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Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering


The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program supports the Lebanese American University’s core mission, vision and values by: a commitment to excellence in education in a new field, constantly striving to improve the overall quality of teaching, research, writing and educational service. The aim of the program is thus to advance an academic understanding of contemporary Mechanical Engineering and address its complexities.

In line with its mission to serve the people of Lebanon and the region in order to achieve economic prosperity and build a better world, and as part of its commitment to provide quality education, the School of Engineering plans to offer graduate studies at the level of a Master’s degree. These degrees respond to a need at the national level for specialized programs and are intended to offer graduate students the opportunity to widen the horizons of their theoretical and practical knowledge, engage in basic and applied research, and prepare themselves for further studies or professional practice.

The graduate programs are expected to enrich our undergraduate programs by offering more graduate level elective courses that fifth year engineering students can take. It is also expected to foster research, which in turn is an essential component of faculty and student academic development.


The M.S. in Mechanical Engineering program strives to provide students with an in-depth and contemporary education that prepares them to be successful leaders in mechanical engineering industries as well as successful researchers able to pursue doctoral studies.

Program Educational Objectives

The objectives of the M.S. in Mechanical Engineering program are to:

  1. Reinforce the fundamental concepts, skills, and professional knowledge needed for the design of engineered systems.
  2. Prepare students for the doctoral studies by further refining their skills and knowledge through formal education and training, independent inquiry, seminars, and research.
  3. Advance students professionally in positions of increasing leadership responsibilities with global or socially responsible implications.

Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the M.S. in Mechanical Engineering program the students will be able to:

  1. Apply their mechanical engineering knowledge to solve complex problems and evaluate current and emerging technologies in a chosen focus area of Mechanical Engineering.
  2. Demonstrate breadth of knowledge of Mechanical Engineering.
  3. Assess the impact of their work on society, encompassing environmental, ethical, and global aspects and constraints.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to independently complete and document a technical project.


Core Courses (9 credits)

Technical Elective Courses (21 credits)

  • MEE700 Renewable Energy (3 cr.)
  • MEE701 Energy Audit (3 cr.)
  • MEE702 Passive Building Design (3 cr.)
  • MEE703 Power Plant Engineering (3 cr.)
  • MEE704 Applied Solar Energy (3 cr.)
  • MEE705 Internal Combustion Engines (3 cr.)
  • MEE706 Vehicle Powertrain Systems (3 cr.)
  • MEE707 Advanced Powertrain Systems (3 cr.)
  • MEE708 Intro to Sustainable Energy (3 cr.)
  • MEE709 Sustainable Architecture (3 cr.)
  • MEE710 Advanced Fluid Mechanics (3 cr.)
  • MEE711 Boundary Layer Theory (3 cr.)
  • MEE713 Gas Turbines (3 cr.)
  • MEE714 Computational Fluid Dynamics (3 cr.)
  • MEE717 Turbo Machinery (3 cr.)
  • MEE718 Turbulence Modeling (3 cr.)
  • MEE720  Composite Materials (3 cr.)
  • MEE721 Finite Element Methods (3 cr.)
  • MEE722 Innovative Engineering & Design (3 cr.)
  • MEE730 Lean Manufacturing (3 cr.)
  • MEE731 Six Sigma (3 cr.)
  • MEE732 Advanced Manufacturing & AI (3 cr.)
  • MEE735 Surface Engineering and Surface Generation (3 cr.)
  • MEE740  Introduction to Robotics (3 cr.)
  • MEE741 Control of Electrified Vehicles (3 cr.)
  • MEE742 Smart Materials and Structures (3 cr.)
  • MEE743 Advanced Dynamics (3 cr.)
  • MEE744 Vehicle Motor Drives and Storage Systems (3 cr.)
  • MEE745 Theory of Vibration (3 cr.)
  • MEE746 Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos (3 cr.)
  • MEE750 CAD of Advanced Mechanical Systems (3 cr.)
  • MEE761 Intro to Plant Design (3 cr.)
  • MEE762 Pump Design for Oil & Gas (3 cr.)
  • MEE780A Energy Storage & Charging Systems in Automobile Applications (1 cr.)
  • MEE780B Advanced Thermodynamics in Automobile (1 cr.)           
  • MEE780C Vehicle Motor Drives (1 cr.)