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Online Mechanical Engineering (Master's)


Mechanical Engineering is one of the core disciplines in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. This online program is for working professional engineers focused on gaining new knowledge in areas such as solid and fluid mechanics, engineering materials, product design and manufacturing, thermodynamics and control systems.

There are four tracks for a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering through distance education: All tracks (thesis, project, applied engineering and interdisciplinary engineering) in the mechanical engineering masters programs require a minimum of 30 hours of coursework.

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The Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering requires a total of 30 credits with a minimum of 18 credits in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics. The courses taken for the MS degree must satisfy both the core course requirements and the University course distribution requirements. Three core courses must be taken, corresponding to a total of 9 credits.  In addition, the student selects three other MEM courses (9 credits) at the 300 and 400 level. The remaining 12 credits are free electives approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator or the Student’s Advisor such that all courses for the MS degree satisfy the distribution requirements of the University Masters Level Degree. Under circumstances where the student arrives at Lehigh with an excellent academic record of graduate study at another (peer) institution, and subject to an approval process within the Department, alternative courses may be substituted for selected core courses.

Group I: Required Core Course in Engineering Mathematics: 3
ME 452 Mathematical Methods In Engineering I    
Group II: Required Core Course in Mechanical Engineering (2 courses): 6
ME 401 Integrated Product Development* ME 433 Linear Systems and Control  
ME 402 Advanced Manufacturing Science* ME 453 Mathematical Methods in Engineering II  
ME 413 Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering MECH 406 Fundamentals of Solid Mechanics  
ME 423 Heat and Mass Transfer MECH 425 Analytical Methods in Dynamics and Vibrations  
ME 430 Advanced Fluid Mechanics    
Group III: Three other MEM courses at the 300 and 400 level. (Only one course may be at the 300 level). 9
Group IV: Up to 4 free electives (12 credits) approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator or the Student's Advisor. 12

* Students may take either ME 401 or ME 402.

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Transcript (unofficial transcript submitted with application; a final official transcript is required from all students accepted into our graduate program) Two letters of recommendation IBT TOEFL scores (international students); waived for students who have received a degree from an accredited university in the United States/Great Britain within the previous year) GRE scores are highly recommended but not required.

The minimum required gpa is 3.0.

When an application is complete, it is given to our Graduate Admissions Committee. The Committee reviews the application, taking into consideration the courses the student has taken, the grades received, area of interest, and letters of recommendation.

If a student’s undergraduate degree is not in Mechanical Engineering, proficiency in the topics of the foundation courses of our undergraduate program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Lehigh University provides a basis for enrollment in most of the entry-level graduate courses, as well as in many of the undergraduate courses that can be credited towards one’s Masters degree program.

Students interested in applying to our program are asked to complete our Preliminary Application form, which can be found at the following site:


This form has been designed to help us evaluate your chances of being admitted to our highly competitive program before completing the comprehensive application and paying the application fee. 

If you have any additional questions please contact the Graduate Department Coordinator. Ali Marsteller alm513@lehigh.edu.

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Program Advisor
Herman Neid
Phone: 610-758-4128
E-mail: hfn2@lehigh.edu

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