2017 Top Engineering Schools for Master's Degrees

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This list ranks the top 15 schools that offer master's degrees in engineering, based on student ratings. Colleges include well-known names such as the Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyStanford UniversityBrown University, and Columbia University in the City of New York. While tuition for top-tier schools is generally in the mid-$40,000 range for out-of-state students, tuition at Cornell University is $29,581 for out-of-state students. Annual tuition at University of California - Berkeley is $28,533 for out-of-state students, and for University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign it is $31,231. Arizona State University offers the most budget-friendly annual tuition, with rates ranging between $6,098 - $27,790.  Arizona State University also gets an amazing 100% recommendation rate from its engineering students.

One Arizona State University student commented on the high quality of the professors who teach in the engineering program, writing, "I am surrounded by professors who are knowledgeable and who care about the success of their students." Another student commented on the helpful nature of the professors, as well as the academic rigor of the program, saying, "The classes were challenging, and there was plenty of help offered throughout my seven years." To read more reviews from engineering graduate students and alumni, click on the names of the colleges listed below.

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All schools on this list have at least one degree accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
Rank College Campus Location 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Campus Location Cambridge (MA) 2017 Student Score 89.62
#2 #2 Brown University Campus Location Providence (RI) 2017 Student Score 89.40
#3 #3 Stanford University Campus Location Stanford (CA) 2017 Student Score 86.88
#4 #4 Carnegie Mellon University Campus Location Pittsburgh (PA) 2017 Student Score 85.51
#5 #5 University of California-Davis Campus Location Davis (CA) 2017 Student Score 83.42
#6 #6 Purdue University - Main Campus Campus Location West Lafayette (IN) 2017 Student Score 82.69
#7 #7 Northwestern University Campus Location Evanston (IL) 2017 Student Score 81.62
#8 #8 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign Campus Location Champaign (IL) 2017 Student Score 81.47
#9 #9 Cornell University Campus Location Ithaca (NY) 2017 Student Score 81.24
#10 #10 University of California - Berkeley Campus Location Berkeley (CA) 2017 Student Score 81.02
#11 #11 Johns Hopkins University Campus Location Baltimore (MD) 2017 Student Score 79.11
#12 #12 Arizona State University Campus Location Tempe (and 4 others) 2017 Student Score 78.64
#13 #13 University of Utah Campus Location Salt Lake City (UT) 2017 Student Score 77.70
#14 #14 University of Maryland - College Park Campus Location College Park (MD) 2017 Student Score 75.17
#15 #15 Columbia University in the City of New York Campus Location New York (NY) 2017 Student Score 74.18


Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2017 Top Programs List, at least ten students from that particular major must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from your institution of choice for more details.

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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.