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Top Mechanical Engineering Graduate Schools: List of Schools

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School Overviews

Mechanical engineering graduate program focus on the research, design, and development of consumer products, such as tools, mechanics, and engines. Programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Coursework may include the study of energy, nanotechnology, thermodynamics, and bioengineering. Most entry-level jobs in the field call for a bachelor's degree, but a master's degree or doctorate is often required for research jobs, advanced career placement, or teaching positions. The three schools discussed here are the highest-ranked schools for mechanical engineering in the country; they all grant master's and doctoral degrees in the field.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA

U.S. News & World Report tied Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as the top mechanical engineering school in 2017. MIT offers a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree program that centers around a thesis. Students must find a faculty member to supervise their thesis work. The doctoral program in mechanical engineering at MIT culminates in either a Doctor of Science or a Ph.D. Requirements are the same for both degrees and include a principle and secondary area of mechanical engineering study along with significant original research presented and defended in a thesis.

Stanford University in Stanford, CA

Stanford University also tied as the number one school in the U.S. News & World Report 2017 mechanical engineering rankings. The Mechanical Engineering Department offers a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, which prepares students to enter their field of specialization. The department's five main themes are biomedicine, computational engineering, design, energy, and multi-scale engineering. Stanford offers two post-master's degrees: a Degree of Engineer and Doctor of Philosophy.

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Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University's mechanical engineering department hosts six centers focusing on integrated innovation, vehicle electrification, and more. The school also hosts related interdisciplinary centers. Carnegie Mellon was tied for number eight on U.S. News and World Report's list for the best mechanical engineering schools for 2017. The school offers two Master of Science in Engineering programs, one of which is research-focused and prepares students for doctoral research in the field and one of which is focused on coursework and prepares students for work in industry or government. Students in the second program also have the option of getting a dual degree with a Master of Science in Technology Ventures or a Master of Engineering and Technology Innovation Management. Carnegie Mellon also provides a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.

Top Mechanical Engineering Graduate Programs

Let's see what other schools offer great mechanical engineering graduate programs.

School Name Distinction Location
Cornell University Department research areas include fluid dynamics, advanced fibrous composites, biomedical mechanics, combustion, and design and manufacturing Ithaca, NY
Johns Hopkins University Hosts student chapter of Engineers Without Borders - USA Baltimore, MD
Northwestern University There are five master's specializations (plus a thesis/non-thesis option) and five doctoral specializations in mechanical engineering Evanston, IL
Ohio State University - Main Campus Home to ten research centers dedicated to aerospace, automotive and nuclear materials research, among other topics Columbus, OH
Princeton University Program options include MSE, Ph.D. and an industry-sponsored MEng offered at part-time Princeton, NJ
Texas A & M University U.S. News & World Report ranked the graduate engineering program #11 in 2017 College Station, TX
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Over twenty research centers that include the Center for Tire Research and the Center for Injury Biomechanics Blacksburg, VA

U.S. News and World Report has identified some of the best mechanical engineering schools in the country. Graduate students can find top-notch master's and doctoral programs at some of these schools.

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