Frequently Asked Questions

I am interested in applying to the Department of Mechanical Engineering. What is the process?
The process for applying to the Department of Mechanical Engineering is the same process as applying to any other school/college at Howard University for both domestic and international admissions. Please refer to the Howard University Admissions page.

How long is the program?
The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Howard University is a four-year program, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

How do I get an assigned faculty advisor?
Students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering are assigned a faculty advisor at the beginning of their first semester in residence.

What is the AP credit policy?
Students entering college for the first time may receive credit for work completed in high (secondary) school through the advanced placement program administered by the College Board. Upon submission of AP test results, the department will review and grant credit if the score meets the requirements set by the appropriate Howard University department offering a similar course.

How do I transfer credits?
Transfer credit is awarded to students who are admitted as transfer students from an accredited institution after review of official transcripts from all of the student's previous institutions by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Can I take courses in the Consortium?
Courses to be pursued through the Washington Metropolitan Area Consortium of Universities (WMACU) must be courses not available at Howard University during the given semester or year.

What is a free elective?
Free electives may be selected at will provided the student meets the prerequisites for them; they are at least three credits; and they are designated by the offering department as junior level or higher. Students are encouraged to choose a free elective that will enhance the degree program. Suggested areas include courses from mathematics, business, physical and life sciences, engineering, research, styling and design in fine arts, and information technology.

What are the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree requirements?
To become a candidate for a bachelor's degree, the student must satisfy all entrance requirements; satisfactorily complete the course requirements of the department for the degree; have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0 for all work in which enrolled and at least a 2.0 GPA in the mechanical engineering major (all courses listed in the undergraduate mechanical engineering program curriculum with an MEEG prefix in the course number); achieve a grade of C or higher in at least five-sixths of the credits offered for graduation; complete in residence the last 30 credits of mechanical engineering courses in the curriculum which leads to the degree BSME; and be recommended for graduation by the faculty of the College of Engineering and Architecture.


Alumnus Oscar Barton, Jr. Named Morgan State Engineering Dean

Mon, August 3, 2020

Mechanical Engineering Alumnus Oscar Barton, Jr. (MSME ‘87, Ph.D. ‘93), the first African American to receive the Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Howard University, was recently named dean of the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering at Morgan State University. Dr. Barton’s leadership will assist with the efforts of engineering deans at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to diversify the engineering fields and promote the position of HBCUs as leading research institutions in science and engineering.Read More >>

ME Chair Nadir Yilmaz Honored with SAE International Leadership Citation

Tue, July 7, 2020

Department of Mechanical Engineering Chair and Professor Nadir Yilmaz, Ph.D., P.E., recently received the prestigious SAE International Leadership Citation from SAE International, formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers. The SAE International Leadership Citation provides public recognition to one individual annually who is internationally acknowledged for continuous professional involvement and participation in SAE programs and events worldwide. Read More >>


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