Study and prepare to meet the demand of new and existing high-tech industries by way of design, production, and operation of machinery.

The distinctive signature of the program is its strong technical core coupled with the ability to fit either a technical or a non-technical minor into the curricula. You’ll explore the breadth of Syracuse University by complementing your mechanical engineering degree with a minor in business, public policy, fine arts, public communications, and many more.

You’ll leave Syracuse prepared to make an impact throughout the complete spectrum of industries, including automotive, industrial machinery, publishing and printing, electrical and thermal power, chemical processing, textile, petroleum, computer and electronic, pharmaceutical, apparel, consumer products, soap and cosmetics, paper and wood products, rubber, and glass.


Sample courses for mechanical engineering majors include:

  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Machine Design
  • Application of Acoustics
  • Engineering Computational Tools
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fuel Cell Science and Technology
  • Fluid Mechanics

View official major requirements.

Practical Experience

The mechanical engineering major offers the flexibility you need to broaden the scope of your education.

  • Pursue experiential learning opportunities through professional, paid work experience in your field and still graduate in four years.
  • Collaborate with faculty on research projects at on- and off-campus institutes and labs, including the Center for Environmental Systems Engineering and the Syracuse Center of Excellence.
  • Join one of over 20 co-curricular organizations like Engineers Without Borders and Women in Science and Engineering.
  • The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET accredits Syracuse University’s B.S. in mechanical engineering.
  • The 5-year H. John Riley Dual Engineering/MBA Program allows you to earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management.
  • The 4+1 B.S./M.S. Program allows you to earn a master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering one year after successful completion of the bachelor’s degree.
  • The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Mechanical Engineering Program Criteria.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with an international experience through Syracuse Abroad, with more than 100 programs in 60 countries.

Mechanical engineering majors most often go abroad to Syracuse University Centers in Florence and Strasbourg, and to our World Partner Programs University College Dublin and the University of New South Wales. Summer programs of interest include Engineering Research Projects in Strasbourg.

Life After Syracuse University

As a College of Engineering and Computer Science graduate with a major in mechanical engineering, you can explore such careers as:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Engineering technician
  • Engineering and science manager
  • Industrial engineer
  • Mechanical engineer

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, engineering management, and more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the United States.

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