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M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering Overview

Find out what UMass Lowell Mechanical Engineering research is all about!

Advance your education, career and earning potential through UMass Lowell’s Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) in Mechanical Engineering. Our program, which offers concentrations in energy, mechanics, design, thermofluids and more, will bring you up to date on the latest technologies, trends and innovations through our state-of-the-art labs and research centers. 

You will learn from expert faculty members who are award-winning researchers in the field. You can choose to complete a Master's Co-op to gain professional experience, further developing and deepening your skills.   

Why Choose UMass Lowell’s Master's in Mechanical Engineering?

  • Specialization: Choose from different concentrations in Mechanics and Materials, Thermofluids, Energy, Vibrations/Dynamics/Controls, Design and Manufacturing or Out-of-Department Concentrations. You can also select the Energy Engineering Option.
  • Experiential Learning: Gain practical work experience while pursuing your degree through the Graduate Master’s Co-Op Option in Engineering.
  • Research: Work directly with 30+ full-time faculty members in the department's internationally renowned research laboratories and centers, such as the Center for Wind Energy, the Nanomanufacturing Center and the Structural Dynamics and Acoustic Systems Laboratory.
  • Reputation: UMass Lowell is a nationally ranked public research university and the top-rated public university in Massachusetts by The Wall Street Journal
  • Value: UMass Lowell ranks #1 for lifetime return on investment among public research universities in Massachusetts, according to 


The M.S. Eng. in Mechanical Engineering degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of acceptable graduate work, including nine credit hours of research for the thesis option or nine credit hours in an acceptable out-of-department secondary concentration for the non-thesis option. 
Students on the non-thesis track can choose from the following concentrations:
  • Mechanics & Materials
  • Thermofluids
  • Energy
  • Vibrations/Dynamics/Controls
  • Design and Manufacturing
  • Out-of-Department
For a complete list of academic requirements and courses, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Career Outlook

Mechanical engineering master's graduates are highly sought-after by employers and earn a competitive salary. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean wage for mechanical engineers in Massachusetts was between $105K-$126K in 2022. (

    Mechanical Engineering major Qiana Curcuru standing in front of equipment at iRobot, where she co-oped. Image by Tory Wesnofske

    A master's in mechanical engineering can open a wide range of career opportunities in industry and academia. Here are some of the most common job titles for mechanical engineering master's graduates:

    • Aerospace engineer
    • Automotive engineer
    • Construction engineer
    • Design engineer
    • Manufacturing engineer
    • Materials engineer
    • Mechatronics engineer
    • Product engineer
    • Quality engineer
    • Research engineer

    Top companies hiring UMass Lowell mechanical engineering graduates:

    • Raytheon
    • BAE Systems 
    • Medtronic
    • GE Aerospace
    • Bose Corporation
    • iRobot
    • RTX
    • MilliporeSigma
    • L3Harris Technologies
    • Mercury Systems

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    Fuqiang Liu, Ph.D.
    Master's Program Coordinator