Mechanical Engineering, MS, ME, PhD


Program Summary

Format: On-site

Locations: Capital Region

Credit Hours:

3010 Courses3090

Cost: Per Credit Hour, Capital Region Campus : cost per course

Our Program

Graduate Open House
Capital Region Campus
August 16, 5:30-7 PM


M.E. Degree (Day, Potsdam)
Mechanical Engineering deals with the design and manufacture of mechanical systems. Mechanical engineers make an impact in almost every aspect of modern society, due to the vital roles they play in the design and production of all material goods. Areas of study include machine design, robotics, manufacturing processes, thermodynamics and engines, fluid flow, composite materials properties, dynamics, acoustics, finite element analysis,  computer-aided design and welding metallurgy. Specific fields of study can range from biomechanics and assistive technologies for the disabled to automation and robotics systems, engine and propulsion systems, and the design of ships, submarines, aircraft and spacecraft.

*Offered in Potsdam, NY 

M.S. Degree (Evening, CRC)
Gain an edge in today’s competitive marketplace by developing your analytic and strategic skills and learning how to apply them in fields that are growing in our region and around the world. The objective of the Clarkson Mechanical Engineering program in the Capital Region is to expand graduates’ understanding and application of solid mechanics, thermal-fluid systems, materials, and manufacturability to advance career opportunities in power systems, emerging energy technologies, and product design evolution. Students are encouraged to consider MBA electives and non-technical courses to integrate business skills that complement their technical expertise.

*Offered in both the Capital Region and in Potsdam, NY. Capital Region courses typically take place in the evening, while courses in Potsdam are typically held during the day. 

PhD (Potsdam)
This is a traditional graduate program where the student furthers his or her understanding of a particular topic of interest through additional coursework and research. Thesis topics are typically developed cooperatively with a faculty advisor, and are normally aimed at the investigation of fundamental problems encountered in modern mechanical and aeronautical engineering fields.


Potsdam Campus Degree Requirements:


  • 24 credits of course work (see item c below)
  • 2 credits of seminar
  • 4 credits of project work (ME 616 – Special Projects) with an MAE faculty advisor.  All students must complete a project and are required to present it orally.  A written report approved by the Chair of the graduate committee is required.  With the faculty advisor’s approval, students enrolled in industrially sponsored distance learning programs may accomplish 7 credits of project work and 21 credits of course work.


  • 30 credit hours minimum
  • Minimum of 6 credit hours of thesis that counts toward the degree
  • Minimum of 20 credit hours of course and seminar work
  • 20 credit hours earned in residence
  • NYS requires minimum of 1 academic year of full time study for the M.S. beyond B.S.
  • Maximum of 10 credit hours transfer credit (B grade or better)
  • Official transcripts needed before transfer credits will be awarded
  • All work completed in 5 calendar years
  • All work counted in 30 credit hours minimum must be graduate course work (to conform to NYS Standards)
  • All students must complete a thesis and defend it orally to a committee consisting of a minimum of three Clarkson faculty members. The committee must be approved by the MAE Chair and CSOE Dean using the CSOE Graduate Committee Appointment form. The committee should be approved before the second semester of graduate study.  Exceptional students may be invited to proceed directly to the Ph.D.; such students will be awarded the M.S. upon completing 40 credit hours and passing the doctoral candidacy procedure (qualifying exam and proposal defense) with a superior grade.
  • All students will be required to take 30 credit hours, which should contain 2 credit hours of seminar, a minimum of 18 credit hours of graduate course work, and a minimum of 6 credit hours of thesis.
  • Those students who are not fully prepared to pursue graduate work in engineering may be required to take additional course work for which graduate credit will not be given.


  • 90 credit hour’s minimum (beyond the B.S.)
  • Minimum of 24 credit hours of course work
  • (1) Minimum of 15 credit hours in the major field
  • (2) Minimum of 9 credit hours in the minor field
  • (3) Minimum of 6 credit hours from a department other than the one in which the student is housed
  • Minimum of 6 credit hours of seminar
  • 60 credit hours earned in residence at Clarkson
  • Two years of full‑time study in residence at Clarkson.
  • Maximum of 30 hours of graduate transfer credit (B grade or better).
  • Official transcripts need to be provided before transfer credit is awarded.
  • All work must be completed within 7 years after the student is identified as a PhD candidate. A minimum of three academic years of full-time graduate study or the equivalent in part-time study is required.
  • The comprehensive examination (qualifying examination and research proposal defense examination) for admission to candidacy must be taken within two years after admission to the PhD program. A student will be dropped from the program if the exam is failed twice
  • A dissertation must be submitted and defended orally before an examining committee. The examining committee will consist of a minimum of five members, four of whom must be Clarkson faculty members.  At least one of the faculty must be from a department other than your advisor’s department.  With the approval of the Provost, the fifth member may be any person with appropriate credentials from either inside or outside the University
  • The program for research assistants (RA) and teaching assistants (TA) will include at least 1 credit hour of thesis each semester
  • Qualifying Examination
  • Research Proposal Defense Examination
  • Examination on the Dissertation

