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Mechanical Engineering
University of Hawai`i at Manoa
2540 Dole St. - Holmes Hall 302
Honolulu HI 96822

Departmental Chair:
Mehrdad N. Ghasemi Nejhad

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Entrance Requirements

Apply online or download application materials. Applicants need to meet:

1) Graduate Division admissions criteria and documentation requirements,
2) common graduate program documentation requirements, and
3) program specific admissions criteria and documentation requirements
(see below).

MS, PhD Programs

BS in engineering or equivalent (for MS applicants)
completion of the MS requirements in mechanical engineering at UHM or equivalent (for PhD applicants)
three letters of recommendation
GRE General Test scores
TOEFL scores — 550/213 minimum (Required for most non-native speakers of English. Click here for information on exemptions.)


Submission of Program Specific Documentation Requirements

Official TOEFL and GRE scores, if required (see above), should be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office.

All other program specific documentation requirements should be sent directly to the graduate program.

Application Deadlines


I — January 15
D — March 1
I — August 1
D — September 1
I = international applicants
D = U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents

Degree Requirements
All graduate students at UHM need to meet degree requirements set by the Graduate Division and their graduate programs. For general Graduate Division requirements, see Degree Requirements. Below is an overview of the degree requirements for this graduate program.

MS Degree Requirements
In general, students are required to follow Plan A (thesis). Under special circumstances, however, students may select Plan B (non-thesis) by petitioning the graduate faculty.
  • Plan A requires 22 credits of course work, eight credits of thesis research, a written thesis and defense of the thesis.
  • Plan B requires 30 credits of course work. Also required is a final research report and a final oral exam based on the report and course work.
    PhD Degree Requirements
The PhD program requires the following:
  • 50 credits of course work beyond the BS level*,
  • qualifying exam (oral),
  • comprehensive exam,
  • dissertation,
  • final oral exam, defense of dissertation
Students are required to select one major and one minor graduate program within the following three areas of concentration: 1) materials/manufacturing, 2) mechanics/systems/controls, or 3) thermal/fluid sciences. All courses shall be selected by students and must be approved in writing by their doctoral committees. A minimum of two credits in ME 691 or its equivalent must be included in every PhD program.

To view a listing of courses offered, visit

Research Facilities
The department has facilities for course instruction and research in the following areas:

  • acoustics

  • adaptive structures and devices

  • alternative energy conversions

  • autonomous systems

  • biomedical engineering

  • biotechnology

  • boiling and two-phase flow

  • combustion

  • composites manufacturing

  • computational fluid dynamics

  • control systems

  • corrosion and electrochemistry

  • mechanical design

  • dynamical systems

  • heat and mass transfer

  • high-performance computing

  • materials joining & manufacturing

  • mechatronics

  • multidisciplinary design and analysis optimization

  • nanotechnology

  • nanocomposites

  • precision machining

  • rehabilitation engineering

  • renewable energy systems

  • robotics & surgical robots

  • smart materials and intelligent structures

  • space and ocean science & exploration (UAV, UAS, AUV, etc.)

  • surface phenomena

  • sustainability

  • thermodynamics

Research Highlights
The mechanical engineering faculty conduct research in the following primary areas:

  • thermoscience — energy conversion, alternate energy, heat and mass transfer, solidification, thermodynamics, combustion, fluid dynamics, and thermal environmental engineering.
  • mechanics/design — robotics, mechatronics, acoustics, dynamics, control, machine vision, microelectromechanical systems, rehabilitation engineering, and mechanical design.
  • materials/manufacturing — mechanical behavior, manufacturing, and processing of advanced materials; composite, marine, intelligent, and superconducting materials; solid-state ionics, electrochemistry, and corrosion.