Same faculty. Same courses. Same degree. Less than $25,000.

The online Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University is the best of both worlds for working professionals: a world-class graduate degree in engineering, with the flexibility of an entirely online program. In as little as one year, you can finish a graduate degree that is rich in research and innovation, allowing you to advance to new levels in your career.

Since 1869, Purdue has been building the technology that moves the world forward. Boilermaker engineers are pioneers in nearly every industry, from manufacturing and automotive to biotech and aerospace. They have a sound understanding of the fundamentals, and use it to create new innovations and real-world applications.

In just 30 credit hours, you can dive deep into your chosen field, and learn from the same world-renowned faculty who teach students on campus. And because Mechanical Engineering is such a broad field, you’re certain to find a specialization that will help you with your goals -- whether it’s fluid mechanics, nanotechnology, computational simulations, or system design.

Ranked #1 in the country by US News and World Report, Purdue’s online Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering is exactly what you need to take your career to the next level!

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The MSME consists of 30 credit hours and includes 1-, 2-, and 3-credit hour courses.

  • Graduate Applied Math Courses - 6 credit hours
  • Mechanical Engineering courses - 15 credit hours
  • Technical electives (Engineering, Mathematics, or Science courses) - 9 credit hours

Click here to see what classes are available online!

Admissions Requirements

  • An undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics, mathematics, or related field, with a minimum GPA of 3.00
  • Transcripts from all universities attended (Original language and English translations are both needed for international applicants)
    • Upload official transcript copies to the application. After being admitted, you will need to provide official transcripts in sealed envelopes to the Graduate School. E-transcripts can be sent to Purdue Graduate School (U.S. citizens only)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Professional resume
  • 3 recommendation letters
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students only)
  • A copy of any diplomas or provisional certificates if diplomas have not been awarded, in original language and in English (international applicants only)


$750 per credit hour (includes tuition and fees)

Financial aid is available. All federal financial aid benefits and restrictions apply to enrolled MSME students. Federal aid enrollment requirements apply.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2021 Application Deadline: July 1, 2021
  • Fall 2021 Semester Starts: August 23, 2021


A leader in online graduate studies in engineering, Purdue has been offering distance degrees for engineers since the late 1960s. Purdue's engineering programs have been accredited by ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, which means its programs have been thoroughly vetted and documented by objective third parties. Additionally, our graduate programs have been accredited with the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) since 1913.