Welcome to the Graduate Programs page for the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. The master's degree in mechanical engineering was authorized at Georgia Tech in 1922; the first degree was awarded in 1925. The doctoral program in mechanical engineering was established in 1946; the first Ph.D. in mechanical engineering was awarded in 1950. The first Ph.D. was awarded to a minority student in 1984 and the first Ph.D. in mechanical engineering was awarded to a woman in 1987. In the 2011 academic year, summer 2010 through spring 2011, the Woodruff School awarded 250 graduate degrees: 215 Masters and 45 Ph.D.'s.
In fall 2011, the Woodruff School had 775 graduate students enrolled; current students come from more than forty States and fifteen different countries. The largest group of international graduate students is from France, and the state of Georgia has the largest representation of graduate students on the national level.