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Why Pursue a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering

The master’s in mechanical engineering has three concentrations: Thermal and Fluid Systems, Mechanics and Materials, and Robotics and Control. Nationally and internationally recognized faculty assist students in cutting-edge research projects funded by federal agencies and industries. This program offers a diverse environment with students from all over the world.

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The UTSA Department of Mechanical Engineering is staffed with nationally recognized faculty, conducting original research. Graduate students have access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, enabling students earn more hands-on experiences. Research areas include:

  • Mechanics and Materials
  • Thermal-Fluid & Energy
  • Manufacturing & Systems Engineering
  • Robotics, Device Design & Control
  • Biomechanics & Healthcare Engineering

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Mechanical Engineering (MS)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) Departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level.
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions. Submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  English Language Proficiency 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS / Duolingo 100
  Purpose Statement Required
  Resume Required
  Letters of Recommendation 1 academic or professional reference(s) demonstrating your attributes for successful completion of this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time)
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however, if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Application Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation, if applicable, must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Mechanical Engineering (MS)
Timing on Admission Decision: Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on a rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
Application Deadlines for: Priority International Domestic
Fall 2024 February 1 June 1 August 1
Spring 2025 Not Available October 1 October 1
Summer 2025 Not Available March 1 March 1

Funding Opportunities

Various forms of financial support, including Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships (GTA & GRA) and competitive scholarships are available. For more information on additional sources of financial assistance, please visit the Mechanical Engineering website.

Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.

This program is housed on UTSA’s Main campus. Graduate courses are typically offered at 5:30-6:45 PM and 7:00-8:15 PM time slots to accommodate working students.

Graduate Advisor of Record

Xiaodu Wang, PhD