Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadlines
Fall:January 15
Winter:September 1
Contact Information: 
360 EB
Program Requirements: 

The purpose of the MS program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to provide a world-class education to students pursuing a master’s degree, in an atmosphere enlightened by the principles of the gospel. Specifically, the purpose of this program is to produce graduates who:

  1. Eagerly pursue lifelong learning through study and faith in professional, religious and personal aspects of life.
  2. Understand the fundamental concepts of math, science, and engineering, particularly as they apply to thermal and mechanical systems.
  3. Implement the fundamental principles of engineering through hands-on design and analysis, using modern engineering tools and practices, to solve complex, real-world engineering problems with high standards of personal and professional ethics.
  4. Demonstrate leadership in a specific sub-discipline of mechanical engineering through the development of new knowledge and practices.
  5. Confidently present their intellectual efforts in a technical forum of professionals in their area of expertise.
  6. Express faith in God and a desire to serve Him through lifelong service to family, church, profession and community.


  • Credit hours: a minimum of 30 hours, six of which are thesis hours.  The remaining 24 hours are coursework, half of which must be offered by Mechanical Engineering.
  • Program of study: each student must submit a study list of approved courses during the first semester.
  • Prospectus: each student must submit a written prospectus during the second semester.
  • Biannual Evaluations: each student’s progress will be evaluated twice a year, in January and May. Satisfactory progress must be maintained in order to remain in the program.
  • Residency: work toward the MS must be completed under the direction of a graduate faculty advisor while the student is in residence at BYU for at least two consecutive semesters of 6 or more hours of registration. “In residence” is defined as living and conducting research in the general vicinity of the university, where the student has ready access to research facilities and consultation with the faculty.
  • Graduate Seminar: all MS students are required to attend 8 graduate seminars each semester, for two semesters. The seminars include presentations by industry experts, faculty members, and invited guests.
  • Thesis: a written thesis describing original research must be completed and approved.  A maximum of six thesis credits (Me En 699R) may count toward the MS.  All work toward the thesis must be open for public review and publication.  Exceptions must have written approval from the department and college in advance of any work performed.
  • Defense: MS students are required to pass an oral examination of their thesis research.
  • Timelimit: There is a one-year minimum and a five-year maximum to complete the MS degree.
  • GPA: MS students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or above in all courses counted toward the master’s degree.
  • A 39 credit hour coursework only option is available under certain circumstances. Approval must be obtained prior to applying for admission.  Departmental financial assistance is generally not available for the coursework option.

Please see the MS Handbook at: for more details regarding requirements.

Admission Requirements: 

Required Tests

GRE (TOEFL or IELTS also required for applicants whose native language is not English)

Additional Requirements

  1. BS in Mechanical Engineering or a related program (Engineering, Physical or Mathematical Science)
  2. Resume
Program Outcomes: 

Advanced Understanding of Mechanical Engineering Principles

Program graduates will develop an advanced understanding of the governing principles which serve as the basis for the practice of mechanical engineering and have the ability to apply these principles in the design and analysis of a system or process to meet specified needs.

Creation of New Knowledge

Program graduates will participate in the creation of new knowledge and/or will advance the state of the art in a specific sub-discipline of mechanical engineering through the completion of a thesis project. The thesis project may contain elements of design, experimentation and analysis and will require innovation and creativity.

Writing and Oral Communication

Program graduates will develop technical writing and oral presentation skills.

Ethical and Moral Standards

Program graduates will demonstrate a pattern of living consistent with high ethical and moral standards.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 103
International 4
Female 7
LDS 102
Non-White 12
BYU Undergraduate 85
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 322.1
GRE Quantitative Score 163.1
GRE Quantitative Percentile 84.9
GRE Verbal Score 158.9
GRE Verbal Percentile 78.2
GRE Analytical Score 4.2
GRE Analytical Percentile 62.9
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 2.5
Graduated Per Year 30.2
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 66.8
Admitted Per Year 48.4
Percent Admitted 72.46
Average GPA 3.66