MEC

Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics — Boston

Accelerate your career in the manufacturing industry and become an integral part of advanced scientific and manufacturing organizations by completing your Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics. In this one-of-a-kind, Boston-based program, you will develop skills in key engineering fields including mechanics, electronics, computer engineering, and robotics as well as an understanding of related manufacturing technologies and their integration in robotic and mechatronic devices and automation systems.

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We’re committed to creating an education as unique as your career path. So, whether your goal is a new career or moving up in your field, our innovative programs will get you going your way.

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Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.

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Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.

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Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.

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Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.

Enrollment

Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer

F1 Visa Eligible

Yes

Overview

With the modernization and automation of the manufacturing industry, the need for skilled manufacturing professionals is growing rapidly. According to a recent study by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, the U.S. manufacturing labor force will have a shortage of 2.4 million skilled manufacturing professionals by 2028

Our innovative Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics program is offered at Northeastern’s Boston campus, making this program one of the only bachelor’s-level mechatronics programs in New England, a fast-growing manufacturing region in the U.S.  

In this program you will gain an in-depth understanding of key engineering fields, including how to:

  • Design, develop, test, and integrate mechatronic systems for a broad range of applications in a variety of industries ranging from aerospace and automotive to medical equipment and high-speed manufacturing of consumer goods

  • Utilize manufacturing technology, software, and programming languages including AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Multisim, and more to automate and optimize manufacturing processes

  • Design and integrate a functional mechatronics device to demonstrate the understanding of a multidisciplinary knowledge base and skill set

  • Complete a self-assessment of professional and personal effectiveness competencies to craft a concrete plan for lifelong learning and continuous improvement as an engineering professional

With immediate access to Northeastern’s extensive network of manufacturing and engineering alumni, as well as experiential learning opportunities at market-leading manufacturing companies in the Boston area including GE Aviation, Brooks Automation, and Teradyne, you will have the unique opportunity to build industry connections in this high-growth, high-earnings, and leading-edge sector of the global economy.

You will also have access to Northeastern’s state-of-the-art labs, where you will learn cutting-edge manufacturing technology, processes, and software and learn from faculty with real-world industry expertise from companies such as Gillette, General Electric, United Technologies, Sikorsky Aircraft, BAE, Stanley Black & Decker, Procter & Gamble, and Bose Corporation.

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Unique Features

  • One of the only bachelors-level mechatronics degree programs in New England
  • You can participate in real-world, hands-on learning projects to ensure you get the experience that puts you in demand with employers
  • You’ll learn from faculty experts who have extensive real-world experience and who will ensure you get the practical skills that will help you advance your career

Experiential / Co-op opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

Learn About Getting Real World Experience

Get Set with a Custom Course Plan

General Requirements

University-Wide Requirement

Minimum 120 total semester hours required

Minimum 2.000 GPA required

Students must earn a minimum of 60 Northeastern University semester hours in order to receive a bachelor’s degree.

Note: Individual program requirements may exceed the above minima.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

General Education Courses

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Engineering Education Courses

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Fundamental Mechatronics Courses

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Advanced Mechatronics Courses

3.00
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Capstone Project

2.00
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Electives

Complete a minimum of 18 semester hours to reach a total of 120 semester hours.

Now Let's Talk Admissions

You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
  • Professional resumé
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
  • English language proficiency proof. Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
    • Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores

International Requirements

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Global Engagement Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty, and industry partners.

Financing Requirements

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.

Fall 2020 Deadline
July 13, 2020 International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 14, 2020)
August 10, 2020International in-country application complete (start date: September 14, 2020)
September 4, 2020Domestic application complete (first half start: September 14, 2020)
October 16, 2020Domestic application complete (second half start: October 26, 2020)
Winter 2021 Deadline
November 2, 2020International out-of-country application complete (start date: January 11, 2021)
December 7, 2020International in-country application complete (start date: January 11, 2021)
January 1, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: January 11, 2021)
February 12, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2021)
Spring 2021 Deadline
February 8, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
March 8, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
April 2, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: April 12, 2021)
May 14, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: May 24, 2021)
Summer 2021 Deadline
May 10, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
June 7, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
July 2, 2021Domestic application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)

Student Body Profile

Job demand for advanced manufacturing is rapidly growing:

  • In 2011, 53% of all manufacturing workers had at least some college education, up from 43% in 1994, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economics and Statistics Administration.
  • Of 1.9 million job postings in the manufacturing industry during 2015, 68% required or preferred candidates with a bachelor's degree, according to Burning Glass Technologies.
  • According to a 2015 study by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, an estimated 3.4 million manufacturing jobs will be created over the next decade.

Mechatronics and robotics graduates provide a solution for much of the manufacturing industry’s automation needs because of their multidisciplinary knowledge and experience. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to fill roles blending traditional mechanical and electrical engineering concepts with practical knowledge of software, motion control, sensors, and networking.

Potential careers for those with a BS in mechatronics include:

  • Engineering and architectural manager

  • Mechanical engineer 

  • Robotics engineer

  • Mechatronics engineer

  • Robot programmer

  • Automation engineer

  • Electrical engineer

  • Electromechanical technician

Career Opportunities and Services

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Did You Know?

An estimated 3.4 million manufacturing jobs will be created over the next decade, according to a 2015 study by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte.

Did You Know?

The average salary for mechatronics engineers is $72,323. (Glassdoor, 2019)