Top Schools for a Masters in Engineering Degree

Read on to learn about a couple of the top schools in the nation to offer a master's degree in engineering. Get info on program specifics and school rankings so you might make an informed decision on your education.

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Many of the nation's public and private schools offer master's degrees in engineering. The ones on this list were all highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

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School Overviews

Engineering schools offer master's degrees in a range of specialties, including mechanical, industrial and electrical engineering. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Georgia Institute of Technology and Ohio State University are three top schools with engineering master's degree programs.

Each school's graduate engineering programs were highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2016; these schools also offer several graduate engineering program specialties.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA

School Highlight: Various engineering programs and departments at MIT are leading the way for the future of engineering and how it is taught as the university has begun its Innovation Initiative.

In 2016, MIT's School of Engineering was ranked the best graduate program in the country by U.S. News & World Report. School of Engineering enrollees can study graduate programs in aeronautics, biological, chemical, electrical, mechanical and computational engineering. Students learn engineering skills through traditional courses, engineering labs and research centers.

Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA

School Highlight: This school is home to 27 master's degree programs in engineering.

In 2016, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) was ranked #7 among engineering graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report. The College of Engineering at Georgia Tech offers a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computational Science & Engineering, Engineering Science & Mechanics, Environmental and Industrial Engineering, Materials Science, and Nuclear Engineering.

Ohio State University in Columbus, OH

School Highlight: Engineering students have access to 28 research centers and laboratories specific to the field.

In 2016, Ohio State University was ranked #31 among engineering graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report. The College of Engineering at Ohio State University offers master's degrees in 12 areas of study in engineering, including aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering.

Top Engineering Graduate Schools

These schools also offer distinguished master's degree programs in engineering:

  • Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, has an online graduate engineering program that is ranked #5 on U.S. News & World Report's list of top online engineering programs.
  • Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, has a College of Engineering that is home to more than 500 faculty members and 18,000 students.
  • The University of California, Berkeley was ranked #3 on U.S. News & World Report's 2016 list of best graduate engineering schools.
  • The University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, allows students access to five national Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers in addition to the school's own research centers and institutes.
  • The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign, IL, was ranked #7 on the U.S. News & World Report list of best graduate engineering schools in 2016.
  • The University of Texas at Austin has companies such as Dell, IBM and National Instruments recruit from the school's engineering departments.
  • The University of Wisconsin - Madison allows engineering students access to more than 20 study abroad programs.

These are just some of the schools offering master's degree programs in engineering. There are many things for students to consider when choosing a school, such as different areas of study, online formats and program rankings.

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