Considering Howard University Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical Engineers apply the principles of mechanics and energy to the design of machines and devices. They must be able to control mechanical systems and usually work with other professionals in designing these systems. Automobiles, engines, heating and air-conditioning system, gas and steam turbines, air and space vehicles, trains, ships, servomechanisms, transmission mechanisms, machine tools, material handling systems, elevators and escalators, and robots used in industry are a few of the systems and devices requiring mechanical engineering knowledge.

Mechanical engineers are involved in a variety of industries including, but not limited to:

  • Energy
  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Defense
  • Consumer Goods
  • Education
  • Construction

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Howard University offers dynamic educational programs and a faculty poised to deliver quality engineering education. The department also offers studies leading to the 120 – credit hour Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Engineering and the Ph.D. The Master of Engineering and Ph.D. programs also include interdisciplinary degrees in Atmospheric Sciences and Materials Sciences.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Howard University one of the six academic departments in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Science (CEACS) accredited by the Engineering Accreditation commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

The Department also maintains laboratories for conducting instruction and research. Facilities include the Applied Thermodynamics Lab, the Aero Fluids Lab (i.e. wind tunnel), Machine Shop and an Advanced Manufacturing & Fabrication Lab (i.e. 3D printing).
Interested in applying? The Department of Mechanical Engineering shares the same policy for admission with the entire School of Engineering and Computer Science. The admission policy is as follows:

Undergraduate Program Admission
Prospective students should submit an application, an official transcript of the secondary school record and character recommendations from the school principal or counselor. An applicant must be a graduate of a secondary school or have equivalent credentials. The secondary school program should consist of at least 15 units including the following minimum units: English, 3; algebra, 2; geometry, 1; trigonometry, 1; history, or civics, 1; and science, 2. A unit represents one year of study in any subject in a secondary school.

Applicants must furnish the results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I and II in Mathematics). Admission is based on an evaluation of the academic record, test scores and letters of recommendation. Transfer students must have completed at least 12 semester hours of course work including mathematics and science. International applicants must submit a transcript of all work taken at other institutions (secondary and collegiate) and must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a cumulative score of 550 or better.

Graduate Program Admission
Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation, a statement of interest, official transcript(s) delivered and/or mailed in a sealed envelope by the Registrar of the college/university attended, and the most recent Graduate Record Examination scores.

Master of Engineering
Students admitted to the program normally will have completed a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely allied field (Physics, Mathematics, or Electrical Engineering other engineering disciplines). There is no single criterion for admission; consideration is given to all aspects of an applicant’s academic and/or career history, grades, recommendations, special examinations, and other sources of information. Students having less than a 3.0 out of a 4.0 undergraduate cumulative average may be admitted provisionally for one semester provided there is other evidence of aptitude for further study.

Doctor of Philosophy
Highly qualified applicants holding a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in Engineering, Physical Sciences, or Mathematics, from a nationally accredited institution or applicants with equivalent qualifications from foreign institutions are eligible for admission into the Mechanical Engineering doctoral program. Applicants with inadequate preparation in their major field of study will be required to take the necessary undergraduate courses to remove any deficiencies. The departmental Executive and Graduate Program Committees will act upon other special cases on an individual basis.

Residence Requirements: Students must complete a minimum of six semesters of full-time residence, or the equivalent, beyond the bachelor’s degree, of which at least four must be completed in the Graduate School of Howard University. Two of the four semesters must be consecutive. At least nine credit hours per semester constitute full-time study.

To obtain information on applications, tuition, financial aid, or housing, visit the web site for the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences (CEACS) Office of Student Services.

We encourage prospective students to visit our beautiful campus and meet with our distinguished faculty and students. Feel free to contact us with further questions or to schedule a visit.


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