Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering


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.

Admissions and Application Information


Contact Graduate Program Director Matteo Aureli at

We are always interested in hearing from students world-wide who want to continue their studies in graduate school. We are looking for motivated students with high academic achievement.

If you think that you fit this description, we encourage you to apply via the Graduate School application website. Please do not send e-mails requesting advice on your chances of acceptance. For additional resource information, please visit the Graduate School website for University requirements or the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS).

Admissions requirements

  1. GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) from your B.S. degree program
  2. Combined GRE scores (Verbal + Quantitative) of 300 (1100 on the old scale).  Candidates with quantitative scores above the 70th percentile (at least 155 or at least 700 on the old scale) are especially encouraged to apply.
  3. TOEFL score of at least 550 (213 computer based or 79 internet based)or IELTS score of at least 6.5 for non-native English speakers. NOTE: If you have completed a bachelor's or master's degree at an English-speaking university, this requirement is waived.

Financial support

Research assistantships are awarded by individual faculty. Contact faculty members with research programs that interest you to learn about RA opportunities. Contact faculty for research assistantships as early as possible. This can done before applications are submitted to the graduate school.

The department also has a limited number of teaching assistantships available.  Exceptional students who have submitted a completed application to the graduate program will be considered for a teaching assistantship.

Either type of assistantship covers tuition and health insurance and provides a stipend for living expenses.

How to Apply

Please apply via the University's Graduate School website.

To receive full consideration, you should meet the following deadlines:

  • January 15 for Fall Semester
  • September 1 for Spring Semester

You must also pay the following non-refundable application fees:

  1. International applicants: $95.00
  2. Domestic applicants: $60.00

Exceptionally strong applicants who enroll at the University can have their application fees refunded. To qualify, you must have a GPA higher than 3.5 and/or quantitative GRE scores above the 80th percentile.

Supplemental awards to assist with moving expenses are also available for outstanding applicants. Contact Dr. Aureli for details.

Housing Options

The University offers on-campus housing for graduate students. Visit the graduate housing website to learn more about living at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Contact Mechanical Engineering

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Fax (775) 784-1701
Location Palmer Engineering