Online/Coursework Only Degrees

Coursework-only Master of Engineering degrees

With the rapidly changing technological landscape in engineering industries, an advanced degree or continuing education is becoming increasingly necessary. Several departments offer master of engineering degrees that are 30 credits of coursework only and require no thesis or creative component for completion. You can take up to three courses (or nine credits) before applying for admission to the programs. Many of the courses for these degrees are offered online. Students in the master of engineering degree program are typically self-funded.   For more information about registration, fees and delivery methods visit  Engineering-LAS Online Learning. For a complete listing of the online engineering graduate certificates and master’s degrees, click here.

So you’ve taken a class or two, and you’re wondering what it takes to get admitted to a degree program?  Find out!


Admission deadlines tend to be very early.  Most departments involved with the coursework only degrees observe rolling admissions.   This means that your application materials will be reviewed once received and deemed complete.  Please contact the department directly to see if they accept applications on a rolling basis.


Master of Engineering in Chemical and Biological Engineering: No GRE required for U.S. citizens

Master of Engineering in Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering: No GRE requirement for grad applicants with a four-year bachelor’s degree or master’s degree from a U.S. ABET -accredited program

Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering: Relevant experience is taken into consideration.  GRE test   scores only required if applicant has had less than 2 years of relevant experience or an undergraduate GPA lower than 3.0.

Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering: The GRE requirement may be waived for students who have taken courses from the IMSE department at Iowa State University within the past five years.

Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering: The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants with a degree from a U.S. institution.

Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering: GRE not required.