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Mechanical engineering graduate degrees at a top Tennessee university

Tennessee Technological University (TTU), a top-ranking regional public university, offers a Master of Science (MS) in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) and a PhD in Engineering with a concentration in mechanical engineering. Undergraduates can also opt a fast-tracked bachelor of science to MS in Mechanical Engineering.

The Mechanical Engineering Department, the largest department within Tennessee Tech's College of Engineering, partners with the U.S. Department of Energy in providing top-notch research and educational opportunities.

Outstanding research facilities and opportunities

The Mechanical Engineering department is home to laboratories engaged in cutting-edge research across the discipline. These include

- Acoustics and Vibration Laboratory

- Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) Laboratory

- Experimental Stress Analysis Laboratory

- Fuel Cell Laboratory

- Geometric Design and Manufacturing Integration Laboratory

- Mechatronics and Intelligent Machines Laboratory (MIML)

- Microstructural Analysis Laboratory

- Senior Design Project Laboratory

- Thin Film Laboratory

Graduate students may also pursue research opportunities at one of TTU's three centers of excellence: the Center for Manufacturing Research, the Center for the Management, Utilization and Protection of Water Resources, and the Center for Energy Systems Research.

A highly-accomplished faculty

The faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Department are highly-accomplished researchers, experienced practitioners, and dedicated instructors.

Professor Vahid Motevalli, for example, worked at NIST and NRL government laboratories, served as an American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) fellow to the U.S. Congress, and founded the Center for Technology Development at Purdue University. He served as the Principle Investigator (PI) for $500,000 project to convert a Chevy Malibu into a hybrid-electric vehicle.

Professor John Peddieson has conducted research supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, the Army Missile Command, NCAM, the states of Tennessee and Mississippi, and private companies into mathematical modeling of a wide variety of topics in fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, and dynamics and vibrations. He has published 90 journal articles, a large number of conference proceedings papers and presentations, and technical reports.

Professor Joseph Rencis, who also serves as Dean of Engineering, has conducted NSF-funded research into finite elements, boundary elements, mechanics of materials, and multiscale modeling. He has also engaged in innovative research into engineering education. He has published over 35 journal articles and presented 110 conference papers. He serves as the associate editor for the Journal of Online Engineering Education and International Series on Advances in Boundary Elements. He is a fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), the ASME, and Wessex Institute of Great Britain.

Student and alumni achievements

The graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Tennessee Tech are employed by Boeing, TVA, Eastman Chemical, Nissan, General Motors, Milliken, Oakridge National Research Laboratory, TVA, Trane, Aerospace Testing Alliance, and many other corporations.

Students in the Mechanical Engineering Department participate in student chapters of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Pi Tau Sigma, ASME, the Society of Women engineers, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers, and the Engineering Joint Council.

Student research

Graduate students in the Mechanical Engineering Department engage in the study and research of mechanical engineering generally while often focusing on special topics such as

- acoustics and vibrations

- design / mechanical systems

- energy harvesting / smart materials

- energy storage / fuel cells / battery


- material characterization and modeling

- robotics / mechatronics / controls

- thermal science / fluid mechanics

The MS in Mechanical Engineering

Students in the MS in Mechanical Engineering at Tennessee Tech may choose to pursue either a thesis or non-thesis track. Students in the thesis track complete 24 credit hours of courses, at least 6 credit hours of thesis research, a thesis, and an oral defense. This track prepares students who wish to pursue research and development in either an academic or corporate setting.

Graduate students can also choose to pursue a master degree in mechanical engineering without a thesis. Students in this track complete 30 credit hours of coursework and 3 credit hours of special topics.

The BS/MS fast track program

Undergraduate students in their senior year with a GPA of 3.25 may opt to remain at Tech for an additional year to complete their MS in Mechanical Engineering. They take two engineering courses as part of their BS senior elective, begin their research project during the summer after their senior year, and complete three courses each semester of their fifth year.

The PhD in Engineering with Mechanical Engineering Concentration

Students who have obtained the MS in Mechanical Engineering, complete an additional 48 credit hours, beyond the 30 credit-hour MS program, to obtain a PhD. These include 18 to 24 credit hours of coursework and 24 to 30 credit hours of research and dissertation.

Students who are admitted to the PhD program directly after their BS complete 72 credit hours. These include 42 to 48 credit hours of coursework, including the four core courses required for the completion of the MS, and 24 to 30 hours of research and dissertation.

A top ranking university

Tennessee Technological University is one of the top-ranking universities in Tennessee and in the region. "U.S. News and World Report" ranks Tennessee Technological University among the top region universities in the South and among the top public universities. "The Princeton Review" also ranks Tennessee Tech among the best in the southeast.

Tennessee Technological University has also been widely recognized for its affordability and its military and vet-friendly programs. "U.S. News and World Report" lists TTU as one that leave graduates with the least debt in the south and as one of the top 20 military-friendly schools. BestValueSchools ranks Tennessee Tech among the top 20 best value colleges in Tennessee. G.I. Jobs magazine recognizes Tennessee Technological University as a military-friendly university.

Tennessee Technological University

Tennessee Technological University, midway between Nashville and Knoxville is located in Cookeville, TN, among lakes and national state parks. Its 10,000 students pursue degrees in 40 undergraduate and 25 graduate programs. Tennessee Tech has highly ranked online programs, with its online MBA ranking number 65 in the country.

Location & Contact

Department of Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering
Tennessee Technological University

North Dixie Avenue
Cookeville, TN 38505
United States

Dr. Mohan Rao


Phone: 931-372-3254
Fax: 931-372-6340

Mrs. Shelia Kendrick

Coordinator of Graduate Studies

Phone: 931-372-3808
Fax: 931-372-3497

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Mechanical Engineering Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 21
    • 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? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Thesis Required
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


60% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 56
    • Accepted 34
    • Acceptance Rate 60
    • Enrolled 5
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $35
    • Application Fee - International $40
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline August 1st May 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 1st October 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL (minimum score 550 paper-based; 79 iBT), IELTS (minimum score 5.5), PTE (minimum score 53), or TOEIC (Test of English as an International Communication)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 1
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students30
    • Female Percentage7%
    • Male Percentage93%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students30
    • Part-time Percentage63%
    • Full-time Percentage37%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian67%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown or International Student33%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty25
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage8%
    • Male Percentage92%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchEnergy-related systems, design, acoustics and acoustical systems
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported



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