Master’s Degree

Master's in Mechanical Engineering

Here, you'll meet your career goals through a balance of traditional courses that explore innovative technologies within a flexible schedule.

Program Overview

Customize your master's degree in mechanical engineering to meet your career goals.

Here, you'll benefit from a supportive environment and a flexible curriculum. All graduate classes are offered in the evening, so that you can continue to work while pursuing your degree. Some classes are also available to stream online.

If you'd like to get more involved with research or teaching, graduate assistantships are available.

Program Options for Master's in Mechanical Engineering

You can earn your master of science in engineering degree with or without a thesis. The classroom study includes core engineering courses as well as specialized mechanical engineering courses and technical electives. Students following the thesis option will take 24 credits of classroom study and complete a 6-credit thesis. Those not pursuing thesis will replace the 6-credit thesis with two technical electives.

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The online catalog also features School of Engineering educational objectives, academic policies, and more which can be accessed by clicking Academic Schools & Departments and selecting the School of Engineering.

You can build additional knowledge in a second area of engineering and advance your graduate-level work by pursuing a dual specialization. Dual specialization is available within all engineering tracks and is often paired with engineering and technology management.

Jointly offered by the School of Engineering and School of Business Administration, this dual degree program gives you the inside track to emerging engineering leadership by offering technical training paired with advanced study in business and management.

In order to pursue this dual degree, you must apply and be accepted to both degree programs.

Learn more about the dual MSE/MBA program.

Admissions Requirements, Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Candidates should hold a bachelor of science degree in engineering. Candidates who hold undergraduate degrees in closely related areas are also considered.
  • Candidates should hold a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.8 (based on a 4.0 system) from an undergraduate program and scores from the GRE. The GRE requirement is optional for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and above from an EAC/ABET accredited undergraduate program, applicants interested in pursuing the MSE part-time, and current Widener students applying to the 4+1 accelerated program.


 The School of Engineering graduate program reviews applications on a rolling admission basis.

Application Materials

International Students

  • A course-by-course credential evaluation completed by WES.
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo Scores

Widener's goal is to provide you with the resources to succeed. Graduate assistantships and scholarships are offered to qualified individuals enrolled in an engineering master’s program. Awards are competitive and additional stipends are available to students conducting research with faculty members. Applicants can indicate their interest in a graduate assistantship within their online application.

Anniversary Scholarship

The Anniversary Scholarship was created during the school's 150th anniversary to celebrate the long history of excellence in engineering education at Widener by supporting merit-based graduate scholarships for thesis students. The fund began with contributions from faculty and staff and has grown with contributions from alumni and university donors.

Graduate Assistantships

Eligible students can participate in research projects or assist faculty in executing teaching assignments for a semester as part of a graduate assistantship. The assistantship generally requires 20 hours of service a week and the tuition assistance is considered taxable income in accordance with current Internal Revenue Service regulations.

Lifting Barriers and Managing Costs

Widener’s graduate tuition rates are competitively priced. Loans, graduate assistantships, and payment plans—along with flexible full- and part-time study options—make it easy to finance your degree.  

Schedule an appointment with one of our Graduate Admissions Coaches to brainstorm a plan and troubleshoot anything from scheduling challenges to learning formats to financial scenarios.

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Program Highlights for Mechanical Engineering Master's Degree

Advance your career with an MSE in mechanical engineering. Here, you'll benefit from a supportive environment and a flexible curriculum, while working with industry-shaping faculty and mechanical engineering professionals.

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College of Distinction for Engineering

Recognized for top quality teaching and successful outcomes.

Engineering Advisory Board

Industry leaders provide networking opportunities to students and support the school in its future growth and competitive development.

70% Funding

offered to eligible students to complete their bachelor's and master's in 5 years.

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Flexibility for Working Professionals

Graduate classes meet one night per week and are streamed over the Internet live and archived for later viewing. This gives you a direct connection to faculty, and allows you to stay up-to-date with coursework while traveling or when unexpected work conflicts arise.

Innovative Faculty Research

Work with faculty who are shaping the profession with their cutting-edge research developing new atomic force microscopy experimental methods to better understanding the physical and mechanical factors that play a role in treatment for swallowing disorders.

Focus on Modern Technology

Enhance your professional skills through advanced technical courses that build upon a foundation of mathematical, experimental, and modern computational methods. Here, you can apply traditional theories on new techniques in an experimental setting.

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A Personal Classroom Experience

With small class sizes, you receive direct interaction with experienced faculty. You will learn from industry experts in the classroom and have the opportunity to work closely with classmates. In addition, the Graduate Program Office is always open in the evenings prior to class.

Sate-of-the-Art Facilities

Three state-of-the-art laboratories dedicated to the mechanical engineering department. Among the equipment used are 3D printers, a wind tunnel, a CD machine, and a mechanical tester.

Clubs & Organizations

Mechanical engineering majors have the opportunity to join multiple clubs and organizations across campus, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and many more.


Meet the mechanical engineering faculty who will help you continue to advance your career.

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Continue to advance your engineering career with a post-graduate degree from Widener University.

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Consulting
  • Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Research and Development
  • Testing

Industry Growth

Employment of mechanical engineers is expected to increase by 7% by 2030 according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Recent Employers

  • The Boeing Company
  • Drake Refrigeration
  • ERIN Engineering, a JENSEN HUGHS Company
  • Lockheed Martin
  • The Naval Surface Warfare Center

Take the Next Steps


Visit our online application system to complete your app and share supplemental materials. There is a $35 application fee to apply to Widener.

Have a question about our master's degree in mechanical engineering or would like to discuss your program options? Give us a call, or send an email today!