The Master of Mechanical Engineering (MME) program at Saint Martin's is designed to provide engineering and science graduates with specialized technical knowledge in the thermal, mechanics and controls areas of mechanical engineering. 

Program Highlights

The MME curriculum is adaptable to both recent graduates and engineers with professional experience. Graduates gain enhanced engineering analysis and design skills tailored to their professional objectives.

Additional benefits include:

  • Faculty have real-world experience in the subjects they teach.
    Classes are held in Cebula Hall (built in 2013), the most environmentally friendly and energy efficient building with LEED Platinum Certification in the Western Hemisphere, with labs in the Panowicz Foundry for Innovation (built in 2016). 
  • Classes are offered evenings and summers to meet the needs of working professionals.
  • Classes are generally scheduled to allow a student to complete the program in a two to three year period by taking two classes per semester.
  • The MME program offers many program arrangements including the following areas of emphasis: Thermal/Fluids, Mechanics, and Controls
  • Students can choose between a project or thesis route.
  • The program is offered on our main campus in Lacey, with some hybrid courses offered.

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  • MEM and MME

    Graduate students can pursue jointly an MME and a Master of Engineering Management degree at Saint Martin's.

    • The student needs to be accepted into both programs.
    • Up to 12 credits of cross-listed or approved courses may be applied to both degrees.
    • Each degree will be conferred separately upon completion of all requirements for that specific program.


Candidates for the MME degree must satisfactorily complete 30 semester hours of approved coursework. While not required, a student may opt to complete a research thesis. Up to six semester hours of Thesis (MME 599) is allowed to complete the thesis project. All courses must be from the approved MME courses list or must be preapproved by the program director.

Many program arrangements meeting the requirements for the Master of Mechanical Engineering degree are possible. The following are listings for courses in the thermal/fluids area, the mechanics area, and controls area.

  • Thermal/fluids emphasis
    • MME 520 Gas Turbine Power (3) 161
    • MME 525 Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (3)
    • MME 534 Solar Thermal Energy (3)
    • MME 535 Energy Systems (3)
    • MME 536 Thermal Design of Heat Exchangers (3)
    • MME 537 Computational Heat Transfer (3)
    • MME 547 Heat Transfer in Electronics (3)
    • MME 548 Advanced Convective Heat Transfer (3)
    • MME 560 Gas Dynamics (3)
    • MME 564 Flight Mechanics (3)
    • MME 580 Advanced Engineering Mathematics (3)
    • MME 590 Independent Study (1-3)
    • MME 595 Special Topics (3)
    • MME 598 Advanced Design/Research Project (3) or MME 599 Thesis (6)
  • Mechanics emphasis
    • MME 505 Structural Composites (3)
    • MME 506 Applied Elasticity and Advanced Mechanics of Solids (3)
    • MME 507 Structural Optimization (3)
    • MME 508 Principles of Fracture Mechanics (3)
    • MME 509 Advanced Strength of Materials (3)
    • MME 510 Vibration Theory (3)
    • MME 550 Computer-Aided Design (3)
    • MME 554 Robotics and Automation (3)
    • MME 580 Advanced Engineering Mathematics (3)
    • MME 590 Independent Study (1-3)
    • MME 595 Special Topics (3)
    • MME 598 Advanced Design/Research Project (3) or MME 599 Thesis (6)
  • Controls emphasis
    • MME 570 Advanced Systems (3)
    • MME 571 Aerospace Systems (3)
    • MME 572 Digital Control (3) 162
    • MME 573 Non-linear Control Systems (3)
    • MME 574 Introduction to Random Processes (3)
    • MME 575 Estimation and Identification (3)
    • MME 595 Special Topics (3)
    • MME 598 Advanced Design/Research Project (3) or MME 599 Thesis (6)

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.