Engineering Graduate Programs

A Detroit Mercy professor helps two students who are looking at their notes during a class.Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science offers a variety of graduate professional programs. Working closely with industry partners, these programs blend academic rigor with practical application and design thinking to help working professionals use the knowledge they gain to advance their careers and contribute to the continued success of the companies they serve.

Over the next several years, there will continue to be a shortage of workers with the skills industry seeks. To retain a competitive edge, professionals will need to transition from “traditional careers” where they are trained to do specific tasks (mechanical engineer) to “multitrack careers,” where they will have multiple responsibilities and a more strategic mindset (systems engineer).

To address these changes, Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science continues to develop and offer flexible and stackable online certificate programs that can stand alone or be applied toward a full masters degree.

Tuition reduced 50 percent for domestic graduate Engineering programs

A graduate degree from Detroit Mercy is now more affordable than ever. The College of Engineering & Science recently reduced domestic graduate tuition from $1,607 to $804 a credit hour for online, stackable certificate and traditional master’s degree programs. The new tuition structure was the result of a market study that analyzed the needs and interests of employees, business, and local industry. It responds to the need to support engineering professionals adapting to industry disruption in metro-Detroit.

The realignment applies to the following programs:

  • Advanced Electric Vehicles Certificate
  • Autonomous Vehicle Certificate
  • Systems Engineering Certificate
  • Master in Product Development
  • Master of Science in Technical Management 
  • Master in Civil Engineering
  • Master in Environmental Engineering
  • Master in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master in Software Engineering
  • Master in Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Doctorate of Engineering

“Our high-quality programs delivered in flexible formats and delivery methods provide the re-skilling and up-skilling we hear our industry partners asking for," said Katherine Snyder, dean of the College of Engineering & Science. "The engaged mentoring our faculty provide give a real competitive advantage to those looking to advance their careers.”    

Why choose Engineering graduate programs at Detroit Mercy?

  • All programs are hands-on and blend engineering, technical, innovation and business elements that impact the workplace now and in the near term.
  • Each program brings real world insights combined with the latest knowledge regarding industry trends and best practices.
  • Detroit Mercy faculty mentor students on a personal level and have a combination of industry experience and terminal academic credentials.
  • Students work in a collaborative environment that utilizes online with traditional classroom experiences.
  • The engineering program offers the third oldest cooperative education program in the country.
  • The College offers high-quality academic programs available in alternative delivery methods that meet the demands of local industry searching for solutions to significant workforce needs
  • The college is sought out by corporate partners to develop graduate certificates to meet their training needs as well as the local, state and national workforce needs.

Graduate Certificate programs

Two students work on an engineering project.

Graduate Certificate in Advanced Electric Vehicle (AEV)
The Advanced Electric Vehicle (AEV) certificate program prepares students with the latest technologies in automotive and defense ground vehicle industries. Working collaboratively with industry partners, students will learn the unique skills that industry needs to build the next generation of advanced electric vehicles. The courses were designed by "competency teams," to create curriculum that is directly responsive to current and emerging needs. The program can normally be completed in one year.

Graduate Certificate in Smart and Autonomous Vehicles (SAV)
The Graduate Certificate in Smart and Autonomous Vehicles (SAV) provides participants with the technical skills and systems knowledge needed to develop self-driving vehicles and Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS). Students receive exposure to the component areas of motion capability, sensing and perception (with a focus on computer vision), mapping and localization, and algorithms for control and cognition. The program can normally be completed in one year.

A Detroit Mercy student uses a welder on a project.

Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering (SE)
The Systems Engineering (SE) certificate program prepares students with the latest technologies in automotive, mobility and manufacturing industries.  The courses were designed by "competency teams," whose explicit purpose is to create curriculum that is directly responsive to current and emerging industry needs. This includes the most current technology, strategies, methods and tools emerging from universities, corporations and national laboratories. The program can normally be completed in one year.

Six Sigma Concentration
In today’s competitive environment, businesses strive to improve efficiency by increasing productivity and enhance products and services while reducing costs. Six Sigma is a leading initiative that enables managers to achieve these goals. Today, Six Sigma is widely deployed in a variety of industries including manufacturing, medical, pharmaceutical, defense, automotive, aerospace and many more. The program can normally be completed in one year.

Master's Programs

Master in Mechanical Engineering
The Mechanical Engineering graduate program is student-centered, providing high-quality instruction in both theory and the latest engineering developments. All our full-time faculty hold doctorates in engineering, and most bring significant industrial experience to the classroom. For the working person, all our classes are held in the late afternoon and evening. Many of our full-time graduate students obtain paid internships in local industry for one or two terms during their course of study.

Master in Civil Engineering
Civil Engineering is the most diverse engineering field. Depending on where you work, you may work on: airports, bridges, buildings, canals, dams, environmental cleanup, excavations, harbors, highways, industrial facilities, landfills, construction or demolition, piers, pipelines, reservoirs, roads, site planning, tunnels, Navy Seabees, and water and wastewater treatment plants. The possibilities are almost endless.

Master in Environmental Engineering
Master of Environmental Engineering is a graduate degree designed for the pursuit of advanced environmental engineering studies in water and wastewater treatment, physical and chemical processes, biological unit operations, hazardous waste treatment, pollution prevention, and other environmental topics. The program is focused on developing future leaders for the engineering profession and academia. It prepares students for careers as consulting engineers, engineers in industry and government, and researchers at universities and industrial laboratories.

Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE)
Our program provides a strong foundation of theory, best-practice knowledge, current methodologies, and emerging technologies and their applications in software engineering. The MSSE degree prepares graduates with the skills necessary to design, develop, test and maintain high quality and reliable software systems.

Master of Science in Product Development 
The Master of Science in Product Development (MPD) educates a new class of technologically grounded leaders.  The MPD program provides students with a comprehensive study of product development methods and business practices with a special blend of engineering and management skills required to conceive of and create today's increasingly complex products and manufacturing systems.

Master of Science in Technical Management (MSTM)
The Master of Science in Technical Management (MSTM) program is a hybrid degree that integrates technical and management expertise. The program provides structured academic study of management fundamentals and concepts in a technical environment. In addition, the MSTM  provides the technical professional an opportunity to study technical and business relationships across a wide range of topics, including technical, economic and environmental.

Master in Electrical & Computer Engineering
The Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering program at University of Detroit Mercy focuses on you, the student. You'll get personal attention in small classes and research seminars from faculty who place teaching first. Our relevant and practical research and close connections with industry help create an exciting learning environment that will guarantee your success. In addition, many of our full-time graduate students obtain paid internships in local industry during their graduate program.

Doctorate of Engineering