Capital Region Campus Degree Requirements:


  • A minimum of 10 graduate courses and our MS graduate project in Mechanical Engineering are required.
  • Two of three courses must be taken by all students: Engineering analysis is required by all, and one or both of Transport Phenomena or Elasticity. Of the remaining eight courses, six must be in mechanical engineering.
  • Electives should normally be chosen from graduate level courses in electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering MBA, or Business of Energy programs. The advisor must approve every course taken for graduate credit. A thesis could be considered as one or two technical electives.
  • All candidates not completing a thesis or independent study are required to participate in the MS Graduate Project in Electrical Engineering. This is a non-credit, no-fee project that serves as the culminating experience of the MS in Electrical Engineering degree. Thesis or independent study are infrequent at the Capital Region Campus location.
  • The Mechanical Engineering courses fall into the following general categories. The catalog contains helpful course descriptions:
    • Core
    • Materials
    • Fluids
    • Thermal
    • Energy
    • Misc.

Example Courses & Concentrations

For Potsdam Campus

  • Engineering Analysis
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Stochastic Processes in Engineering
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics I
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics II
  • Initial and Boundary Value Problems
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Numerical Methods
  • Advanced Conduction Heat Transfer
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Advanced Optimal Design
  • Advanced CAD
  • Advanced Mechanical Vibration
  • Advanced Mechanics of Composite Materials
  • Advanced Welding Metallurgy
  • Principles of Physical Metallurgy

For Capital Region Campus


  • MER 599 Master of Science Graduate Project
  • MER 500 Elasticity
  • MER 501 Transport Phenomena
  • MER 502 Engineering Analysis


  • MER 506 Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • MER 508 Fracture Mechanics
  • MER 515 Processing and Selection of Engineering Materials


  • MER 509 Current Approach to Fatigue in Design
  • MER 516 Finite Element Methods in Engineering
  • MER 510 Advanced Dynamics
  • MER 512 Vibrations of Discrete Systems
  • MER 525 Engineering Optimization
  • MER 532 Composites


  • MER 534 Dynamics of a Viscous Fluid
  • MER 536 Compressible Fluid Flow
  • MER 537 Combustion Fundamentals
  • MER 538 Fluid Dynamics of Turbo machinery
  • MER 554 Flow and Heat Transfer in Multiphase Systems
  • MER 553 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • MER 555 Computational Fluid Dynamics


  • MER 540 Thermodynamic Analysis
  • MER 541. Thermal Energy Processes
  • MER 550 Conduction Heat Transfer
  • MER 551 Super Conductivity
  • MER 552 Convection Heat Transfer


  • MER 572 Engineering Statistics


  • MER 560 Nuclear Engineering and Technology
  • MER 580 Fuel Cell Science and Hydrogen Engineering
  • MER 580A Photovoltaic Engineering
  • MER 580B Turbine Engineering
  • MER 580E Solar Energy Engineering
  • MER 580F Wind Energy Engineering
  • MER 580G Synchronous Generator Engineering
  • MER 601 Sustainability


Admission Requirements

Prerequisites: BS in engineering or equivalent.  Students applying from other disciplines will behandled on a case by case basis.  Those students who are not fully prepared to pursue graduate work in mechanical engineering may be required to take additional courses for which graduate credit will not be given. Admission to the M.E. program will be given only after the required prerequisite coursework has been completed.

PhD Program
For programs in Engineering, all PhD applicants need to show proof they have received a Master’s degree or are currently in a Master’s program before they can be admitted into a PhD program, with the exception of the Materials Science & Engineering program.  For more information regarding entry into PhD programs, please contact Jennifer Reed at

A complete application file consists of the following items (click for more information):

  1. Application Form
  2. Resume and Statement of Purpose
  3. Letters of Recommendation – 2 letters required
  4. Official Transcripts
  5. Test Scores – GRE* and TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable)

* GRE, waived for Clarkson graduates

Supplemental information may be submitted if desired: this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.



Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about the program contact:
Capital Region Campus
Bob Kozik
Associate Dean, School of Engineering

If you are ready to apply contact:
Dan Capogna
Graduate School Coordinator


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