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With a tailored curriculum, esteemed faculty and cutting-edge research, it’s easy to see why The University of Texas at Austin is ranked as one of the top engineering schools in the country. In addition to joining one of the most respected professional networks in the engineering industry, you’ll acquire the skills, confidence and knowledge to find success in a myriad of industries. Mechanical engineering is a versatile field that intersects with many disciplines, making it a valuable asset in today’s job market. 

There is a $65 fee for domestic applicants and a $90 fee for international applicants, paid at the time of application submission. There is no application fee for non-degree seeking applicants.

No, students are only accepted into the program in the fall and spring semesters.

Students can view their application status by monitoring MyStatus.

Applications are reviewed twice per intake period.

If you are applying for the spring semester and submit your application and all supporting materials by September 20th, you should expect to receive a decision by September 30th. If you submit your application and all supporting materials by November 1st, you should expect to receive a decision by December 1st.

If you are applying for the fall semester and submit your application and all supporting materials by April 15th, you should expect to receive a decision by April 30th. If you submit your application and all supporting materials by June 1st, you should expect to receive a decision by July 1st.

No, the GRE is not required at this time, although it may be used to strengthen an application. UT Austin’s institution code is 6882. Please note that all application materials are due by the deadline and test scores may take up to three weeks to transmit to UT Austin.

No, the Executive MS in Mechanical Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering Controls Graduate Certificate program do not accept transfer credits. However, all 9 credit hours earned in the graduate certificate program can be applied to the master’s degree program, so long as a student is accepted and in good academic standing.

No, the 100% online MS in Mechanical Engineering program is a part-time program.

Prior to upcoming semesters, students will be asked via email to provide their course preferences. Our staff will register students based on their responses, and priority will be given to students nearing the end of their studies. Students who fail to submit their responses before the registration deadline will be charged a late registration fee in addition to their tuition costs.  

Online courses are delivered through Canvas. Students can click here to log into Canvas and access 24/7 support.

Yes, courses are 100% asynchronous. However, there are deadlines to ensure that courses are completed in a timely manner.

No, this program is coursework only.

The master’s degree program can be completed in as little as two years. However, students have up to five years to complete the program. Most students complete the program within two to three years.

The Executive MS in Mechanical Engineering program and its on-campus equivalent are nearly indistinguishable, the chief exception being that our 30-credit-hour, non-thesis program is 100% online and asynchronous. Texas Engineers in our program engage with the same esteemed professors and rigorous coursework as on-campus students, ensuring their time in our virtual classroom is comparable to what they would experience on campus.  

Upon completing our online program, students also receive the exact same degree awarded to graduates of our on-campus mechanical engineering program: a Master of Science in Engineering with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering. 

Yes! In addition to providing feedback, professors are available to students when needed. Professors and teacher assistants can be reached during their office hours and are enthusiastic to answer questions.

Yes, all students are granted two leaves of absence, which excuses them from either a fall or spring semester with no penalty. A leave of absence must be approved prior to the first day of class.

No, students will need to apply to an on-campus program in order to take classes in person. Transferred credits are subject to the approval of that program.

UT Austin students have access to numerous online resources, including academic coaching through the Sanger Learning Center and writing appointments through the University Writing Center.

Yes, students can access databases, digital collections, e-journals and e-books online at the University of Texas Libraries.

Students can click here to view the student handbook.

Technical assistance is available 24/7 through Canvas. Students can also request tech support by visiting IT@UT or the Cockrell School of Engineering’s IT site.

Master’s degree students are not eligible for financial aid, but they are eligible for federal loans through the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Yes, students enrolled in either the master’s degree or graduate certificate program are eligible to receive veterans benefits from the G.I. Bill or V.A. Tuition Assistance. Please refer to the Veteran Education Benefits page on Texas One Stop for more information.

Students can pay their tuition online at My Tuition Bill. Students can pay online using a credit card, eCheck, electronic funds transfer, installment plan, tuition loan or eProxy.

Unofficial transcripts are available to current and former students with a financial bar. Students can email for instructions on how to order and have a transcript mailed to them. Unofficial transcripts are $20 per copy, and students will need their UT EID, if known, and full name on record. Unofficial transcripts cannot be sent to a third party.

For the same cost as an unofficial transcript, students without a financial bar can order an official transcript. Students can order an official transcript online through the secure online transcript order system using their EID. Official transcripts can be sent electronically or by mail to students or third parties. Official transcripts can also be ordered by submitting a signed transcript order form 891 via one of the following:

  • Fax
  • Mail
    The University of Texas at Austin
    Office of the Registrar
    Transcript Services
    P.O. Box 7216
    Austin, TX 78713-7216

During their final semester, master’s degree students must apply to graduate by submitting the Master’s Graduation Application form online. Forms are valid for a single semester, and students who fail to meet the deadline will be unable to receive their degree until the following semester. For more information, students can visit the Graduate School’s Deadlines and Submission Instructions page.

Yes! Students and graduates of the Cockrell School of Engineering have access to the Engineering Career Assistance Center (ECAC), which offers career counseling and workshops to help students navigate the recruitment process and find high-paying careers. Texas Engineering also offers numerous ways for graduates to stay connected with their 70,000 fellow alumni.

While some engineering programs inundate students with a plethora of elective courses, leaving them uncertain about which ones are truly beneficial, our program takes a different approach. We’ve meticulously curated a series of courses designed to provide the essential skills and knowledge needed for success across various industries. 

Option 3 is the designation used by UT Austin for self-funded programs with atypical hours and adjusted modes of instruction. The Master of Science in Engineering with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering Controls Graduate Certificate are considered Option 3.

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