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Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Graduate

Photo of lab The Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department at Kansas State University offers separate graduate programs in Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering both leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Our award-winning faculty are engaged in exciting and cutting-edge research projects in state of the art laboratories and research facilities, while our graduate students are excelling inside and outside of the classroom.

Research areas and courses include a broad range of traditional and emerging fields in mechanical and nuclear Engineering. With over $5 million in research funding, almost all graduate students in our department receive graduate research assistantships. Several of our students receive graduate teaching assistantships with 50-100% tuition waiver to help teach laboratory sections.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Although students with bachelor’s degrees in mechanical and/or nuclear engineering make up the bulk of our graduate student body, the department welcomes applicants from other fields including other engineering disciplines, mathematics, physics and chemistry. All applicants must complete a GRE with scores no less than 146 verbal (151 revised version), and 3.0 on analytical writing.

International applicants should also include GRE and TOEFL scores. GRE scores should be no less than 400 verbal (146 revised version), 650 quantitative (151 revised version), and 3.0 on analytical writing. TOEFL scores must be above 600 on the written exam or 250 on the computer exam. The IELTS may substitute for the TOEFL. IELTS scores are valid for two years and should be no less than 7.0.

Graduate School Outcomes

1. Ability to solve engineering problems using advanced mathematical, scientific, computational, and analytical methods appropriate to the Mechanical (Nuclear) Engineering discipline. 

2. Ability to synthesize and critically evaluate information pertinent to the Mechanical (Nuclear) Engineering discipline. 

3. (a) Demonstration of advanced knowledge in one or more areas of specialization within the Mechanical (Nuclear) Engineering discipline.  
    (b) Demonstration of expertise in one or more areas of specialization within the Mechanical (Nuclear) Engineering discipline. (Ph.D.)

4. (a) Ability to plan and conduct scholarly activities in one or more areas of specialization within the Mechanical (Nuclear) Engineering discipline. (M.S. Thesis or Report; Ph.D.) 
    (b) Ability to plan and conduct scholarly activities that make original contributions to the knowledge base in one or more areas of specialization within the Mechanical (Nuclear) Engineering discipline. (Ph.D.)

5. Preparation for leadership and teamwork through enhanced independence, initiative, and responsibility.

6. Ability to communicate effectively both in written and oral forms. 

7. Understanding of the importance of the ethical, safety, socio-economic, and environmental issues related to the Mechanical (Nuclear) Engineering profession. 

8. Recognition of the importance of life-long learning and professional service to the Mechanical (Nuclear) Engineering profession.