Top Engineering Graduate Schools in the U.S.

Students looking to advance their engineering education will find many schools across the nation that fit the bill. The schools that follow are considered some of the best the U.S. has to offer for engineering education.

School Overview

According to U.S. News & World Report rankings, four leading schools that offer high-ranking graduate programs in engineering include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley and the California Institute of Technology. Depending on which school they choose, graduate students can pursue master's and/or doctoral programs in biomedical, chemical or electrical engineering, among other related fields of study.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA

School Highlight: The highest-ranked graduate school of engineering in the country for 2017.

At this 4-year private university, a number of the specialized graduate programs at the School of Engineering also received high rankings from USN&WR for 2017. These included chemical, civil, mechanical and nuclear engineering, as well as aeronautical and astronomical engineering. MIT also offers a joint program with Harvard University, through which students can pursue master's and doctoral degrees in medical engineering and physics, speech and hearing bioscience technology or biomedical engineering.

Stanford University in Stanford, CA

School Highlight: The second-highest ranked graduate engineering school in the nation for 2017.

Stanford University is a 4-year private institution, and the university's School of Engineering offers graduate programs from nine departments, including aeronautics and astronautics, management science and engineering, chemical engineering and computer science, along with traditional courses of study in electrical and mechanical engineering. Additionally, the school offers six interdisciplinary programs, which include computational and mathematical engineering, engineering physics and energy resources engineering. In addition to academics, the school has four primary research initiatives: bioengineering, environment and energy, information technology and nanotechnology.

University of California - Berkeley

School Highlight: The College of Engineering ranked as the 3rd best graduate engineering school in the nation in 2017, per U.S. News & World Report.

The University of California in Berkeley is a 4-year public school, and its College of Engineering has seven departments that offer graduate degrees, including those devoted to civil and environmental engineering, industrial engineering and operations research and materials science and engineering. The departments of electrical engineering and computer science, bioengineering, mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering also offer graduate degrees. Additional graduate programs in applied science and technology, nanoscience and nanotechnology are also available at the University of California in Berkeley.

California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA

School Highlight: Caltech's graduate engineering school ranks 4th in the 2017 rankings.

USN&WR has ranked several of Caltech's engineering specialties in the top 10 of the nation for 2017, including aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, material engineering, computer engineering, and mechanical engineering. The Department of Aerospace at Caltech offers an exchange program with the Ecole Polytechnique in France that results in a dual master's degree. Facilities for the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering include a high-performance computing facility that features the Garuda Cluster for earthquake simulations, as well as a prototyping and design lab.

Top Engineering Schools

Other schools that have also made top marks as excellent graduate engineering schools for 2017 include the following:

  • At the University of Texas at Austin, students have access to 30 different research centers and areas.
  • The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has over 2,000 active research projects in progress.
  • University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, contains the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences and offers a unique Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) program.
  • In Ithaca, NY, at Cornell University, students can pursue a joint M.Eng./Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.
  • The Georgia Institute of Technology has the College of Engineering, which is ranked #7 in the nation for 2017, in Atlanta, GA.
  • The Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh also has a College of Engineering campus in Silicon Valley.

For 2017, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, UC Berkeley and Caltech are the top four graduate engineering programs in the nation. Highly ranked engineering graduate schools tend to offer a wide variety of specializations in the field, and students can pursue master's and doctoral degrees.

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