Average Tuition Costs for Engineering Graduate School

Engineering professionals develop new and innovative products and services designed to simplify and improve everyday activities. Engineering graduate schools provide students opportunities to seek advanced careers and earn higher wages.

Average Tuition for Graduate Engineering

Tuition costs for a graduate degree program in engineering are determined by the type of engineering program, as well as the type of the academic institution. Public colleges, such as state universities, often have lower tuition rates than private universities. Many graduate schools also charge fees, such as application, registration and book fees, which increase the total cost of attendance. Determining average tuition costs is difficult, since rates vary greatly among institutions, and some schools even fluctuate rates per semester.

U.S. News & World Report ranks public and private engineering graduate schools annually based on the quality of the program, teachers and student outcomes. In 2014, the annual in-state, full-time tuition rates (including fees) for the top 5 graduate engineering schools were: $44,720 for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, $47,073 for Stanford University, $11,220 for the University of California - Berkeley, $41,000 for Carnegie Mellon University and $41,790 for the California Institute of Technology.

Tuition and Fee Waivers

Many schools offer graduate students a waiver on fees and may offer partial or full tuition waivers for certain students or programs. Eligibility requirements vary by institution. Students should find out if they qualify for any type of waiver with the school's registrar. A few examples of waivers include a full semester assistantship or fellowship, need-based offers and those for state or school employees, graduate assistants or teachers, and nonresident doctoral candidates.

Tuition Assistance - Grants and Fellowships

Several organizations offer grants and other types of free student aid to engineering graduate students. Some provide annual allowances or stipends, while others provide full tuition assistance. Often, students must attend schools affiliated with the granting organization, though there are some that allow a student to choose the institution they wish to attend. Some assistance examples include:

  • The National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship - Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, up to three years of full tuition, fees, insurance and annual stipend are covered for several engineering disciplines at any school in the country.
  • Environmental Engineers of the Future - Offering up to $10,000 in tuition assistance, students receiving the award must commit to two years of employment with the organization after graduation.
  • National Science Foundation - Graduate students may choose among a variety of grant and fellowship opportunities, including tuition assistance and cultural research project funding.
  • Society of Women Engineers - Women interested in engineering and computer science may qualify for up to $10,000 in scholarships and fellowships.
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