On behalf of the mechanical engineering graduate faculty, I welcome you to discover the different facets of our dynamic program at the University of Vermont. We offer a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree and a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in mechanical engineering, as well as an accelerated M.S. degree in mechanical engineering for qualified students. The main asset of the UVM mechanical engineering graduate program is the human factor that is our dedicated faculty and staff, and motivated students.

- Frederic P. Sansoz, Professor and Graduate Program Director


We continuously update our curriculum to address modern topics in mechanical engineering, and to offer a breadth of courses that makes studying in our program more flexible, whether you intend to earn an M.S. as a continuing student from local industries, or directly obtain a doctorate right from your bachelor. Most of our graduate students are full-time and actively engaged in research projects with one or two faculty mentors who will be dedicated to your success. The size of the program also enables you to have close interactions with the rest of the faculty, and to regularly participate in the life of the program via graduate student seminars and invited speaker presentations. View our Ph.D. and M.S. course requirements listed in the right menu.


Since its creation 60 years ago, a vast number of MS and PhD students from across the United States and various countries around the world have graduated from the UVM mechanical engineering graduate program. We actively seek to admit a diverse group of students in mechanical engineering to address the contemporary challenges of our society. To date, our graduates have achieved successful careers in academia as distinguished professors, in industry as engineers and entrepreneurs, and in government positions as program directors for national funding agencies or scientists at national laboratories. View a list of alumni (PDF).

Faculty and Research

The success of our graduate program is build on a distinguished faculty whose research is recognized nationally and internationally through innovation, dissemination of knowledge in high-impact journals, and research awards. Recently, our faculty has won major awards from Department of Defense, Department of Energy, NASA, and the National Science Foundation. Clearly, our focus is to create a research environment that is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative from which our students can thrive. I strongly encourage you to review the Faculty Research for more information about specific research interests in the program.


Applicant Qualifications

The mechanical engineering graduate program seeks to attract excellent students. We offer a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree and a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in mechanical engineering, as well as an accelerated M.S. degree in mechanical engineering for qualified undergraduate students. Each student must meet the general requirements for admission as outlined under the regulations of the University of Vermont Graduate College. Typically, students entering the program have received a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or a related field. Applicants with other backgrounds will be evaluated individually and must complete prescribed undergraduate technical course work. Part-time study leading to the Master of Science degree is also possible for engineers who are employed in the vicinity. Applications are accepted from the United States and around the world. You can also quickly verify the feasibility of your admission into our program by viewing the Minimum Requirements for Admission (PDF).

Application for Admission

To be considered for admission in our graduate program in mechanical engineering, students must complete an official application with UVM Graduate College using the graduate college application instructions. Applications are evaluated based on transcript information, GRE (general test), statement of purpose, and recommendation letters to develop a complete understanding of an applicant's likelihood to succeed in advanced study of mechanical engineering. While applications are reviewed as soon as they are received, we appreciate your patience until the admission decision is made. The deadlines for application submission are:

  • January 15 for fall admissions.
  • September 15 for spring admissions.

Students who have questions or would like guidance before making a formal application can send their query to Safeng Miao, Graduate Programs Coordinator (email link).