Master of Engineering

General

Program Description

The Master of Engineering degree is a practice-oriented, interdisciplinary degree designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in furthering a career in engineering with a business/management emphasis. Students will determine their degree plan in consultation with the graduate advisor of the respective engineering department of the student's primary focus. In addition to course requirements, students must complete a design project and a final written report.

This phase of the program introduces students to the problems and solutions faced by practicing engineers. The program is designed for both the industry professional who is seeking a career enhancement and also to the new baccalaureate graduate who wants to continue to study in order to be able to enter the workforce with well-defined and honed professional skills.

Learning Outcomes

The Degree Learning Outcomes of the Master of Engineering program are to produce graduates who will:

  • Be prepared for successful careers in industry, government, or non-profit establishments, and will have an appreciation for lifelong learning.
  • Have the capacity to use advanced analytical and experimental methods needed to solve engineering problems.
  • Have a breadth of knowledge that fosters an awareness of and skill in interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving.
  • Have a keen sense of professionalism and a commitment to work toward the betterment of society and the world.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a graduate program of 36 units of which are divided into:

  • 18 units of graduate engineering courses
  • 12 units of graduate business courses
  • 6 units of a project

The project is industry-oriented and integrates engineering and business knowledge attained through coursework and experience.

Specialization Track

The program provides tremendous flexibility in course selection. Students can choose from a variety of graduate-level courses offered in the College of Engineering and Fowler College of Business in consultation with the program adviser.

For graduate engineering courses, students can select from the graduate programs in the College of Engineering:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Graduate course work at Fowler College of Business is grouped into four tracks:

  • Supply chain management
  • Technical Sales and marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Technology commercialization

Program Timeframe

The normative time for the Master of Engineering degree completion for a full-time student taking nine units per semester is two years.  

Research Facilities

The laboratories of the engineering departments involved in the program are fully equipped for modern research in different areas of engineering science. Major items include sub- and supersonic wind tunnels, a low-speed water channel, shake tables, and acoustic visualization system, soil mechanics laboratory, powder technology laboratory, microelectromechanical laboratory, and biodynamics laboratory. Research support, machine shops, and numerous computational facilities are also available; SDSU is also a member of the regional CRAY Supercomputer Consortium and is the only participant in The California State University System.

Location

San Diego is located on the coast of southern California, about two hours south of Los Angeles by car. San Diego is a major metropolitan city with over 1.3 million residents, making it the 2nd largest city in California and the 7th largest in America. It is home to many beautiful beaches, mountains, and a year-round warm Mediterranean-style climate. San Diego also supports a vibrant economy and world-class entertainment, historical, and sporting venues.

SDSU is located about 10 minutes east (by car) from downtown San Diego and is served by the San Diego Trolley and several bus lines.

Estimated Cost of Attendance (2020-21)

The total estimated cost of attendance includes tuition expenses for which you are billed, housing expenses, which include food and housing, and transportation, and additional expenses, such as books, supplies, and personal expenses. Costs of attendance are subject to change by the Trustees of the California State University without prior notice. The amounts indicated are the estimated minimum costs required to attend SDSU full time for the 2020–21 academic year (9 months):

Domestic graduate

Tuition Expenses California Residents Nonresidents (Out-of-State)
Basic Tuition and Fees $9,154 $9,154
Nonresident Tuition* $0 $7,128
Living Expenses - -
Estimated Off-Campus Housing and Food† $13,860 $13,860
Additional Expenses‡ - -
Books, Supplies, Transportation, Personal Expenses‡ $4,594 $4,594
Total $27,608 $34,736

*Undergraduate nonresident tuition is based on 15 units each semester at $396 per unit. Graduate nonresident tuition is based on 9 units each semester at $396 per unit.

†Freshmen from outside SDSU's local admission area are required to live on campus for two years. Be sure to review the on-campus food and housing payment schedule on the Rates web page of the Housing and Residential Education website. Your total cost and payments will vary depending on the meal plan and room type (double, single) you request. The cost listed for an upper-division transfer is based on a student living off-campus.

‡Plan for additional expenses that will increase your cost of attendance. For domestic undergraduates, we estimate the average annual cost of books and supplies to be $1,969, transportation to be $1,587, and personal expenses to be $1,704. For domestic graduate students, we estimate the average annual cost of books and supplies to be $1,969; transportation to be $2,316, and personal expenses to be $1,704. For international freshmen, the average annual cost of books and supplies is $1,969, transportation is $1,587. For international upper-division transfers, the average annual cost of books and supplies is $1,969, transportation is $2,038. For international graduate students, the average annual cost of books and supplies is $1,969, transportation is $2,316.

††Basic tuition and fees for first-time teacher credential students are $8,428. Graduate business students in selected degree programs pay an additional $270 per unit. Doctoral programs have different tuition and fee costs.

International graduate

Tuition Expenses Graduate Programs Graduate Business Programs
Basic Tuition and Fees $9,154 $14,014
Nonresident Tuition* $7,128 $7,128
Living Expenses - -
Estimated Off-Campus Housing and Food† $13,860 $13,860
Additional Expenses‡ - -
Books, Supplies, Transportation‡ $2,149 $2,149
Health Insurance*‡ $1,703 $1,703
Total $33,994 $38,854

*‡Based on one academic year of JCB student health insurance.

Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

San Diego State University (SDSU), a truly global learning community, is an ideal place to begin your international education. Part of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, SDSU is t ... Read More

San Diego State University (SDSU), a truly global learning community, is an ideal place to begin your international education. Part of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, SDSU is the third-largest university in the state with an enrollment of more than 35,000 students. We offer 97 bachelor's, 84 masters, and 21 doctoral degree programs. Read less