Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University

Earn your STEM master’s degree at one of the largest mechanical engineering departments in the US with state-of-the-art labs and computer centers.

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Michigan Technological University, located in Houghton, Michigan, is ranked #16 in the Wall Street Journal's list of the 2024 Best Public Colleges in the US and is classified as a STEM-based high research activity school.

MTU's Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program is housed in one of the country's largest mechanical engineering departments, with an eleven story building and over 50,000 square feet of modern labs and computer facilities. Students collaborate with eminent teachers and top industries on projects ranging from nanotechnology to space systems. The mechanical engineering curriculum is a STEM-designated 30-credit program that comprises six months in India and one year on campus in Michigan, United States.

Within the required 30 credits of coursework, students can simultaneously earn a graduate certificate in an area of interest. Mechanical Engineering offers over 60+ courses in the fall & spring semesters that align with the four areas of interest. Students can take courses across all areas of interest. However, when submitting the official application students must select at least one of the four areas of interest when they apply:

1) Design and Dynamic Systems

  • Autonomous Systems Controls
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Noise, Vibration, Harshness
  • Robotics and Mechatronics Simulation

2) Solid Mechanics

  1. Analytical Solid Mechanics
  2. Biomechanics
  3. Composite Materials
  4. Computational Mechanics
  5. Mechanics of Multiscale Materials
  6. Molecular Dynamics Modeling

3) Energy and Thermo-Fluids

  • Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energy
  • APS Combustion
  • Fluid Dynamics including CFD
  • Fuel Cells Heat Transfer
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles and Systems
  • Internal Combustion Engines Multiphase Flow

4) Manufacturing and Industrial

  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • MEMS(Nano) Biomaterials Manufacturing
  • Nanotechnology/Nanomaterials Optimization
  • Quality Engineering
  • Sustainable Design and Manufacturing
#3 University in Michigan
Three semesters and 30 credits degree
The MS in ME program has a STEM designation which will enable international students to avail a 3-year post-study work visa (Optional Practical Training)
Cost reduction by almost INR 8 lakhs on overall fees with the Leap Advantage-MTU pathway program.
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With Leap Advantage (1 Semester online, 2 on campus)
Regular US Course (3 Semesters on campus)
Tuition Fees
Tuition Fees 1st Sem fees: $8,355 + last
2 Sem fees: $29,295
Total fees: $37,650
Tuition Fees $41,850
Career opportunities

Michigan Technological University is committed to preparing students for careers in design, simulation, manufacturing, testing, or one of the many other facets of mechanical engineering. MTU is in the top 20 for the highest early-career salaries in the US, with over 1,000 job recruiters visiting their campus career fairs each fall semester.

Michigan Tech Career Services collaborates with employers, alumni, faculty, and staff to connect students with opportunities and provide support on their career journeys. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, mechanical engineering jobs will grow by 10% in the next ten years and Mechanical Engineering ranks #5 in Best Engineering Jobs by U.S. News & World Report. Some possible careers include the following:

Mechanical Design Engineer

Automation Engineer

Manufacturing Engineer

Product Development Engineer

Mechanical Process Engineer

Engineering Project Manager

India Edition | Semester 1 | Online

Admission process starts in India.

1st semester, study online in India.

Academic mentoring, pedagogy, and coursework by MTU faculty and staff.

Non-academic support provided by Leap, including visa counseling, mentorship, and soft skills training.

Students can continue working part-time in India, earning their first semester course credits online.

Start networking and accessing the University Career Services during the online semester to view materials and videos designed for international students.

US Edition | Semester 2 & 3 | On Campus

Students transfer out to the US and spend the 2nd and 3rd semesters on campus.

Students will have the opportunity to apply for on-campus jobs just like other full-time students.

Students will graduate with a degree from the US university and be eligible to apply for a 3-year post-study work visa called Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Become job-ready by attending in-person resume reviews, mock interviews, and career fairs. The MTU Career Services helps students evaluate job offers and negotiate, with integrity, the best salary and benefits. Students who use the university career services are 67% more likely to obtain full-time jobs after graduation than their peers.

Eligibility for MS in Mechanical Engineering

An undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering or a closely related technical field from a regionally accredited academic institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

3 and 4-year bachelor's degree holders are eligible to apply.

English proficiency test: IELTS (6.5) or TOEFL (79).

GRE/GMAT scores are waived for students applying through Leap Advantage.

Some prerequisite courses may be required.

Application Documentation

2 Recommendation Letters from professional or academic sources.

Unofficial Transcripts (Digital copy). Officials must be provided upon acceptance.

Resume (Max - 2 Pages).

Personal Statement (Max – 2,000 characters).

Statement of Purpose (Max – 3,000 characters).

No Additional Documents Accepted.

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What is the Leap Advantage - MTU Pathway program?

We have partnered with MTU’s College of Engineering for their MS in Mechanical Engineering program. It provides students with hands-on learning experience that will help them excel in one of the top fields in the US. Students will benefit from extensive research facilities on campus and at satellite locations.

What are the eligibility requirements for this program?

The minimum eligibility requirement is an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering or closely related technical field from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale. A 4-year degree is preferred. A 3-year degree will be considered for highly qualified candidates. Please consult the eligibility section for more information.

What are the English proficiency and other requirements for this program?

The English proficiency requirement is IELTS (6.5) or TOEFL (79). The GRE requirement is also waived for Leap Advantage students.

What is the deadline for the MS in Mechanical Engineering program?

Applications for Leap applicants are open now. Fall semester classes begin online in August and Spring Semester classes begin in January. Book a free counselling session today to learn more about this exciting program at one of the top tech schools in Michigan, US.

Does MTU accept a 15-year education from India?

Yes, highly-qualified students with a 15-year education with relevant grades and experience are eligible for this program, but it’s at the university's discretion. The profile of the applicant will be evaluated thoroughly.

Can Students work during their studies in the US?

Yes, international students on an F-1 visa can work up to 20 hours per week on-campus during the academic semesters. On-campus jobs are competitive, not guaranteed, and typically are not professional-level positions. After receiving admission, students can view campus job openings on the online job board to apply. 

What are STEM and OPT?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Students studying in a STEM-designated program can apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), allowing them to work for 12 months in the US after completing the degree program. The STEM designation of the MTU Mechanical Engineering program makes students eligible for an additional 24-month STEM OPT extension. With up to 36 months more time to work and network in the US, international students can build valuable professional skills and contacts to help them with their career endeavors.

What is it like to live in Houghton, Michigan? 

Michigan experiences all four seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter, and the community of Houghton is sure to enjoy all of them with outdoor activities both on and off campus. Houghton has access to a major waterway, providing a peaceful and calming environment to study. Houghton was ranked as the #8 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America by Architectural Digest. ranks Michigan Tech as the safest public college campus in Michigan. Friendly and welcoming, Houghton's historic downtown features locally owned shops, eateries, museums, restaurants, and shopping. MTU earned a gold star rating in 2023 for sustainability in all five categories — academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration, and innovation and leadership — that add up to a final score. Providing an active and vibrant campus is central to MTU's traditions, along with its long tradition of welcoming Indian students to campus.  

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