Department of Mechanical Engineering School of Engineering Stanford University

Department of Mechanical Engineering School of Engineering Stanford University

Stanford, CA
student ratio
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December 5
fall application deadline
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5 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Mechanical Engineering Programs

As a top-ranked engineering school, Stanford University's program in mechanical engineering offers Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and a Master of Science in Engineering, Design Impact. All programs require a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Physics, or a related science field.

In addition to the standard MS degree in Mechanical Engineering, the program offers one specialized degree in biomechanical engineering for students wishing to enter the industry as practicing professionals. This option is available to current Stanford students and there is no external application process.

While MS graduate students are not required to write a thesis, there is an opportunity for students to become involved in research projects during their MS program.

The Ph.D. degree is intended primarily for students who desire a career in research, advanced development, or teaching. Ph.D. programs are designed to give students a broad background in mathematics and engineering sciences, together with intensive study and research experience in a specialized area.

Interdisciplinary Research

Incorporation of this broader perspective requires access to and collaboration with other disciplines, including the environmental, social, and material sciences as well as electrical engineering, biology, and other fields.

Department research projects and the structure of the department's labs and centers incorporate at their core the philosophy of interdisciplinary problem-solving. By the way Stanford has structured the academic environment, the department offers strength in bringing together the necessary disciplines for solving modern engineering problems and provides a broad-based, flexible environment in which students are able to pursue their developing interests.

The pioneering research conducted within the department, and related organizations, has been made possible to a large extent by our collaborative and flexible environment.

Themes that Shape the Department

The five main academic themes of the department are:

- Biomechanical Engineering
- Design 
- Flow Physics and Computational Engineering  
- Mechanics and Computation 
- Thermosciences 

The programs within the department are built around these themes where a continued emphasis on fundamental understanding of a range of engineering and scientific concepts is combined with a sensitized empathy for human need.

The department's aim is to help produce academic and industry leaders. We believe that because of our unique and forward-thinking approach to research incorporating these five academic themes, as well as our emphasis on human-centered design and sustainability, our graduates are widely sought after.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students Go On to Receive Doctorates and Begin High-Paying Engineering Careers

Some graduate students in the mechanical engineering masters programs go on to pursue a doctoral degree, but many students simply enter the industry as practicing professionals after receiving their Master of Science degree.

Many graduated alumni with MS degrees are working as product design engineers, mechanical engineers, analysts, consultants, controls and systems engineers, robotics engineers, and research and development engineers.

Stanford Is Located in Silicon Valley, Near San Francisco and Numerous Cultural Opportunities

Stanford is located in the heart of Northern California, in one of the country's most desirable climates. Stanford itself is in the city of Palo Alto, with the downtown a short walk from campus offering students a number of options for shopping, dining, and various other attractions.

Taking a train or car 35 miles north puts students in San Francisco, where they may enjoy the many famed hills, walk along the piers, dine at one of the numerous restaurants, enjoy the cultural opportunities of Chinatown, or take advantage of the many other reasons that San Francisco is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations.

Stanford is located in Silicon Valley, with San Jose just 20 miles south of the campus. Silicon Valley is home to numerous cutting-edge companies that were founded by Stanford alumni and faculty, including Hewlett-Packard, Google, and more. Further from campus lie numerous nature-focused destinations, including the San Francisco Bay Peninsula and the Santa Cruz Mountains with its famed redwoods.

While there is lots to see in the area surrounding Stanford, the college itself is practically its own city. The community includes 4,300 graduate students living on the 8,180 acre campus, which even has its own zip code (94305). Numerous cultural opportunities abound on campus, from the world-class Cantor Center museum to the numerous creative performing arts programs presented through the Stanford Lively Arts.

The campus also boasts state of the art recreational and athletic facilities, where students can enjoy fitness at their own pace, take physical education classes, or participate in any of 35 varsity sports and 20 club sports. Public service is also an important part of the Stanford community, and graduate students interested in giving back to the community can join any of the 70 service-oriented student organizations.

Location & Contact

Department of Mechanical Engineering

School of Engineering
Stanford University

440 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Prof. Ken Goodson


Phone: 650-723-4023
Fax: 650-723-4862

Graduate Admissions

Phone: 866-432-7472
Fax: 650-723-8371

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Mechanical Engineering Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Engineer (Engr)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Design Impact Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) [Engineering Design ]
    • Biomechanical Engineering Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) [Biomedical Engineering ]
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Thesis Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Thesis Required


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 5th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, undergraduate degree in engineering, math or sciences
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, MS in engineering, math or sciences
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesGRE General Test, MS in engineering, math or sciences
    • International DegreesTOEFL required




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