Mechanical Engineering

Ranked in 2014, part of Best Engineering Schools

Mechanical engineers work with machines and engines, from elevator technology to robotics. Students can focus on areas such as heat transfer and fracture mechanics. These are the top graduate schools for mechanical engineering.

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Rankings Overall Engineering School Program Data
Rank School name Score Tuition Total graduate engineering enrollment Average GRE quantitative score (master's and Ph.D. students) (new test) Engineering school research expenditures (2012-2013 fiscal year) Faculty membership in National Academy of Engineering Peer assessment score (out of 5) Ph.D.s granted Recruiter assessment score (out of 5) Research expenditures per faculty member
#3 California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

4.7 $39,990 per year (full-time) 569
#10 Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

4.1 $40,000 per year (full-time) 3,157
#8 Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

4.2 $29,530 per year (full-time) 1,812
#5 Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA

4.5 $11,324 per year (in-state, full-time); $27,330 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 4,576
#1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

4.9 $43,210 per year (full-time) 3,174
#8 Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

4.2 $40,170 per year (full-time) 576
#10 Purdue University—​West Lafayette

West Lafayette, IN

4.1 $10,332 per year (in-state, full-time); $29,134 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 3,333
#1 Stanford University

Stanford, CA

4.9 $45,480 per year (full-time) 3,517
#3 University of California—​Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

4.7 $11,220 per year (in-state, full-time); $26,322 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 1,936
#5 University of Illinois—​Urbana-​Champaign

Urbana, IL

4.5 $16,754 per year (in-state, full-time); $30,246 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 3,154
#5 University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

4.5 $22,322 per year (in-state, full-time); $41,998 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 3,178
#10 University of Texas—​Austin (Cockrell)

Austin, TX

4.1 $9,564 per year (in-state, full-time); $17,506 per year (out-of-state, full-time) 2,397