Mechanical Engineering

Chairperson: John Borg, Ph.D., FASME
Department of Mechanical Engineering website


We immerse individuals in an active environment to cultivate broadly educated mechanical engineers who balance theory with practice for advancing knowledge, solving problems and serving society.

Educational Objectives

Marquette University Mechanical Engineering graduates completing the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering will:

  • Have successful careers.
  • Continue their professional development.
  • Serve their profession and society.
  • Attain leadership roles in their professions and in society.
  • Make strong contributions to their professions.


Mechanical engineering is that branch of engineering, which is concerned with mechanical and energy systems, along with the intelligent use of modern materials. Mechanical engineers conceive, plan, design and direct the manufacturing, distribution and operation of a wide variety of devices, machines and systems for energy conversion, environmental control, materials processing, transportation, materials handling and other purposes. The field of mechanical engineering is very broad, and the profession thus provides an ideal base for interdisciplinary activities.

Engineers are constantly challenged to advance and implement modern technologies. This challenge can be met if one obtains a sound knowledge of the fundamental principles of the engineering sciences. The mechanical engineering curriculum is designed to provide not only a thorough understanding of the engineering sciences but also of the principles of manufacturing and organization that are used to implement these fundamentals in practical engineering applications.

Integrated with the technical and scientific content of the program is a series of required and elective courses in the humanities, social sciences, theology, philosophy and communication arts. These courses provide the student with an understanding of society and an awareness of his or her social responsibilities.

To accommodate the students' professional interests, the department offers electives in a number of areas of study within mechanical engineering. In choosing electives, the student and faculty adviser confer to determine those courses which best meet the needs and interests of the individual student. By carefully selecting technical elective course work, the student can obtain in-depth knowledge in one or possibly two areas of study to compliment the broad, fundamental, required courses.

The mechanical engineering curriculum is outlined below and then followed by a description of the areas of study and the corresponding technical elective courses for each.

Five Year B.S./M.S. Program

This program allows students to receive a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering in as few as five years. Only the thesis option is available with this program. Qualified students (3.500/4.000 GPA) who are enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Marquette University may apply for admission to this program during their undergraduate junior year. Students must submit an application to the Graduate School, indicate their interest in the five-year program, and meet all other admission criteria as stated in the Application Requirements section, including GRE test scores. See Mechanical Engineering section of Graduate School Bulletin for details.