Graduate Programs

Thank you for your interest in the graduate programs in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at Illinois! 

The Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE) is a large and comprehensive department, and our Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (TAM) graduate programs are among the top-ranked in the world.

MechSE offers 7 graduate degree programs:

Research-Based:
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (online)
Master of Science in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Professionally-Oriented:
​Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 
Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (online)

 

A Message from Professor Taher Saif, Associate Head for Graduate Programs

Taher Saif, Associate Head for Graduate ProgramsThe Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at Illinois offers world-class graduate-level engineering education and research opportunities in both Mechanical Engineering and Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. As part of the College of Engineering at Illinois— consistently ranked among the top ten in the world—the department has earned a reputation as one of the best programs in the United States. MechSE graduate students are outstanding scholars and researchers from all over the world; they are future leaders and innovators and go on to become leaders in academia, industry, and government labs.

Research opportunities in MechSE are unparalleled. Our faculty and students are engaged in multidisciplinary research in five primary areas: Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences, Solid Mechanics and Materials, Controls and Dynamics, Nanomechanics and Nanomanufacturing, and Biomechanics.

Student engagement is another hallmark of the MechSE department, where we foster a culture that is highly supportive and collegial while offering all the benefits of a large department within a world-renowned institution. Many of our students actively participate in student and professional organizations, including Graduate MechSE Students (GraMS), Engineers Volunteering in Stem Education (ENVISION), the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers.

At MechSE, our teaching, research, and the personalized nature of our graduate programs offer a world-class and nurturing intellectual climate for your advanced study. If you are a prospective MechSE graduate student, we are excited that you might join us at Illinois.

Sincerely,

Taher Saif
Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor
Associate Head for Graduate Programs
Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering