George Mason University
George Mason University Mason
George Mason University

Mechanical Engineering, BS

Mechanical Engineering Department

Nguyen Engineering Building, 1851-1857
4400 University Drive, MS 4A3
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-993-5383


Program Overview

Look at simple machines. Even the lever was a high-tech device at one point. A wedge tool represented the peak of Stone Age innovation. Mechanical engineering has come a long way, but each advancement is rooted in at least one of the principles that make up the discipline. Mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, materials science, structural analysis, and electricity are the basis for Volgenau's programs in mechanical engineering, as well. You'll learn how to design and analyze mechanical and thermal systems, and gain in-depth knowledge in your field. Prepare for a career building the tools that shape the future.

A BS in Mechanical Engineering, one of our newest bachelor's programs, is concerned with energy and power conversion. If you're interested in hands-on learning, don't mind getting your hands dirty, and want to think about how things work, Mechanical Engineering might be a good fit.

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Mechanical Engineering, BS

Please see the University Catalog for complete program requirements and policies, and discuss all program plans with an academic advisor.  Certain courses may fulfill multiple requirements across the Mason Core general education program, the college or school, and/or the specific program.

The major in mechanical engineering has three program education objectives, namely:

  • Graduates have demonstrated success as a mechanical engineer or their chosen career field;
  • Graduates have advanced their educational pursuits through graduate education, professional registration, or similar means;
  • Graduates have advanced their careers by engaging in professional society participation and community service outreach.

Degree Requirements (121 credits total)

Mason Core General education program required for all undergraduate students.

College Requirement(s) n/a

Major Requirements (103 credits)

Engineering Core (61 credits)

Technical Electives  (9 credits)

(students will select 9 credits from the department's list of pre-approved technical electives)

Mathematics and Science (32 credits)

Mathematics/ScienceMathematics/Science Elective  (3 credits)

(students will select 3 credits from the department's list of pre-approved mathematics/science electives)

Computer Science (4 credits)

English, Communication and Economics (9 credits)

Additional Mason Core (15 credits)

  • Written Communication (lower level)  (3 credits)
  • Literature  (3 credits)
  • Arts  (3 credits)
  • Western Civilization/World History  (3 credits)
  • Global Understanding  (3 credits)

Total: 121 credits

This information is being provided here for your planning purposes only. For official catalog information, please refer instead to the official George Mason University Catalog Website at


With its emphasis on design and advanced manufacturing as well as renewable and sustainable energy, our mechanical engineering bachelor’s degree opens access to a wide array of projects for all of our engineering students. The new program is rapidly gaining support from the large number of companies and federal laboratories located in Northern Virginia including Micron Corporation, Mitre, and Technical Data Analysis.

Since the launching of the program in 2014, it has enrolled more than 130 students, making it one of the most popular majors in the school. Mechanical engineering majors will be the first to experience the new $1.6 million senior design and mechanical engineering experimentation labs slated to open on Mason’s Science and Technology Campus in 2017.

As part of the National Academies of Engineering Grand Scholars Challenges, student groups will work inside and outside the classroom with faculty and industry mentors on projects that meet course requirements and encourage them to apply their knowledge in the broader context of meeting societal needs.

This information is being provided here for your planning purposes only. For official catalog information, please refer instead to the official George Mason University Catalog Website at