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Graduate Degree Programs

Additive Manufacturing and Design

KAREN A. THOLE, Head of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
137 Reber Building


Degree Conferred:

  • M.S. in Additive Manufacturing and Design (resident)
  • M.Eng. in Additive Manufacturing and Design (online)


The Graduate Faculty


The Program

The overall goal of the Master’s of Science in Additive Manufacturing and Design and Master’s of Engineering in Additive Manufacturing and Design are to educate students and working engineers to become technically outstanding experts in additive manufacturing.  Specifically, the objectives include:
1. Apply foundational knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity in the uses of additive manufacturing and associated design tools and methods.
2. Grow as leaders in manufacturing while maintaining the highest ethical standards in applying additive manufacturing to industry-relevant problems and design challenges.
3. Strive for the advancement of the state-of-art in additive manufacturing and design.
4. Develop innovative solutions through new design paradigms in their respective industries. 

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. The language of instruction at Penn State is English. English proficiency test scores (TOEFL/IELTS) may be required for international applicants. Consult the English Proficiency section of the Graduate Bulletin Application and Admission Procedures page for more information.
To maintain a high quality program, it is important that our students are of a caliber to succeed.  As such, the admission requirements for the students enrolling in the MSAMD and MEngAMD degree program will be based on: academic records, GRE scores, applicable work experience, their personal statement of interests in additive manufacturing design, and three letters of recommendation from a previous professor or supervisor who can attest to the applicant’s academic potential.  Applicants will be expected to have a Bachelor of Science or four-year Associates degree in engineering, manufacturing, materials science, or related field from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution.  An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in the final two years of undergraduate studies is required.

Degree Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the DEGREE REQUIREMENTS section of the Graduate Bulletin.

  • A minimum of 30 credits at the 400, 500, or 800 level is required. For the M.S., at least 18 credits must be in 500-level courses. For the M.Eng., at least 18 credits must be at the 500 or 800 level, with a minimum of 6 credits at the 500 level.
  • Completion of 5 required courses that total 19 credits with a grade point average of 3.00 or higher.  The 5 required courses are EDSGN 562 (4 credits), E SC 545 (4 credits), IE 527 (4 credits), MatSE 567 (4 credits), and ME 566 (3 credits).
  • A minimum of at least 8 credits in 400 and/or 500 level courses offered with the following designations: EDSGN, E SC, IE, MATSE, or ME.  Note that EDSGN 596, E SC 596, IE 596, MATSE 596, and ME 596 cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  • Completion of 3 credits in one of the following offerings to complete the culminating project: EDSGN 596, E SC 596, IE 596, MATSE 596, or ME 596. MSAMD students will be required to complete one (1) credit in each of three (3) semesters while MEngAMD students can complete a three (3) credit course in one (1) semester.
  • A scholarly paper must be completed to meet the specific requirement of the culminating experience.  This paper will demonstrate depth of knowledge to his/her adviser, a second reader, and the Associate Department Head of Graduate Studies in one of the five aforementioned Departments.
  • All students must successfully complete one credit of colloquium preferably in their first two semesters in the program. The one-credit colloquium does not count toward the 30 graduate course credits in Requirement 1 above.  The following courses are offered to meet this requirement: EDSGN 590, ESC 514, IE 590, MATSE 590, and ME 590.
  • All students will be required to complete SARI (Scholarship and Research Integrity) training.

The M.S. degree is designed to be completed in 3 semesters, or one calendar year (fall, spring, and summer). A research adviser will be assigned to students in their first semester. Students who need more time to complete the final paper will be allowed to complete the paper, and have it reviewed and approved after the third semester has ended. Students are not required to remain in residence while they complete the final paper. However, extensions granted to students in this program must comply with the Graduate Council policy on deferred grades.

Candidates must write a culminating project paper on a topic mutually agreed upon with the adviser.  Students will be encouraged to utilize an industry internship (resident students) or current employer (online students) to identify a relevant or practical problem of importance that additive manufacturing and appropriate design methods could address.  The quality of the required paper is such that it must be suitable for publication in a professional journal or proceedings at a national or international conference, which generally requires a peer-review process. 

Student Aid

Graduate assistantships available to students in the residential program and other forms of student aid are described in the Student Aid section of the Graduate Bulletin. Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load limits set forth in the Graduate Bulletin.

World Campus students in graduate degree programs may be eligible for financial aid. Refer to the Tuition and Financial Aid section of the World Campus website for more information.


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.”


Last Revised by the Department: Summer Semester 2017

Blue Sheet Item #: 46-01-000

Review Date: 8/22/2017


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