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Mechanical Engineering Mission and Objectives

The threefold mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to provide its students with an education of high quality, generate and apply knowledge, and serve both society and the engineering profession.

In support of the department’s mission, there are 3 objectives for undergraduate education:

  1. Our graduates will be technically skilled in the principles of mechanical engineering.
  2. Our graduates will be successful in their chosen career paths while maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards.
  3. Our graduates will continue learning throughout their careers while productively contributing to their organizations and communities. They will demonstrate the attitudes and abilities of leaders who effectively adapt to our changing global society.
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Undergraduate Programs

The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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Mechanical Engineering Mission and Objectives

The threefold mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to provide its students with an education of high quality, generate and apply knowledge, and serve both society and the engineering profession.

In support of the graduate portion of this mission, there are 3 primary objectives: To produce graduates who 

  1. Are capable of performing research at the highest possible level and can contribute valuable advances to their chosen areas of specialization,
  2. Have an enthusiasm and strong desire to instruct young engineers in their chosen areas of specialization, and
  3. Can and will be hired to work at the most prestigious universities and research institutions in the world.
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Graduate Programs

The department offers Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, and Doctor of Engineering degrees in mechanical engineering. Areas of study in mechanical engineering include computer-integrated manufacturing, computational mechanics and mathematics of computations, heat transfer and thermal-fluid system design, mechanical system design and analysis, control systems, and biomechanics and biomaterials.

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Graduate Admission

To qualify for any of the graduate programs, a student generally must have earned an accredited baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering. A student with good preparation in some other engineering discipline, or a related field such as physics, may qualify by taking appropriate undergraduate courses specified by the graduate admissions committee.

For admission to regular status, the student must have an undergraduate grade-point average of at least B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale). For students whose undergraduate grade-point averages are below 3.0 but no lower than 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, provisional admission is considered on a case-by-case basis. Graduate Record Examination scores are required.

Submit your graduate application online. Send all other requested application materials to the department:

The University of Kansas
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Learned Hall
1530 W. 15th St., Room 3013
Lawrence, KS 66045-7618

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Graduate Financial Aid

Various types of financial aid are available, including teaching and research assistantships and graduate fellowships. Students holding teaching assistantships for 40-percent time or more receive tuition waivers but must pay campus fees. Students holding research assistantships may pay reduced tuition. Fellowships with stipends plus fees may be available for particularly outstanding students. Applications for fellowships or assistantships should be submitted before the academic year for which the fellowship or assistantship is desired. Similarly, applications for assistantships should be submitted 2 months before the desired entry date.

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