Graduate School at Purdue ME

With a graduate degree from Purdue University, you’ll conduct world-class mechanical engineering research, with close support from faculty and industry. You'll master the skills necessary to innovate at nearly any field: from fuel pumps to heart pumps. Carbon fiber to carbon nanotubes. Solid rockets to soft robotics.

What degree do I want?

Purdue ME offers numerous choices to fit your situation.  You can get a Master's Degree (either thesis or non-thesis), a PhD, a 5-year combined BSME/MSME, a Professional Masters that incorporates management classes, and even a 100% online Master's Degree you can finish from home.  Check out the degrees offered at Purdue ME

What kinds of classes can I take?

There are graduate-level mechanical engineering classes for every area of interest. More than half of them are available fully online, with the same professors and support as on-campus. Based on your career goals, you may also take courses outside of ME – for example in Electrical Engineering, Aeronautics and Astronautics, or other schools.

How do I pay for it?

The School of Mechanical Engineering understands that all graduate students conducting research in our program are the key to a successful research enterprise.  Therefore, all PhD students and thesis-based Masters students are guaranteed funding, including a tuition waiver and a stipend for as long as they are making satisfactory progress to degree completion and meeting the requirements of the applicable assistantships.  This funding is guaranteed for the fall and spring semesters and can come in the form of a research assistantship, teaching assistantship, or fellowship. Check out all the funding options here.

What type of research am I interested in?

Because Mechanical Engineering is the broadest of all engineering disciplines, Purdue ME hosts a wide variety of research. With more than 90 full-time faculty, and world-class research facilities found nowhere else on earth, you're sure to find a place for your passion.  Find a faculty member you want to work with in these research areas:

Experimental or theoretical?

There's room for both in Purdue Mechanical Engineering. Check out this story about a group of fluid mechanics graduate students who devised a more efficient hydraulics control system for a tractor. They first created a computer model, and ran the entire tractor through simulations. Then they implemented it in the field (literally!) Watch the video, then read the story.

How do I apply?

You have questions, we have answers.  Read the Application Requirements and FAQ for applying to Purdue ME Graduate Program, or the specific FAQ for Online Master's studentsThen apply online today!


ME Graduate Office
516 Northwestern Ave. (4th floor of Wang Hall)
West Lafayette, IN 47906
(765) 494-5730
Virtual office hours available every Tues/Wed/Thurs