The department offers graduate education in Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering at the Master's and Doctoral levels, preparing students to work and conduct cutting-edge research in such emerging areas as advanced materials and materials processing, manufacturing, mechanics of nontraditional materials, design of medical devices, energy storage, micro- and nano-electromechanical systems, nanotechnology, neural engineering, multiphase flows, renewable (solar, wind, etc.) energy, robotics and control, smart health, combustion, wild fire, and tissue engineering. The doctoral program in the College of Engineering is offered jointly with the University of California, San Diego.
Two integrated five-year Bachelor’s-Master’s programs are available in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. These programs are designed to give students the opportunity to focus in a subfield of interest in either mechanical engineering (design and manufacturing, dynamics and control, energy and thermofluids, materials and mechanics), or bioengineering (biomaterials, biomechanics).
The Master of Engineering (M.Eng) degree is a practice-oriented, interdisciplinary degree designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in furthering a career in engineering with a business/management emphasis.
The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering prepares students to work toward more advanced degrees, or to work in today's complex and competitive industry that shapes our society. Our program values the diverse perspectives of students, providing an evolving curriculum tailored to the needs of industry and society.
The Master of Science degree in Bioengineering, offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, provides both a terminal professional degree for students to enter the biotechnology and medical device industries as well as preparation for further study in bioengineering leading to the Doctor of Engineering or PhD degree. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in an engineering field with a strong grounding in physics and mathematics. The degree program offers three tracks in biomechanics, biomaterials, and bioinstrumentation as described below.
The Ph.D. degree is offered jointly with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Applicants to the program are admitted to both Ph.D. programs and graduates receive separate Ph.D. degrees from both Institutions. Degrees are offered in Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering. The corresponding programs at UCSD are hosted by their Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Bioengineering Departments. As such, graduates receive Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from SDSU and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from UCSD or Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering from SDSU and Bioengineering from UCSD. Faculty at both institutions collaborate closely in supervising the students, and the program includes studies undertaken at both campuses, which are located about 15 miles apart.