2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Mechanical Engineering Degrees

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These 25 schools offer the most affordable online degrees in mechanical engineering. With degree options at the bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and certificate levels, all schools on this list have annual tuitions under $22,000. Mississippi State University is the most affordable option, with an annual tuition of only $9,820 and both master's and doctoral degrees available in mechanical engineering. Our third ranked school, Indiana State University, offers two different master's degree options and a bachelor's degree option with an annual tuition of only $11,068.

All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online mechanical engineering degrees at the master's level or higher. Those interested can find more detailed information on these most affordable mechanical engineering schools below or read our full methodology.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Mechanical Engineering Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Mississippi State University Annual Tuition $9,820 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
#2 #2 Iowa State University Annual Tuition $10,095 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#3 #3 Indiana State University Annual Tuition $11,068 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#4 #4 Old Dominion University Annual Tuition $12,000 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#5 #5 Pittsburg State University Annual Tuition $12,631 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's
#6 #6 Auburn University Annual Tuition $12,750 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's
#7 #7 Colorado State University-Fort Collins Annual Tuition $13,230 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's
#8 #8 University of Idaho Annual Tuition $15,000 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's
#9 #9 University of Michigan - Dearborn Annual Tuition $15,285 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's
#10 #10 University of California - Los Angeles Annual Tuition $15,400 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's
#11 #11 North Carolina State University Annual Tuition $15,630 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's
#12 #12 Georgia Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $16,300 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's
#13 #13 University of Central Florida Annual Tuition $16,369 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's
#14 #14 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign Annual Tuition $16,544 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#15 #15 Pennsylvania State University-World Campus Annual Tuition $17,600 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's
#16 #16 Purdue University - Main Campus Annual Tuition $17,970 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's
#17 #17 Missouri University of Science and Technology Annual Tuition $18,455 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#18 #18 University of Washington - Seattle Annual Tuition $19,740 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's
#19 #19 Texas A & M University-College Station Annual Tuition $19,898 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's
#20 #20 The University of Texas at Austin Annual Tuition $20,000 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's
#21 #21 Michigan Technological University Annual Tuition $20,073 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
#22 #22 Southern Methodist University Annual Tuition $20,250 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's
#23 #23 Stanford University Annual Tuition $21,000 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's
#24 #24 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Annual Tuition $21,120 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's
#25 #25 Lehigh University Annual Tuition $21,300 Mechanical Engineering Degrees: Master's
  • Annual Tuition: $9,820
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Example Classes:
    Air Conditioning; Casting and Joining; Combustion Engines; Failure of Engineering Materials; Mechanical Metallurgy
  • Annual Tuition: $10,095
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Material and Manufacturing Considerations in Design; Mechanics of Deformable Solids; Mechanics of Machining and Finishing Processes; Nanomechanics; Solar Energy Systems; Surface Engineering
  • Annual Tuition: $11,068
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Cooperative Industrial Practice; Economic Analysis for Engineering and Technology; Industrial Computer Systems Management; Introduction to Technical Graphics with CAD; Production Planning and Control; Workplace Law for the Technical Manager
  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Classical Thermodynamics; Concurrent Engineering; Continuum Mechanics; Design of Experiments; Engineering Analysis; Heat Transfer
  • Annual Tuition: $12,631
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Alternative Energy; Current Issues in Engineering Technology; Integrated Design and Manufacturing Concepts; Mechanics of Composites and Structures; Quantitative Decision Making in Industry; Value Engineering
  • Annual Tuition: $12,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Convection Heat Transfer; Mechanical Impact; Metalworking and Manufacturing Tribology; Stability and Vibration of Continuous Systems; Turbulence; Virtual Prototyping

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $13,230
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $15,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    Continuum Mechanics; Finite Element Analysis; Linear System Theory; Neural Network Design; Thermal Radiation Processes

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $15,285
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Stress Analysis; Automotive Composites; Degradation of Materials; Mechatronics; Theory of Gearing and Applications

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $15,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 22%
  • Example Classes:
    Composites Manufacturing; Dynamics of Structures; Mechanical Design I; Mechanics of Intelligent Materials and Systems
  • Annual Tuition: $15,630
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Example Classes:
    Finite Element Analysis; Fluid Dynamics of Combustion; Heat Transfer Theory and Applications; Optical Engineering; Precision Manufacturing Processes and Systems; Wing Theory

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $16,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Example Classes:
    Fluid Film Lubrication; Inelastic Deformation of Solids; Mechanics of Contact; Micromechanics of Materials; Physical Properties of Pape; Rotordynamics

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $16,369
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 49%
  • 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 (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $16,544
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Example Classes:
    Computational Process Modeling; Control of Machine Systems; Convex Methods in Control; Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics; Thermal Systems
  • Annual Tuition: $17,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Example Classes:
    Introduction to Combustion; Introduction to Computer-Aided Analysis of Machine Dynamics; Principles of Turbomachinery; Simulation of Mechanical Systems; Solid Mechanics; Two-Phase Heat Transfer
  • Annual Tuition: $17,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Computational Aerodynamics; Elasticity in Aerospace Management; Linear Algebra with Applications; Lumped System Theory; Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering; Random Variables and Signals
  • Annual Tuition: $18,455
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Energy Conversion; Advanced Environmental Control; Mechanics of Composite Materials; Modern Product Design; Theory of Shells
  • Annual Tuition: $19,740
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Linear Algebra and Numerical Methods; Computational Biomechanics; Finite Element Analysis; Optimization in System Science; Scientific Computing

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $19,898
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes:
    Control System Design; Flow and Fracture of Polymeric Solids; Fundamental Materials Science Engineering; Intermediate Heat Transfer; Mechanical Vibrations; Polymer Physical Properties
  • Annual Tuition: $20,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 40%
  • 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 (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $20,073
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes:
    Analytical Vibroacoustics; Data Based Modeling and Control; Energy Storage Systems; Environmentally Responsible Design and Mechanics; Precision Manufacturing and Metrology
  • Annual Tuition: $20,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Example Classes:
    Frequency Domain Methods in Linear Control Systems; Matrix Structural Analysis; Nonlinear Control; Optics Laser-Assisted Manufacturing; Theory of Elasticity; Vibrations
  • Annual Tuition: $21,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 6%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Dynamics and Computation; Advanced Dynamics, Simulation & Control; Design Methods: Product Definition; Feedback Control Design; Good Products, Bad Products; Patent Law and Strategy for Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $21,120
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Gas Dynamics; Applied Numerical Methods in Engineering; Computational Fluid Dynamics; Design for Manufacturability; Robots Dynamics; Structure and Properties

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $21,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 31%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Fluid Mechanics; Advanced Manufacturing Science; Fracture Mechanics; Integrated Product Development; Numerical Methods in Engineering; Polymer Processing

Online Master's Degrees (1)

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