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Fairfield University's Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) is designed to serve the needs of practicing engineers, and those aspiring to an advanced degree in mechanical engineering and related specializations. Students will have the option of specializing in one of two broad concentrations: thermal systems or mechanical systems.

No matter which field you chose, you will receive instruction and guidance in effective learning environments, using an intuitive curriculum. You will also be able to identify, formulate, and solve advanced problems, and gain the techniques, skills, and modern analytical and software tools necessary to thrive in mechanical engineering.

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Message From The Director

Dear Prospective Student,

Competition in the international global market takes new tools and skills development to advance knowledge and excel in the workplace. Employers such as Sikorsky Aircraft, Pitney & Bowes, General Electric, Medtronic, ASML, and others, seek out graduates with up-to-date software and hardware skills as well as analytical modeling and simulation training. This is precisely the education you can expect to receive at Fairfield University's School of Engineering.

As a student enrolled in the MS in Mechanical Engineering program, you'll work with a diversified faculty who:

  • Have an average of more than 15 years of real world experience in the industry
  • Come from diversified educational backgrounds
  • Are well-grounded and team-work oriented

Our current students appreciate the personal attention, accessibility of faculty members, and custom-tailored plan of study offered by Fairfield's School of Engineering. Such competencies as strong analytical background, solid undergraduate schooling in core mechanical engineering courses, excellent technical writing skills, and perhaps real world engineering experience will serve you well in this program.

Interested? Feel free to explore the possibilities of advanced study in engineering at Fairfield University, and feel free to e-mail or call me at (203) 254-4000, ext. 3154 to either set up an appointment or to clarify any questions you may have about the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Shahrokh Etemad 
Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering

Course Offerings

See Mechanical Engineering course catalog for more information.

Five-Year BS/MS Program In Mechanical Engineering

This concentrated program prepares students for constantly evolving needs for innovation in engineering design and development, across all technological and economic sectors. Graduates of the program will be awarded a BS and an MS in Mechanical Engineering. The undergraduate degree, BSME, will maintain its ABET accreditation. Students follow the standard undergraduate curriculum for the first three years, and then complete the BS degree requirements during their fourth year while taking graduate courses. During the fifth year the students take an additional eight courses to complete their MS degree. Graduates of the program will have mastered the knowledge and tools they need to create the next generation of Mechanical Engineering solutions to technological and societal problems.

See the Mechanical Engineering Five-Year Dual Degree Bachelor and Master of Science Program requirements and course descriptions.


In the School of Engineering, our dedicated faculty are a community of leading-edge scholars who love to teach.

Career & Professional Opportunities

Through Fairfield's MS in Mechanical Engineering program, you'll develop skills that can be directly applied to your current or future career, including:

  • Analytical skills
  • Computer aided design and analysis
  • Use and application of latest software engineering tools and application to real engineering
  • Validation, prototyping, and verification of models and simulation
  • Case studies of real engineering product design/development
  • Team working skills
  • Technical report writing skills

Fairfield University's MSME graduates have gone on to diverse professional fields including:

  • Aerospace - design, development, products
  • Quality control and Reliability
  • Project development and management
  • Control systems, materials and mechanics, manufacturing

Graduates hold titles such as:

  • Product engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Development engineer
  • Product manager
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Quality engineer
  • Reliability engineer
  • Materials engineer
  • Thermal engineer
  • Energy engineer
  • Plant engineer
  • R&D engineer
  • And more!

Learn more about how the University's Career Planning Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.


Admission Requirements

Applicants for the MS in Mechanical Engineering must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) in science or engineering, or its equivalent, in the general area of mechanical engineering. Those with work experience in a technology environment, whose academic and professional record suggest the likelihood of success in a demanding graduate program will also be considered. Applicants should demonstrate aptitude in the following subject matters, or begin their studies by registering for one or more bridge courses judged suitable by the program director:

  • Engineering Design
  • Materials and Thermodynamics

Formal Admission Process

Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee. Students seeking admission must submit:

  • A Completed Application for Graduate Admission form (Apply Now)
  • A Non-refundable $65 Application Fee made payable to Fairfield University (paid by credit card if applying online).
  • A Professional Resume. Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and education history.
  • A Personal Statement. Students should describe why they want to undertake graduate studies in the program for which they are applying.
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree. (All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service.)
  • Two Recommendation Forms and Letters, one of which must be from a current supervisor or professor.


International Students

Students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report. A TOEFL composite score of 550 for the paper test, 213 for the computer-based, or 79-80 on the Internet-based test (IBT) is strongly recommended for admission. Fairfield's ETS code is 3390.

All application materials should be sent to:

Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Phone: (203) 254-4184
Fax: (203) 254-4073


How to Apply

For detailed admission requirements, please refer to the links below:

Admission Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid, Fairfield University requires students to complete a FAFSA form. For further information, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are applications due?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee.


Do I need to take the GREs?

The GREs are not required.  We do look closely at your academic record and other application materials. Generally, we like to see that you have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. If your GPA is lower than 3.0 but you would like us to consider your application, you may include with your application a statement that explains your GPA and why you are confident you will be able to maintain the required 3.0 GPA in your graduate studies.


How much does it cost?

Tuition and fees for Fairfield's graduate programs


Do I have to be a full-time student?

Our programs are designed to accommodate students who want to attend either on a full-time or part-time basis. Students who are fully employed will find the scheduling of our courses compatible with their work requirements.


When are courses offered?

Most of our courses are offered in the evening and a few are offered on the weekends. Weekday courses generally meet once a week for three hours. Weekend courses tend to be full day courses that meet for four or five weekends or weekend days over the semester.


What is the average class size?

We keep our classes small.  The typical maximum class size is 20, but class sizes range from less than 12 to 20.


Do I need to have earned an undergraduate degree in engineering to be eligible for admission?

Our students come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds, which adds to the richness of our interactions in class. An undergraduate degree specifically in engineering is not required, but exposure to technology through employment is useful.


How long does it take to complete the degree?

For students who attend part-time, the time will vary based on how many courses are taken at a time. Students who attend full-time take 9 credits each semester and can complete the program in 2 years. All students are required to complete their degree within 6 years after they begin their first course.


What financial aid is available?

To be considered for financial aid, Fairfield University requires students to complete a FAFSA form. For further information on financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid.


Are graduate assistantships available?

A limited number of part-time assistantships are available to assist promising and deserving students


Contact Us

For more information about Fairfield University's graduate programs, please contact:

Office of Graduate Admission
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

Call (203) 254-4184 or email

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