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Master of Science (M.S.) 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 hands-on laboratory experience in additive manufacturing.

In addition to the core courses, students will be 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 will also be required to complete a research thesis (6 credits) or an independent project that leads to a scholarly paper (3 credits).

Course List

All courses for the MS AMD program are offered in-resident at University Park campus.

Core Courses (19 credits)

EDSGN 562 Design for Additive Manufacturing (4 credits)
ESC 545 Scientific Principles of Additive Manufacturing (4 credits)
IE 527 Additive Manufacturing Processes (4 credits)
MATSE 567 Materials of Additive Manufacturing (4 credits)
ME 566 Metals Additive Manufacturing Laboratory (3 credits)

Electives (8-9 credits)

Approved electives list is maintained by the program.

Seminar (1 credit)

The following courses are offered to meet this requirement: ESC 514, IE 590, MATSE 590, and ME 590.

Master’s Project (3 credits) or Thesis (6 credits)

AMD 596 Independent Project
AMD 600 Thesis Research

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 January 31
  • Spring deadline: Apply by September 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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