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Master of Engineering inAdditive Manufacturing and Design

Program summary

Position yourself to be a leader in the fast-growing 3D printing industry. This online master's program draws upon the resources and faculty of Penn State’s renowned College of Engineering to offer students the analytical and practical skills required for using additive manufacturing technologies.

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Complete your Penn State course work at your own pace and 100% online.

Application deadline

Apply by September 1 to start January 6

Credits and costs

30 Credits$1,132 per credit

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Gain Skills to Excel in the Interdisciplinary Field of Additive Manufacturing and Design

  • Increase your career opportunities by exploring the fast-growing field of 3D printing.

  • Apply foundational knowledge, critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity to your use of additive manufacturing and associated design tools and methods.

  • Explore how everything, from medical devices to aerospace structures, is designed, engineered, manufactured, certified, and brought to market through additive manufacturing.

  • Develop your professional identity by selecting core and elective courses that fit your goals.

Become a Well-Rounded Engineer with These Courses

Become part of a group of engineers that are versed not only in technical tools and engineering skills, but also in communication, ethics, and professionalism.

This integrated study of 3D printing can help you acquire practical skills and techniques to not only digitally design but also develop, analyze, numerically model, optimize, fabricate, and inspect new components and subassemblies using additive manufacturing technologies. Gain skills that can be applicable in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, consumer goods, energy, medical, oil and gas, and space.

All AMD students will be required to enroll in five core courses that cover additive manufacturing processes, materials for additive manufacturing, the engineering and scientific foundations of additive manufacturing, design for additive manufacturing, and laboratory experience in additive manufacturing.

In addition to the core courses, students will be required to enroll in electives (9 credits) that include design, materials, manufacturing, technical writing, technical presentations, and supply chain, along with enrolling in a seminar course (1 credit, not counted toward the degree). To meet the degree requirements, students will also be required to complete a culminating project that leads to a paper, which will be worth three (3) credits. 

Core Courses (19 credits)

You must successfully complete one 1-credit course of Colloquium, preferably in your first two semesters of the program. The following courses are offered to meet this requirement: AMD 590 and ME 590. 

  • 4

    Comprehensive study of the fundamentals, process characteristics, economics, and practical applications of various additive manufacturing processes.

  • 4

    Explores processes with a focus on the fundamentals of sintering and fusion of metals, ceramics, and polymers.

  • 4

    Explore design methods and tools for additive manufacturing, including opportunistic and restrictive aspects of different additive manufacturing processes and their related industry applications.

  • 3

    Explore all aspects of metal additive manufacturing including design, prototyping, build preparation, fabrication, post-processing, machining, inspection, and characterization.

  • 4

    Focuses on the state of the art in understanding processing, structure, and property relationships in materials fabricated using additive manufacturing.

Electives (8-9 credits)

At least eight (8) credit hours in 400- and/or 500-level courses from an approved electives course list maintained by the program.  Note that EDSGN 596, ESC 596, IE 596, MATSE 596, and ME 596 cannot be used to fulfill this requirement. 

Culminating Project and Research (3 credits)

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    Creative projects, including non-thesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

    • Note

      AMD 596 must be scheduled over two semesters in a 1-credit/2-credit consecutive sequence for a total of 3 credits.

Course Availability

If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.

Start or Advance Your Career

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You can use the knowledge gained from this program and the support of Penn State career resources to pursue careers in a variety of fields, depending on your goals.

Job Titles Related to This Degree

The following roles are often held by people with this type of degree:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Manufacturing Process Engineer
  • Process Engineering Manager

Employment Outlook for Occupational Fields Related to This Degree

Estimates of employment growth and total employment are provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and are subject to change. While these occupations are often pursued by graduates with this degree, individual outcomes may vary depending on a variety of factors. Penn State World Campus cannot guarantee employment in a given occupation.

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Career Services to Set You Up for Success

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From the day you're accepted as a student, you can access resources and tools provided by Penn State World Campus Career Services to further your career. These resources are beneficial whether you're searching for a job or advancing in an established career.

  • Opportunities to connect with employers
  • Career counselor/coach support
  • Occupation and salary information
  • Internships
  • Graduate school resources 

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Costs and Financial Aid

Learn about this program's tuition, fees, scholarship opportunities, grants, payment options, and military benefits.

Graduate Tuition

Graduate tuition is calculated based on the number of credits for which you register. Tuition is due shortly after each semester begins and rates are assessed every semester of enrollment.

