Path to MS for Non-ME majors

ME Advance Program

Path to Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering
for Non-ME Undergraduate Majors

While the majority of students who pursue the masters of science (MS) in mechanical engineering have an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, a path to pursue the MS degree is available to students with bachelor’s degrees that are not in mechanical engineering.

Students may have undergraduate degrees in physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics, among others. For these applicants, obtaining an MS degree in mechanical engineering can be an excellent way to pursue a new career, expand your professional network, and develop important professional and academic skills.

Core courses required

Students with a non-ME background will be asked to complete the core courses in the table below before being considered for admission. Applicants may have already fulfilled some of these requirements as part of pursuing their undergraduate degree (in particular in the math, science and computer science categories). We are happy to review your transcripts to assess which requirements have already been met. Many of these courses are available online at Binghamton University.

A student should apply for admission after completing these core courses. Your application can be processed in an expedited way, so that applicants completing courses in a particular semester (e.g. summer) can be considered for admission in the next semester (e.g. fall). 

List of core courses for non-ME majors applying to the ME MS program

  Math Science Computer Science Engineering Science
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
Physics I*

Intro to Programming**

  • Statics**
  • Solid Mechanics**
  • Dynamics**
Recommended   Physics II*  
  • Thermodynamics**
  • Fluid Mechanics**

* Physics must be calculus based
** Available online at Binghamton University

How we assess

Per our standard admissions procedure, applicants must submit GRE scores and (if required) English proficiency scores. You will also be assessed based on your entire graduate school application, which includes undergraduate GPA, personal statement, resume and reference letters. An undergraduate degree is required by the time a student starts the MS program.

Areas of emphasis

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers six different areas of emphasis (AoEs). We recommend that ME Advance Program students pursue the design and manufacturing AoE. Click here for more information.

How to apply

Applicants will apply to the Graduate Program (and find more information) at

For more information, please contact us at