Academics

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University offers world-class academic programs and cutting edge research opportunities that empower students to creatively solve the practical, real-world problems of today and define and direct new technologies that will shape our future.

One of the most versatile engineering fields, mechanical engineering touches virtually every aspect of modern life and meets global challenges with technological advancements and improved efficiency. Our curriculum blends fundamental foundation with design innovation in traditional and emerging fields of mechanical engineering, and is uniquely designed to give students the breadth, flexibility and individuality that will enable them to pursue career aspirations in diverse environments across industry, research, academia and government.

We offer a full range of degree programs including undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S) degree and graduate programs leading to the degree of Master of Science (M.S.), Doctor of Engineering Science (Eng.Sc.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). These flexible programs provide students with a wide range of choices from among many elective concentrations and elective courses that allow each student to focus on his or her area of interest.

Our outstanding mechanical engineering faculty bring their passion for innovative research, original thinking, and scholarship into the classroom at every academic level. These dedicated educators apply their expertise toward developing new teaching methods and paradigms that stimulate excitement in both traditional and developing fields of inquiry, and set the highest expectations for our students. Students of all levels have the opportunity to engage in frontier areas of research under the guidance of our faculty, many of whom are world-class investigators.

Student-to-faculty ratios are approximately 6.5 to 1 for undergraduate students, 9 to 1 for master's students, and 3 to 1 for doctoral students. This allows students to actively participate in the learning process and provides many opportunities to be involved in design competitions, projects, and research.