The rapidly advancing field of engineering calls for advanced, up-to-date expertise. With one of Grad School Hub's 20 Best Master's Degrees in Engineering, students can help engineer the future.

The dynamic field of engineering encompasses a wide range of industries and innovations. Engineers design and create the structures and technologies that shape our modern world – from highways to children's toys. While the field of engineering is vast and varied, it generally involves scientific and mathematical foundations as well as an understanding of design principles. The following list includes programs suitable for both recent undergraduates and practicing engineers. Applicants to these programs are typically expected to have an undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering field. Engineering courses vary depending on the field but they generally address the structure, properties, and processes of scientific materials.

The engineering umbrella covers aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering, and more. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, many new engineering jobs are projected to be for civil engineers, the largest engineering occupation. Civil engineering is experiencing a faster-than-average growth rate of 11 percent. Industrial engineering is second in projected job growth at 10 percent, and mechanical engineering is third at nine percent. Petroleum engineers are the highest-paid, bringing in a 2017 median annual salary of $137,170. The 2016 median annual wage for engineers overall was $91,010.

Methodology

The staff of Grad School Hub has compiled the following 20 Best Master's Degrees in Engineering for the 2019-20 academic school year based on public data released from educational, commercial, and government databases. Data contributed from sources such as the National Center for Education Statistics, and the U.S. Department of Labor plays a significant role in how graduate degree programs are ranked because institutional transparency is essential for deciding which career path is right for you. Based on this data, GSH organizes information into five weighted categories, which are:

  • Alumni Feedback: 20%
  • Continued Enrollment: 20%
  • Degree Selectivity: 10%
  • Graduate Expenses: 25%
  • Projected Annual Salary: 25%

A more comprehensive evaluation of how each category is determined and scored is accessible through our Ranking Methodology page.

Here are the 20 Best Master's Degrees in Engineering for 2019 – 2020!

#20 – Arizona State University

Master of Science in Engineering

Mesa, AZ

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Arizona State University offers a Master of Science in Engineering through the Polytechnic School of its Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in a field relating to engineering, math, or physical sciences. The interdisciplinary core curriculum consists of three courses: Engineering Analysis, Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Principles of Systems Engineering. These are supplemented by courses from within five focus areas: alternative energy, automotive, manufacturing, mechanical systems, and robotics. Students can choose to culminate the 30-credit curriculum with a master's thesis or applied project.

Originally established as a teacher training school in 1885, ASU is now one of the largest public universities in the United States by student enrollment. It operates five campuses across the Phoenix metropolitan area, plus four regional learning centers throughout the state. Its original campus in Tempe is home to most of its graduate programs. Engineering programs are held at the university's Polytechnic campus in Mesa. As a NASA-designated space-grant institution, ASU is classified as a doctoral university with "highest research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation. Notably, ASU professor Donald Johnson discovered the three-million-year-old fossil "Lucy" in Ethiopia and established the Institute of Human Origins. U.S. News & World Report ranks ASU No. 44 in graduate engineering schools.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $11,406 in-state; $25,160 out-of-state

#19 – University of California, Davis

Master of Engineering

Davis, CA

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The University of California, Davis offers a flexible Master of Engineering program. Qualified students will have a minimum of one year of background in physics, chemistry, and engineering-level math. Open to both recent graduates and working professionals, the program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. The core curriculum consists of five advanced courses in the thermodynamics of solids, functional and mechanical properties of materials, the structure of materials, and transport phenomena in materials processes. Students can personalize the degree through elective selections such as Electron Microscopy Lab, Molecular Modeling, Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry, and Teams and Technology. The program culminates in a capstone report. The program has been designed so that it can be completed in one year.

Founded in 1909 as a branch farm school of the University of California, UC Davis is now its own public research university. As both a land-grant and space-grant institution, it is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral research university with very high research activity. It is also a member institution of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The university's research centers include the Bodega Marine Reserve, the California National Primate Research Center, and the John Muir Institute of the Environment. UC Davis is counted among the United States' "Public Ivy" universities, meaning it offers a quality of education comparable to that of the private Ivy League. The university is ranked by U.S. News & World Report at No. 38 in National Universities, No. 24 in Most Innovative Schools, and No. 10 in Top Public Schools. Its engineering grad school is ranked No. 31 in the nation.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $11,442 in-state; $26,544 out-of-state

#18 – Texas Tech University

Master of Engineering

Lubbock, TX

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Texas Tech University offers a Master of Engineering through its Edward E. Whitacre, Jr. College of Engineering. The interdisciplinary, non-thesis program is designed primarily for working engineers. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in engineering in order to be admitted. The 36-credit program can be completed on campus or online. Students can choose to follow the standard program or to specialize in Healthcare Engineering. The program culminates in a comprehensive final exam.

