Top University in Phoenix for a Mechanical Engineering Degree

Few schools in the Phoenix area have top ranking mechanical engineering programs. Read on to find out more about what these top schools have to offer for mechanical engineering, as well as tuition and degree information.

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School and Ranking Information

Students seeking a mechanical engineering degree in or within a 100-mile radius of Phoenix, AZ, have limited options when choosing a college or university. The following two universities are considered the top schools in the Phoenix area based on overall school and specific program rankings:

  • Winner: Arizona State University is located about eight miles from Phoenix and is the top pick based on its student population, distance from Phoenix and the level of study offered. Arizona State offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering.
  • Runner-up: With its training that closely resembles real-life experiences of industry engineers, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University places as a runner-up for mechanical engineering studies in the Phoenix area. It is located approximately 79 miles from Phoenix and offers a 4-year degree in the area of study.

School Comparison Chart

Category Arizona State University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Rankings #129 (tie) Best National Universities (2015)*; #41 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs among national universities (2014)*; graduate mechanical engineering programs ranked #42 among national universities (2014)* #10 among Best Regional Universities in the South (2015)*; #8 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs among national universities (2014)*
Location Tempe, Arizona Prescott, Arizona
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $9,861 (in state); $23,654 (out-of-state)** $31,034**
Mechanical Engineering Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral Bachelor's
Mechanical Engineering Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2011-2012 212** 13**
Most Popular Mechanical Engineering Degree in 2012-2013 Bachelor's (126 awarded)** Bachelor's (13 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 59%** 59%**
Noteworthy Students can join campus chapters of several organizations, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Offers accelerated bachelor's/master's degree program in mechanical engineering

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator

Winner: Arizona State University

  • Ph.D. program offers an engineering education concentration
  • Students can earn a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in five years
  • Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

While earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, students learn about elementary linear algebra, modern differential equations, programming and experimental mechanical engineering. Students can concentrate their studies on energy and environment as well as computational mechanics. Those enrolled in the accelerated degree program can participate in a research symposia and might have the chance to present their work at national conferences. In the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program, students will take courses in thermodynamics, structural dynamics, modeling and fluid mechanics as well as complete a thesis. The Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering program is ideal for students interested in government laboratories, academics and industrial research laboratories. Program research areas include sustainable energy, engineering education, advanced engineering materials and fluid motion and propulsion.

Runner-Up: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • University offers a mechanical engineering minor
  • Bachelor's degree includes two different tracks of study: robotics systems or high-performance vehicles
  • Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

While earning the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, students participate in hands-on labs and design experiences. In addition to a senior design project, the university also features state-of-the-art lab facilities, internships and co-op experiences. Program courses include digital circuit design, physics for engineers, technical report writing and solid mechanics.

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