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Earn a degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Alabama.

UA Online offers convenient, affordable bachelor's, master's and PhD programs in Mechanical Engineering that can really make a difference in your career path. Our distance learning formats are 100% online (MSME and PhD ME) or primarily online (BSME), so you can continue to work full time while earning your degree.

Fill out the form below to learn more about the program of your choice or see how you can apply now. Test scores are temporarily waived, so you may be able to apply sooner than you think!


Earn your degree from a name you know and rise with the Tide!

The College of Engineering offers three degrees in Mechanical Engineering through The University of Alabama Online: bachelor of science (BS), master of science (MS) and doctor of philosophy (PhD). Select the program names below to learn more about each degree option.

Please note that international students must be residing in the U.S. with appropriate visas to be eligible for the Engineering distance programs.

Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Primarily Online)

Engineering is an exciting, expanding field. A bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering is considered one of the broadest and most versatile engineering degrees available.

The University of Alabama offers this degree program in a nontraditional format to allow you to plan your education around your busy schedule. Lectures are recorded and posted to the internet so that distance students can view them in their entirety via video streaming.

BSME students pursue careers in many industries, such as automotive, power generation, bioengineering, textiles, robotics, manufacturing, research and development, pulp and paper, steel and materials, petrochemical and aerospace. Also, BSME graduates may pursue post-graduate learning in business, law, advanced engineering, medicine, dentistry and other areas.

Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering (100% Online)

Develop your research skills, design a specialty and maximize your career opportunities by earning your MSME. The master's degree is a 30-credit-hour program offered entirely online. One of our newest programs, this degree features highly flexible course options that allow you to focus your education on the areas of mechanical engineering of the most interest to you. This program does not require a thesis or campus visits.

PhD in Mechanical Engineering (100% Online)

The online PhD in Mechanical Engineering gives you the opportunity to earn an accredited, premier doctoral degree in your field while continuing to build your engineering career. You can enhance your knowledge of mechanical engineering and contribute to research in the field through this innovative online option.

The program is primarily designed for engineering professionals who want to pursue doctoral study while working full time. Through this affordable online program, you can earn a research-based degree that allows you to propose, complete and defend an approved dissertation on a research topic that contributes to the field of mechanical engineering.

Premium Degree Programs at a Practical Price

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.

Your First Class Can Be Free!

To help you get started, we offer tuition grant programs that cover the cost of your first class.

Build on Bama

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.

Bama Link

The Bama Link tuition grant is for faculty, staff and students of Alabama community colleges or other select out-of-state community colleges.

Back to Bama

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.

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The Same Degree

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.

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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.

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Military Friendly

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.

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Round-the-Clock Technology Support

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.

Personalized Support From Application to Graduation

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.

Ready to talk to us? Fill out the information request form at the top of this page, and one of our admissions counselors will reach out to you to schedule a chat!

You Decide the Timeline

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.

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