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Position yourself for success with a mechanical engineering master’s degree from the University of California, Riverside. The online Master of Science in Engineering with a specialization in Mechanical Engineering explores high-level areas of mechanical engineering, including control systems, sustainable design, fluid systems and the practical use of gaseous plasmas.

Program Highlights:
Designed for Completion in 13 Months

100% Online Coursework

No Residency Requirement

Three Available Start Dates

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While a Master of Engineering Management program may focus primarily on business, the online master's in mechanical engineering delivers a measured combination of leadership strategy and advanced technical skills. The result is a transformational education that's building a new generation of globally conscious, innovative mechanical engineering leaders.

Why a Master's Degree

In Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical Engineers can find employment in a variety of professional arenas, including:

A Master of Science in Engineering can be a tremendous investment in your future. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), mechanical engineers earn a median annual salary of more than $80,000, with a high-end salary of more than $120,000. Mechanical engineers can find employment in a variety of professional arenas, including the manufacturing of machinery, transportation equipment, computers, electronics, and fabricated metal products, as well as in other services related to engineering and architecture.

The BLS reports that there are more than 250,000 mechanical engineers employed in the U.S., and projections have the industry adding more than 11,000 new jobs between 2012 and 2022. A background in mechanical engineering can also pave the way for a number of other career paths, including civil engineering positions. The BLS estimates that 53,700 new civil engineering jobs will be created between 2012 and 2022 — a growth rate nearly twice the national average for all occupations.

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Mechanical engineering master's programs can lead to a wide range of career paths. Here are just a few possibilities:

Aerospace Engineer

Guide the development of the latest machinery in defense and intelligence, including missiles, aircraft and even spacecraft. Aerospace engineers work to create innovative solutions to help keep people safe and advance humanity through technology. Our mechanical engineering master's degree delivers the advanced engineering skills to help you make an impact as a leader in aerospace engineering.

Hydraulics Engineer

Lead the design, testing and deployment of hydraulics systems in vehicles and heavy machinery. Hydraulics engineers build and refine equipment that is essential to machinery-intensive industries, such as natural disaster management, heavy duty construction and deepwater drilling, while also investigating malfunctions to ensure user safety and product effectiveness. A master's in mechanical engineering can provide focused expertise to help you excel in the world of hydraulics.

Product Design Engineer

Pursue an exciting career designing commercial products and bringing them to the marketplace. Product design engineers rely on their technological background and flair for innovation to manage the creation process within a variety of different industries, including wireless communication and industrial automation. A master's degree in mechanical engineering from UCR can provide you with the specialized tools to become a hands-on leader in product design.

Wh0 Should Choose

a Master's in Mechanical Engineering?

There are many engineering master's programs available. Here's how to know if ours is the right one for you: Are you looking to advance in the field and increase your earning potential? Are you searching for a new challenge, a change or a more fulfilling professional life? The UCR online M.S. in Engineering with a specialization in Mechanical Engineering offers technical expertise and leadership strategy to help you make fast, significant strides in your career. The convenient online program can be completed in 13 months, allowing you to earn your degree without taking a leave of absence from your job. Your employer may even be willing to cover some, if not all, of the program costs.

Whether you're a mechanical engineer or looking to make a shift from a different engineering field, this program can help you become a cross-functional engineering leader who can manage teams across multiple disciplines. If you have engineering experience or a bachelor’s degree in engineering, regardless of emphasis, we encourage you to learn more about the program.



This targeted master's in mechanical engineering features courses with a specific focus on mechanical engineering, including:

ME 203 Design and Analysis of Engineering Experiments
ME 210 Sustainable Product Design
ME 223 Secure and Reliable Control Systems
ME 240A Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics
ME 274 Plasma-aided Manufacturing and Materials Processing

*Curriculum subject to change.

Rankings & Accreditation

  • Rankings

    The University of California, Riverside has been recognized by a number of academic publications for a variety of different programs and attributes. In 2013, Leiden Ranking named UC Riverside No. 10 in the world for natural sciences and engineering. In its most recent graduate school rankings, U.S. News & World Report counted UC Riverside among the top 33 percent of engineering schools in the nation. The publication also ranked UCR No. 12 in diversity, an honor that reflects our longstanding commitment to cultural, professional and geographical diversity.

  • Accreditation

    The University of California, Riverside is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Regional accreditation assures students that UC Riverside meets the highest standards in terms of learning opportunities and a commitment to self-improvement.

  • Military Friendly

    Victory Media selected UC Riverside as a "Military Friendly School" for 2015, acknowledging our longstanding commitment to providing educational opportunities for transitioning veterans. The list recognizes only the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to assist U.S. military service members and veterans as students.