The Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree program in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or engineering mechanics is a one-year professional course of study that allows students to develop a high level of competence in engineering science, current technology, and engineering design. It is highly interdisciplinary in nature, and a great deal of flexibility is available in tailoring a program to fit individual needs and interests. Typical M.Eng. graduates enter the work force with greater opportunities and at significantly higher salaries than those entering with a B.S. degree, and many are offered earlier chances of advancement. Although the majority of M.Eng. students start the program immediately following the completion of their B.S. degree, some are industrial employees who have enrolled through their companies' continuing education programs.
Whereas the M.S. and Ph.D. programs are largely oriented towards research, the M.Eng. program is more directed to engineering design and professional employment in industry after graduation. Some M.Eng. students have successfully entered a Ph.D. program after completing the requirements for the M.Eng. degree but this is not an expected outcome for the program.
Though the M.Eng. curriculum is flexible, many students choose to specialize within one of the the following MAE focus areas:
- Dynamics, Controls and Robotics
- Energy and the Environment
- Mechanics of Materials
- Micro and Nanoscale Engineering
- Thermal-Fluid Sciences
The formal requirements for obtaining an M.Eng. degree are outlined here. The M.Eng. degree is typically self-funded by the student. There are a handful of fellowships at the college level (typically one per field, or one out of ~80 students). There is also partial support as a TA for a small percentage of students.
Check the links below for valuable information on developing an M.Eng. focus and preparing for your M.Eng research project: