Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical view of a turbine

The role of a mechanical engineer is varied. In this diverse field, mechanical engineers can be found contributing to new designs of mechanical systems and thermal systems. These engineers define and direct change as they create systems and technologies to improve industry.

Whether the task involves new medical devices, energy storage systems, more efficient combustion, new automobiles, power plants, renewable energy, or robotics, the mechanical engineer is at the forefront of technological advancements.

A master's degree in mechanical engineering is quickly becoming more preferred by employers, because it implies that you have acquired a skill set with the higher level of versatility required in the profession today. As the field continues to grow and our technology becomes more advanced, mechanical engineers will have a pivotal role in shaping our future.

Why Mechanical Engineering Online at Penn State?

Penn State has a long tradition of offering top-notch engineering programs that are well known and respected across industry, and our engineering programs consistently rank high in U.S. News and World Report.

The new online Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) is essentially identical to our resident instruction program. The courses offered will be the same as those you would find as an on-campus student, and they are taught by the same graduate faculty who are active in research and experts in their fields of study. When you graduate, your diploma will have no indication that you earned your degree online. Penn State World Campus is Penn State.

As a student, you can benefit directly from the expertise of our faculty, who direct research centers and laboratories, such as:

  • Battery and Energy Storage Technology Center
  • Propulsion Engineering Research Center
  • Electroactive Materials Characterization Lab
  • Intelligent Vehicles and Systems Group
  • Mechatronics Research Laboratory

Our faculty also lead important initiatives, including the Leonhard Center, which focuses on the enhancement of engineering education and innovation in the University.

Who Should Apply?

If you want to acquire advanced knowledge for research, analysis, and design in mechanical engineering, Penn State's online MSME was designed for you. To apply, you should have an undergraduate degree in a suitable engineering field from an institution authorized by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or in a related science discipline.

As an online student, you will also have the option to participate in an existing mentoring program in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, in collaboration with the Penn State Mechanical Engineering Society, the alumni organization. The mentoring program was designed to provide helpful career advice and networking opportunities for all engineering students.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Mechanical engineering is one of the most diverse fields in engineering. It involves the research, design, creation, and testing of everything from large engines and machines to smaller tools and mechanical devices. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the skills acquired from a mechanical engineering degree program may also make individuals suitable for jobs in other engineering disciplines.

Careers may include positions in such industries as:

  • automotive
  • biomedical
  • heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • nuclear energy
  • robotics
  • power generation
  • aerospace

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.