Graduate Program

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How to Apply

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Graduate Program Overview

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program web site. 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 including solid mechanics/design, thermo-fluids/energy, and materials.

A number of research laboratories are fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and computing facilities. Our current research projects are sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense (Air Force, Army, and Navy), the Department of Energy, the National Aeronautics and Space Agency, and large/small private industries. Most of our graduate students receive research and/or teaching assistantships for their outstanding research and teaching work.

At a Glance


  • 16 M.S. students in Fall 2017
  • 23 Ph.D. students in Fall 2017

Faculty and Research Staff

  • 18 full-time academic faculty in 2016
  • 1 full-time research faculty in 2016

Research Productivity

  • Research expenditures for FY 2016: $900,00

Prospective Students

Our program is directed towards preparing motivated students to become professionally competent in one of several sub-disciplines of mechanical engineering, including solid mechanics, materials, biomedical engineering, fluid/thermal sciences, and dynamic systems and control. On admission each student is assigned a faculty advisor who will help outline an individual course of study tailored to fit that person's particular background and interests.

Most incoming students are funded by research assistantships (RA), but exceptional candidates who do not receive an RA may also be awarded departmental teaching assistantships. Either type of assistantship covers tuition, health insurance, and provides a stipend for living expenses. For details see the Graduate School's funding and assistantships page.

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

A prospective candidate for the Master of Science degree may be enrolled in Plan "B", a non-thesis option which requires completing 32 credits of graduate-level coursework and passing a comprehensive examination, or Plan "A" which requires completing 30 credits including up to 9 credits of research and a thesis.

Learn more about the M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering

Ph.D. candidates work closely with a thesis advisor to determine their course of study and dissertation topic. Near the end of the first year of formal coursework, each candidate must pass a qualifying examination to demonstrate mastery of a wide range of topics in mechanical engineering. An individual dissertation committee is then established to aid progress toward the successful defense of the Ph.D., during which the candidate is examined on both the dissertation itself and on related topics. In addition to the dissertation, the degree requires a minimum of 72 graduate credits, comprising 48 credits of coursework and 24 credits of dissertation research.

Learn more about the Ph.D. program in Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Packaging

This unique graduate certificate provides a curriculum in packaging for nuclear and other radioactive materials that complements graduate programs in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Engineering and offers applied-knowledge-based skills.

Learn more about the graduate certificate in nuclear packaging.