or breadth of study. M.S. thesis students may also opt for courses that support their research question and project.
Goal: Develop future leaders in sustainable materials and energy systems through advanced training in numerical, applied and statistical mathematics, advanced engineering principles, and innovative materials engineering.
Core Courses: (12 credit hours)
Recommended Electives: choose 3 (9 credit hours)
Research or Project/Report: choose 1 (6 credit hours)
Ethics Requirement: choose 1
*CS 5024 may count as both a technical elective and ethics course.
Broad requirements allow students to pursue customized degrees designed for specific goals and objectives. Whether you seek depth in a focus area or breadth over a larger range of studies, our program can meet your needs.
30 credit hours, approved by your committee
Creating your own curriculum:
Start by defining what you want to learn. A faculty advisor can prove most useful in this endeavor, regardless of your intention to pursue a research-based or a project-based degree. Your goals will drive the coursework that you choose.
Can I enroll part-time?
Yes! We have options for full- and part-time enrollment. Students may choose to take one or more courses per semester.
Please be aware that financial aid is typically granted to full-time students only, with few exceptions.
When can I start?
We accept applications for start times in the fall and spring semesters. See information about taking courses as a non-degree student to get a jump start on your program.
What are your application deadlines?
The DC area campus deadlines are different than those for Blacksburg.
Fall application deadline: July 1
Spring application deadline: December 1
Will you waive the GRE or IELTS?
Yes, under certain circumstances. We pride ourselves on our holistic approach to applications, and we don ‘t want testing requirements to stand in the way of a potential student. Please reach out to us for more information!
My GPA is low. Can I still be considered for your program?
Yes! Fundamental knowledge in math and physics is important, and we know this isn’t always reflected in your transcripts. If you are willing to work hard, we are willing to teach you. Please be prepared to address the discrepancy of grades to knowledge in your personal statement.
How will I take classes? Do I have to sit in a classroom?
Courses are delivered in-person, synchronously by teleconference, and asynchronously. The majority of courses will be delivered synchronously using a combination of zoom and canvas. We understand that life happens, so lectures are recorded when delivered synchronously.
Some of our faculty have been certified to teach asynchronously, and these courses will be offered through canvas with specific instructions on how to meet course requirements in the time allotted.
We do have faculty in the DC area who teach at the Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church. Classes are delivered synchronously to Blacksburg, and students in the area are welcome to attend in-person, although this is not required for ME courses.
Ms. Allison Jones
ME & NE
7054 Haycock Road
Falls Church, VA 22043