Mechanical engineers make the world go round. These out-of-box thinkers are at the heart of the engineering, manufacturing, transportation and electronics industries, ensuring that products and systems perform as intended. When a mechanical engineer solves an engineering challenge, they are not only fulfilling the role of innovator. They are working to make the world an easier, safer and smarter place.

In a field that prides itself on pushing the boundaries of technology, an engineer’s worth is measured by their ability to adapt at the same pace as their industry. Engineering professionals, regardless of their level of experience, must keep up with emerging fields, trends and technologies. To help mechanical engineers remain at the forefront of an ever-changing landscape, The University of Texas at Austin and the Cockrell School of Engineering are proud to offer two 100% online engineering programs: the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering Controls Graduate Certificate.

Choose From Two 100% Online Mechanical Engineering Programs

Ranked among the top engineering programs in the country, our 30-credit-hour, non-thesis Executive MS in Mechanical Engineering program provides a first-rate education to engineering professionals around the globe. Master’s degree students explore a broad range of engineering topics, learning how to utilize emerging technology to design, produce and analyze products and design processes. Entirely online, our master’s degree program is no less exemplary than its on-campus equivalent, proving that anyone, anywhere can become a part of Texas Engineering.

Our 9-credit-hour Mechanical Engineering Controls Graduate Certificate program, by contrast, takes an in-depth look at critical competencies engineers need to compete and be successful in the industry. Designed primarily for working mechanical and petroleum engineers who deal with the control and optimization of processes and systems, participants can earn this affordable graduate credential in as little as one year.

Over the course of these 100% online programs, students are empowered to master current engineering topics, advance their careers and change the world — one engineering innovation at a time. 

Why Choose Texas Engineering?

  • A Global Leader: The Cockrell School of Engineering has been a global leader in engineering education for over a century. Ranked the No. 7 best engineering school in the country, our school is the academic home of approximately 2,000 graduate students.
  • A Convenient Format: Texas Engineering offers two professional programs designed to accommodate the needs of professional engineers. Our master’s degree and graduate certificate programs are both affordable, asynchronous and 100% online.
  • An Essential Discipline: No matter which area you plan to specialize in, your particular expertise is in high demand. From nuclear energy and renewable energy to automotive innovation and robotics (and so much more), mechanical engineering is at the forefront of several growing and innovative industries.  
  • A Respected Community: Graduates of the Cockrell School join one of the nation’s largest and most respected professional networks. Members of our alumni family can access exclusive resources and connect with students, professors and fellow alumni.

100% Online Executive Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering

The Executive MS in Mechanical Engineering program is designed for engineering professionals seeking a practical way to take their skill sets and careers to the next level. Our program offers 10 meticulously curated courses, each carefully tailored to provide students with the knowledge and tools they need to expand their expertise. With a focus on delivering the most up-to-date information and resources, our courses eliminate the need for students to navigate through unnecessary electives, ensuring that every aspect of the curriculum is relevant and valuable. 

The MS program is 100% online and asynchronous, enabling students to participate in discussions, exercises and tests on their own time, at their own pace. Through clear objectives, hands-on learning opportunities and a supportive virtual environment, students are equipped with everything they need to master mechanical engineering concepts. Furthermore, the convenient online format of this program maintains the same rigorous, industry-relevant course content as our on-campus mechanical engineering program, encompassing essential lessons immediately applicable to working engineers. 

Upon completion of the Executive MS in Mechanical Engineering program, graduates receive the same degree as those from our on-campus program. View our program page to learn more about our 100% online master’s degree program.

100% Online Mechanical Engineering Controls Graduate Certificate

The Mechanical Engineering Controls Graduate Certificate is a 9-credit-hour program ideal for engineers who are interested in expanding their knowledge of the control and optimization of processes and systems. The first of its kind at UT Austin, this program offers engineers an opportunity unlike any other.

100% online and asynchronous, this program allows students to engage with professors, classmates and course components while continuing to work full-time. Our graduate certificate program provides an affordable, convenient way for engineers to hone their professional abilities and open the door to new career opportunities in as little as one year. 

View our program page to learn more about our 100% online graduate certificate program.


The Cockrell School of Engineering strives to ensure that its 100% online engineering programs are as affordable and accessible as possible. Tuition is $4,000 per course plus fees for all students, regardless of their program or location. This tuition rate is subject to change. Master’s degree students are eligible for federal loans through the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, while all students may be eligible for veteran benefits, private loans and tuition reimbursement.

View our tuition page to learn more.

Application Deadline

Application Deadlines

Fall 2024

Spring 2025:

Completed applications and supporting materials must be received by the above dates to be considered for admission.

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Best Mechanical Engineering Program in the United States.
esteemed faculty members, including one Nobel Prize winner.
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