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Master's Degrees | Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Entrance Exam: Not Required
College of Engineering

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) addresses the needs of off-campus students whose schedule or location does not allow for on-campus study. Online courses are identical to on-campus courses in terms of content, requirements and academic rigor. Designed for students who have obtained a B.S. degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering or a related field, this M.S. degree requires 30 credit hours for completion. No thesis is required.

Convenience and flexibility are key advantages of this program. The MSME is a 30-credit-hour degree program that does not require a final oral exam or on-campus attendance.

The MSME degree makes it possible to:

  • Earn an engineering graduate degree from a well-established and recognized university.
  • Enhance your career opportunities.
  • Achieve new competencies, broaden your expertise and expand your knowledge.

This program is administered by Engineering Online at NC State.


Prerequisites for admission to Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) include an accredited undergraduate degree in engineering with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Students majoring in other fields may need to complete a number of undergraduate mechanical engineering courses prior to being accepted for admission.

Note: Please complete item 5 of the Graduate School application form as follows: enter “Mechanical Engineering” for the field “Desired Major”, enter “Master of Science” for “Degree Sought”, and enter “Distance Education” for the field “Department/Specialty/ Concentration”. Also leave “Desired Minor” field blank.

The MSME program is designed primarily for those individuals who work or reside in the continental U.S. The program does not currently accept international students who reside outside the continental USA.

Plan of Study

The program consists of 30 credit hours. A full-time graduate student may take 9 credit hours of coursework per semester; part-time students typically take 3 or 6 credit hours of coursework per semester. All requirements for the degree must be completed within six years of enrolling in the first course which appears on the NC State graduate transcript. All students must comply with Graduate School regulations for continuous registration or must request a leave of absence not to exceed one year.

Students who are employed full-time may enroll in only two courses per semester. It is highly recommended that new students enroll in just one course during their first semester.

Students are assigned an academic advisor and work with this advisor to develop an individual Plan of Graduate Work. Some specialty areas have specific course requirements.

Career Prospects

Choose foundational, classic mechanical engineering courses or courses—exploring concepts related to aerospace and thermodynamics—in this flexible graduate degree program designed to propel your career to the next level. Graduates of the MSME are equipped for career advancement as mechanical or aerospace engineers.

Additional Resources

For detailed information regarding engineering online programs and how to apply and enroll, please visit the Engineering Online website.