Master of Science Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineer) (MSES-ME) Degree Program (Curriculum 572)

The Master of Science in Engineering Science (Mechanical Engineering) MSES-ME provides students with scientific and technical knowledge of mechanical engineering. Students will gain an understanding of the role that engineering and technology have in military operations environment. Emphasis is on naval engineering and its applications to surface vessels, submarines, and spacecraft.

Skills/knowledge gained: The ability to identify, formulate, and solve technical and engineering problems in mechanical and aerospace engineering and other engineering disciplines—examples: thermal-fluid sciences, structural mechanics, ship systems engineering, spacecraft designs, and others.

The Master of Science in Engineering Science is part of a proud heritage.   On June 9, 1909, Secretary of the Navy George von L. Meyer established a school of marine engineering at Annapolis. This small program, consisting of 10 0fficer students and two Navy instructors, was the first Naval / Mechanical Engineering Program and would later become today's Naval Postgraduate School. 

The DL MSES-ME program brings the core of the on-campus courses together with proven DL technology and faculty expertise to deliver a unique curriculum focused on mechanical engineering.


Quarter 1

ME 3201     Applied Fluid Mechanics

Quarter 2

ME 3150     Heat Transfer

Quarter 3

ME 4220      Viscous Flow

Quarters 4 and 5 (two of the following three courses required)

ME 4162     Convection Heat Transfer

ME 4401     Advanced Thermodynamics

ME 4420     Marine Power and Propulsion

Quarters 6 and 7

ME 0810     Research/Design Term Paper

Final two quarters are devoted to a non-thesis research project.


  • Currently serving on Active Duty
  • Graduate of the Naval Nuclear Power School Officer Curriculum
  • Command-signed Participation Agreement (PA)
  • B.S. in Engineering (or closely related field)



Eligibility, Tuition, Course Materials and Program Availability

The MSES-ME program is fully funded, off-duty postgraduate education. Books and DVD lectures will be provided. Students generally take one course at a time and should complete each within six months.

As an asynchronous, off-duty program, students can generally start immediately upon acceptance into the program.  Program approval normally takes 3-4 weeks after receipt of undergraduate transcripts.

Student Application Form

To apply for this program, please complete the Student Application Form and submit.

Transcript and Participation Agreement Submission Information

In order to be  fully considered for a seat in the  degree program, you are required to submit Sealed Official transcripts of ALL undergraduate and previous graduate work to date (degree & non-degree) to the NPS Admissions office at the following address: 

Admissions Office (Official Transcripts) 
Naval Postgraduate School
1 University Circle , HE-061A 
Monterey, CA 93943-5006

Per OPNAVINST 1520.23C, a Navy officer will incur a 2 year service obligation upon completion or withdrawal from the MSES-ME program, which is served concurrently with any other service obligation.   All students must submit a command-signed Participation Agreement (PA) prior to enrolling in the program.  The Participation Agreement is available via the online application and can be printed, signed, scanned and emailed to admissions@nps.edu.

If you have questions regarding your transcript submissions or Participation Agreement, please contact the NPS Admissions Office at admissions@nps.edu .


Contact Information

For additional information specific to the program, please email the Program Manager.