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Advanced Manufacturing M.E.

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Gain comprehensive training in the field of advanced manufacturing

To progress as an industrial engineer within the advanced manufacturing industry, you should have an in-depth understanding of one or more of the following disciplines:

  • Material design, processing, and testing
  • Manufacturing systems and automation
  • Simulation modeling

Start building the knowledge you need to grow in your career by enrolling in CSU’s online Master of Engineering program with a specialization in advanced manufacturing.

Learn applied skills in a degree built for working professionals

Manufacturing plays a vital role in nearly every aspect of our daily lives, from the products we depend on to the technology that keeps us connected. Innovation continues to change the way products are developed, assembled, distributed, and supported. As a student in this program, you will develop the engineering skills necessary to support a wide array of advanced manufacturing operations, including but not limited to:

  • Automotive
  • Aeronautics
  • Consumer products
  • Computers and electronics
  • Communications
  • Defense
  • Healthcare equipment and supplies
  • Shipping and transportation

Customize your program of study to fit your goals

After being accepted into this program, you and your advisor will create a customized program of study based on your individual career goals. Select courses in several specialized engineering disciplines, including:

  • Injection molding
  • Advanced composite materials
  • Simulation modeling and experimentation
  • Nanomaterials
  • Probabilistic design

Career Opportunities

Advanced manufacturing can be a rewarding and lucrative field. Industrial engineers can expect to earn an average salary of $88,950, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment opportunities for industrial engineers have been projected to grow ten percent between 2019 and 2029, much faster than the average growth for all professions. By earning a Master of Engineering, you will be well-positioned to pursue advancement opportunities within or outside your current organization.

Study in a flexible, online format

This online program allows you to earn your master's degree from a respected, regionally accredited public research university in Colorado without traveling to a campus. Balance your academic studies with your career, family, and personal obligations.

Although this program is entirely online, you will still have opportunities to interact closely with both your instructors and peers. You will also have access to many of the same resources and services as CSU’s resident students.

Curriculum Open Accordion

A minimum of 30 credits are required to complete this program. Of the 30 minimum credits required for this program, at least 21 credits must be at the 500-level or above and earned at CSU.

Select 30 credits from the list of courses:
Note: Some courses are not yet available online.


Automation & Simulation

Processing of Materials

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall semester May 15
Spring semester November 1

Note: Full consideration will be given to applicants who have submitted all documents on time. Applications received after the deadline will be considered only on a space-available basis.

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or engineering-related field
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or first class standing*
  • Calculus 1, 2, 3*
  • Ordinary differential equations*
  • Physics 1 and 2 (calculus-based)*
  • For international students: The minimum TOEFL score for admission without condition is 80, and IELTS is 6.5.

*If you do not meet minimum requirements, please contact to get your transcripts/credentials evaluated before formally applying for the program. Depending on academic background, students without a bachelor's degree in engineering may also be required to take additional courses. Please use the following email subject line: M.E. Online – Admission Inquiry – YOUR NAME.

2 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online:

  • Two letters of recommendation: Recommendations should be from individuals who can accurately evaluate your skills as a student, engineer, scientist, or researcher. You will provide information about your recommenders in the online application. CSU will contact them with instructions and a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf.
  • Statement of purpose (700 words or less): Address the following three items for the mechanical engineering department application:
    1. Briefly describe your background, educational goals, long-term career goals, and why you would be a good fit for the program.
    2. Why do you think you will succeed in this program
    3. How do you intend to be successful taking graduate level courses (Note: you can skip the letter of intent on the Online University Application)
  • Resume or vita

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Select "Advanced Manufacturing (M.E.) - Distance" when choosing the Program of Study.

4Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from all institutions attended. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official.

Please Note: Students may be unconditionally admitted and registered in their first semester of courses with an unofficial transcript. Official transcripts must be submitted, prior to or during your first semester, before you can register for your second semester of graduate work. Failure to meet this condition will result in your dismissal from the Graduate School.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary)
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

5Submit Test Scores (Optional)

GRE test scores are not required, but may be submitted if you feel these will strengthen your application. Submit official GRE General Test scores through the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075, leave the department code blank). Scores are typically received by the University 4-6 weeks after your testing date.

  • All three sections — verbal, quantitative, and analytical — must be submitted. Photocopies are not accepted.
  • CSU graduates do not, generally, need to take the GRE. If you think it will strengthen your application, though, we recommend you do take it.

6Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

Information for International Students

Official transcript translation

Ensure official copies include a certified translation into English (only one set of transcripts is required).

Official test scores

Colorado State University requires that proficiency in English language be demonstrated either by the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE academic tests prior to admission. Please submit one of the official scores from the list below. Tests must be taken within two years prior to admission and submitted directly from the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075).

  • The minimum TOEFL score for admission without condition is 550 (paper-based), or 80 (internet-based).
  • The minimum IELTS score for admission without condition is 6.5.
  • The minimum PTE Academic score for admission without condition is 58.

All applicants who are citizens of countries in which English is not the official language, and who do not have an undergraduate degree from the U.S. must submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores.


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Program Details

$964 per credit
Same in-state tuition for all.
Learn more about financial aid and scholarships Tuition/fees are just part of the cost to attend CSU. Learn more about the full Cost of Attendance
Degree Awarded
Master of Engineering; transcript reflects the advanced manufacturing specialization
Time Frame
Can be completed in 2 years
Admission Reqs.
  • Calculus 1, 2, 3
  • Ordinary differential equations
  • Physics 1 & 2 (calc-based)
  • Bachelor’s degree in a closely related discipline
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA

Application Dates

Fall semester
May 15
Spring semester
November 1

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