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2021 Best Engineering Master's Degree Schools

155 Colleges
$80,658 Avg Salary
$30,140 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Engineering Master's Degree School for You

Engineering is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 7th of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 200,684 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Engineering Master's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 155 schools in the United States to see which master's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best Engineering Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Engineering Master's Degree Colleges.

Top 15% Best Engineering Master's Degree Schools

Our 2021 rankings named Massachusetts Institute of Technology the best school in the United States for engineering students working on their master’s degree. MIT is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge.

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#2

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

The excellent master’s degree programs at Stanford University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best engineering schools in the United States. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Stanford.

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#3

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

The excellent master’s degree programs at Northwestern University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best engineering schools in the United States. Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

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#4

Rice University

Houston, TX

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Rice University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Engineering Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Houston, Rice is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

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#5

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Santa Clara University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Engineering Master’s Degree Schools list. SCU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Santa Clara.

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With a ranking of #6, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology did quite well on this year’s best schools for engineering students working on their master’s degree. Located in the small city of Terre Haute, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#7

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Engineering Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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#8

Manhattan College

Riverdale, NY

With a ranking of #8, Manhattan College did quite well on this year’s best schools for engineering students working on their master’s degree. Manhattan is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Riverdale.

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Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for engineering students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Baltimore.

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#10

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for engineering students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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The University of Texas at Austin did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for engineering students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the city of Austin, UT Austin is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #12, Pennsylvania State University - University Park did quite well on this year’s best schools for engineering students working on their master’s degree. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the city of University Park.

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With a ranking of #13, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign did quite well on this year’s best schools for engineering students working on their master’s degree. Located in the small city of Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a very large student population.

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With a ranking of #14, Washington University in St Louis did quite well on this year’s best schools for engineering students working on their master’s degree. WUSTL is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Louis.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison ranked #15 on this year’s Best Engineering Master’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#16

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

With a ranking of #16, Villanova University did quite well on this year’s best schools for engineering students working on their master’s degree. Located in the suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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With a ranking of #17, University of California - Berkeley did quite well on this year’s best schools for engineering students working on their master’s degree. Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a very large student population.

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#18

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

With a ranking of #18, Lehigh University did quite well on this year’s best schools for engineering students working on their master’s degree. Located in the small city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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Columbia University in the City of New York landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best master’s degree engineering programs. Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor ranked #20 on this year’s Best Engineering Master’s Degree Schools list. U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor.

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#21

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Engineering Master’s Degree Schools list. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

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Lawrence Technological University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for engineering students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #22 on the list. Lawrence Tech is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Southfield.

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Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for engineering students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. Georgia Tech is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Atlanta.

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Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Engineering students that almost earned our Best Engineering Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
24 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
25 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
26 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
26 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
28 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
29 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
30 University of Delaware Newark, DE
31 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT

Engineering by Region

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Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
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Southwest
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Engineering Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 47,405
Electrical Engineering 31,384
Civil Engineering 21,938
Computer Engineering 15,891
Chemical Engineering 14,406
Biomedical Engineering 12,001
General Engineering 11,739
Industrial Engineering 9,410
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 7,069
Materials Engineering 3,538
Systems Engineering 3,491
Other Engineering 2,982
Environmental Engineering 2,850
Petroleum Engineering 2,269
Operations Research 1,745
Agricultural Engineering 1,554
Engineering Science 1,515
Architectural Engineering 1,019
Nuclear Engineering 1,014
Engineering Physics 979
Robotics Engineering 943
Manufacturing Engineering 932
Construction Engineering 865
Marine Engineering 481
Geoscience Engineering 424
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 387
Biological Engineering 374
Textile Engineering 366
Ocean Engineering 346
Mining Engineering 340
Engineering Mechanics 314
Metallurgical Engineering 235
Biochemical Engineering 118
Ceramic Engineering 101
Surveying Engineering 89
Electromechanical Engineering 65
Forest Engineering 52
Paper Science & Engineering 44
Engineering Chemistry 9

Majors Similar to Engineering

Related Major Annual Graduates
Computer & Information Sciences 220,337
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 162,961
Engineering Technologies 92,549
Physical Sciences 53,556
Mathematics & Statistics 49,748

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

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