2023–24 Academic Year Rates

Tuition rates for the fall 2023, spring 2024, and summer 2024 semesters.

How many credits do you plan to take per semester?Cost
11 or fewer$1,132 per credit
12 or more$13,587 per semester

2024–25 Academic Year Rates

Tuition rates for the fall 2024, spring 2025, and summer 2025 semesters.

How many credits do you plan to take per semester?Cost
11 or fewer$1,143 per credit
12 or more$13,723 per semester

Financial Aid and Military Benefits

Some students may qualify for financial aid. Take the time to research financial aid, scholarships, and payment options as you prepare to apply. Military service members, veterans, and their spouses or dependents should explore these potential military education benefits and financial aid opportunities, as well.

To view the detailed list of cost of attendance elements, select “World Campus” as the location on the tuition site.

Earn a Valuable Credential along the Way 

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Show mastery of specific subjects before your degree is complete. Thanks to shared courses across programs, students can often earn a certificate along with their degree in less time than if they earned them separately.

Certificate Programs Related to This Degree

The following certificates can be earned while completing this degree program:

Establish foundational knowledge of additive manufacturing (3D printing) and improve the critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity skills needed by additive manufacturing engineers with this online certificate program.

Learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Additive Manufacturing and Design

Supplement your technical engineering skills with courses focused on communication, ethics, entrepreneurial thinking, and professionalism. This online certificate program was designed for working engineering professionals who want to prepare for leadership positions.

Learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management

Become a Leader in 3D Printing

This graduate program can help you grow as a leader in 3D printing and prototyping. You can learn to accelerate industry adoption of additive manufacturing while striving to advance the technology and develop innovative solutions.

Set Your Own Pace

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Whether you are looking to finish your program as quickly as possible or balance your studies with your busy life, Penn State World Campus can help you achieve your education goals. Many students take one or two courses per semester.

Our online courses typically follow a 12- to 15-week semester cycle, and there are three semesters per year (spring, summer, and fall). If you plan to take a heavy course load, you should expect your course work to be your primary focus and discuss your schedule with your academic adviser. 

To Finish Your Degree in One to Two Years

  • Take 3–4 courses each semester

To Finish Your Degree in Two to Three Years

  • Take 2–3 courses each semester 

To Finish Your Degree in Three to Four Years

  • Take 1 course each semester

Convenient Online Format

This program's convenient online format gives you the flexibility you need to study around your busy schedule. You can skip the lengthy commute without sacrificing the quality of your education and prepare yourself for more rewarding career opportunities without leaving your home.

A Trusted Leader in Online Education

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Penn State has a history of more than 100 years of distance education, and World Campus has been a leader in online learning for more than two decades. Our online learning environment offers the same quality education that our students experience on campus.

How to Apply to Penn State

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Apply by September 1 to start January 6

Application Instructions

Deadlines and Important Dates

Complete your application and submit all required materials by the appropriate deadline. Your deadline will depend on the semester you plan to start your courses.

  • Spring Deadline

    Apply by September 1 to start January 6
  • Summer Deadline

    Apply by March 1, 2025, to start May 19, 2025
  • Fall Deadline

    Apply by June 1, 2025, to start August 25, 2025

Steps to Apply

  1. For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree in engineering, engineering technology, manufacturing, materials science, or a related discipline from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.

    For admission to the program, a 3.0 grade-point average (or equivalent) is needed. Exceptions to the minimum 3.0 GPA may be made for students with special backgrounds, abilities, and interest. A minimum of 2–3 years of relevant work experience is recommended.

  2. Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:

    Official transcripts from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State but must list Penn State as part of your academic history. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.

    GPA and Test Scores —  All applicants are expected to have earned a junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Official GRE scores are not required but will be considered if submitted. GRE scores can be submitted using institution code 2660.

    English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page. Visit the TOEFL website for testing information. Penn State's institutional code is 2660.

    References (3) — You will need to initiate the process through the online application by entering names, email addresses, and mailing addresses of three references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to each reference requesting they complete a brief online recommendation regarding your commitment to success in an online program. Please inform all recommenders they must submit the form in order for your application to be complete.  

    Program-Specific Questions/Materials

    Résumé — Upload your résumé to the online application. One-to two-page listing of your professional experience and education.

