Graduate Program

Director of Graduate Programs
Peter Vorobieff

Graduate Programs Web site

Career Potentials
The graduate programs offered in the department are planned to prepare graduates for professional engineering work in private industry or governmental laboratories or for teaching/research positions. The focus is on the fundamental concepts in the selected research area, with elective and supporting work to complete the study program.

Application Information
We welcome applications from students who have earned distinguished academic records. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test must be submitted to the Department prior to admission.

The following deadlines apply:

  Domestic Applicants Not Requesting Financial Aid (TA/PA) International and Domestic Applicants Requesting Financial Aid (TA/PA)
Fall July 1 March 1
Spring November 1 August 1
Summer April 30 N/A

The Director of Graduate Programs makes admission decisions. Applicants must hold (or will have completed by the time they arrive) an accredited Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.) degree and at least a "B" average in their final two years (or their final, earned 60 credit hours) of their last degree.

Applications from individuals with a B.S. degree in other Engineering disciplines, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physical Sciences (such as Physics and Chemistry) are also considered. To qualify for a graduate degree, applicants are expected to have at least an undergraduate-level exposure to most of the core ME disciplines. Those who are deemed deficient may be asked to take additional (leveling) courses.

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.S.)
    Concentrations: Entrepreneurship and Technology Management; Manufacturing Engineering; Space Systems Engineering.
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (Ph.D)
    Concentration: Mechanical Engineering

Detailed degree requirements are explained in the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Manual as a supplement to the UNM Catalog.

Interdisciplinary Programs

Computational Science and Engineering: The Computational Science and Engineering interdisciplinary graduate certificate program prepares students to effectively use high-performance computing within their disciplines and is open to graduate students in this department. See the School of Engineering section of this Catalog.

Manufacturing Engineering: The Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering (M.E.M.E.) degree is offered by the Manufacturing Engineering program. This program is administratively separate from the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of New Mexico and is housed in the Manufacturing Technology and Training Center (MTTC), located in the South Campus. Details of this degree program are found in the School of Engineering section of this Catalog.

Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering: This department participates in the interdisciplinary Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering M.S. and Ph.D. programs; for more information, see the Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies section of this Catalog.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

A minimum of 24 credit hours of 500-level credit is required for all students pursuing the Master of Science (M.S.) in Mechanical Engineering degree program.

Plan I (Thesis) This degree plan requires 31 credit hours. Six (6) credit hours (ME 599) are required for a thesis. A seminar course must be taken for two semesters.

Plan II (Non-Thesis) This degree plan requires 34 credit hours. Three (3) credit hours (ME 559) are required for a project. A seminar course must be taken for two semesters.

Plan III (Course Work Only) This degree plan requires 34 credit hours of regular course work. A seminar course must be taken for two semesters.

Other program information and requirements are available at the Mechanical Engineering department Web site.

Concentration in Entrepreneurship and Technology Management: For information and requirements, see the School of Engineering section of this Catalog.

Concentration in Manufacturing Engineering: The M.S. in Mechanical Engineering concentration in Manufacturing Engineering requires 37 credit hours and a three-month industrial internship in a manufacturing setting. At least three electives for this program must be selected from a set of engineering science courses defined by the department.

Concentration in Space Systems Engineering: The M.S. in Mechanical Engineering concentration in Space Systems Engineering is a Managed Online Program based on Plan III requirements as defined in the Graduate Program section of this Catalog. This concentration requires a set of core courses for a total of 16 credit hours:

ME 591-592
ECE 590
Sem: Current Issues in Space

Sem: Current Issues in Space
ME 594 Introduction to Space Situational Awareness 3
ME 595 Orbital Mechanics 3
ME 596 Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control 3
ME 597 Small Spacecraft Design I 3
ECE 595 ST: Satellite Communications 3
Subtotal 16

Note: The graduate seminars must be taken in two semesters, once for 0 credit hours and once for 1 credit hour.

Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering

  • Concentration in Mechanical Engineering

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree requires 54 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, exclusive of the dissertation credit. Details of all special requirements are subject to departmental policy.

Course Requirements:
In addition to the general University doctoral degree requirements listed in the Graduate Program section of this Catalog, students pursuing a Ph.D. in Engineering with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering must meet the following criteria:

  1. Four courses comprise the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Core (see above).
  2. Each Ph.D. student must have one credit hour of seminar credit on his/her program. The student shall register for ME 591-592 for three semesters while attending the seminars. In the first two semesters, registration in ME 591-592 may be for zero credit hours. In the third semester the student must register for one credit hour.

Qualifying Examination
Ph.D. students must pass the Mechanical Engineering Qualifying Examination before they form a Committee-on-Studies and file the Advancement to Candidacy form. Students must take the Qualifying Examination no later than the second semester in the Mechanical Engineering Graduate program as a Ph.D. student.

Comprehensive Examination
Before a student may complete this requirement, he/she must have passed the Qualifying examination. The Comprehensive examination must be administered and passed in the same semester the Candidacy form is approved by the Graduate Director and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Defense of Dissertation
All candidates must pass a Final examination (Defense of Dissertation). The Dissertation Committee conducts the defense of the dissertation.

General Degree Requirements

All graduate students in Mechanical Engineering are required to complete a set of core courses as part of the M.S. or Ph.D. programs. Ph.D. students may satisfy these requirements with equivalent courses taken as part of an M.S. program as approved by the ME Graduate Director. Courses taken at the ME 400-level are not accepted and may not be repeated at the ME 500-level to satisfy the core requirements.

