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Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Cleveland State University's Mechanical Engineering Department offers a program leading to the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Major areas of specialization within the department are: 1.) Thermal-Fluid Mechanics and Energy Systems, 2.) Dynamics, Vibrations, and Machine Design, 3.) Robotics, Controls, and Mechatronics, 4.) Biomechanics, and 5.) Manufacturing.

Courses are organized in the above five tracks, however students have the flexibility to choose their own courses according to their individual interests and career goals. Numerous and continuous opportunities exist for exposure to engineering problems and developments within the industrial/research complex of Northeastern Ohio. In addition to substantial interdisciplinary research activities in the College of Engineering, faculty and students participate in research programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the NASA Glenn Research Center, and industrial partners like Parker-Hannifin, General Electric and Philips Medical Systems, to name a few. The program is designed to stimulate creativity, to provide a deep understanding of the basic physical phenomena involved in mechanical systems, and to provide an ability to use modern techniques in the analysis, control, and design of mechanisms machines, mechatronic and robotic systems and fluid/thermal systems.

Students may enter the program immediately after receiving a bachelor's degree or after a period of employment in industry. In either case, students may pursue their studies on a full-time or part-time basis. There are a thesis and non-thesis tracks available for this course of study. 

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Mechanical Engineering Department
Phone: 216.687.2567

Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
    • Minimum 3.0 Undergraduate GPA (or 2.75 for students from EAC/ABET accredited programs)
  • GRE Test Scores
    • The GRE General section is required if one or more of the following conditions is true:

    • An unaccredited college or university awarded the undergraduate degree.
    • The student's undergraduate cumulative grade-point average is below 2.75.
    • The year of the baccalaureate degree precedes the date of application to the College of Graduate
      Studies by more than six years; however, in this case, the examination requirement may be waived, with program approval, if the applicant's undergraduate grade-point average is 3.0 or above.
      • If the GRE is required, a minimum score at the 75th percentile on the Quantitative section is typically required. 

*Admission to the program is based on a combination of a candidate’s undergraduate GPA and the GRE score.  

-International students are required to have met at least one of the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based): 78 (including at least 20 in reading, 21 in listening, 17 in writing, and 20 in speaking)
  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based): 550
  • IELTS: 6.0 and at least 5.0 in each section
  • PTE (Pearson’s Test of English): 50
  • iTEP: 5.0

Admission Deadlines

All applications must be submitted and complete on the following application deadline dates:

  • Domestic Students
    • Rolling
  • International Students
    • Fall Semester - July 21st
    • Spring Semester - December 10th
    • Summer Semester - April 14th

Program Requirements

Choose 1:

  • MCE 501 - Mechanical Engineering Analysis
  • MCE 503 - Modeling and Simulation of Mechatronic Systems
  • MCE 504 - Continuum Mechanics
  • MCE 505 - Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering
  • MCE 509 - Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
  • Approved substitute
  • A minimum of twenty credit hours of course work in the department's 500- or 600-level courses, which includes a minimum of four credit hours of advanced engineering analysis or applied mathematics. (Completion of one course from among required course below meets this requirement.)


  • With the thesis option, a student plans and carries out a research project. It is expected that the project will yield a refereed journal article.


  • A minimum of thirty-three credit hours with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better. The thirty-three credit hours may include up to five hours of a master's project.
Did You Know?

The median annual wage for mechanical engineers was $87,370 in May 2018.

Bureau of Labor Statistics


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Career Outcomes

  • Upon successful completion of program requirements, students will have a solid education based on the fundamentals of engineering science.
  • Graduates are well prepared for practical applications of engineering design, analysis, and research, and for employment in industry and research laboratories.
  • These are some of the local companies that are hiring CSU grads: Altran, DLR Group, Cleveland Business Consultants, Hahn MFG, Turner Construction Company, Masis Professional Group, and Schneider Electric.