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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Master of Science in Engineering (Mechanical)

The engineering programs offer a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) degree with specializations in either Mechanical or Electrical Engineering. The MSE for Mechanical Engineering carries forward the philosophy of our undergraduate program and is devoted to producing application oriented mechanical engineers. Our programs are built to provide students with experiences and opportunities for growth.

The Mechanical Engineering program is designed to serve the following constituencies:

  • New engineering graduates who want to increase their depth of knowledge before entry into the engineering workforce.

  • Engineers in business and industry who want to continue their formal engineering education at the postgraduate level.

  • Engineering graduates interested in research or pursuing a future doctorate.

MSE Program Options

To satisfy the various needs of our students and industry, the program has three MSE options available:

  1. Thesis Option - The thesis option requires 32 credit hours of which 3-6 credit hours are devoted to thesis research. This option is ideal for students wanting to gain more research exposure.
  2. Alternate Plan Paper - This option requires a total of 34 semester credit hours with 1-2 credit hours devoted to the preparation of an alternate plan paper. This option is ideal for students intending to enter or return to the engineering workforce.
  3. Design Option - The design option requires 32 credit hours of which 3-6 credit hours are devoted to a formal design project. The design project is comparable in scope to a research thesis. This option is ideal for students who have been or are currently in the engineering workforce.

Combined Degree (BS and MS) Program

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mechanical Engineering and who also plan on completing the MSE degree at MSU may apply for the Combined Degree Program. This option allows students to take classes that will count toward their MSE prior to completing the BS. Students may register for up to 12 credits in approved courses that will count toward both the BS and MS degrees.

Admission Requirements

All candidates for full admission to the MSE program in mechanical engineering must demonstrate an undergraduate preparation equivalent to a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) degree accredited by ABET. If the candidate does not have a mechanical engineering degree, equivalent competence must be demonstrated by completing undergraduate pre-requisite courses which establish this competence or, alternatively, demonstrating this competence through a written examination. Candidates with degrees in fields other than engineering may be required to take considerable pre-requisite courses and should consult with the program’s Graduate Coordinator.

All candidates for entry to the MSE mechanical program must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in a suitable undergraduate degree program. Candidates from non-ABET accredited programs are also required to submit GRE scores with a quantitative score of 155/170.

Applicants must meet the general admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies ( Applications are submitted directly to the College of Graduate Studies and not the program. The online application can be found at:

Graduate Assistantships

Many mechanical engineering graduate students receive graduate assistant support. The Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering employs graduate assistants to assist with undergraduate laboratories and research projects. However, department assistantships are limited and are competitive.

Mechanical engineering graduate students are also successful in finding support though other programs such as Physics and Manufacturing Engineering Technology. For more details, please refer to the following links: