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Department ofMechanical Engineering


The Department of Mechanical Engineering is dedicated to delivering up-to-date, high-quality courses across a broad range of disciplines to meet the needs of both part-time and full-time graduate students.

These courses are concentrated in five emphasis areas: (1) dynamics and controls; (2) design and manufacturing; (3) mechanics and materials; (4) mechatronic systems engineering; and (5) thermofluids and energy. Educational efforts are channeled to expand the skills of prospective and practicing engineers not only in understanding fundamentals but also in developing competence in analyzing engineering systems. The department offers graduate degrees at the master's, engineer's, and doctorate levels, as well as certificates. 

The Mechanical and Aerospace graduate programs are designed to educate students with the following Graduate Core Competencies

CC 1: Apply advanced concepts of mechanical engineering, mathematics, and science.
CC 2: Solve complex mechanical engineering problems.
CC 3: Adapt to changing technology and new advances in the field of Mechanical Engineering.
CC 4: Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
and Mechanical Engineering Research Competencies for M.S. thesis and Ph.D. students–
RC 1: Conduct independent research with modern tools and contemporary knowledge.
RC 2: Communicate and generate technical written reports of original content and of the highest
M.S.M.E. Program

The Master's of Science program is dedicated to delivering up-to-date, high-quality courses across a broad range of disciplines to meet the needs of both part- and full-time graduate students. These courses are concentrated in five emphasis areas:

  1. Dynamics and Controls
  2. Design and Manufacturing
  3. Mechanics and Materials
  4. Mechatronic Systems Engineering
  5. Thermofluids and Energy
M.S.A.E. Program

The Master's program in Aerospace Engineering (MSAE) is a two-year program targeted at students with an engineering or science background who want to pursue a career in the aerospace industry, government, or academia. Students will learn to synthesize and design aerospace systems through coursework and research activities. 


Ph.D. Program

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is conferred by the School of Engineering primarily in recognition of competence in the subject field and the ability to investigate engineering problems independently, resulting in a new contribution to knowledge in the field.

Certificate Program

Certificate programs are designed to provide an intensive background in a focused area at the graduate level. With 16-20 required units for completion, each certificate is designed to be completed in a much shorter period of time. Santa Clara’s certificate programs are appropriate for students working in the industry who wishes to update their skills or for those interested in changing their career path.

Contact Us

Interim Chair: Michael Taylor

Department Manager:
Gina Orais 


Mechanical Engineering
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053


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