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Top Schools for Mechanical Engineering

Learn about programs in mechanical engineering, through which students learn how to research, design and develop engines, machines and tools. Review the degree options at four high-ranking universities, and find an overview of other schools in the U.S. that train mechanical engineers. View article »

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School Overviews

Aspiring mechanical engineers can find undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the subject at many highly-ranked schools around the country. According to U.S. News & World Report, the highest-ranked mechanical engineering schools in the country can be found at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, and the University of California in Berkeley. All four universities offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering. Unique to MIT are its related programs in marine and ocean engineering.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In 2016, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was ranked by U.S. News & World Report first in the nation for its Department of Mechanical Engineering. That year, the university also placed first for its undergraduate engineering programs. The Department of Mechanical Engineering at this private institution offers three undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and ocean engineering, as well as a student-designed program. Graduate students can pursue a Master of Science. They may choose to pursue ocean engineering, mechanical engineering, manufacturing, engineering management, or other areas. Additional programs include an M.S. in Naval Architecture and a Master of Engineering in Manufacturing. A Doctor of Philosophy and a Doctor of Science are also offered, as well as mechanical engineer and naval engineer degrees.

Stanford University in Stanford, CA

Stanford University is a private school that placed fifth on U.S. News & World Report's list of national universities for 2017. U.S. News & World Report also ranked the university's Mechanical Engineering department second among its peers for 2017. The Mechanical Engineering department is separated into five groups or programs, including the Biomechanical Engineering Program, Design Group, and Flow Physics and Computational Engineering Group. The Mechanic and Computation Group and Thermosciences Group are also part of the department. Students may pursue a Bachelor of Science, M.S. or Ph.D. in general mechanical engineering, product design and biomechanical engineering, among other fields of study. Graduate programs offer both full- and part-time study options.

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University of California - Berkeley

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California in Berkeley ranked third in the nation for 2017, according to U.S. News & World Report. The university's undergraduate programs were ranked fourth by U.S. News & World Report for the 2017 school year. Programs at the Department of Mechanical Engineering include B.S., M.S., Ph.D. or Master of Engineering titles. The department also offers a unique Doctor of Engineering and a five-year B.S./M.S. program for undergraduates interested in obtaining both degrees in a shorter period of time.

University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign is ranked as the sixth best mechanical engineering undergraduate program in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering. The master's program is a one-year program that can be completed online. The Ph.D. can be earned along with the master's degree. Fellowships and assistantships are available to graduate students.

Top Mechanical Engineering Schools

There are other top schools that offer mechanical engineering.

School Name Distinction Location
University of Michigan Home to a new three-story research complex Ann Arbor, MI
Purdue University LEED-certified wing is being added to the mechanical engineering building West Lafayette, IN
Cornell University Has an Experiential Learning Laboratory Ithaca, NY
Georgia Institute of Technology Offers a five-year BS/MS program for advanced students Atlanta, GA
Princeton University Offers a Laser and Applied Physics program Princeton, NJ
California Institute of Technology Has the Jim Hall Design and Prototyping Lab Pasadena, CA

When choosing a mechanical engineering school, students may consider a school's rankings as well as its facilities. Other options to consider may include the availability of fellowships and assistantships, specialized areas of study, and online programs.

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