Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering – Vancouver

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Priority Deadlines:

  • Fall January 10th
  • Spring July 1st


  • Vancouver

International Student English Proficiency Exams

International students may need to surpass the Graduate School’s minimum English language proficiency exam scores for this program. If the graduate program has unique score requirements, they will be detailed below. Otherwise, please refer to the Graduate School’s minimum score guidelines.

  • 540 TOEFL (PBT) Minimum score
  • 75 TOEFL (iBT) Minimum score
  • 6.5 IELTS Minimum score
  • 105 Duolingo Minimum score

Degree Description:

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering is a thesis program requiring a significant research project as well as coursework in the following general areas:

  • Solid mechanics
  • Manufacturing and design
  • Robotics and automation
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Heat and mass transfer
  • Micro/nano technology

The program has a “Digital Design and Manufacturing” theme. It refers to a modern and critical set of digital technologies for advanced modeling, simulation, analysis, integration of information technology, sensing, automation and big data to rapidly design and manufacture products. Our laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment worth more than $6 million.

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering is a thesis program and requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. This includes 21 hours of graded coursework beyond the bachelor’s plus a minimum of 4 thesis credits. The remaining five credits can be additional thesis credits or 500-level MECH classes.

Teaching and research assistantships are available for qualified students.

The WSU Vancouver MS in Mechanical Engineering is designed and administered separately from the MS program in Pullman. If you designate the WSU Pullman program as your main objective, you will not be automatically considered by the Vancouver program unless you submit the specific documentation requested on our “How to Apply” web page ( Except in rare cases, only those who indicate WSU Vancouver as their main objective will be prompted to submit any missing documentation so our Selection Committee can review their completed applications.

Admission Requirements:

An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale is a minimum to be considered for admission to the MS program. Students with bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering are well prepared for the program. Students with bachelor’s degrees in other engineering disciplines, mathematics or the physical sciences may be required to take certain courses prior to taking graduate courses.


Admission to the graduate program is a joint decision between the WSU Graduate School and the School of Engineering and Computer Science at WSU Vancouver. Submitting your application for admission to WSUV MSME is a two-step process. Please complete both steps to ensure your application is received and reviewed by WSUV ENCS and the WSU Graduate School (how to apply-

  1.  Complete and submit the online application form specific to your interests in the School of Engineering and Computer Science. This form indicates your intention to apply to the Graduate School, and includes the student interest profile plus the optional application for a graduate assistantship in ENCS.
  2. Complete and submit the online application for the WSU Graduate School. You can also find the Graduate School’s requirements and deadlines, as well as requirements for both domestic and international students.

You should be prepared to submit the following along with your application to the WSU Graduate School:

  1. Transcripts: required from all non-WSU colleges or universities you have previously attended. (Unofficial transcripts may be accepted by the Graduate School at the time of application submittal, for initial consideration purposes only.) 
  2. TOEFL scores (international students): must be sent directly from ETS to WSU. The Washington State University school code is 4705
  3. Letters of Recommendation: will be requested on-line from your references. Make sure to have your references contact information available at the time of applying. 
  4. Resume
  5. Statement of Purpose

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