Master of Engineering

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 industrial 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 work force with well-defined and honed professional skills.

Degree 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.

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Additional Information

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the requirements outlined below that applicants for the Master of Engineering at SDSU submit scores for the GRE are suspended, but still recommended, for the Fall 2021 admission cycle.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a closely related discipline. Applicants with non-engineering undergraduate degrees could be admitted conditionally and they would be required to take specified undergraduate courses to remove the condition.

Candidates must have attained an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (4 point scale) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of technical study.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is recommended with the following minimum scores:

  • Quantitative: 153
  • Verbal: 147
  • Analytical Writing: 3.5

The GRE must have been taken within the last 5 years to be accepted.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required for all applicants who have not earned a degree from an English-speaking university.

TOEFL minimum score is 80 on the Internet Based Test (IBT), 213 on the Computer Based Test (CBT), or 550 on the Paper Based Test (PBT).

IELTS minimum score is 6.5. 

TOEFL or IELTS must have been taken within the last 2 years to be accepted.

  • Applications for Fall 2022 are now: CLOSED
  • Applications for Fall 2023 will be accepted from:
    OCTOBER 1, 2022 to MARCH 1, 2023

Spring, Summer, and Winter admissions are not offered.

To start an application, follow the guidelines at: SDSU Office of Admissions

Applicants must also email their resume and a statement of purpose to:

Master of Engineering Program Manager 
Donovan Geiger
[email protected]

Letters of recommendation are optional and may be emailed directly to the Program Manager at the above address by reviewers. Please have your reviewers indicate your name in the subject line along with "MEng LOR". 

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.

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:

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

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

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


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, an acoustic visualization system, soil mechanics laboratory, powder technology laboratory, microelectromechanical laboratory, and a 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.

Cost of attendance and estimated living expenses for graduate programs for California residents and non-residents/international students is listed by the SDSU Office of Admissions.

San Diego has a very high cost of living and applicants should calculate anticipated costs to support their expected standard of living before attending.


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.

Master of Engineering Program Manager - Donovan Geiger, MBA
619-594-6079, [email protected]

The program is administered by:

Interim Associate Dean of the College of Engineering: Temesgen Garoma, PhD
Master of Engineering Program Manager: Donovan Geiger, MBA

Faculty advisers responsible for academic requirements in the College of Engineering are:

Department of Aerospace Engineering: Ping Lu, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering: Janusz Supernak, PhD
Professor and Chair   Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering:  Chris Mi, PhD Professor and Chair   Department of  Mechanical Engineering:  John Abraham, PhD Professor and Chair

The faculty adviser responsible for academic requirements in the Fowler College of Business Administration is:

Nikhil Varaiya, PhD Professor and Director of Graduate Programs

To submit official documents as part of an application:

Graduate Admissions, MC 7416
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7416

For program inquiries only (do not mail application materials to this address):

Master of Engineering Program, MC 1326

College of Engineering
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-1326