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Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has distinct program objectives for both undergraduate and graduate education. Our objectives are based on the needs of our constituencies. We focus on the professional and personal development of our students. We continuously assess and improve our ABET-accredited undergraduate curriculum.

Graduates of the program will be proficient engineering problem solvers capable of identifying, formulating, and solving engineering problems by applying their knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering. They will be effective designers capable of modeling, designing, and experimentally verifying a thermal system, a mechanical system, a component, or a process while meeting specified engineering requirements and considering real-world constraints and the impact their solution may have on society. They will be effective verbal and written communicators, and team members capable of clearly developing and explaining their engineering solutions to diverse groups using appropriate tools and technology. Graduates will display a keen awareness of their professional and ethical responsibility and practice lifelong learning. They will be stewards of the environment as they consider the impact that their designs have in a global context.

The mechanical engineering undergraduate degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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The mechanical engineering undergraduate program at the University of Idaho is designed to prepare students for entry into professional practice or for continuing their education at the master's and doctoral levels. Engineering sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, communications, humanities and social sciences are the basis for our curriculum. Computer applications are emphasized in course work. Students are encouraged to develop individual interests through the selection of technical electives. Students complete their study through our nationally recognized capstone design program culminating each spring with the Engineering Design EXPO.

The undergraduate program in mechanical engineering is calculus based; you should enjoy math and science, and have a strong interest in algebra, calculus, physics and chemistry. At U of I you'll benefit from a variety of learning experiences including lectures, labs and one-on-one work sessions.

For additional information please contact Becky Schoenberg at 208-885-5024 or by email

Required course work includes the university requirements (see regulation J-3), the Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E) requirements, and completion of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination.

The University of Idaho master’s and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering (M.E.) prepare you for highly rewarding careers on the cutting edge of countless exciting fields ranging from aerospace, computer, automotive, construction and defense to biotechnology, robotics and energy and thermal systems.

Because it’s the broadest of all engineering disciplines, a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Idaho provides you with both a big-picture perspective of future opportunities as well as the diverse research experiences required to make the most of them.

Mechanical engineering graduate students at Idaho have the unique opportunity to work in a variety of research areas, creating graduates that are highly valued and recruited by employers. Mechanical engineering alumni have become CEOs, entrepreneurs, astronauts, faculty, physicians and patent attorneys.

The minimum requirements to enter any of the graduate programs in mechanical engineering are:

  • An undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field from an ABET-accredited U.S. program, this does not include technical degrees; and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • The GRE General Exam is recommended but not required for students with an undergraduate degree from a U.S. ABET-accredited program. The GRE General Exam is required for all other applicants. Minimum scores required: Verbal 151, Quantitative 153, Analytical Writing 4.0.
  • The TOEFL (minimum score: internet based 79, paper based 550), or an equivalent test, is required for all students whose primary language is not English.
  • All applicants are required to submit 3 letters of recommendation, a 1-2 page Statement of Career Objectives and a 1-2 page Curriculum Vitae/Resume.

If you are interested in applying for graduate admission, go to the Graduate Admissions website for additional information.

If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and have any questions about the requirements listed above, please contact the ME Department by phone at 208-885-6579 or via email.

Applicants to any of the graduate programs are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the department's graduate committee. Some applicants who have a baccalaureate degree in a field other than mechanical engineering may be required to complete certain undergraduate deficiency courses before they will be allowed to take graduate level courses.

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Mechanical Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 0902
Moscow, ID 83844-0902

Phone: 208-885-6579

Fax: 208-885-9031