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Masters of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s graduate program in Mechanical Engineering is the natural next step for engineers ready to lead teams and projects in complex organizations and environments. Experienced engineers are asked to take on larger and more complex tasks as they progress in their career. New career opportunities require broader and deeper capability sets. Rensselaer’s program gives you the breadth and depth you need no matter where your career takes you, no matter what the organization challenge you’re being asked to tackle.

The program is taught by Rensselaer’s outstanding and highly-ranked engineering faculty. The program provides opportunities to learn through application, often choosing projects that help propel you forward in your career. Students in the program are working professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.

  • The program combines courses from the field of engineering specifically chosen to prepare professionals moving toward leadership positions within their organization.
  • A unique combination of online and blended delivery and design make the program flexible to fit into the lives of working professionals.
  • Applied projects embedded throughout the program adds a practical aspect that you can contextualize to your own professional aspirations.  You’ll work directly with your expert Faculty member to design and complete the projects.
  • Successful completion of the program results in a Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering degree.

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Degree Information

  • The program results in a Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering degree. 
  • Program includes coursework from energy, manufacturing, mechanics and systems concentrations to prepare the well-rounded problem-solver.
  • The program is delivered using online and blended instruction designed to fit into the lives of busy professionals.
  • Masters Project 1/2 are applied projects the student develops with a faculty member to demonstrate program mastery.
  • See our website for starting dates and application guidelines.




ISYE 4240

Engineering Project Management


MANE 5000

Advanced Engineering Mathematics


MANE 6960

Advanced Heat Transfer


MANE 6170

Mechanics of Solids


MANE 4240

Introduction to Finite Elements


MANE 6720

Computational Fluid Dynamics


MANE 6970

Professional Project 1


MANE 4550

Analysis of Manufacturing Processes


ENGR 6230

Lean Six Sigma 1


MANE 6970

Professional Project 2



Total Credit Hours


Course Coverage:

Engineering Project Management: This course covers the aspects of defining, planning, implementing, and managing technical projects. Project Management Software is used extensively. Coursework will lead to understanding in a full spectrum of activities: project selection, writing RFPs, planning, stochastic analysis for risk estimation, budgeting, Earned Value Analysis, and control. Students will acquire a sound understanding of project management practice and will be equipped to take a lead role in projects.

Advanced Engineering Mathematics: A presentation of mathematical methods useful in engineering practice. The course covers analytical and numerical techniques used in linear algebra, the numerical solution of nonlinear equations, the foundations of vector and tensor algebra and an introduction to vector operators, polynomial and trigonometric interpolation and approximation, and an overview of the fundamentals of probability and statistics including random variables, density and distribution functions and hypothesis testing.

Advanced Heat Transfer: Conduction, convection (including boiling and condensation), and radiation heat transfer. Thermal system design and performance (including heat exchangers). Emphasis on physical and mathematical modeling of systems for application of modern analytical and computational solution methods.

Mechanics of Solids: This course provides an introduction to the mechanics of solids from a continuum perspective. Topics covered in this course include: vector and tensor analysis, coordinate systems and calculus in curvilinear coordinate systems, kinematics (motion, deformation and strain), stress and momentum balance, energy principles and balance laws, linear isotropic and anisotropic elasticity, thermoelasticity, method of solutions for 2-D and 3-D linear elastic boundary value problems, applications to simple structures.

Introduction to Finite Elements: An introductory course in the use of the Finite Element Method (FEM) to solve one-and two-dimensional problems in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and elasticity. The methods are developed using weighted residuals. Algorithms for the construction and solution of the governing equations are also covered. Students will be exposed to the use of commercial finite element software.

Computational Fluid Dynamics: Issues concerning implementation of finite difference methods (FDM), finite volume methods (FVM) and finite element methods (FEM) will be discussed. These issues include: the discrete formulation, nonlinear equation iterator (steady)/marcher (time-accurate), linear equation formation, boundary condition prescription and linear equation solution.

Analysis of Manufacturing Processes: Aspects of manufacturing engineering including driving forces, quality attributes, tolerances, etc. Examination of mechanics, engineering materials, analysis of both bulk-forming (forging, extrusion, rolling, etc.) and sheet-forming processes, metal cutting, and other related manufacturing processes. Discussion and role of computer-aided manufacturing in these areas.

Lean Six Sigma I: Builds the main perspectives of Lean Six Sigma including quality improvements, waste reduction, and best practices that ultimately lead to fewer defects and increased efficiency. Topics covered include the principles, qualitative methods and tools, process improvements, and problem solving techniques for improving existing business processes. The emphasis is on the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control (DMAIC) phases of Lean Six Sigma.

Professional Project: Over the course of two semesters, students complete a master’s-level project under the supervision of a faculty adviser, leading to a master’s project report. The final report must demonstrate the student’s mastery of the subject matter covered throughout the course of the degree program.

Accelerated Application Process

A dedicated admissions officer will guide you through the process from start to finish as you prepare and submit all of the required application components.
An admissions decision will be made within 2 weeks of application submission.

Accelerated Application Requirements:

Application Component Completed By Applicant Requested By Applicant

Online Application


Official Transcripts




Personal Statement


Two letters of recommendation


$75 Application Fee



You are invited to apply online at Please make arrangements to have official copies of your transcripts sent to Graduate Admissions, Admissions Building, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180-3590. All other documents are received via the online application. We look forward to reviewing your graduate application to Rensselaer!

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