The (MME) program is designed to provide engineering and science graduates with specialized technical knowledge in the thermal, mechanics and controls areas of mechanical engineering.


The MME degree requires 30 credit hours for the degree.

Many program arrangements meeting the requirements for the Master of Mechanical Engineering degree are possible.

Students are free to take any of the approved courses for which they meet the prerequisites. The following are listings for courses in the Thermal/Fluids area, the Mechanics area, and Controls area.

Students can choose courses from a MME area of emphasis or any combination of MME courses, as long as:

  • MME courses make up a minimum or 21 credit hours
  • Approved MCE / MEM courses make up no more than 9 credit hours combined

For detailed information about all requirements for the degree and policies concerning the MME program, please see the academic catalog.

 Note: The courses cross-listed in both ME and MME programs will require MME students more academic rigor, expectations, and standards. Any MME cross listed course will not count for students who took the ME equivalent course.

  • Thermal/Fluids
    Course numberCourse title
    MME 520Gas turbine power (3)
    MME 525Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (3)
    MME 534Solar thermal energy (3)
    MME 535Energy systems (3)
    MME 536Thermal design of heat exchangers (3)
    MME 537Computational heat transfer (3)
    MME 547Heat transfer in electronics (3)
    MME 548Advanced convective heat transfer (3)
    MME 560Gas dynamics (3)
    MME 564Flight mechanics (3)
    MME 580Advanced engineering mathematics (3)
    MME 590Independent study (1-3)
    MME 595Special topics (3)
    MME 598Advanced design / research project (3) (or MME 599)
    MME 599Thesis (6) (or MME 598)
  • Mechanics emphasis
    Course numberCourse title
    MME 505Structural composites (3)
    MME 506Applied elasticity and advanced mechanics of solids (3)
    MME 507Structural optimization (3)
    MME 508Principles of fractured mechanics (3)
    MME 509Advanced strength of materials (3)
    MME 510Vibration theory (3)
    MME 550Computer-aided design (3)
    MME 554Robotics and automation (3)
    MME 580Advanced engineering mathematics (3)
    MME 590Independent study (1-3)
    MME 595Special topics (3)
    MME 598Advanced design / research project (3)(or MME 599)
    MME 599Thesis (6) (or MME 598)
  • Controls emphasis
    Course numberCourse title
    MME 570Advanced systems (3)
    MME 571Aerospace systems (3)
    MME 572Digital control (3)
    MME 573Non-linear control systems (3)
    MME 574Introduction to random processes (3)
    MME 575Estimation and identification (3)
    MME 595Special topics (3)
    MME 598Advanced design / research project (3) (or MME 599)
    MME 599Thesis (6) (or MME 598)

4+1 dual degree program

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Qualified students earn bachelor's and MCE, MME, or MEM in 5 years

Undergraduate students in civil engineering can start their master’s degree in either civil engineering or engineering management. Undergraduate students in mechanical engineering can start their master’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Learn more about the 4+1 dual degree program

Financial aid and scholarships

Federal aid helps students reach their goals

Federal aid

Federal financial aid is available for graduate students who will be enrolled at least half time and are citizens, or eligible non-citizens, of the USA. Most federal aid for graduate students is in the form of direct loans. 

For more details about federal aid eligibility and the different types of aid available for graduate and professional studies visit:

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Graduate teaching and research assistantships

Saint Martin’s University offers a limited number of Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships to graduate students. Contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 360-412-6142 for more information.


  • Is the program accredited?

    Saint Martin's University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. In addition, the undergraduate mechanical and civil engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

  • How long does the program take?

    Generally, students take 2-3 years to complete their degree requirements. This depends on: how many courses a student takes each semester; the possible inclusion of summer courses; and what extra prerequisite courses may be required.