With The University of Alabama's primarily online Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, you'll learn a variety of skills to help you design a better future. Students have the opportunity to study static and dynamic machines, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, modern manufacturing practices, thermodynamics and more. The 126-credit-hour program's flexible coursework is designed to accommodate a working adult.
Three courses in the program, which can be taken in different semesters, require in-person lab work. The lab requirements can be completed on the UA campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, or at the UA Gadsden Center in Gadsden, Alabama. Please note that international students must be residing in the U.S. with appropriate visas to be eligible for the Engineering distance programs.
A degree in Mechanical Engineering equips you with a competitive skill set, preparing you for success across many industries. Graduates can pursue careers in the automotive, aerospace, chemical, computer, communication, defense, energy, railroad and robotics industries. There is also a growing need for mechanical engineers in the environmental and biomedical fields, and graduates have gone on to pursue advanced education in medicine, law and business.
UA Online students benefit from the distance learning tuition rate, passing along the savings of technology-enabled education, and it’s the same rate regardless of state residency! You’re also eligible for financial aid and scholarships to help pay for your education. Many of our programs are top ranked by U.S. News & World Report and others, so you get a world-class education with a tuition rate that fits your budget.
To help you get started, we offer tuition grant programs that cover the cost of your first class.
The Build on Bama tuition grant is for UA alumni or anyone who has been referred by a graduate of one of our online programs.
The Bama Link tuition grant is for faculty, staff and students of Alabama community colleges or other select out-of-state community colleges.
The Back to Bama tuition grant is for former UA students who left UA more than a year ago without graduating.
For each grant, you must be in your first semester of one of our online programs and apply for the grant by the deadline, in addition to meeting the grant-specific requirements.
We also offer scholarships through UA specifically reserved for distance students. For more information about all of these opportunities, please visit our scholarships and grants page.
A degree earned online from UA is identical to one earned on our main campus! The online format allows you the flexibility to meet life's other demands while you complete your degree. Graduates of our online programs are invited to participate in the same commencement ceremonies as main campus students.
Join a community of legends and legends-in-the-making when you earn a degree from The University of Alabama. With graduates around the globe, the University has a robust alumni network who will greet you with that familiar "Roll Tide" when they find out you're part of the family.
The University of Alabama is a Top 10 Tier 1 Research Institution Military Friendly® School and unlimited Yellow Ribbon school. We are proud to have served thousands of active military, reservists, veterans and their families from every branch, and we look forward to continuing to partner with this esteemed group as they seek to advance their education.
Our students have access to 24/7 tech support. We recognize that many of our students are balancing the demands of career and family alongside their schoolwork. We want you to feel confident in your ability to complete coursework and submit assignments anytime, around your busy schedule.
Throughout your experience with UA Online, you will have access to personalized support — from an admissions counselor who’s an expert on the application process to a student success coach who will encourage you and connect you to resources to help you succeed.
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With few exceptions, our online degree programs are available in a work-at-your-own-pace format. Within each course, assignment deadlines vary, but you get to decide how many courses you want to take each semester to complete your degree. Undergraduate degree program completion times depend on how many hours you transfer in, but most students finish in three to six years. Most of our master’s programs can be completed in one to three years and doctoral programs in three to six years, according to your desired pace.