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Program Portfolio

For more than 125 years, the Penn State College of Engineering has prepared students for impactful careers as practicing engineers, managers, researchers, and educators in industry, academia, government, and beyond.

We are expanding our online portfolio. In partnership with Penn State World Campus, the College of Engineering offers multiple online master’s programs and graduate certificates for working students, with many more forthcoming.

Our graduate portfolio spans an array of highly ranked discipline areas with multiple program types and delivery formats to support your personal and career growth.

Professional Degree Programs

Master of Engineering (M.Eng)

Gain technical and practical skills to enhance your marketability to employers and accelerate career growth. Depending on the discipline area, Penn State offers residential or online M.Eng. options with various accelerated programs that can be completed within a year.

Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng.)

Earn a Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng.) from anywhere and at a pace that suits your needs through a partnership between Penn State World Campus and the College of Engineering. This 45-credit online program incorporates the rigor of a traditional engineering Ph.D. program with the practical implementation of engineering research and leadership in an industrial or commercial setting. The D.Eng. program is ideal for individuals in top-level engineering management roles in industry, military, organizational, or governmental settings. A master’s degree in engineering or a research-related field such as the sciences, math, or computer science, is required for admission to the program.

Research-based Programs

Master of Science (M.S.)

Focus on expanding your research capabilities as a pathway to an eventual Ph.D. or to prepare for research-focused roles in industry, government, and other sectors. Penn State offers M.S. experiences that culminate in a thesis, as well as one-year, non-thesis options. M.S. research students are sometimes considered for assistantships.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Requiring completion of a dissertation based on original research, our doctoral programs prepare students to uncover and develop new knowledge. Penn State doctoral graduates compete for coveted faculty positions at top research universities and work in areas such as industrial and government research labs or entrepreneurial ventures. Doctoral students are also considered for fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships.

Graduate Certificates and Minors

These nine- or twelve-credit+, non-degree offerings are designed to deepen skills and add knowledge in a specific domain area. Graduate certificate coursework—most typically offered online—can sometimes be applied to the requirements of a master’s program.

Graduate Programs

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"This is what I went to graduate school for. I just really want to help people, especially in the medical field."

— Kelilah Wolkowicz, ’18 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering