2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in Mechanical Engineering Degrees

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

With annual tuitions under $18,000, these 25 online colleges offer the most affordable master's in mechanical engineering programs. The University of New Mexico, our top-ranked school, has the lowest tuition on the list at only here, and the cost per credit, which is $286.44, and found here">$4,583 per year. UNM offers a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Space Systems Engineering. Ranked #2, the Kennesaw State University offers a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at a tuition rate of here, and the cost per credit, which is $383.00, and found here">$5,745 annually.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 University of New Mexico $4,583
# 2 #2 Kennesaw State University $5,745
# 3 #3 University of Alabama $6,300
# 4 #4 Texas Tech University $6,804
# 5 #5 Mississippi State University $7,824
# 6 #6 University of Virginia $8,115
# 7 #7 University of Idaho $8,235
# 8 #8 University of South Carolina - Columbia $8,583
# 9 #9 Old Dominion University $8,925
# 10 #10 University of Central Florida $10,422
# 11 #11 Iowa State University $10,425
# 12 #12 University of North Dakota $11,460
# 13 #13 Kansas State University $11,473
# 14 #14 University of Cincinnati $14,098
# 15 #15 Auburn University $14,235
# 16 #16 Colorado State University - Fort Collins $14,460
# 17 #17 University of Houston $15,623
# 18 (tie) #18 (tie) University of Arizona $16,000
# 18 (tie) #18 (tie) University of California - Los Angeles $16,000
# 18 (tie) #18 (tie) University of Wisconsin - Madison $16,000
# 21 (tie) #21 (tie) Georgia Institute of Technology $16,500
# 21 (tie) #21 (tie) University of Delaware $16,500
# 23 #23 The University of Texas at Austin $16,811
# 24 #24 University of Michigan - Dearborn $16,965
# 25 #25 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign $17,344
#1
#1

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque (NM)
Annual Tuition: $4,583
Annual Tuition: $4,583
Annual Tuition: $4,583
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,596
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 352
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

">HLC
  • Phone #: (505) 277-0111
  • Example Classes: Advanced Mechanics of Materials, Introduction to Space Situational Awareness, Orbital Mechanics, Satellite Communications, Small Spacecraft Design I, Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Controls

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Concentration in Space Systems Engineering
    #2
    #2
    Annual Tuition: $5,745
    Annual Tuition: $5,745
    Annual Tuition: $5,745
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
    • Graduation Rate: 46%
    • Acceptance Rate: 61%
    • Average SATs: 1050 -1230
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,315
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,792
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (470) 578-6000
  • Example Classes: Advance Engineering Thermodynamics, Advance Fluid Mechanics and Computational Fluid Dynamics, Advanced Dynamics and Vibrations, Advanced Engineering Heat Transfer, Advanced Solid Mechanics

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    #3
    #3

    University of Alabama

    Tuscaloosa (AL)
    Annual Tuition: $6,300
    Annual Tuition: $6,300
    Annual Tuition: $6,300
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 79%
    • Graduation Rate: 71%
    • Acceptance Rate: 53%
    • Average SATs: 1080 -1340
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,856
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,659
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (205) 348-6010
  • Example Classes: Foundations of Thermal Power Generation, Fundamentals of Energy Conservation & Management, Intermediate Dynamics, Intermediate Heat Transfer, Principles of Combustion I, Reliability Maintenance & Total Productive Maintenance

    Online Master's Degrees

    • MS in Mechanical Engineering
    #4
    #4

    Texas Tech University

    Lubbock (TX)
    Annual Tuition: $6,804
    Annual Tuition: $6,804
    Annual Tuition: $6,804
    • Online Degrees: 3
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 78%
    • Graduation Rate: 61%
    • Acceptance Rate: 69%
    • Average SATs: 1070 -1260
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,931
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,811
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (806) 742-2011
  • Example Classes: Biomaterials, Computational Mechanics, Contact Mechanics, Elasticity, Fracture and Failure Analysis, Physical Metallurgy

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Specialization in Design
    • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Specialization in Materials and Mechanics
    #5
    #5

    Mississippi State University

    Mississippi State (MS)
    Annual Tuition: $7,824
    Annual Tuition: $7,824
    Annual Tuition: $7,824
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
    • Graduation Rate: 61%
    • Acceptance Rate: 62%
    • Average SATs: 1070 -1280
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 872
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 964
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (662) 325-2323
  • Example Classes: Air Conditioning, Casting and Joining, Combustion Engines, Failure of Engineering Materials, Mechanical Metallurgy

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    #6
    #6

    University of Virginia

    Charlottesville (VA)
    Annual Tuition: $8,115
    Annual Tuition: $8,115
    Annual Tuition: $8,115
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 57%
    • Graduation Rate: 95%
    • Acceptance Rate: 27%
    • Average SATs: 1340 -1520
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 296
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 759
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (434) 924-0311
  • Example Classes: Engineering Mathematics II, Finite Element Analysis, Linear State Space Systems, Multibody Mechanical Systems, Statistics for Engineers and Scientists

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Engineering in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    #7
    #7

    University of Idaho

    Moscow (ID)
    Annual Tuition: $8,235
    Annual Tuition: $8,235
    Annual Tuition: $8,235
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
    • Graduation Rate: 56%
    • Acceptance Rate: 73%
    • Average SATs: 1010 -1240
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 431
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 590
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">NWCCU
  • Phone #: (888) 884-3246
  • Example Classes: Continuum Mechanics, Finite Element Analysis, Linear System Theory, Neural Network Design, Thermal Radiation Processes

    Online Master's Degrees

    • M.Engr. in Mechanical Engineering (Non-Thesis Option)
    #8
    #8
    Annual Tuition: $8,583
    Annual Tuition: $8,583
    Annual Tuition: $8,583
    • Online Degrees: 2
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
    • Graduation Rate: 77%
    • Acceptance Rate: 72%
    • Average SATs: 1180 -1370
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 454
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,462
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (803) 777-7000
  • Example Classes: Advanced Heat Transfer, Advanced Mechanics of Materials, Continuum Mechanics, Intermediate Dynamics, Intro to Finite Elements Analysis in Mechanical Engineering, Thermodynamics

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
    • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    #9
    #9
    Annual Tuition: $8,925
    Annual Tuition: $8,925
    Annual Tuition: $8,925
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
    • Graduation Rate: 51%
    • Acceptance Rate: 86%
    • Average SATs: 980 -1180
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,948
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,206
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (757) 683-3000
  • Example Classes: Advanced Classical Thermodynamics, Concurrent Engineering, Continuum Mechanics, Design of Experiments, Engineering Analysis, Heat Transfer

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
    #10
    #10

    University of Central Florida

    Orlando (FL) (and 7 others)
    Annual Tuition: $10,422
    Annual Tuition: $10,422
    Annual Tuition: $10,422
    • Online Degrees: 9
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
    • Graduation Rate: 72%
    • Acceptance Rate: 50%
    • Average SATs: 1170 -1340
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 7,588
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,485
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC

    Example Classes: Analysis and Control of Robot Manipulators, Continuum Mechanics, Engineering Fracture Mechanics in Design, Fundamentals of Fatigue Analysis, Modal Analysis, Nonlinear Vibration

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Mechanical Engineering - Mechanical Systems, MSME
    • Mechanical Engineering - Mechanical Systems, MSME (Non-Thesis)
    • Mechanical Engineering - Mechanical Systems, MSME (Thesis)
    • Mechanical Engineering - Thermofluids, MSME
    • Mechanical Engineering - Thermofluids, MSME (Non-Thesis)
    • Mechanical Engineering - Thermofluids, MSME (Thesis)
    #11
    #11
    Annual Tuition: $10,425
    Annual Tuition: $10,425
    Annual Tuition: $10,425
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
    • Graduation Rate: 74%
    • Acceptance Rate: 89%
    • Average SATs: 1100 -1340
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 260
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,038
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (515) 294-4111
  • Example Classes: Material and Manufacturing Considerations in Design, Mechanics of Deformable Solids, Mechanics of Machining and Finishing Processes, Nanomechanics, Solar Energy Systems, Surface Engineering

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
    #12
    #12

    University of North Dakota

    Grand Forks (ND)
    Annual Tuition: $11,460
    Annual Tuition: $11,460
    Annual Tuition: $11,460
    • Online Degrees: 4
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
    • Graduation Rate: 61%
    • Acceptance Rate: 83%
    • Average SATs: 1010 -1250
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,851
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,500
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 225-5863
  • Example Classes: Advanced Machine Design, Convective Heat Transfer, Deformation and Fracture, Design Projects, Metal Fatigue in Engineering, Thermodynamics of Materials

    Online Bachelor's Degrees

    • Combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
    • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    #13
    #13

    Kansas State University

    Manhattan (KS)
    Annual Tuition: $11,473
    Annual Tuition: $11,473
    Annual Tuition: $11,473
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
    • Graduation Rate: 65%
    • Acceptance Rate: 94%
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 961
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,425
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 532-6011
  • Example Classes: Finite Element Applications in Mechanical Engineering, Indoor Environmental Engineering, Intermediate Dynamics, Intermediate Fluid Mechanics, Thermal Systems Design, Thermodynamics of Modern Power Cycles

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    #14
    #14

    University of Cincinnati

    Cincinnati (OH) (and 1 other)
    Annual Tuition: $14,098
    Annual Tuition: $14,098
    Annual Tuition: $14,098
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 75%
    • Graduation Rate: 71%
    • Acceptance Rate: 76%
    • Average SATs: 1120 -1350
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,455
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,731
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC

    Example Classes: Design for Manufacturability and Assembly, Effectiveness in Technical Organizations, Intelligent Systems Theory, Occupational Safety Engineering, Production Planning & Control, Quality Control

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
    #15
    #15

    Auburn University

    Auburn (AL)
    Annual Tuition: $14,235
    Annual Tuition: $14,235
    Annual Tuition: $14,235
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 72%
    • Graduation Rate: 79%
    • Acceptance Rate: 84%
    • Average SATs: 1150 -1320
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 398
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,298
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (334) 844-4000
  • Example Classes: Convection Heat Transfer, Mechanical Impact, Metalworking and Manufacturing Tribology, Stability and Vibration of Continuous Systems, Turbulence, Virtual Prototyping

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    #16
    #16
    Annual Tuition: $14,460
    Annual Tuition: $14,460
    Annual Tuition: $14,460
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 79%
    • Graduation Rate: 70%
    • Acceptance Rate: 83%
    • Average SATs: 1070 -1290
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,253
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,492
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (970) 491-1101
  • Example Classes: Bioengineering, Cell and Tissue Engineering, Design and Data Analysis for Researchers, Materials Issues in Mechanical Design, Metals and Alloys, Simulation Modeling and Experimentation

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
    #17
    #17

    University of Houston

    Houston (TX)
    Annual Tuition: $15,623
    Annual Tuition: $15,623
    Annual Tuition: $15,623
    • Online Degrees: 2
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 87%
    • Graduation Rate: 61%
    • Acceptance Rate: 61%
    • Average SATs: 1140 -1310
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,148
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 518
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (713) 743-1000
  • Example Classes: Continuum Mechs I, Control System Analysis and Design, Convection Heat Transfr, Methods of Applied Mathematics, Phase Transform in Materials, Physical Metallurgy

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Mechanical Engineering
    • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    #18
    #18

    University of Arizona

    Tucson (AZ)
    Annual Tuition: $16,000
    Annual Tuition: $16,000
    Annual Tuition: $16,000
    • Online Degrees: 5
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
    • Graduation Rate: 65%
    • Acceptance Rate: 84%
    • Average SATs: 1110 -1360
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,558
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,515
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (520) 621-2211
  • Example Classes: Advanced Engineering Analysis, Advanced Thermodynamics/Radiation, Conduction/Convective Transport Phenomena, Finite Element Methods, Mechanics of Deformable Solids, Planar Multibody Dynamics with Applications

