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Engineering, M.S., Ph.D.

Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology offers master’s and doctoral programs in engineering.


About the Program

There are seven concentrations in the engineering master’s and doctoral programs:

  • Aerospace and mechanical engineering
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Electrical and computer engineering
  • Engineering physics (M.S. only)

Research Areas

The expert faculty of Parks College collaborate with graduate students in ground-breaking research in the following areas:

  • Aircraft engine aerodynamics
  • Cardiovascular and assist devices
  • Energy, sustainability and environmental
  • Engineering education
  • Flight control systems
  • Haptic and human-machine interfaces
  • Human factors/physiology
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Medical robotics
  • Orthopedic biomechanics
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Robotics and mechatronics
  • Safety
  • Sensors and systems
  • Signal processing
  • Space systems
  • Structures and bridges
  • Thermal-fluid sciences
  • Tissue engineering
  • Transportation
  • Unmanned aerial systems
  • Water resources and hydraulics

Program Highlights

If you pursue graduate studies in engineering at Saint Louis University's Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, you will develop enhanced analytical skills. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of major theoretical and practical concepts; written and oral communication skills as applied to technical areas; and the critical and creative thinking skills required to conduct state-of-the-art research.

Accelerated B.S.-M.S. Program

The Accelerated B.S.-M.S. (ABM) Program in Engineering is a discrete accelerated program that allows high-achieving students to complete both B.S. and M.S. degrees in a total of 5 years. Six credits of qualifying coursework can be used to satisfy both the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. The B.S. degree is in the student’s undergraduate major (aerospace, biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, engineering physics or mechanical engineering), and the M.S. degree is in engineering in the student’s home department. The master’s degree provides additional technical depth and specialization that can lead to expanded career opportunities and responsibilities, as well as preparation for doctoral (Ph.D.) studies.

Students entering the Accelerated B.S.-M.S. Program in Engineering will be subject all current undergraduate and graduate admissions and degree requirement policies of Parks College and Saint Louis University, unless stated otherwise below.

1. A minimum of 75 credits applicable to an undergraduate degree in engineering with a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4 or better must be completed prior to applying for the ABM program.

2. A minimum of 90 credit hours of coursework applicable to an undergraduate engineering degree must be completed prior to enrollment in the ABM program.

3. Applicants to the ABM program are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or TOEFL exam. They also do not need to submit letters of recommendation.

4. Other than the higher GPA requirements and omission of the GRE, TOEFL and letters of recommendation, the admission standards for the ABM will be consistent with normal admission criteria for the M.S. degree program.

5. Students must apply for admission to the ABM program through their home department. Departments will review applications and make recommendations to the Parks College Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research who will make the final admission decisions.

Click here for a program information sheet.

If you have any additional questions, please contact or Nicole Mispagel at or stop by McDonnell Douglas Room 1002.

Qualified juniors should apply by completing this application and turn in to the Office of Graduate Education and Research (McDonnell Douglas Hall Room 1002) by March 1, 2018.

Master's Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s master’s degree in engineering requires a minimum of 30 credits beyond a bachelor’s degree. If you pursue an option in research, six of the total credits to the degree must be in thesis research. If you pursue the project option, three of the total credits for the degree must be devoted to carrying out a project, approved by your faculty adviser.

Our engineering M.S. also allows you to customize your program of study to meet your professional goals. This program, which will also take into account your academic background, must be approved by your faculty adviser, the department chair and the associate dean for graduate education at Parks College.

Ph.D. Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s Ph.D. in engineering requires a total of 60 credits of coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree, with a minimum of 12 credits of dissertation. A limited number of courses may be at the 4000 level; all others must be at the 5000 or higher level. Those students who earn an M.S. degree may include a maximum of 24 master’s degree course credits with departmental approval, but not the thesis or project credits in the 60 credits for the Ph.D. degree.

Graduates of SLU’s master’s program in engineering are prepared to enter the aerospace and mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, electrical and computer engineering, or engineering physics industry, depending upon their chosen concentration.

Graduates of the doctoral program seek employment in the industry, government or as university professors.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Parks College offers graduate fellowship awards and assistantships each year. Assistantships provide tuition, stipend and health insurance. There are also many opportunities for students to receive funding through external research grants that are managed by individual faculty.

Information on other financial aid opportunities can be found at Student Financial Services.

Applicant Criteria

Most admitted students meet the following criteria:

  • GRE quantitative score greater than 650 (old grading system) or greater than 150 (new grading system)
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • A four-year undergraduate degree in engineering related field of desired graduate program.

To apply, you’ll need:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended
Three letters of recommendation (preferably from recent instructors)
GRE scores
Résumé or curriculum vitae
Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

Assistantship Application Deadline

Admitted students who want to be considered for an assistantship must submit a separate application for assistantship consideration by March 1.

Review Process

Once all the materials are received and the online application is complete, materials will be reviewed by the Parks College's Office of Graduate Education and Research before being sent to the engineering department for a recommendation. The final decision is made by the Parks College Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research.

Admissions decisions are made based on your background and educational experience. Applications are reviewed as soon as they become complete, and decisions are generally made within a few weeks.