Master’s of Science in Engineering

Prepare yourself for increased technical expertise and the opportunity to customize your program with our Master’s of Science in Engineering Degree. Our master’s degree program prepares you for careers in industry, government or academia with unique applications in healthcare and medicine.


The program is ideal for those with a bachelor’s degree in any engineering discipline wishing to expand their knowledge.


The program allows you to take a multidisciplinary approach to your engineering graduate program, an attractive option for those with interests beyond your chosen engineering major. Evening classes are available for those who are working full-time in local companies.


You may wish to deepen your expertise and learn more advanced research methods while studying and learning alongside faculty. This program meets those needs, and more, and provides you with an immersive learning environment rich with lab work and a research focus area of your choosing.

Student spotlight

Master's of Science in engineering alumni Daniel Shy at The University of Akron
Master's of Science in engineering alumni Daniel Shy at The University of Akron

“My customers and coworkers will come to me for advice more often and respect my recommendations, and I have seen a similar respect from colleagues at industry consortiums.”

—Daniel Shy, Engineer, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'19, '92

Read Daniel's story

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline. If you are a UA graduate or graduate from ABET accredited program, GRE is waived.

  • Undergraduate GPA: 3 (on the scale of 4)

  • GRE score (one of the following combinations):

    • Analytical Writing = 3, Minimum Quantitative Score = 159
    • Analytical Writing = 3.5, Minimum Quantitative Score = 153
    • Analytical Writing = 4, Minimum Quantitative Score = 149
    • Analytical Writing = 4.5, Minimum Quantitative Score = 146

International students

  • You must complete an English language equivalency test as part of your admission to a UA graduate program.
  • Your TOEFL score must be one of the following:
    • Internet-based: 79
    • Computer-based: 213
    • Paper-based: 550

Domestic students

  • If you graduated from an ABET accredited engineering program, you only need to submit a transcript and letters of recommendation.
  • If you have not graduated from an accredited engineering program, you must take the GRE.

Program structure — THESIS OPTION

Engineering Courses 12 credits
Approved Mathematics/Science 3 credits
Approved Electives 9 credits
Master's Thesis 6 credits
Total 30 credits

Program structure — NON-THESIS OPTION

Engineering Courses 18 credits
Approved Mathematics/Science 3 credits
Approved Electives 9 credits
Engineering Report 2 credits
Total 32 credits

Sample areas of study (Non-thesis option)

If you decide to take business electives, below are sample areas of study for the 9 credits of approved electives.


  • 6500:652 Managing People in Organizations
  • 6600:620 Strategic Marketing Management
  • 6500:330 Principles of Supply Chain & Operations Management or 6500:678 Project Management


  • 6400:321/322 Business Law I and II
  • 6500:608 Entrepreneurship
  • 6600:620 Strategic Marketing Management or 6500:601 Business Analytics and Information Strategy

For more information

Direct questions to:

Esther Wain-Weiss
Director, Graduate Programs and Administration