Texas Tech was established in 1923 as Texas Technological College. Today, the public state university is the primary institution of the Texas Tech University System. It is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a tier-one research university with "highest research activity." Its research projects explore areas including atmospheric sciences, epidemiology, and wind energy. In addition to its main campus in Lubbock, TTU operates five satellite campuses in Texas and one in Seville, Spain. The Lubbock campus is home to several libraries and museums, including the substantial Museum of Texas Tech University and the National Ranching Heritage Center. U.S. News & World Report ranks TTU No. 100 in Top Public Schools and No. 93 in best graduate engineering schools.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $5,832 in-state; $13,302 out-of-state

#17 – Princeton University

Master of Engineering

Princeton, NJ

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Princeton University currently offers Master of Engineering degrees in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Water Resources, as well as Structural Engineering. The Chemical and Biological Engineering program is a coursework-based program designed for working engineers. Sample courses include Hydrodynamic Stability and Incompressible Fluid Mechanics. The degree does not require research or a master's thesis. The other two programs, offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, focus on design-oriented courses and research projects. Sample courses include Geometry and Elasticity in Plates and Shells as well as Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering. Both degree programs can be completed in one academic year – 10 months – of full-time study.

Founded in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nation's nine colonial colleges. Originally located in Elizabeth and then Newark, Princeton is now located in the town of Princeton, New Jersey, about one hour from both New York City and Philadelphia. The private Ivy League university has a significant endowment, some of which is invested in its art museum which features works by such artists as Andy Warhol and Vincent Van Gogh. The university's vast library holdings include the autographed manuscript of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Among the school's research institutes is the interdisciplinary Princeton Environmental Institute. Princeton is ranked first in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The site also ranks the university first for the best value, 12th for innovation, and 17th for graduate engineering.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $49,450

#16 – Vanderbilt University

Master of Engineering

Nashville, TN

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Vanderbilt University offers a Master of Engineering degree through its School of Engineering. The degree program is designed for working engineers who would like to pursue an advanced degree while continuing to work. The program can be completed on a full-time or one-course-at-a-time basis. Though the program welcomes individuals directly from undergraduate school, it takes a primarily professional, rather than theoretical, perspective. The degree is offered in the realms of biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering, and as an interdisciplinary cyber-physical systems program. Students can culminate the program with a master's thesis or Master of Engineering project.

Founded in 1873, Vanderbilt was named in honor of its initial benefactor, shipping and rail magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt. The private university is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral university with the "highest research activity." Its affiliate research centers include the Dyer Observatory, the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center, the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics, and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. The university's research efforts include such areas of study as blue roses, the card game bridge, coffee, and the effects of radiation. The Vanderbilt University Medical Center was part of the university but became a separate institution in 2016. Vanderbilt is ranked by U.S. News & World Report at No. 14 in National Universities, No. 7 in Best Value Schools, and No. 39 among graduate engineering schools.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $47,208

#15 – University of the Pacific

Master of Science in Engineering Science

Stockton, CA

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The University of the Pacific offers a Master of Science in Engineering Science program. Students in the program can choose a concentration in Civil Engineering (Environmental and Structural); Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Engineering Management; or Mechanical Engineering. Students may be admitted to the traditional program after completion of a bachelor's degree, or they may complete an accelerated five-year blended program while pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or computer science at the university. Students may choose to culminate the 30-unit program of study with a master's thesis, research project, or additional coursework.

