Mechanical Engineering

Master of Science (M.S.)

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Obtain Your Mechanical Engineering M.S. at UW

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These are just a fraction of the questions UW mechanical engineering faculty and graduate students are working to help answer.

About Mechanical Engineering at UW

M.S. Admissions Requirements:

  • Applicants should possess a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering with a minimum GPA of 3.000 on a 4.000 grade scale or equivalent.
  • Students that do not hold B.S.M.E. degrees may qualify as M.S. candidates by completing, without credit, certain prerequisite courses as specified by the Department.
  • A minimum composite score of 294 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE.
  • For international students, a minimum TOEFL score of 90 on the Internet-based test (iBT) (or a minimum IELTS score >=  6.5 or a DuoLingo  >= 110).

On the online application form, you will need to provide:

  • Resume
  • Copy/scan of academic transcript
  • Copy/scan of GRE scores
  • For international non-native English speaking applicants:  copies of TOEFL (or IELTS or DuoLingo) results
  • Contact information for 3 academic/professional references
  • Statement of Purpose indicating the applicant’s technical area of interest, abilities and objectives in completing a graduate degree in mechanical engineering.

Applications are welcome all year but to be considered for teaching assistantships, applications must be submitted before March 15 for the fall semester or October 15 for the spring semester.

Learn more about the graduate program application requirements and process.

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The master's program in mechanical engineering offers four concentrations for students to specialize in. These concentrations allow students to focus on specific areas of interest within the field of mechanical engineering and gain expertise in those areas. Whether a student is interested in the mechanics of materials or the fluid dynamics of aerodynamics, the program provides the opportunity to develop a specialized skillset that can lead to a successful career in the field.


  • Materials Science and Mechanics
  • Fluid Dynamics and Aerodynamics
  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy Conversion and Combustion


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What Can You Do With a Mechanical Engineering Master’s Degree?

University of Wyoming master’s program in mechanical engineering prepares you for advanced practice in industry and further graduate study.

Mechanical Engineering Careers

UW mechanical engineering M.S. graduates have gone on to work or pursue doctorates at the following:

  • Southwest Research Institute
  • Naval Air Weapons Station
  • Mighty Oak Medical
  • Lockheed Martin
  • OXY
  • ESPEC North America
  • Envision Energy
  • North America Natural Power
  • Intel Corporation
  • Stryker
  • University of Houston
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Wyoming




UW has one of the country’s most cutting-edge 3-D printing makerspaces.

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Mechanical Engineering Master’s Degree Program Highlights

The mechanical engineering master’s program provides a close-knit teaching and research environment which will hone your engineering and research skills. These are some characteristics of the UW master’s in mechanical engineering:

Mechanical Engineering Research Groups

Ongoing mechanical engineering research takes place in UW’s Advanced Materials Lab, Materials Computation & Data Science Group, Physics based Multi-Scale Modeling, Thermo-Chemical Conversion Lab, and the Computational Fluid Dynamics Research Group, among others.


UW houses world-class equipment and facilities. Mechanical engineering has 21 research labs along with excellent computing resources with software that supports departmental research.


Graduate Assistantships

Most UW mechanical engineering graduate students receive funded research or teaching assistantships to support their studies.

Thesis and Non-Thesis Options

You can opt to do a research-oriented thesis (Plan A) or take additional classes and complete a capstone project (Plan B).

Quick Start BS/MS Program

Earn a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering in UW’s joint degree program. This allows you to save time by applying six graduate credit hours to both your bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Joint MS/MBA Program

Get two master’s degrees in two years. Students that hold both an M.B.A. and M.S. in engineering offer employers business leadership expertise that’s informed by their deep understanding of technology. 

Faculty Mentors

All graduate mechanical engineering students are assigned a faculty mentor prior to enrolling based on research interests. Mentors help you with your program of study, research, professional development and journal article writing.

Sample Mechanical Engineering Thesis Titles

“High performance CFD of GPHH planning hull in calm water and rough water conditions”
“Numerical modeling of coal hydropyrolysis”
"Experimental investigation of the structure of turbulent swirling jets”
“Computational modeling of coal devolatilization and soot formation in OpenFOAM"

Completing a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at UW was an outstanding way to expand my engineering education. It was an affordable, challenging, and rewarding experience that ultimately helped prepare me for my career in the aerospace industry.

- David Tobin, ELECTROMECHANICAL Engineer at Lockheed Martin
BSME Class of 2018, MSME Class of 2020

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College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Mechanical Engineering

Department 3295, 1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2122