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 $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 $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: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1270
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,761
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 383
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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

  • MS in Mechanical Engineering
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering - Space Systems Engineering
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $5,745
Annual Tuition: $5,745
Annual Tuition: $5,745
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Average SATs: 1080 -1270
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,272
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,627
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: 80%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 1060 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,198
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,588
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: 60%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1240
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,980
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,533
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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 - Design
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - 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: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1330
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 812
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 973
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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 (Non-Thesis Option)
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Thesis Option)
#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: 59%
  • Graduation Rate: 94%
  • Acceptance Rate: 27%
  • Average SATs: 1330 -1500
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 344
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 694
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 441
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 563
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 77%
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Average SATs: 1190 -1360
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 140
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,469
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,736
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,275
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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 - Design and Manufacturing
#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: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 72%
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Average SATs: 1160 -1340
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 7,194
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,075
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 74%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Average SATs: 1092 -1334
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 323
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,051
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,867
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,664
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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 Master's Degrees

  • 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: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 798
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,272
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: 83%
  • Graduation Rate: 68%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1160 -1370
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,460
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,820
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 75%
  • Graduation Rate: 78%
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Average SATs: 1150 -1310
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 303
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,205
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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

  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Non-Thesis Option)
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Thesis Option)
#16
#16
Annual Tuition: $14,460
Annual Tuition: $14,460
Annual Tuition: $14,460
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 80%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,248
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,209
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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 - 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: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Average SATs: 1130 -1310
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,176
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 470
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1310
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,903
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,339
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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 - on‑Thesis/Coursework Only Option
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Report Option
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Thesis Option
#18
#18
Annual Tuition: $16,000
Annual Tuition: $16,000
Annual Tuition: $16,000
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 64%
  • Graduation Rate: 90%
  • Acceptance Rate: 16%
  • Average SATs: 1290 -1520
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 334
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: 62%
  • Graduation Rate: 87%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 1280 -1450
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 255
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 595
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 87%
  • Acceptance Rate: 23%
  • Average SATs: 1390 -1540
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 530
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 9,322
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: 84%
  • Graduation Rate: 82%
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Average SATs: 1160 -1350
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 132
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 259
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: 65%
  • Graduation Rate: 83%
  • Acceptance Rate: 36%
  • Average SATs: 1230 -1480
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 132
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 22
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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

  • Master's 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 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 111
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 881
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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

  • MSE in Automotive Systems Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
  • MSE in Mechanical Engineering
#25
#25
Annual Tuition: $17,344
Annual Tuition: $17,344
Annual Tuition: $17,344
  • Online Degrees: 7
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 62%
  • Graduation Rate: 84%
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Average SATs: 1200 -1460
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 419
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 4,348
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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 - Controls & Manufacturing
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering - Customized
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering - Design
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering - Energy
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Non-Thesis)