  3. To begin the online application, you will need a Penn State account.

    Create a New Penn State Account

    If you have any problems during this process, contact an admissions counselor at [email protected].

    Please note: Former Penn State students may not need to complete the admissions application or create a new Penn State account. Please visit our Returning Students page for instructions.

  4. You can begin your online application at any time. Your progress within the online application system will be saved as you go, allowing you to return at any point as you gather additional information and required materials.

    • Choose Enrollment Type: "Degree Admission"
    • Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
    Checking Your Status

    You can check the status of your application by using the same login information established for the online application form.

    Technical Requirements 

    Review the technical requirements for this program.

    Note about additional hardware: it is a requirement for this online program that students have ready access to a document scanner that allows for the creation of PDF files, which will enable students to submit handwritten homework and exams in several of the mathematics-based courses.

  5. 5. Complete the application.

Admissions Help

If you have questions about the admissions process, contact an admissions counselor at [email protected].

Contact Us

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Have questions or want more information? We're happy to talk.

To learn more about the Master of Engineering in Additive Manufacturing and Design, offered in partnership with the Penn State College of Engineering, School of Engineering Design and Innovation, along with the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, please contact:

Allison M. Beese, Ph.D.
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
Director, Additive Manufacturing & Design Graduate Program 
[email protected]

Jaclyn Stimely
Assistant Director, Additive Manufacturing and Design Graduate Program
Room 104, The 230 Building 
University Park, PA 16802
[email protected]

Learn from the Best

This multidisciplinary graduate-level program — the first of its kind in the country — is offered in partnership with the Penn State College of Engineering and the School of Engineering Design and Innovation, along with the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

You will take courses taught by faculty who are active in research and experts in fields such as: 

  • 3D printing 
  • rapid prototyping 
  • CAD/CAM 
  • additive manufacturing 
  • materials science 
  • technology innovation 
  • leadership 


  • Allison Beese

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      Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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      M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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      B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Penn State

    Dr. Allison Beese is a professor of materials science and engineering and mechanical engineering. Her research interests are in experimental and computational multiscale mechanics of materials ranging from metals to composites. Her research focuses on developing experimental methods to elucidate the connections among the microstructure, macroscopic deformation, damage accumulation, and failure properties of materials. Using experimental data, physically based large deformation and failure models can be developed to predict component performance.

  • Joseph Bartolai

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      Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Penn State
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      M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Penn State
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      B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Penn State

    Dr. Joseph Bartolai is an assistant research professor at the Penn State Applied Research Laboratory. Dr. Bartolai's research areas of interest include thermoplastic polymers, lattice structures, build optimization, in-situ temperature measurement, and mechanical testing.

  • Amrita Basak

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      Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
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      M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
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      M.Tech., Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
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      B.E., Chemical Engineering, Jadavpur University

    Dr. Amrita Basak is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. Dr. Basak's research areas of interest include design and manufacturing, mechanical sciences, computational analysis, sensors and controls, and thermal/fluid sciences.

  • David Corbin

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      Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Penn State
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      M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Penn State
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      B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Penn State

    Dr. David Corbin is an assistant research professor at the Penn State Applied Research Laboratory. Dr. Corbin's research areas of interest include prediction and control of part deformation, sensor/data analytics for determining the quality of AM components, process control, and machine learning.

  • Sanjay Joshi

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      Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Purdue University
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      M.S., Industrial Engineering, SUNY Buffalo
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      B.E., Production Engineering, University of Bombay

    Dr. Sanjay Joshi is a professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), with specific focus on computer-aided process planning, additive manufacturing, control of automated flexible manufacturing systems, and topics in advanced manufacturing.

  • Nicholas Meisel

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      Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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      B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Dr. Nicholas Meisel is an assistant professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs at Penn State. He is the director of the Made by Design Lab, which conducts research in the area of design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) as well as its role in engineering education. Dr. Meisel's current research centers on high-level, innovative DfAM concepts (e.g., functionally graded multi-material printing, in-situ embedding) and the impact of process parameters on part design and manufacturability.

  • Ted Reutzel

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      Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Penn State
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      M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
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      B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Penn State

    Dr. Ted Reutzel has been involved in arc- and laser-based metal processing since 1993, with emphasis on welding and cladding, and more recently with emphasis on metal-based additive manufacturing. He has managed numerous programs to investigate and implement laser material processing across a wide range of applications. He has also authored and co-authored book chapters and provided invited articles and invited talks internationally.


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