As it was chartered in 1851, UOP is the oldest chartered university in California. It is also home to the first conservatory of music and first medical school on the West Coast. The Pacific campus was chartered in Santa Clara before moving to San Jose and eventually settling in its current Stockton location. The picturesque campus has served as a backdrop in numerous Hollywood movies such as Flubber and two Indiana Jones movies. It is home to extensive collections relating to its notable alumnus, jazz musician Dave Brubeck. The campus also houses the papers of environmental pioneer John Muir. U.S. News & World Report ranks Pacific No. 106 in National Universities and No. 45 in Best Value Schools.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $47,480

#14 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Cambridge, MA

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers a Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering. The professionally-oriented program involves fast-paced advanced coursework and real-world engineering projects. Students can follow a track in Environmental Engineering Science or Structural Mechanics and Design. Courses include Demand Modeling, Resilient Infrastructure Networks, and The Airline Industry. The program consists of 90 credits of study including a master's thesis. The degree can be earned in nine months.

MIT was founded in 1861 in response to the industrialization of the United States. Modeled as a polytechnic university, MIT emphasizes applied science and engineering instruction in laboratory settings. A land-, sea-, and space-grant institution, it is a member of the Association of American Universities. It is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with very high research activity. The private institution has been involved in significant military science research efforts since World War II. It has also made developments and discoveries in areas such as radar, Huntington's disease, and information theory. MIT alumni have gone on to start companies including Buzzfeed, Intel, and Texas Instruments. The university is ranked by U.S. News & World Report at No. 3 in Best Value Schools, Most Innovative Schools, and National Universities. The site also ranks it first in engineering schools at the graduate level.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $51,832

#13 – San Diego State University

Master of Engineering

San Diego, CA

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San Diego State University offers a practice-oriented, interdisciplinary program leading to a Master of Engineering. The degree program is designed for both working professionals and recent graduates who are interested in boosting their engineering careers with an emphasis on business and management. The 36-credit curriculum includes 18 units of graduate engineering courses and 12 units of graduate business courses. The program culminates with a six-unit engineering design project and written report.

Founded as a teacher training school in 1897, SDSU is the third-oldest member institution in the 23-campus California State University system. The public space-grant university is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral university with high research activity. Its off-campus facilities include the Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory, Mount Laguna Observatory, and the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve. U.S. News & World Report ranks SDSU No. 60 in Top Public Schools and No. 45 in Most Innovative Schools.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $7,176 in-state; $16,680 out-of-state

#12 – University of California, San Diego

Master of Engineering in Bioengineering

San Diego, CA

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The University of California, San Diego offers a Master of Engineering in Bioengineering. The professional degree is course-based and does not require a master's thesis. The core curriculum is comprised of courses in the areas of engineering physics, imaging, life science, and tissue engineering. Elective offerings include Algorithm Design and Analysis, Bionanotechnology, Elasticity, and Venture Mechanics. Beyond coursework, the largely self-directed program involves an industrial training experience, a master's project, and a technical report. The degree can be completed in one academic year of full-time study.

UC San Diego was founded in 1960 near the pre-existing Scripps Institute of Oceanography, which is now part of the university. The public state university is part of the University of California system. The sea- and space-grant institution operates 19 research units, including the Center for Energy Research, the Institute of Global Conflict and Cooperation, and the San Diego Supercomputer Center. The campus includes the Birch Aquarium, Geisel Library, and eucalyptus groves. U.S. News & World Report ranks UCSD No. 45 in Most Innovative Schools, No. 41 in National Universities, and No. 12 in Top Public Schools. The site also ranks the university at No. 5 in graduate Bioengineering.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $11,442 in-state; $26,544 out-of-state

#11 – University of Maryland, College Park

Master of Engineering in Project Management

College Park, MD

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The University of Maryland, College Park offers a part-time program leading to a Master of Engineering degree in Project Management. Designed for working engineers, the practice-oriented program helps develop and adapt professionals' skills to meet changing industry standards. Students can choose from 16 concentration areas. The core curriculum consists of five courses in risk management, cost accounting and finance, legal aspects of design and construction, team management, and project management fundamentals. Elective offerings include Evolving as a Project Leader, Sustainability Fundamentals for Project Managers, and Web-Based Project Management.

