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Mechanical Engineering (ME) Graduate Programs

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Program Overview

The Mechanical Engineering (ME) Graduate Programs are dedicated to educating a new generation of engineers and researchers who aim to master the fundamentals of mechanical sciences and engineering. Students use innovative and cutting-edge research techniques, methodologies, instrumentation, and equipment to solve problems that are relevant to modern society.

UC Merced is home to a number of innovative research and training centers that offer extraordinary opportunities for our students. In UC Merced’s top-ranked Mechanical Engineering Program, you will:

  • Work with your research advisor to design a custom plan of study from a broad array of interdisciplinary graduate courses in engineering and science.
  • Research & learn in state-of-the-art campus facilities in areas such as energy conversion and storage, sustainability and electrification, intelligent agriculture, solar and renewable energy, and more.
  • Prepare for productive careers in industrial research and development as well as national laboratories and academia.

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Fast Facts: Mechanical Engineering

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Application Deadline:
January 15, 2023

financial aid available

Financial aid

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multiple degree options available

Multiple degree options
(Ph.D. or M.S.)

Master's Degree

Students may be admitted to the Mechanical Engineering graduate program to work toward a Master of Science (M.S.) degree. The recipient of a M.S. degree will possess knowledge of a broad field of learning that extends well beyond that attained at the undergraduate level, but is not necessarily expected to have made a significant original contribution to knowledge in that field.

Each Mechanical Engineering M.S. student must have a faculty advisor responsible for designing and approving a plan of study detailing all classes to be taken. Two different M.S. tracks (with or without a thesis) are recognized and students may switch from one M.S. plan to another with their faculty advisor's consent.

Doctoral Degree

The Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) is granted to students who demonstrate a thorough knowledge of a broad field of learning and have demonstrated evidence of distinguished accomplishment in that field. The degree also signifies that the recipient has critical ability and powers of imaginative synthesis as demonstrated by a doctoral dissertation containing an original contribution to knowledge in his or her chosen field of study.

There are 3 options for students to obtain their Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering: Post-M.S., M.S. and Ph.D, and Direct Ph.D. Each option has different unit requirements. Please note that courses taken toward a graduate degree at another institution cannot be transferred for credit toward a Ph.D. at UC Merced. However, a course requirement may be waived if a similar course was taken at another institution.

In accordance with University of California policy, a minimum of four semesters in academic residence is required prior to awarding the Ph.D. Typically, a longer period of study, four to six years, is required for completion of all degree requirements.

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Ranked Top 100

US News & World Report

ranked 38 for all public universities

Ranked #38

In all Public Universities

ranked 4 in social mobility for our students

Ranked #4

In Social Mobility for our Students

75 percent of uc merced students are first generation


of UC Merced Students are First-Generation

Academic and Application Requirements:

  1. Hold a Bachelor's (B.S.) degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with a major appropriate to the proposed graduate program. This degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent both in the distribution of academic subject matter and scholarship achievement comparable to that offered at the University of California.
  2. Have a satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) is required.

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