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Online Programs

Both the MSME and MSE degrees are available online, enabling students to earn their degrees while working full-time. High-quality recordings of course lectures are available via live webcast or shortly after the lecture concludes, and online students receive the exact same content (i.e., lectures, assignments, exams, and evaluation) as students taking their courses on-campus. Homework and exams can be completed remotely. The online MSE and MSME are ideal for industry professionals who wish to complete their degrees on a part-time basis, with most students enrolling in one or two courses per quarter and pursuing all-coursework tracks. At this rate, students typically complete their degrees in three to four years.

Applications to the online MS programs are accepted during any quarter. International applicants are welcome to apply; however, the University of Washington will not issue F-1 or J-1 visas to students in the online MSE or MSME degree programs. International students are solely responsible for any and all documentation necessary to enter or remain in the United States.

Application procedure

The steps for applying for online master's programs are the same as those for the on-campus programs. Applications must be submitted through the UW Graduate School Online Application. The application will lead you through the required steps. See more details on Application Procedure.


Courses in the online MSE and MSME degrees are taught by the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics departments and cover a range of topics including analysis, composites, computing, controls, dynamics, fluids, heat transfer, machining, materials, thermodynamics, and vibrations, among others.

An example list of available online courses is below. Actual course availability may vary. At any time, potential students may contact the academic advisor for the online MS programs, at with questions about current and upcoming online course availability and topics.

ME 406 – Corrosion and Surface Treatment of Materials ME 478 – Finite Element Analysis
ME 450 – Introduction to Composite Materials and Design ME 501 – Modern Manufacturing Processes
ME 503 – Continuum Mechanics ME 529 – Advanced Energy Conservation Systems
ME 507 – Incompressible Fluid Mechanics ME 521 – Thermodynamics
ME 535 – Computational Techniques in Mechanical Engineering ME 547 – Linear Systems Theory
ME 550 – Nonlinear Optimal Control ME 559 – Introduction to Fracture Mechanics
ME 564 – Mechanical Engineering Analysis I ME 565 – Mechanical Engineering Analysis II
ME 581 – Digital Control System Design ME 588 – Dynamics and Vibrations
AMATH 501 – Vector Calculus and Complex Variables AMATH 515 – Optimization: Fundamentals and Applications
AMATH 581 – Scientific Computing AMATH 582 – Computational Methods for Data Analysis