The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of North Texas provides you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in engineering technology and technical studies and prepares you to design, build, test, operate and maintain a range of systems and processes. Our department is the only one of its kind in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and offers coursework leading to a Master of Science degree in Engineering Technology.

Graduate opportunities

Our curriculum applies current and emerging technology to solve engineering problems. Experiential learning activities are introduced in most courses while emphasizing hands-on laboratory activities. The degree offers you opportunities to enhance your analytical, communication and engineering problem-solving skills.

You'll work closely with distinguished faculty members in a small-class setting to solve complex problems faced by businesses and consumers. You can also take advantage of the university's invaluable contacts with leading companies and corporate partners. Flexible class and lab times are available if you work full time or part time.

Our department's graduates are actively recruited by technical firms and businesses. With more than 1,200 alumni holding technology degrees, we measure our success by our graduates' success.

UNT provides services unique to the needs of graduate students. The Graduate Writing Support Center can help you with writing a thesis, dissertation or class paper, and the Office of Research Consulting can help you achieve your research goals using cutting-edge research technology tools and statistical analysis. A Thesis Boot Camp and other specialized workshops are available through the Toulouse Graduate School®. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.

Available degree programs

Master of Science

In this degree program, you may pursue concentrations in the following areas under a thesis or non-thesis option.

  • Construction Management brings together scheduling, risk management, building information modeling and contract dispute avoidance.
  • Engineering Management emphasizes design of experiments, technological innovation, accounting, marketing and business management.
  • Mechanical Systems examines product design and development with an emphasis on mechanical design, materials and manufacturing.

Research opportunities

Research in the department is led primarily by short- to medium-term industry needs. It entails applying advanced science, engineering and mathematics to create an implementable solution to an industry-relevant problem using technology. Our laboratories are well-equipped to provide the utmost in learning environments. Information about recent graduate student research projects is available at the engineering website.

The department resides at Discovery Park, UNT's 300-acre research facility. Laboratories supporting each area of emphasis have new computers, software, equipment and instrumentation. Laboratory equipment in other departments is available to support thesis research. Support for research projects in the department comes from various industry, state and federal sources.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

In addition to the necessary program requirements, you must meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School®. For graduate school requirements and possible exceptions, visit the grad school website.

Program requirements include submitting GRE scores, unless you graduated from an ABET-accredited program. The time to complete your graduate degree could be longer than average if you don't have an undergraduate degree in engineering or engineering technology that includes appropriate physics, chemistry and calculus courses.

More information about the program's requirements is at the engineering website.

Degree requirements

Your program is planned under the direction of a major professor or advisor during your first semester of graduate study. When the degree plan is approved by the graduate dean, you'll be admitted to candidacy.

Thesis option

  • 24 credit hours of coursework in a concentration area
  • 6 credit hours of thesis (You'll develop the topic and design a thesis in consultation with your graduate advisory committee. This option concludes with a thesis defense.)

Non-thesis option

  • 30 credit hours of coursework in a concentration area
  • 3-credit-hour project-in-lieu-of-thesis

Course-only option

  • 30 credit hours of coursework in a concentration area
  • 3 credit hours of an integrative course

Financial assistance

The department employs teaching assistants each semester to assist faculty members in teaching laboratories. These positions are awarded on a competitive basis. Research assistant positions also are available for some faculty research projects.

Information about these positions is available by contacting the department. Visit the financial aid website for information about other financial assistance programs.

Helpful Resources

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.


Leticia Anaya, Senior Lecturer; Ph.D., University of North Texas. Engineering management; text data mining; manufacturing process simulation; quality assurance.

Huseyin Bostanci, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Central Florida. Thermal management of high-power devices; advanced cooling technologies (spray cooling, boiling, miniature refrigeration); energy-efficient building technologies.

Nourredine Boubekri, Professor; Ph.D., University of Nebraska. Microlubrication in machining; green manufacturing/design for waste and pollution prevention; quality systems design.

Zhenhua Huang, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Earthquake engineering; wind engineering and structural dynamics; health monitoring of structure.

Maurizio Manzo, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Southern Methodist University. Sensors development; instrumentation and flow diagnostics; biomedical micro-devices.

Reza Mirshams , P.E., Professor; Ph.D., University of Birmingham (United Kingdom). Microstructure-processingmechanical properties of advanced engineered materials; deformation mechanisms in nano- and micro-scales; nanocrystalline Ni, Al-Li alloys, nickel superalloys and titanium alloys for aerospace applications.

Seifollah Nasrazadani, Professor and Associate Chair; Ph.D., Louisiana State University. Corrosion pertaining to ferrous and nonferrous alloys; failure analysis and prevention; materials characterization.

Hector Siller, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Universitat Jaume I at Castellón (Spain). Micro-mechanical manufacturing processes; metrology and 3-D digitizing; additive and hybrid manufacturing.

Cheng Yu, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University. Thin-walled cold-formed steel structures; structural stability; computational mechanics.