Path to Mechanical Engineering Master’s for Non-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). 

Core courses for non-ME majors applying to the ME MS program


  • Calculus I (required)
  • Calculus II (required)
  • Ordinary Differential Equations (required)


  • Physics I* (required)
  • Physics II* (recommended)

Computer Science

  • Intro to Programming**

Engineering Science

  • Statics** (required)
  • Solid Mechanics** (required)
  • Dynamics** (required)
  • Thermodynamics** (recommended)
  • Fluid Mechanics** (recommended)

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

Admission requirements

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.


The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers five different specializations. We recommend that ME Advance Program students pursue the design and manufacturing specialization.

How to apply

Completing Core Courses 

If a student wishes to complete the UG core courses at Binghamton University, they should apply to the Graduate School as a non-matriculated student (students with a completed bachelor’s degree).  

Once admitted as a non-matriculated student, individuals have the opportunity to take their bridge courses online in the summer. Summer registration information

Applying to the MS in Mechanical Engineering Program

After completing the core courses, students will apply to the master's in mechanical engineering graduate program. This will generate a new application tab in their already existing record.

You must complete the appropriate application and then receive a formal admission offer for the graduate degree.

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