Mechanical Engineering 4+1

Put your future in high gear by earning both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in just five years. You’ll establish a solid foundation in mechanical engineering, then build your knowledge and skills through real-world experience and in-depth research.

Program Snapshot

Program Type Format Credits
Major On Campus 130 for the BS plus 30 for the MS

Why Pursue the Mechanical Engineering 4+1 Master of Science Program at Wilkes?

With Wilkes University’s Mechanical Engineering 4+1 master of science program, you’ll launch your career sooner, saving time and tuition dollars.

Explore a rigorous curriculum that provides you with a solid mechanical engineering background. Combine traditional disciplines like fluid mechanics, thermal sciences and mechanical design with modern topics like additive manufacturing, robotics and nanotechnology.

Throughout the program, you’ll experience the advantages of small class sizes and hands-on lab sessions. Our dedicated faculty will push you to achieve more, while adopting a flexible approach to make completing the 4+1 program possible for traditional students and returning adult learners.

From the first days on campus through your master’s thesis or project, you’ll work side-by-side with these expert faculty who have strong industry experience and connections. At the end of five years, you’ll graduate with a BS and an MS in mechanical engineering, as well as a powerful collection of knowledge and in-demand skills to launch your career in our ever-changing world.

What Will You Learn in the Mechanical Engineering 4+1 Program?

  • Build a solid foundation in robotics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, machine design, manufacturing and materials science.
  • Develop an advanced understanding of mechanical engineering principles.
  • Create new concepts and hone technical writing and oral presentation skills through thesis research and project completion.
  • Learn and demonstrate high professional, ethical and moral standards required for industry.

Admission Process

You will declare mechanical engineering as an undergraduate student. By the end of your junior year, but preferably by the end of your sophomore year, you should apply to the ME 4+1 master’s program by contacting Yong Zhu, associate professor of mechanical engineering, at yong.zhu@wilkes.edu.

Curriculum Requirements

During your senior year (or earlier with advisor approval), you will complete at least two master’s level technical courses (6 credits).

These six credits will be in addition to the 130 credits required for the BS in mechanical engineering and are not counted toward the bachelor’s degree.

You will then complete an additional 24 credits in one year to satisfy the full, 30-credit requirement for the master’s in mechanical engineering.

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Program Highlights

Tech Exploration

You will have the opportunity to pursue topics of personal interest through technical electives in areas including thermal sciences/fluid mechanics, robotics/automation, micro/nano engineering and computational/numerical methods.

Deep Dive

Establish the base for your educational success with your bachelor’s degree work, gaining a solid understanding of mathematics, the sciences and engineering. Build on that strong foundation through investigative research targeted to your career goals in the master’s-level classes.

Hands-on Learning

Gain vital hands-on experience throughout the 4+1 program while you work in cross-disciplinary, state-of-the-art labs in our Mark Engineering Center. Pursue internship opportunities to put your skills to work in the real world. Cap off your education with a three-credit master’s project or six-credit thesis.

Student Testimonials

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A lot of the professors have industry experience. Having that and bringing it back to the classroom really shows you how real everything we’re doing is.Ethan Schwartz '20 - Mechanical Engineering
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The professors have been excellent in allowing me to take whatever classes I have wanted, and allowing me to test my limits.Spencer Yacuboski '21 - Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Electrical Engineering
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Earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just five years to accelerate your career launch

100%

All ME 4+1 students complete the program with a six-credit thesis or a three-credit project

$95,300

The median annual salary for mechanical engineers according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers & Outcomes

Our mechanical engineering majors find career success across a variety of industries.

Job Titles

  • Project Manager
  • Process Engineer
  • Manufacturing/Operations Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Research Engineer
  • Product Development Engineer
  • Engineering Manager

Employers

  • Procter & Gamble
  • Tobyhanna Army Depot
  • Techniserv, Inc.
  • Gentex
  • Pride Mobility
  • Borton-Lawson
  • PCC Aerostructures
  • Azek Building Products
  • Dyco
  • Smith Miller Associates

 

Wilkes Snake Robot

Students Dan Whitman and Jacob Smith designed this snake robot as a mentoring project with Associate Professor Yong Zhu as a summer project. More features will be added in the future.

 

Mechanical Engineering Labs

You'll gain hands-on experience and conduct graduate-level research in state-of-the-art laboratories, including:

Explore the Mechanical Engineering Labs

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Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.

Accreditation Standards

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