The ME Graduate Core consists of four courses:

1) One mathematics course, selected from: 
    ME 500 Numerical Techniques in Mechanical Engineering
  ME 504 Computational Mechanics
  CBE 525 Methods of Analysis in Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Engineering
    Any MATH/STAT 5XX course
2) One thermal science course, selected from: 
   ME 520 Advanced Thermodynamics
  ME 530 Theoretical Fluid Mechanics
3) One solid mechanics course, selected from:  
  ME 501 Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  ME 512 Continuum Mechanics
  ME 540 Elasticity
4) One dynamics and control course, selected from:  
  ME 516 Applied Dynamics
  ME 580 Dynamic System Analysis
  ME 581 Digital Control of Mechanical Systems

Equivalent graduate-level courses taken at another institution may be used to satisfy this requirement, but this must be decided on a case-by-case basis by the Graduate Director or Graduate Committee in the ME department.


The Mechanical Engineering building houses most department facilities, including the Controls, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Material Science, Materials Test, Microprocessor, Robotics and Vibrations Laboratories. Other facilities supporting research are the High Performance Computing, Educational and Research Center (HPCERC) and the Manufacturing Technology and Training Center (MTTC).

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has close collaboration with the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, nearby Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, plus the Air Force Research Laboratory. Research facilities at these laboratories are often used by graduate students.

Additional information on the programs and facilities of the Mechanical Engineering Department may be obtained by contacting either the graduate director or the chairperson.


ME 150. Introduction to Modern Mechanical Engineering. (3, may be repeated twice Δ)

ME 160L. Mechanical Engineering Design I. (3)

ME 217. Energy, Environment and Society. (3)

ME 260L. Mechanical Engineering Design II. (3)

ME 301. Thermodynamics. (3)

ME **302. Applied Thermodynamics. (3)

ME 306. Dynamics. (3)

ME **317L. Fluid Mechanics. (4)

ME 318L. Mechanical Engineering Laboratory. (4)

ME **320L. Heat Transfer. (4)

ME 350. Engineering Economy. (3)

ME 352L. Materials Laboratory. (1)

ME 353L. Fluid Mechanics Lab. (1)

ME 354L. Heat Transfer Laboratory. (1)

ME 357. Introduction to Mechanical Vibrations. (3)

ME 360L. Mechanical Engineering Design III. (3)

ME **365. Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Systems. (3)

ME 370L. Engineering Materials Science. (4)

ME **380. Analysis and Design of Mechanical Control Systems. (3)

ME 400 / 500. Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering. (3)

ME 401 / 501. Advanced Mechanics of Materials. (3)

ME 404 / 504. Computational Mechanics. (3)

ME 405 / 505. High Performance Engines. (3)

ME 406L. Formula SAE Racecar Design. (4)

ME 407. Formula SAE Racecar Fabrication Lab. (3)

ME 408. Formula SAE Racecar Test Lab. (3)

ME 416 / 516. Applied Dynamics. (3)

ME 419 / 519. Theory, Fabrication, and Characterization of Nano and Microelectromechanical Systems (NEMS/MEMS). (4)

ME 429 / 529. Gas Dynamics. (3)

ME 436 / 536. Rotor Aerodynamics. (3)

ME 451-452. Undergraduate Problems. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ, 1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

ME 455. Engineering Project Management. (3)

ME 459. Mechanical Engineering Design IV. (3)

ME 460. Mechanical Engineering Design V. (4)

ME 461-462 / 561-562. Special Topics. (1-4, no limit Δ, 1-4, no limit Δ)

ME 463. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. (3)

ME 471 / 571. Advanced Materials Science. (3)

ME 480 / 580. Dynamic System Analysis. (3)

ME 481 / 581. Digital Control of Mechanical Systems. (3)

ME 482 / 582. Robot Engineering. (3)

ME 486 / 586. Design for Manufacturability. (3)

ME 500 / 400. Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering. (3)

ME 501 / 401. Advanced Mechanics of Materials. (3)

ME 504 / 404. Computational Mechanics. (3)

ME 505 / 405. High Performance Engines. (3)

ME 512. Introduction to Continuum Mechanics. (3)

ME 516 / 416. Applied Dynamics. (3)

ME 519 / 419. Theory, Fabrication, and Characterization of Nano and Microelectromechanical Systems (NEMS/MEMS). (4)

ME 520. Advanced Thermodynamics I. (3)

ME 521. Thermal System Design and Optimization. (3)

ME 529 / 429. Gas Dynamics. (3)

ME 530. Theoretical Fluid Mechanics I. (3)

ME 534. Boundary Layers. (3)

ME 536 / 436. Rotor Aerodynamics. (3)

ME 540. Elasticity. (3)

ME 542. Deformation Analysis and Modeling. (3)

ME 551-552. Problems. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ, 1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

ME 556. Entrepreneurial Engineering. (3)

ME 559. Design Project. (3)

ME 561-562 / 461-462. Special Topics. (1-4, no limit Δ, 1-4, no limit Δ)

ME 571 / 471. Advanced Materials Science. (3)

ME 580 / 480. Dynamic System Analysis. (3)

ME 581 / 481. Digital Control of Mechanical Systems. (3)

ME 582 / 482. Robot Engineering II. (3)

ME 586 / 486. Design for Manufacturability. (3)

ME 591-592. Seminar. (0-1, no limit Δ, 0-1, no limit Δ)

ME 594. Introduction to Space Situational Awareness. (3)

ME 595. Orbital Mechanics. (3)

ME 596. Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control. (3)

ME 597. Small Spacecraft Design I. (3)

ME 599. Master's Thesis. (1-6, no limit Δ)

ME 634. Turbulent Flows. (3)

ME 699. Dissertation. (3-12, no limit Δ)


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