How to Select a Mechanical Engineering School
While mechanical engineering is already a specialization within the wider engineering field, it has its own specialization areas so students may consider their area of interest when choosing a program. It is also important for students to evaluate the degree programs a school offers. A bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and appropriate licensure qualifies students for most entry-level positions; an advanced degree is needed if a student wants to pursue advanced research or a post-secondary teaching position. Many students, especially those pursuing an advanced degree, also take into account opportunities for original research and a program's faculty.
Students interested in mechanical engineering programs may want to keep these considerations in mind:
- Mechanical engineering programs offer different specialties, including computational and mathematical mechanics, energy and environment, automation engineering technology and applied mechanics.
- Credentials in mechanical engineering are commonly available at the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy levels.
- Independent research projects are often a core part of a graduate school curriculum in mechanical engineering.
Top 10 Schools with Mechanical Engineering Programs
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Stanford University||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|California Institute of Technology||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|University of California - Berkeley||4-year, Public|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||4-year, Public|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||4-year, Public|
|University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign||4-year, Public|
|Carnegie Mellon University||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Cornell University||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Purdue University - West Lafayette||4-year, Public|