Graduate Handbook

Welcome to the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Handbook. The goal of this handbook is to provide information about services and activities that will enrich your graduate experience and facilitate the practical aspects of receiving an education here.

In the handbook, you can find information on enrolling in courses, degree requirements, financial supportstudent servicescampus resources, and employment/career services.

Graduate Program Overview

Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan is a graduate program on the move. In recent years, we've had a boom of new faculty members and research funding while maintaining our consistent leadership as one of the top ME programs. The ME department at the University of Michigan has a multidisciplinary approach to research and learning that strikes a unique balance of trend-setting research, challenging coursework and real-world impact that is highly respected around the world. At Michigan ME, we're assembling the finest young graduate talent in the country, and we are pleased that you have joined our team!

What graduate degrees are available in ME?

The majority of students in the ME graduate program are pursuing a single degree -- either a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E) or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Students also pursue dual-degrees with the School of Natural Resources and Environment in the Engineering Sustainable Systems program or dual-degrees with other graduate programs on campus. In addition, there are opportunities for qualified undergraduates in the College of Engineering at Michigan to pursue a one-year master's program via the Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Studies (SUGS) program. 

The snapshots and checklists below are intended to guide PhD and MSE students during degree planning. More detailed information about degrees can be found in the handbook under the specific degree.