Master's Programs + Options

Master of Science in Engineering in MEAM

The master’s in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) is innovative, unique, and nationally recognized for its excellence. We are at the forefront in preparing students for leadership careers by providing opportunities to work in emerging and interdisciplinary areas that are fueling exciting advances in technology. The program can be tailored and customized to meet individual needs under the guidance and approval of an academic advisor. Students can choose to focus on Design and Manufacturing, Mechanical Systems (Robotics, and Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)), Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics with applications in energy production, material processing, and the electronics industry, Mechanics of Materials, or Biomechanics.

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Master of Science in Engineering in Integrated Product Design (MSE:IPD); Master of Integrated Product Design (M:IPD)

The University of Pennsylvania’s Integrated Product Design program provides the skills to rethink, reinterpret, redesign and reconstruct a wide range of products and their complementary business models. The program draws on the strengths of three internationally recognized schools within the University: the School of Engineering and Applied Science, The Wharton School, and the School of Design.

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Master of Science in Engineering in Robotics

The master’s program in Robotics is a unique program administered by Penn’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory, recognized as one of the nation’s premier research centers. Multi-disciplinary in scope, the program provides an ideal foundation for what today’s experts in robotics and intelligent systems need to know — from artificial intelligence, computer vision, control systems, dynamics, and machine learning to design, programming and prototyping of robotic systems.

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Master of Science in Engineering in Nanotechnology

The master’s degree in Nanotechnology prepares students for this profession with a solid foundation in the three technical core areas: Nanofabrication, Devices and Properties, and Biotechnology; as well as Commercialization, and Societal Impacts of Technology. Courses are offered by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Wharton School.

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Dual Master’s Degrees

A recent survey conducted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) indicates that most engineers are recruited by small businesses which expect their employees to master diverse skills. To obtain a broader knowledge than a single program can offer, students may enroll in a dual degree program and receive a MSE degree in Mechanical Engineering and any of the other disciplines in the Engineering school such as Electrical Engineering, Computer and Information Science, Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringMaterials Science, Systems Engineering, and Bioengineering.

To pursue a dual master’s degree, a student must obtain the approval of the Graduate Group Chairs of both departments and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The student, once matriculated in one of the programs, must complete an application form and outline his or her program of study in both majors. A minimum of sixteen course units must be completed, or eighteen for the Biotechnology Program. The student must request approval of his or her dual-major program from both graduate groups before completing six course units or two semesters.