Graduate Programs

The department is dedicated to exploring the frontiers of the human-machine interface for the benefit of humankind. The field is rapidly changing due to advances in materials, manufacturing, and communication. Mechanical engineers must possess diverse interdisciplinary skills, including an understanding of the global, entrepreneurial and managerial abilities, and teamwork skills.


The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics offers MS and PhD degrees, with three optional areas of specialization: mechanics, systems and control, and thermal and fluid sciences. Our labs house research conducted by our world-renowned faculty, funded by the National Science Foundation and many other sponsors. Students have access to Drexel’s high-performance computing cluster, performing modeling and simulations on Proteus I and II. Students also conduct work in our well-equipped and professionally-staffed machine shop, in our comprehensive mechanical testing laboratory and in our materials characterization facility with electron microscopy and micro-analysis capabilities. Opportunities exist to engage with the college’s neighbors in The Singh Center for Nanotechnology, including the Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility.

The MS program in mechanical engineering was recently ranked #16 in the "25 Best Master's in Mechanical Engineering 2020" compiled by GradReports. The rankings are based on graduates' median salary as reported by the U.S. Department of Education.

The department co-sponsors an MS in Robotics and Autonomy with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The MS offers students training in the theory, integration and practical application of the core engineering and computer science disciplines that comprise robotics and autonomy. Students in the MS in Robotics and Autonomy program complete 45 credits distributed across four foundational concepts in robotics: perception, cognition, control, and action. Thesis and non-thesis options are available. Prospective students should visit the Robotics and Autonomy page for more information.

Research and Study

Funding Opportunities

The vast majority of incoming graduate students are funded by research assistantships, so the most important thing to do when you are accepted (if not sooner) is to contact faculty whose research interests you, so that you can find someone who is willing to serve as your advisor and provide financial support.

In addition, you may wish to investigate the following funding opportunities:

Life at Drexel

Have more questions? Contact the Graduate Program Coordinators.