The Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree program is designed for working professionals who have already obtained a bachelor's degree in mechanical or another engineering field.
All courses needed for the degree are available online to students residing both in and out of the United States. Students never need to come to campus for any coursework and will travel to the Kansas State University campus only once at the end of their program for an oral examination, which is conducted by their supervisory committee.
Careers in Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineering graduates obtain skills for careers in industry, academia, and government. Career opportunities include positions in:
- automotive industries
- the aerospace industry
- product manufacturing
Kansas State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree is offered through the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering in the College of Engineering. The department's undergraduate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the same engineering faculty is fully engaged in the high-quality graduate programs.
The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree curriculum is a coursework only program requiring 30 credit hours for completion, including the ME 760 Engineering Analysis I course.
A final oral examination by the student's supervisory committee is required. Students must be enrolled in a K-State course during the semester in which they are graduating.
All coursework is offered at a distance via K-State Online, the course management system at Kansas State University.
Classes are made up of lectures, readings, videos, discussion boards or other online learning activities. Classes vary in format. There may be quizzes, tests or papers, and students may be required to have an exam proctor. Students work independently, yet share comments and questions via K-State Online.
Classes are delivered within a semester time frame. Fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks. Summer classes are eight to 12 weeks.
- ME 610 - Finite Element Applications in Mechanical Engineering (3 credits)
- ME 622 - Indoor Environmental Engineering (3 credits)
- ME 633 - Thermodynamics of Modern Power Cycles (3 credits)
- ME 716 - Intermediate Dynamics (3 credits)
- ME 720 - Intermediate Fluid Mechanics (3 credits)
- ME 721 - Thermal Systems Design (3 credits)
- ME 760 - Engineering Analysis I (3 credits; required for all ME master's students)
- ME 773 - Intermediate Heat Transfer (3 credits)
- ME 836 - Introduction to Fracture Mechanics (3 credits)
- ME 862 - Finite Elements (3 credits)
Up to 6 credit hours of coursework outside the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering may be chosen as electives with the approval of the student's major professor or the department's academic coordinator.
How to Apply
1. Review Admission Requirements
To qualify for admission into the mechanical engineering master’s degree, students must meet the following requirements:
- Bachelor's degree in mechanical or nuclear engineering or an equivalent field with a 3.0 GPA in the final two years or approximately the last 60 credit hours
- Must have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Contact the MNE Academic Program Coordinator for more information about the GRE requirements.
2. Review Application Requirements
- Applications are accepted year-round. Applicants should plan to apply no later than two to three months before the start of the semester. The fall semester begins in late August, the spring semester begins in late January and the summer semester begins in late May.
- Fall semester (begins in late August): January 8
- Spring semester (begins in late January): August 1
- Summer semester (begins in late May): December 1
Students who would like to get started right away but have missed the deadline may take classes as a nondegree-seeking student. Contact us for assistance.
U.S. Applicants: $65
International Applicants: $75
3. Prepare to Apply
Please be prepared to upload the following information when completing the online application.
1) Statement of objectives: The personal statement should briefly describe the applicant’s interest in the program, previous experience, research or academic interests and long-term career goals. In addition, the statement can also mention one or more K-State faculty with whom the applicant has an interest in working. Most statements are three to four paragraphs in length.
2) Resume/curriculum vitae
3) Names and emails of three professional and/or academic references who will provide letters of recommendation. References will be contacted automatically using the email addresses provided by the applicant, but it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure letters are submitted before the program’s application deadline.
4) Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores: Upload scores or, if unable to upload, self-report the most recent test scores and arrange for an official score report to be sent to the K-State Graduate School.
5) Unofficial transcripts from each institution attended
- Failure to list any colleges or universities from which the applicant received a degree or enrolled in graduate coursework may result in dismissal from the university.
- If transcripts are not in English, the applicant must furnish a translation by an appropriate authority.
- Applicants will be asked for official transcripts after notification of admission.
Tuition and Fees
Online and Off-Campus Courses
Students taking online or off-campus courses through Kansas State University Global Campus will pay the same tuition rate regardless of where they live.
Some graduate programs have different tuition and fee structures than what is outlined in the tuition and fee schedule below. A list of these programs can be found on the chart.
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Last updated April 11, 2018