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Master of Engineering in

Program Summary

Master the fundamentals of acoustics to prepare for a rewarding career in audio, biology, medicine, geology, electronics, physics, music, architecture, or other emerging fields.
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Apply Now to start January 9

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Costs and Financial Aid

30 Credits $1,007 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

Earn your master's in acoustics — 100% online

The fundamentals of the interdisciplinary field of acoustics bridge the sciences, engineering, and arts, with application to a wide variety of industries, including audio, biology, medicine, geology, electronics, physics, music, and architecture, as well as the military. As a student in this program, you can gain an in-depth understanding of these fundamentals that can lead to a number of opportunities for professional growth.

To apply to this program, you should hold a bachelor's degree in engineering, physics, mathematics, or a closely related field that would provide substantial preparation in mathematics. All students applying for degree status must have a minimum of four semesters of calculus (including differential equations) and a minimum of two semesters of calculus-based physics.

Why pursue a Penn State degree online?

Penn State is the only university in the United States to offer a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Acoustics degree program online to any student, civilian or military. Since 1987, more than 200 students have earned the M.Eng. in Acoustics from Penn State. The program has a global reputation for quality that can lead employers to actively seek out our graduates. As a student in the online component of the graduate program in acoustics, you will receive the same education as a resident student. You will take courses alongside resident master's and doctoral students and taught by graduate faculty who are active in research and experts in their fields. Courses are taught during a semester schedule, and lectures are broadcast synchronously from a multimedia classroom with archived recordings for asynchronous viewing.

Your acoustics engineering online courses

To receive your degree, you will be required to complete a total of 30 credits, and you can select core and elective courses to fit your educational and professional goals. Course subjects include basic acoustics, physical acoustics, signal processing, optics, ultrasonics, vibrations, and other emerging topics. You will also be required to write and submit a capstone paper that demonstrates application of the knowledge you have acquired while pursuing your degree.

Career opportunities for graduates

This interdisciplinary degree can prepare you for a number of professional roles across a breadth of industries. Many graduates of the M.Eng. in Acoustics program are employed in fields including:

  • Architectural acoustics — designing and testing the acoustics of rooms and buildings
  • Audio-engineering — designing acoustic transducers for audio devices
  • Underwater acoustics — underwater sound propagation, signal processing, sonar
  • Noise and vibration control — controlling unwanted sound indoors and outdoors
  • Engineering acoustics — medical diagnostics, communications, seismic surveying
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