Engineering Schools in New York City with Degree Overviews

Feb 28, 2019

New York City has many schools within nine miles of its downtown that offer engineering programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools to make an informed education decision.

New York City Engineering Schools

The greater New York City area has almost 50 schools that offer engineering courses and degrees, including the three highlighted below. These include Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League, and New York University, the largest private postsecondary institution in the country. In addition to summaries of the schools' engineering programs, this resource includes a table with information about school selectivity and tuition. You will also find an overview of two other colleges and universities in the New York City area that offer engineering programs.

  • The Polytechnic Institute of New York University, located less than two miles from the city's downtown, was formed in 2008 when New York University joined with the Polytechnic Institute. The school offers engineering programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering can also be found at the New York Institute of Technology, which can lead to a degree in computer, electrical or mechanical engineering. The Manhattan campus of this multi-site school is located less than five miles from downtown Manhattan.
  • Columbia University, founded in 1754, has a rich urban history and offers undergraduate and graduate programs in civil, electrical, mechanical and industrial engineering. Located about five miles from the city's downtown, the university also offers programs in biomedical, chemical, computer and environmental engineering.

Comparison of Schools

Aspiring engineers can use this table to see how much a degree program in this specialized field of study might cost. It also includes information about retention and graduation rates and student enrollment.

New York University New York Institute of Technology Columbia University
School Type Four-year; private, non-profit Four-year; private, non-profit Four-year; private, non-profit
Total Enrollment (2017)* 51,123 7,403 30,454
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large city
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)* $50,464 $35,870 $57,208
% of Students Receiving Grants and Scholarships (2016-2017)* 53% 85% 58%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 28% 77% 7%
Retention Rate (2016-2017)* 93% (full-time)
71% (part-time)
73% (full-time)
37% (part-time)
97% (full-time)
91% (part-time)
Graduation Rate (students who began in Fall 2011)* 84% 50% 95%

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

The Polytechnic Institute and New York University combined their resources in 2008 to become the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. The school has a number of different engineering departments devoted to the study of chemical and biomolecular engineering, civil and urban engineering and electrical and computer engineering. Additional academic divisions include the mechanical and aerospace engineering and finance and risk engineering departments.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

The bachelor's degree program in computer engineering requires 142 credits to complete. Required coursework includes topics in calculus, introductory programming, data structures and mechanics. Undergraduates also learn about electrical circuits, data analysis and operating systems. Additional requirements include a senior design project or thesis.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

The Polytechnic Institute offers a 30-credit master's degree program in mechanical engineering. The program allows for specializations in controls and dynamic systems, mechanics and structural systems, and fluids. Core coursework includes topics in applied mathematics, solid mechanics, digital control systems and thermal engineering.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Electrical Engineering

Graduate programs at the Polytechnic Institute also include a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, which requires 75 credits beyond the bachelor's degree. Students must also pass an area examination, submit a dissertation and take a final exam. Ph.D. candidates also write and submit a paper to a journal for publication.

New York Institute of Technology

The New York Institute of Technology has 90 degree programs in 50 fields of study. The School of Engineering and Computer Sciences offers associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs in electrical and computer engineering or mechanical engineering.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology

The bachelor's degree program in electrical and computer engineering at the New York Institute of Technology requires 129-131 credits to complete. Course topics include advanced mathematics, programming, digital electronics and mechanical engineering. Students also learn about control systems, electrical circuits, fiber optic technology and physics. Other requirements include foundational coursework in composition, speech communication and liberal arts.

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

The 131- to 133-credit program in mechanical engineering requires courses in material strength, engineering and fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and machine design. Students also complete coursework in electrical and computer engineering, advanced mathematics and engineering analysis.

Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering

To earn a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering at the New York Institute of Technology, students must complete 30 credits of coursework. Required courses include topics in computer architecture, digital communications and linear systems. In addition, students complete 12-18 credits in electrical and computer electives. Thesis and non-thesis options are available.

Columbia University in the City of New York

Columbia University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science offers undergraduate and graduate programs in more than ten different disciplines, including traditional courses of study in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. Students can also pursue undergraduate or graduate programs in biomedical, chemical or industrial engineering; other programs can lead to a degree in computer, environmental or materials engineering. Unique to the school are its programs in financial or mining engineering.

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Columbia University's biomedical engineering department has research and teaching laboratories dedicated to the study of functional tissue, biomedical imaging, neural computing, optical radiology and bone bioengineering. In the first two years of the program, undergraduates take math and science courses and non-technical electives. During the final two years of the program, students focus their studies on biomedical engineering. Additional coursework includes topics in computer science and quantitative physiology.

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering

Requirements for the graduate chemical engineering program include courses in chemical process analysis, statistical analysis and transport phenomena. The program also allows for concentrations in biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals or electrochemical energy. Applicants who have completed an undergraduate program in chemistry, physics, biochemistry or pharmacy may earn their master's degrees in two years.

Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Requirements for the Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering program include four core courses in optimization and stochastic modeling and two electives, taken during the first year of study. During the second year of the program, students select an area of concentration, such as supply chain management and logistics, optimization, financial engineering or stochastic models. In addition to the 4-course concentration, doctoral students take two additional courses in a different area of concentration.

Other School Options

Engineering programs are also available at Pace University, which is less than three miles from the downtown New York City area, as well as Manhattan College, located about 12 miles away.

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