Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Engage in Purdue University’s world-class mechanical engineering education that pushes the boundaries as our faculty and leaders in their respective fields, will guide you through transformative projects. Choose from specializations like fluid mechanics or nanotechnology within the 30-credit-hour curriculum and gain expertise that goes beyond conventional limits.

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  • The 30-credit hour master’s degree is taught by the same professionals who teach the on-campus graduate program and courses. This program offers you the prestige, affordability, and flexibility you desire in a Master’s degree, without compromising on quality.
  • Our world-class faculty will nurture your innovative thinking, helping you tackle practical, complex problems in the engineering world. Throughout your journey, you’ll receive dedicated guidance from a faculty advisor and a team of professionals, ensuring your degree aligns with your career goals.
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Program Specifics

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Embark on an unparalleled journey with Purdue’s Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. At the forefront of innovation, our program offers a unique blend of unwavering faculty support and industry collaboration. Specialize in fluid mechanics, nanotechnology, simulations, or system design. Master the skills that transcend disciplines.

Base Requirements
The Online MSME consists of 30 credit hours of graduate-level courses (50000-level and above) and includes 1-, 2-, and 3-credit hour courses. All courses must be technical and quantitative in content.

Mechanical Engineering courses: a minimum of 15 credit hours must be ME courses.
Link to ME courses

Graduate Math courses: 6 credit hours must be graduate-level math courses; 3 credits being directly from the Math department, and the other 3 can be from the approved applied math course list
Link to approved Math courses

Technical Electives: up to 9 credit hours of graduate-level courses in engineering, math, or science. These could be mechanical engineering, or you could pursue classes in civil engineering, electrical and computer engineering, aeronautics & astronautics, or other technical subjects, as long as they are technical and quantitative in content.
Link to approved Technical Electives

Not allowable: you can take these grad-level classes for your own personal enrichment, but they will not count towards your degree requirements.

*You will create a plan of study (POS) during the 3rd-6th week of your first semester that lists the courses you plan to take and when you plan to take them. This is your initial plan and can be updated as things change, as long as changes keep you in degree compliance.

$833 per credit hour
$25,000 program total

Domestic students and permanent residents may qualify for the following types of financial aid:

Career Outcomes

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Top Job Titles

  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Engineering Managers
  • Project Engineers
  • Principal Engineers
  • Mechanical Design Engineers

Top Industries

  • Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing
  • Engineering Services
  • Aircraft Manufacturing

Source: LightcastTM (2023). Unique job postings for July 2022-2023. Projected growth for years 2023-2033.

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