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Mechanical Engineering - Master of Science (MS)

Can new polymer materials in football helmets reduce the concussion risk? How do we use the wind ripping across the prairie for the good? What is the atmospheric fallout of seasonal wildfires in the West? Can we use Wyoming’s fossil resources in ways beyond energy production?

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

The master’s in mechanical engineering is a research-driven degree program that offers a strong mechanical engineering foundation along with an in-depth experience in one of our research groups.

Working closely with a faculty mentor, you will acquire the intellectual underpinnings and research experience necessary to pursue doctoral-level studies or advanced positions in the industry.

Learn about the graduate program application requirements and process.

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Masters of Science (M.S.)


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

Resident Tuition: $311/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $930/credit hour

Mechanical Engineering Department

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

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.

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

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.

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. 

Sample mechanical engineering thesis titles:

  • “High performance CFD of GPHH planning hull in calm water and rough water conditions”
  • “CFD validation studies of impulsive slamming pressures during water entry of a free-falling wedge”
  • “Sorbent-based CO2 capture and air separation for carbon capture and sequestration technologies”
  • “Numerical modeling of coal hydropyrolysis”
  • "Experimental investigation of the structure of turbulent swirling jets”
  • “Computational modeling of coal devolatilization and soot formation in OpenFOAM"

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

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

Amazing Stories from Mechanical Engineering

Two mechanical engineering faculty members are working on a $1 million Department of Energy grant (with a UW alumnus at Penn State) to study a new way to potentially fabricate more efficient jet engine turbines using 3D ceramic printing technology.

Examples of Mechanical Engineering Master’s Degree Program Courses

The mechanical engineering M.S. requires a minimum of 24 (Plan A) to 30 (Plan B) credit hours in formal coursework. These are some classes you might take at the University of Wyoming:

  • Advanced Finite Element Analysis
  • Advanced Materials Science
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • Introduction to Combustion Engineering
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

View the full Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree program curriculum.

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