Founded in 1856, UMD is the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland. It is also the largest university in both the state of Maryland and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. A land-, sea-, and space-grant institution, UMD is a member of the Association of American Universities. The public university is categorized by the Carnegie Foundation in the top tier of research universities. It is also counted among the nation's "Public Ivy" institutions. The university receives research funding from such institutions as the FDA, NASA, and the Department of Homeland Security. Research areas include bird flu, astronautic-robotic interaction, quantum and atomic physics, and climate change. Located in College Park, the UMD campus is a designated arboretum and botanical garden. U.S. News & World Report ranks the university No. 63 in National Universities, No. 22 in Top Public Schools, and No. 22 in graduate engineering schools.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $12,906 in-state; $27,864 out-of-state

#10 – Johns Hopkins University

Master of Science and Engineering in Biomedical Engineering

Baltimore, Maryland

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Johns Hopkins University offers a Master of Science and Engineering in Biomedical Engineering. The research-based program is designed to prepare students for research-based careers or doctoral studies in biomedical engineering. Students can choose to follow a thesis track, which includes supervised research projects and completes the degree in two years. Alternatively, students can complete a non-thesis program with a focus area in one year. The program offers six focus area options, including but not limited to Computational Medicine, Genomics and Systems Biology, and Neuroengineering. Students in the program can make use of the university's Biomedical Design Studio which is a space to brainstorm, design, and develop prototypes for biomedical solutions.

JHU was established in 1876 with help from a massive donation from abolitionist and entrepreneur Johns Hopkins. The university is considered the nation's first research university. It was a founding member of the Association of American Universities. The private university's research centers include the Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Center for a Livable Future, the Center for Talented Youth, and the Space Telescope Science Institute. JHU operates campuses in Maryland; Washington, D.C.; China; Italy; and Singapore. The university is ranked by U.S. News & World Report at No. 18 in both Best Value Schools and Most Innovative Schools and No. 10 in National Universities. It is also ranked No. 17 in Best Engineering Schools at the graduate level.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $53,740

#9 – Duke University

Master of Engineering in Electrical & Computer Engineering

Durham, NC

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 Duke University. Duke's Master of Engineering in Electrical & Computer Engineering is an industry-focused degree program. Its 30-credit curriculum includes eight graduate courses in electrical and computer engineering and two in business and management. Required courses include Business Fundamentals for Engineers and Management of High Tech Industries. Students must select three technical electives in a specific concentration area, such as Micro-Nano Systems, Photonics, or Sensing and Waves. The degree program culminates with an internship or research project.

Founded in 1838, Duke is a private research university affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The university operates three campuses in Durham, North Carolina, and a marine lab in the town of Beaufort. The university also administers schools in Singapore and China. The university's academic facilities include an art museum, a nuclear lab, several language labs, a forest, a herbarium, and a lemur center. Once a historic tobacco and textile hub, Durham now lies at the heart of the Research Triangle anchored by three major research institutions: Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, and NC State. U.S. News & World Report ranks Duke No. 16 in Most Innovative Schools, No. 13 in Best Value Schools, and No. 8 in National Universities. The university also ranks at No. 24 in Best Engineering Schools at the graduate level.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $53,540

#8 – Texas A&M University

Master of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering

College Station, TX

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Texas A&M University offers a non-thesis program leading to a Master of Engineering degree in Aerospace Engineering. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering or a closely related field. The plan of study requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, one-third of which must be completed outside the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Major course offerings include Advanced Aerodynamics, Damage and Failure in Composite Materials, Multifunctional Materials, and Theory of Elasticity. The program culminates in a final research project.

Established in 1871, Texas A&M was the first public institution of higher learning in Texas. It has since grown into the largest university in the state and the second-largest in the nation by student enrollment. Since 1948, it has been the founding institution of the Texas A&M University System. A land-, sea-, and space-grant institution, A&M is a member of the Association of American Universities. It receives research funding from such organizations as NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. The university's research centers include the Cyclotron Institute, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology, and the Texas Transportation Institute. Along with its main campus in College Park, A&M operates two additional Texas branch campuses and another in Qatar. U.S. News & World Report ranks the university No. 66 in National Universities, No. 44 in Best Value Schools, No. 37 in Most Innovative Schools, and No. 24 in Top Public Schools. The site also ranks the university No. 15 in Best Engineering Schools and No. 10 in Aerospace Engineering at the graduate level.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $6,552 in-state; $17,904 out-of-state

#7 – University of Georgia

Master of Science in Engineering

Athens, GA

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The University of Georgia offers a rigorous program leading to a Master of Science degree in Engineering. Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science degree in order to be admitted. If applicants do not have an undergraduate engineering background, they may be required to take selected preparatory coursework. Students can choose an emphasis area in civil engineering, electrical and computer engineering, or mechanical engineering. Civil engineering courses cover structural and geotechnical engineering and environment and water. The electrical engineering curriculum offers tracks in control systems, electronics and photonics, and cyber-physical systems. The mechanical engineering emphasis includes courses in design, optimization, and manufacturing; energy, fluid, and thermal systems; and mechanics and materials. In any of the emphasis areas, the MS in Engineering program curriculum includes a minimum of 33 semester hours of study including graduate courses, master's research, and thesis work.

