Why a Graduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering?

Who is going to solve the world's great technical challenges? Who will have the knowledge, desire, and ability to address the critical technical issues associated with energy, national security, economic growth, health care, and the environment?

"The world will pay you what it thinks you are worth. And your worth will increase as you gain education and proficiency in your chosen field."

— Gordon B. Hinckley

Mechanical engineers  with advanced knowledge and experience have the ability to innovate in these areas and will change the world. Here are a few of the reasons to consider a graduate degree in mechanical engineering:

Make an impact

Graduate school offers increased breadth and depth of knowledge in critical areas, opportunities for research that extend the boundaries of knowledge, and improved technical communication, team work, and leadership skills.

Earn more

Starting salaries for MS and PhD graduates can be nearly twenty and fifty percent higher than BS starting salaries, respectively.

Increase opportunities

Graduate degrees open doors in areas such as consulting, research, management, high-tech entrepreneurship, and higher education.

Enjoy work

Higher pay, more job flexibility, and more interesting work are a few of the career advantages.


Graduate work increases your opportunities for technical leadership and management.

Should I pursue a PhD, MS, or both?

Everyone's career goals are different and you need to evaluate what is best for you. While both the MS and PhD degrees offer advantages, these are amplified in the PhD.

Why BYU ME MS Grad

The education and credentials of a PhD are particularly valuable in opening doors for careers in consulting, research, higher education, and high-tech entrepreneurship.

What about the Joint MS/MBA program?

The ME and MBA programs offer a joint program leading to MS and MBA degrees.

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The program addresses needs for engineers and managers who require world-class technical and managerial skills.

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