Mechanical Engineering Master’s Degree Online

The MEng degree is a course-work only professional graduate (master’s) degree that is well suited for working professionals and individuals seeking additional education beyond a bachelor’s degree to become an outstanding engineer. A minimum of 30 graduate credits must be earned for the degree with the below requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates with a Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering will be able to

  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge in the field of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Develop and demonstrate through their coursework a deep understanding and expertise in one or more areas of Mechanical Engineering specialization.
  • Discuss and apply an understanding of the current literature in mechanical engineering and related disciplines.
  • Develop the ability to communicate technical material to broad range of audiences through oral and written presentations.
  • Understand and be able to identify their post-graduation career options: industrial or entrepreneurial.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the thoughtful consideration of fundamental principles of ethical professional conduct.

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission to the Mechanical Engineering graduate program are accepted at any time and reviewed when complete. Admission and application procedures for the Mechanical Engineering graduate program can be found on the ME department website. The GRE is not required.

A 3.0 GPA or equivalent is required. Students with GPAs below 3.0 should address their GPA in their statement of purpose as well as why they feel they can be successful in a graduate program.

Applicants concerned about academic success in graduate degree due to non  engineering background, low undergraduate GPA and time commitment may consider starting the graduate degree as non-degree seeking graduate student. Students may count a limited number of credits as a non-degree seeking student toward a graduate degree, so it is possible to begin your studies before formal admittance into the program.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Engineering is a coursework-only degree. A minimum of 30 credits is required for the degree. A thesis is not required. The curriculum requirement areas can be found on the ME department website.

We do not offer the Master of Science as an online degree.

Course Selection

We offer a lot of flexibility in course selection so that students can customize the degree to what they want to learn more about. To help you decide what courses to take, many courses have been grouped by disciplinary area emphasis.

Course descriptions can be found on the Iowa State Course Catalog. Availability of courses will be on the Schedule of Classes. Students should review the ME Grad Student Handbook and Graduate College Handbook for guidelines on courses, such as independent study, transferring courses and minimum needed at Iowa State, undergraduate courses, and credits earned during non-degree-seeking status.

Visit the ELO courses page for classes currently available. Learn more about the Enrollment Process for Online and Distance Learning.

Please see the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Handbook for complete information.


The Mechanical Engineering master’s program is a 30-credit program which can be completed in as little as one year as a full-time student.  Visit the tuition and fees page for details or call 515-294-7470 for more information. Students in this program are not considered for graduate assistantships.


Contact Information

Ann Hawkins
Graduate Student Support Specialist
Mechanical Engineering
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