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Top Mechanical Engineering Schools in the United States

Higher Education Articles January 3, 2013

Students who have a knack for design, research and development of machinery, engines and tools should consider doing a graduate program in mechanical engineering. In this article, we will look at some of the best school programs in mechanical engineering, in the United States.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – Cambridge, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is considered one of United States’ best engineering schools; in 2011, this university was accorded top ranking among engineering universities in the U.S. by the U.S. News & World Report that featured the school among the best in the 2010 edition of the report. There are three undergraduate degree programs in ocean engineering and mechanical engineering offered at the school; these are in addition to a student-designed program, which is also offered at MIT. Students choosing to pursue a graduate program in mechanical engineering can select from several options such as a Master of Engineering (M.Eng) in Manufacturing, a M.S. in Oceanographic Engineering, a M.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, a M.S. in Ocean Engineering, and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Mechanical Engineering. There are doctoral programs offered at the university.  Apart from a Doctor of Science (Sc.D.), and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), there are a couple of specific naval engineers and mechanical engineers degrees.

Stanford University – Stanford, California

Stanford University is a prestigious private institution located in California. In 2009, the U.S. News & World Report accorded this school fifth rank among the best mechanical engineering departments in the nation. In its 2010 edition, the U.S. News & World Report ranked the department in second place. The department is comprised of five programs or groups; these include the Thermo-sciences Group, the Mechanics and Computation Group, the Flow Physic and Computational Engineering (FPCE) Group, the Design Group, and the Biomechanical Engineering (BME) Program. Bachelor of Science (B.S.), M.S., and Ph.D. programs are offered by the department. These include programs in product design, biomechanical engineering, and mechanical engineering. Both part-time and full-time curricula are offered by the graduate program.

University of California, Berkeley – Berkeley, California

The University of California (UC) – Berkeley campus is a prestigious state university; in 2009, it had several highly rated graduate programs compared to other institution in the United States.  In 2010, the U.S. News & World Report accorded the Department of Mechanical Engineering third rank among the best mechanical engineering departments in the nation. There are many degree programs in mechanical engineering offered at UC – Berkeley. These include Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, Master of Engineering, Master of Science in Engineering, and Ph.D. programs. A Doctor of Engineering program is offered alongside a B.S./M.S. program; this is a five-year tenure course, specially designed for students looking to complete both programs within a relatively short period of time.

List of Ten Great Mechanical Engineering Schools

School Name Location
California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA
Cornell University Ithaca, NY
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA
Princeton University Princeton, NJ
Purdue University West Lafayette, IN
Stanford University Stanford, CA
University of California – Berkeley Berkeley, CA
University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI

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