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Engineer Your Competitive Edge

Professionally Focused Master's Degrees

The master of engineering (M.Eng.) portfolio of programs at Penn State offers you the opportunity to enhance your technical and professional skills to inspire change in industry and within your career. With more than 12 professionally focused master's degrees in disciplines ranging from aerospace, civil, and nuclear engineering to multidisciplinary areas such as additive manufacturing and design, engineering design, and engineering mechanics, the College of Engineering prepares you to edge out the competition. 

Applications for M.Eng. programs are reviewed throughout the spring and summer semesters for fall semester starts. To learn more about a specific program, we encourage you to engage directly with the academic unit in which the degree is housed. If you have general questions or simply wish to connect with someone to discuss the possibilities of a Penn State College of Engineering M.Eng. degree, please reach out at GradRecruiting@engr.psu.edu

Explore our residential and online M.Eng. degrees below, and learn how choosing Penn State can help you engineer your competitive edge. 

Residential M.Eng. Programs

Residential M.Eng. degrees at Penn State allow you to engage in in-person, hands-on educational opportunities with world-renowned faculty and fellow graduate students at Penn State University Park and participate in cultural events and community experiences in Happy Valley.


The Graduate Program in Acoustics at Penn State is a unique interdisciplinary program that touches many diverse disciplines such as architectural acoustics, biomedical ultrasound, noise and vibration control, underwater acoustics, aeroacoustics, structural vibration, speech and communication, and much more. The M.Eng. in acoustics is a 30-credit program that includes the completion of a capstone paper involving at least one acoustics topic represented in the program’s coursework. Learn more »

Aerospace Engineering

An intensive one-year, 30-credit program, the M.Eng. in aerospace engineering is ideal for engineers wishing to expand their set of career possibilities in aerospace-related fields. Students must complete a capstone experience as part of the program. Learn more »

Architectural Engineering

The 30-credit M.Eng. in architectural engineering primarily focuses on technical and professional coursework. Students focus studies in one of the four available focus areas—construction, lighting/electrical, mechanical, or structural. Minor modifications are permitted for special interest areas with approval from the graduate program officer. Each student must submit a professional quality technical report derived from work completed in a course. Learn more »

Civil Engineering

The 31-credit M.Eng. in civil engineering is composed of a well-balanced, unified program leading students to advanced professional practice. Students declare an area of specialization and complete several courses in that area. Specialization areas infrastructure, transportation systems, water and environment. Learn more »

Computer Science and Engineering

This one-year intensive master’s degree program is meant to prepare students for work in industry. Students must complete a final paper during their last semester of the program. Learn more»

Engineering Design

The M.Eng. in engineering design is an intensive one-year, 32-credit program that prepares the innovators of the future for multidisciplinary industry work. Students develop the technical depth and breadth to solve problems related to products, systems, processes, and services. Students may deepen their engineering design knowledge and skills by selecting one of four unique tracks—design computing, product realization, human-centered design, or humanitarian engineering design—or design their own path by defining nine credits of 500-level engineering design courses.
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Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management

The 30-credit engineering leadership and innovation management graduate degree is designed to help students develop the attributes required of today’s successful technical leaders. Specifically, these include increased technical competency, expanded professional skills, the ability to identify opportunities for improvement, and the ability to work effectively in a globally connected engineering environment. Learn more »

Engineering Mechanics

The M.Eng. in engineering mechanics provides students with a strong foundation in engineering mechanics that can be applied across a broad range of disciplines and applications in both academia and industry. This 30-credit interdisciplinary program is ideal for an engineer with a bachelor's degree in one or more of the following disciplines: aerospace engineering, agricultural engineering, architectural engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, engineering science, industrial engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, and physics. Learn more »

Environmental Engineering

The 31-credit M.Eng. in environmental engineering prepares students for a wide variety of careers such as environmental monitoring, industrial waste treatment, environmental quality monitoring and management, air pollution control, and water resource systems. Learn more »

Engineering, Law, and Policy

As the newest M.Eng. degree in the College of Engineering’s graduate portfolio, the engineering, law, and policy program prepares students from diverse engineering backgrounds to address societal change and the rapid progress of technology and globalization. It is an intensive one-year or part-time two-year, 30-credit program. Learn more » 

Online M.Eng. Programs

Offered through a partnership between the College of Engineering and Penn State World Campus, the online M.Eng. programs meet you where you are in the world and in life. The online M.Eng. programs provide you with access to flexible full-time and part-time options, innovative curriculum and educational delivery methods, and the same world-renowned Penn State Engineering faculty teaching at the University Park campus—all from the comfort of where you currently live.


The online M.Eng. in acoustics is designed to allow students to complete the degree in five years, but many students graduate within a shorter time period. Like the residential M.Eng., the online degree requires 30 credits of coursework and a capstone paper. Learn more »

Additive Manufacturing and Design

The online M.Eng. in additive manufacturing and design prepares students to be leaders in the fast-growing 3D-printing industry. The program draws upon the resources and faculty of the College of Engineering to offer students the analytical and practical skills required to use additive manufacturing technologies. The 30-credit M.Eng. is the first multidisciplinary graduate-level program focused on additive manufacturing and design in the country. Learn more »

Industrial Engineering

The M.Eng. in industrial engineering is designed for working professionals and combines math, science, business, and psychology to improve efficiency, performance, quality, and safety, while simultaneously reducing cost and waste. The program allows students to customize their education to suit their professional goals and interests through flexible course requirements. Learn more »

Nuclear Engineering

The 30-credit online M.Eng. in nuclear engineering offers highly relevant courses including radiological safety, radioactive waste control, design principles of reactor systems, reactor engineering, nuclear fuel management, heat transfer, and other current subjects. Students may support their educational and professional goals by tailoring the program to their individual needs. Learn more »