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Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Additive Manufacturing and Design

Degree Requirements

All additive manufacturing and design (AMD) students are required to enroll in five core courses (19 credits) that cover additive manufacturing processes, materials for additive manufacturing, the engineering and scientific principles of additive manufacturing, design for additive manufacturing, and a laboratory experience in additive manufacturing.

In addition to the core courses, students are required to enroll in electives (8-9 credits) that include design, materials, manufacturing, technical writing, technical presentations, and supply chain, as well as a seminar course (1 credit).

To meet the degree requirements, students are also required to complete a culminating independent project that leads to a scholarly paper (3 credits).

Course List

All courses for the MEng AMD program are offered online via Penn State World Campus. 

Core Courses (19 credits) 

  • AMD 562 Design for Additive Manufacturing (4 credits, spring) 
    AMD 545 Scientific Principles of Additive Manufacturing (4 credits, fall) 
    AMD 527 Additive Manufacturing Processes (4 credits, fall) 
    AMD 567 Materials of Additive Manufacturing (4 credits, fall) 
    AMD 566 Metal Additive Manufacturing Laboratory (3 credits, spring) 

Electives (8-9 credits) 

  • Approved electives list is maintained by the program. 

Seminar (1 credit) 

  • AMD 590 Seminar (1 credit, fall or spring) 

Master’s Project (3 credits) 

  • AMD 596 Independent Project: AMD 596 is fulfilled over two semesters in a 1 credit/2 credit consecutive sequence during the fall and spring semesters. 

Metal Additive Manufacturing Laboratory

The AMD 566 Metal Additive Manufacturing Laboratory course offers a unique opportunity for online students to visit Penn State. At the conclusion of the course, students are invited to attend an optional in-person AMD lab visit held at Penn State’s University Park campus in State College, Pennsylvania. This weeklong event includes a range of activities to expose students to the breadth of AM at Penn State, meet with program faculty, engage with peers, and participate in hands-on demonstrations and lab activities that apply the material presented during the semester.

Learn more about the lab visit experience »

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Students, faculty, and staff participating in the 2023 AMD lab visit are pictured here in front of the Lion Shrine. Credit: Patty Craig/Penn State

Master's Project

The AMD 596 Independent Project course is a requirement of the degree program. During the course, students propose a topic for their scholarly paper, which can address a real-world engineering challenge or a work-related project. It may not always be possible to include employer participation, so students have the option to develop an independent topic of interest to them. 

AMD 596 is a total of 3 credits, fulfilled over two semesters as a 1 credit/2 credit sequence. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor based on their topic selection and must submit a scholarly paper at the conclusion of the 2-semester course. Students may elect to complete the culminating project and scholarly paper at any time during the degree program and do not need to wait until their last two semesters of enrollment. 

Learn more about student master’s projects » 

Application Deadlines

Your degree application, including receipt of all official transcripts and supporting materials, should be received by the following deadlines to be considered complete.

  • Fall deadline: Apply by June 1
  • Spring deadline: Apply by September 1
  • Summer deadline: Apply by March 1



Penn State’s master of science, master of engineering, and graduate certificate in additive manufacturing and design programs offer students and working engineers a unique opportunity to become technically outstanding experts in additive manufacturing in residence at University Park or online via Penn State World Campus.

Additive Manufacturing and Design Graduate Programs

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