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Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science Degree

Graduate students in a research lab

The Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Nevada, Reno, has a strong tradition of excellence in research and teaching. We have well-recognized faculty members actively engaging in advanced research in all areas of mechanical engineering and science.

A number of our research laboratories are outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and computing facilities. Our current research projects are sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the National Aeronautics and Space Agency, and private industries. Most of our graduate students receive research or teaching assistantships to support their graduate studies.

Degree options

We offer two degree options for master's students:

  • Plan A: Includes 30 credits of graduate-level coursework and a research thesis
  • Plan B: Requires 32 credits of graduate-level coursework and a comprehensive examination

All master's degree candidates are initially accepted into Plan B, but may be invited to complete Plan A in cooperation with a faculty research advisor. Admitted students are assigned a faculty advisor who will help you outline an individual program of study tailed to fit your background and interests.

Areas of focus

Master's degree students pursuing Plan A can work with faculty who have expertise in the following topics:

  • Solid mechanics
  • Composite and intelligent materials
  • Fluid flow & heat transfer
  • Energy
  • Biomedical engineering

In addition to pursuing a focused research topics, graduate students gain exposure to modern mechanical engineering research subjects including smart materials, nanotechnology, renewable energy and biomedical engineering.

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Reno,  NV  89557-312
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