Founded in 1785, UGA is one of the oldest public universities in the United States. A land-, sea-, space-, and sun-grant institution, it is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having the "highest extensive research activity." The Center for Measuring University Performance ranks it among the nation's top research universities. The main campus is located in Athens, Georgia, which consistently ranks among the nation's best college towns for its vibrant food, drink, and music scenes. The university also operates satellite campuses in Atlanta and Lawrenceville and centers in Washington, D.C.; Monteverde, Costa Rica; Oxford, England; and Cortona, Italy. Off-campus properties include the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Oconee Forest Park, Lake Herrick, and the Herrick Creek Loop. The university is ranked by U.S. News & World Report at No. 46 in National Universities and No. 13 in Top Public Schools.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $8,704 in-state; $24,692 out-of-state

#6 – University of Pennsylvania

Master of Science in Engineering

Philadelphia, PA

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The University of Pennsylvania offers a Master of Science in Engineering through its Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering. Students can choose from four major options: Electrical Engineering, Embedded Systems, Robotics, and Systems Engineering. Those majoring in Electrical Engineering can choose to focus in Circuits and Computer Engineering, Information and Decision Systems, or Nano Devices and Nano Systems. Each major program has its own unique core curriculum and elective offerings. All MSE programs offer a master's thesis and independent study options.

Founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, UPenn is one of the nine colonial colleges founded prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was also the nation's first institution of higher learning to refer to itself as a university. The private Ivy League university was home to the first medical school, university teaching hospital, collegiate business school, and student union building in the United States. Notably, the first general-purpose electronic computer was born at the university's Moore School of Electrical Engineering in 1946. Penn is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral university with the "highest research activity." It is ranked by U.S. News & World Report at No. 32 in Most Innovative Schools, No. 12 in Best Value Schools, and No. 8 in National Universities. It also ranks at No. 2 in Best Engineering Schools at the graduate level.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $34,882

#5 – Cornell University

Master of Engineering in Computer Science

Ithaca, NY

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Cornell University offers a Master of Engineering in Computer Science. The professionally-oriented degree program is designed to build practical skills for a wide range of careers relating to computer science. Students can personalize their program by selecting from pre-approved electives in math, science, engineering fields, and management. Elective offerings include Data Mining and Machine Learning; Games, Economic Behavior, and the Internet; Robotic Manipulation; and Women in the Workplace. The 30-credit program involves six courses and a research project and can be completed in two semesters.

Cornell was founded in 1865 and intended for both theoretical and practical study in all fields of knowledge. It is a private, state-supported university, a member of the Ivy League, and the only land-grant university in the state of New York. In addition to its main campus in Ithaca, Cornell administers medical campuses in New York City and Qatar and a technological graduate program on New York's Roosevelt Island. Additional Cornell facilities include the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Shoals Marine Laboratory. The university also owns more than 4,300 acres of botanic gardens. U.S. News & World Report ranks Cornell at No. 21 in Most Innovative Schools, No. 16 in National Universities, and No. 14 in best graduate engineering schools.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $29,500

#4 – Harvard University

Master of Engineering in Computational Science and Engineering

Cambridge, MA

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Harvard University offers a Master of Engineering in Computational Science and Engineering. The research-based program requires completion of a master's thesis, and students can expect to spend most of their second year conducting research. Each student is expected to complete a substantial project with a research mentor. The program of study includes 16 required courses with eight thesis credits. Required courses include Numerical Methods, Computing Foundations of Computational Science, and Systems Development for Computational Science. Students also select elective courses in the realms of applied math and computer science. Elective offerings include Artificial Intelligence, Decision Theory, and Visualization. The degree program is designed to be completed in two years.

Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Its long history, academic influence, and bountiful wealth contribute to its position as one of the world's most prestigious universities. It has the largest financial endowment of any academic institution. The private Ivy League research university was one of the founding members of the Association of American Universities and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a comprehensive doctoral university with very high research activity. The Harvard Library is the largest academic and private library system in the world. The university is ranked by U.S. News & World Report at No. 14 in Most Innovative Schools and No. 2 in both Best Value Schools and National Universities. It also ranks at No. 21 in Best Engineering Schools at the graduate level.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $46,384

#3 – University of Texas at Austin

Master of Science in Engineering

Austin, TX

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The University of Texas at Austin offers a Master of Science in Engineering through its Cockrell School of Engineering. These degrees are offered in several majors, including but not limited to aerospace engineering, materials science and engineering, operations research and industrial engineering, and petroleum engineering. Students who work full-time can follow an executive program in engineering management, mechanical engineering, or electrical and computer engineering. Executive programs can be completed primarily online, though occasional weekend courses may be required. Students can complete an MS in Engineering degree program with a master's thesis, research report, or coursework only.

Founded in 1883, UTA is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. It has the eighth-largest single-campus enrollment in the United States. A public space-grant institution, it is a member of the Association of American Universities. It is counted among the nation's "Public Ivy" universities. Its facilities include the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, the J.J. Pickle Research Campus, and the McDonald Observatory. The university conducts significant research in computer science, energy, neuroscience, software development, and more. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT-Austin No. 49 in National Universities, No. 16 in Most Innovative Schools, and No. 15 in Top Public Schools. The university also ranks at No. 11 in graduate engineering schools.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $11,742 in-state; $22,564 out-of-state

#2 – Stanford University

Master of Science in Engineering

Stanford, CA

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Stanford University offers an interdisciplinary program leading to a Master of Science in Engineering degree. The degree is available in any of the nine departments of the School of Engineering, including but not limited to aeronautics and astronautics, bioengineering, computer science, management science, and materials science. Curricula vary depending on department, but they generally involve department-specific courses, math courses, technical electives, and electives in unrelated areas of study. The degree requires a minimum of 45 quarter units of coursework. It does not require a master's thesis, but students are offered opportunities to participate in research projects. A part-time program is available. Students must complete the degree program within three years.

Founded in 1885, Stanford University ranks among the world's top universities. The private research university played a formative role in the development of Silicon Valley. Located in Stanford, California, on the San Francisco Peninsula, the campus is one of the largest in the United States. The university's research centers and affiliates include the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design; the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace; and the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute. Stanford developments include DNA synthesis and the laser. Stanford alumni have gone on to start companies including Google, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, and Yahoo!. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stanford No. 7 in National Universities, No. 5 in Best Value Schools and Most Innovative Schools, and No. 2 in graduate engineering schools.

Graduate Tuition/Fees: N/A

#1 – University of California, Berkeley

Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Berkeley, CA

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Grad School Hub's first-place master's program in Engineering is offered by the University of California, Berkeley, which concentrates specifically on Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Applicants should have a strong technical background equivalent to a bachelor's degree in computer science. They should also have experience in algorithms, data structures, programming, and theory at or above the undergraduate level. Students can choose from five concentration areas: Data Science and Systems, Physical Electronics and Integrated Circuits, Robotics and Embedded Software, Signal Processing and Communications, and Visual Computing and Computer Graphics. The program is multidisciplinary in nature, with students from multiple engineering departments working together. The curriculum is comprised of courses in technical specialization and engineering leadership. Students also have the opportunity to participate in capstone design experiences in Physical Electronics & Integrated Circuits and Visual Computing & Computer Graphics. The curriculum culminates in a team-oriented capstone project. The full-time program is designed to be completed in one academic year.

Founded in 1868, Berkeley is the flagship institution of the University of California system. The public research university is one of the founding members of the Association of American Universities. Berkeley lab researchers have discovered 16 chemical elements of the periodic table, more than any institution. Further research developments include the discovery of carcinogens, the flu vaccine, and vitamin E, as well as the invention of the hydrogen bomb, the wetsuit, and the polygraph test. The university is also noted for its pivotal student-led Free Speech and Anti-Vietnam War Movements. It is considered one of the nation's "Public Ivy" universities. U.S. News & World Report ranks Berkeley No. 22 in National Universities, No. 2 in Top Public Schools, and No. 3 in graduate engineering schools. The university's graduate engineering programs rank first in computer engineering and second in electrical engineering.

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