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McCormick has tailored its master’s degree programs to fit today’s continually changing work and research environments.
Whether you’re a recent graduate or well into your professional career, McCormick’s full-time master’s programs will prepare you to become a whole-brain™ engineer and make a lasting impact at work and in the broader world.
Master’s students may also choose to pursue a minor or certificate to enhance their credentials and marketability.
For working professionals, several master’s programs may be completed on a part-time basis.
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- MS in Analytics
- MS in Biomedical Engineering
- MS in Biotechnology
- MS in Chemical and Biological Engineering
- MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering
- MS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering
- MS in Engineering Design Innovation (EDI)
- Master of Engineering Management (MEM)
- MS in Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics
- MS in Information Technology (MSIT)
- The MMM Program
- MS in Materials Science and Engineering
- MS in Mechanical Engineering
- Master of Product Design and Development Management (MPD2)
- MS in Project Management (MPM)
- MS in Robotics (MSR)
- Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (TAM)
The Master of Science in Analytics is a 15-month, full-time program that combines mathematical and statistical study with instruction in advanced computational and data analysis.
While studying predictive, descriptive, and prescriptive areas, analytics students learn to identify patterns and trends, interpret and gain insight from vast quantities of structured and unstructured data, and communicate their findings in practical, useful terms.
The Department of Biomedical Engineering at McCormick provides students with the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research in a wide variety of areas such as neural engineering, cardiovascular and pulmonary engineering, materials and tissues, and imaging and biophotonics.
Graduate students interested in industry should consider the MS-only program, which can be completed in about one academic year. Students who plan to become independent investigators in academic, industry, or government laboratories should select the PhD track.
The Master of Biotechnology Program (MBP) prepares scientists and engineers for fulfilling and dynamic careers in biotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry, and associated professions. This interdisciplinary program, which can be completed in either 15 or 21 months, gives you a distinct advantage in your career by providing integrated coursework, extensive laboratory research, and practical training in current industry practices.
Emphasizing both core chemical engineering training as well as interdisciplinary research on the cutting edge of the field, the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering provides students with the tools, experience, and adaptability to prosper in research and development in industry or government, or as faculty members at colleges and universities.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) provides graduate students with individual mentorship and an exceptional range of opportunities in areas such as geotechnics, mechanics of materials and solids, structural engineering and infrastructure materials, and more. CEE prepares its master’s students to become the next generation of leaders able to address a wide variety of social, economic, and physical challenges in constructing and managing the industrial and public works infrastructure.
The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has an internationally renowned faculty, state-of-the-art research equipment, and the considerable resources offered by a great university.
Graduate research areas in EECS cover the spectrum from photonics, graphics, and interactive media to signals and systems. The department is home to several interdisciplinary centers that lie at the core of 21st century product design and knowledge discovery.
The EDI program is a 15-month master’s program that teaches engineers how to address design problems using a human-centered approach. While solving the needs of real people, EDI students are introduced to design thinking — an innovative process of user observation, visualization, rapid prototyping, and iteration.
EDI graduates are prepared to collaborate on and lead cross-functional development teams to create innovative and effective products and services.
The MEM program enables engineering and science professionals to develop core management and leadership skills while staying on the cutting edge of technology.
The curriculum helps engineers communicate more effectively and move from thinking tactically to thinking strategically. This program can also be completed on a part-time basis.
The applied math department solves complex science and engineering problems using mathematical models.
ESAM’s MS program is designed for students who want a background in basic applied math skills and may intend to work in industry, but are not necessarily interested in pursuing a PhD. The program can be completed in three quarters of study.
Taught by tenured Northwestern faculty and IT industry leaders, this program gives IT professionals a cross-functional perspective of information technology and its place in business operations. MSIT's 70% technical and 30% business and management curriculum ensures that our graduates bring impactful value to business.
By learning foundational engineering principles and the business context in which IT decisions are made, our graduates are prepared to implement better IT solutions for today's evolving marketplace. This program can also be completed on a part-time basis.
MMM is a two-year, dual master’s degree program offered by the Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering. The program equips future business leaders to drive the entire product or service innovation life cycle.
With a foundation in business, design innovation, and technology, MMM graduates understand complex challenges and determine solutions that create meaningful and lasting value. Students earn a Master of Design Innovation (MDI) degree and an MBA.
Since it was established more than 50 years ago as the first materials science academic department in the world, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering has continued to lead the field.
The master's program integrates courses that apply across the field, as well as specialty courses selected with your adviser. Students may also be interested in pursuing our certificate program in Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) or our minor in engineering management.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering provides graduate students with an exciting array of coursework and research, blending fundamental skills with cutting-edge science and technology. Faculty and students develop novel technologies and capabilities across a host of technically challenging areas such as nanotechnology, robotics, virtual design and manufacturing, tribology, composite materials, and more.
The master’s program provides you with advanced technical knowledge and offers exposure to research at the frontier of today’s technology. The program has two options: the thesis option and the non-thesis option for terminal MS degree.
Intended for professionals eager to master the concepts and tools of product design and development, the MPD2 program teaches every aspect of the design and development process, including:
- managing creativity and design
- design strategy
- form and function
- project management
- customer-focused innovation
- marketing and marketing research
- business and financial issues
This one-year, full-time graduate program takes place on Fridays and Saturdays. Students graduate with an MS degree. The program may also be completed on a part-time basis.
MPM prepares technically qualified individuals for responsible management roles in the design, construction, operation, and management of major civil and environmental engineering projects.
This 12-course program consists of managerial courses and your choice of specialization courses. The program’s flexible schedule can accommodate both full-time and part-time students.
The one-year MSR program prepares college graduates who have an undergraduate education in engineering or computer science for an exciting career in the rapidly-growing field of robotics. The program features a combination of traditional and project-based courses in areas such as automatic control, kinematics and dynamics, machine learning, human-machine interfaces, neuroscience, prosthetics, and more.
Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (TAM) is an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental graduate degree program. Adaptable to the specific needs and abilities of its students, TAM allows qualified students of engineering, mathematics, physics, or an allied science to pursue their master’s degree in solid mechanics or fluid mechanics.
Some specific research areas for TAM graduate students include:
- computational mechanics
- mechanics in biology and fluids
- multifunctional materials
- structural reliability and nondestructive characterization