Saint Martin’s to offer new Master of Mechanical Engineering degree

July 12, 2012

LACEY, WASHINGTON -- Saint Martin’s University will begin the 2012-2013 academic year with the launch of its new Master of Mechanical Engineering degree program. The graduate program, approved by the University’s Board of Trustees in February and by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities in May, is a comprehensive program designed to provide mechanical engineering graduates with specialized technical knowledge in the thermal/fluids area, the mechanics area and controls area.

"The Master of Mechanical Engineering program equips students with information and methods to address the challenges engineers face in a wide variety of industries or as researchers pursuing higher degrees in engineering,” says Jim Witsmeer, Ph.D., interim MME program director. “Coursework will include emphases on thermal/fluids, mechanics and controls, empowering students to emerge with enhanced engineering analysis and design skills tailored to his or her professional objectives.”

The curriculum is adaptable to both recent graduates and engineers with professional experience, and all courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening to accommodate working students. Students can expect to complete the program in two to three years, by taking two classes per semester.

Application to the program can be made at any time prior to the beginning of a new semester; the initial semester begins August 29, 2012. Within the first semester following admission, the student, in consultation with his/her advisor, prepares a program of study to present to the program director for approval. Annual priority deadlines for application to the program will be April 1 for summer and fall semesters, July 1 for fall semester alternate, and November 1 for spring semester.

Information sessions have yet to be scheduled, but those interested in obtaining more information may visit or contact Marie Boisvert, director of the Office of Graduate Studies, at or 360-438-6142.

The Master of Mechanical Engineering program raises the number of graduate programs offered by Saint Martin’s to seven, joining the Master of Arts in Professional Psychology, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master in Teaching, Master of Civil Engineering, and Master of Engineering Management programs.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

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Marie Boisvert
Director of Office of Graduate Studies

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