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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 two options for a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering through distance education: Both thesis and non-thesis mechanical engineering masters programs require a minimum of 30 hours of coursework.

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Requirements for Master of Engineering Degree

The Master of Engineering Degree (Non-Thesis Option) is for students desiring to advance their expertise in engineering science and design through a concentrated course of study with faculty who contribute to the knowledge base on a national/international scale. The course program for the Master of Engineering degree is flexible and, if the student so desires, can be planned to prepare the student for entrance into the program for the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

  • 30 credit hours of graduate coursework (audit credits may not be used toward completion of the degree.
  • 18 credit hours of coursework at the 400-level, with a minimum of 15 credit hours in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
  • At least 24 credit hours of coursework at the 300- or 400-level
  • No course in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics below the 300-level may be used to satisfy the Master of Engineering degree. However, a maximum of two courses (6 credits) below the 300-level outside of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics can be used to satisfy degree requirements, subject to the approval of the student’s advisor and the departmental Graduate Committee, as part of a coherent course plan.
  • A maximum of up to nine credits taken at the graduate level elsewhere may be transferred from an accredited graduate college or graduate university to a Lehigh University Engineering Master's Program.  All courses must be assigned a grade of "B" or better to be eligible, and have not been used toward any prior degree.  After admission, a petition must be submitted to the department along with a course description (syllabus), a letter from the university stating that the credits were not used toward a previous degree, and also an official transcript if not already provided.

Future course offerings will include:

Courses in the areas of Engineering Mathematics
EMA 350 Elements of Engineering Analysis ME 443 Mathematical Methods in Engineering II
ME 413 Numerical Methods in Engineering EMA 450 Advanced Numerical Methods
ME 442 Mathematical Methods in Engineering I  
Courses in the areas of Mass and Heat Transfer
ME 402 Advanced Manufacturing Science ME 430 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
ME 423 Heat and Mass Transfer ME 485 Polymer Processing
Courses in the area of Solid Mechanics
MECH 312 Finite Element Analysis MECH 413 Fracture Mechanics
Courses in the area of Systems
ME 401 Integrated Product Development MECH 425 Analytical Methods in Dynamics & Vibrations

In addition, several courses at the 300 level - may be offered which may count toward graduate credit.

The program may be completed using Classroom Online, an asynchronous online format that offers flexible scheduling and participation.

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Requirements for Master of Science Degree

Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering is comprised of a minimum of 30 credit hours. 15 credit hours of required core courses (see core course descriptions below) plus nine credit hours (three elective courses), approved by the student’s advisor and the departmental Graduate Committee, which complement the student’s defined program. These can include coursework in either engineering or any other approved discipline.

Thesis: Completion of six credits of M.S. Thesis is required.

Presentation: The student must complete a professional quality poster and provide a contribution to the department web page based on the M.S. thesis research project.

The five required core courses:

  • ME 442 Analytical Methods in Engineering I
  • Either ME 443 Analytical Methods in Engineering II, or ME 413 Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering
  • Plus three required courses selected from the following:
    • ME 423 Heat and Mass Transfer
    • ME 430 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
    • MECH 425 Analytical Methods in Dynamics and Vibrations
    • Either ME 401 Integrated Product Development, OR ME 402 Advanced Manufacturing Science

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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.

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Graduate Coordinator
Ali Marsteller
Phone: 610-758-4107
E-mail: alm513@lehigh.edu

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