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Non‑Thesis/Coursework Only Option
    • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Report Option
    • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Thesis Option
    • Mechanical Engineering - Masters
    #18
    #18
    Annual Tuition: $16,000
    Annual Tuition: $16,000
    Annual Tuition: $16,000
    • Online Degrees: 2
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 61%
    • Graduation Rate: 92%
    • Acceptance Rate: 16%
    • Average SATs: 1300 -1530
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 5
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 359
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">WSCUC
  • Phone #: (310) 825-4321
  • Example Classes: Composites Manufacturing, Dynamics of Structures, Mechanical Design I, Mechanics of Intelligent Materials and Systems

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Science in Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
    • Master of Science in Engineering with Certificate of Specialization in Mechanics of Structures
    #18
    #18
    Annual Tuition: $16,000
    Annual Tuition: $16,000
    Annual Tuition: $16,000
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 61%
    • Graduation Rate: 88%
    • Acceptance Rate: 54%
    • Average SATs: 1300 -1480
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 290
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 604
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (608) 263-2400
  • Example Classes: Advanced Composite Materials, Advanced Polymer Processing, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Engineering Design with Polymers, Modeling and Simulation in Polymer Processing, Transport Phenomena in Polymer Processing

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Engineering: Polymer Engineering
    #21
    #21
    Annual Tuition: $16,500
    Annual Tuition: $16,500
    Annual Tuition: $16,500
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 69%
    • Graduation Rate: 90%
    • Acceptance Rate: 23%
    • Average SATs: 1300 -1510
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 474
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 12,827
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (404) 894-2000
  • Example Classes: Fluid Film Lubrication, Inelastic Deformation of Solids, Mechanics of Contact, Micromechanics of Materials, Physical Properties of Pape, Rotordynamics

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    #21
    #21
    Annual Tuition: $16,500
    Annual Tuition: $16,500
    Annual Tuition: $16,500
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
    • Graduation Rate: 81%
    • Acceptance Rate: 63%
    • Average SATs: 1160 -1350
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 134
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 262
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">MSCHE
  • Phone #: (302) 831-2000
  • Example Classes: Intermediate Dynamics, Intermediate Engineering Mathematics, Intermediate Fluid Mechanics, Intermediate Heat Transfer, Intermediate Solid Mechanics, Linear Systems

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    #23
    #23
    Annual Tuition: $16,811
    Annual Tuition: $16,811
    Annual Tuition: $16,811
    • Online Degrees: 1
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 67%
    • Graduation Rate: 86%
    • Acceptance Rate: 36%
    • Average SATs: 1230 -1480
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 131
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">SACS COC
  • Phone #: (512) 471-3434
  • Example Classes: Applied Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics in Industrial Processes, Heat Transfer in Industrial Systems, Materials Processing, Modeling, Simulation, and Control of Physical Systems, The Enterprise of Technology

    Online Master's Degrees

    • MSE in Mechanical Engineering
    #24
    #24
    Annual Tuition: $16,965
    Annual Tuition: $16,965
    Annual Tuition: $16,965
    • Online Degrees: 2
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
    • Graduation Rate: 56%
    • Acceptance Rate: 64%
    • Average SATs: 1070 -1300
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 105
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 884
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (313) 593-5000
  • Example Classes: Advanced Stress Analysis, Automotive Composites, Degradation of Materials, Mechatronics, Theory of Gearing and Applications

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Science in Engineering in Automotive Systems Engineering - Concentration in Mechanical Engineering
    • Master of Science in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
    #25
    #25
    Annual Tuition: $17,344
    Annual Tuition: $17,344
    Annual Tuition: $17,344
    • Online Degrees: 6
    • Financial Aid Recipients: 64%
    • Graduation Rate: 85%
    • Acceptance Rate: 62%
    • Average SATs: 1210 -1470
    • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 467
    • Graduate Online Enrollment: 6,025
    • School Type: Non-Profit
    • School Accreditation: Department of Education.

    ">HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 333-1000
  • Example Classes: Computational Process Modeling, Control of Machine Systems, Convex Methods in Control, Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics, Thermal Systems

    Online Master's Degrees

    • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
    • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering - Track in Controls & Manufacturing
    • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering - Track in Design
    • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering - Track in Energy
    • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Non-Thesis)
    • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Thesis)

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