Top Schools for Mechanical Engineering

Learn about programs in mechanical engineering, through which students learn how to research, design and develop engines, machines and tools. Read about the degree options at three high-ranking universities, and find an overview of other schools in the U.S. that train mechanical engineers.

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According to U.S. News & World Report, the highest-ranked mechanical engineering schools in the country can be found at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the University of California in Berkeley. All three universities offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering; unique to MIT are its related programs in marine and ocean engineering.

Top U.S. Schools with Mechanical Engineering Programs

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA

According to U.S. News & World Report in 2010, MIT ranked first in the nation for its Department of Mechanical Engineering. In 2011, the university also placed first for its undergraduate engineering programs, as designated by USN&WR.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at this private institution offers three undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and ocean engineering, as well as a student-designed program. Graduate students can pursue Master of Science (M.S.) programs in mechanical, marine, ocean and oceanographic engineering. Additional programs include an M.S. in Naval Architecture and a Master of Engineering (M.Eng) in Manufacturing. A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and a Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) are also offered, as well as two mechanical engineer and naval engineer degrees.

2. Stanford University in Stanford, CA

Stanford University is a private school that placed fifth on U.S. News & World Report's list of national universities in 2009. USN&WR also ranked the university's Mechanical Engineering department second among its peers for 2010.

The Mechanical Engineering department is separated into five groups or programs, including the Biomechanical Engineering (BME) Program, Design Group and Flow Physic and Computational Engineering (FPCE) Group. The Mechanics and Computation Group and Thermosciences Group are also part of the department. Undergraduate and graduate students can pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), M.S. or Ph.D. in general mechanical engineering, product design and biomechanical engineering, among other fields of study. Graduate programs offer both full- and part-time study options.

3. University of California - Berkeley

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California (UC) in Berkeley ranked third in the nation for 2010, according to U.S. News & World Report. As of 2009, the university also had more highly ranked graduate programs than any other school in the country. Programs at the Department of Mechanical Engineering can lead to a B.S., M.S., Ph.D. or M.Eng. The department also offers a unique Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng.) and a 5-year B.S./M.S. program for undergraduates interested in obtaining both degrees in a shorter period of time.

List of Ten Good Mechanical Engineering Schools

School Name Distinction Location
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign Undergraduate externship program with 16 cooperating companies Urbana, IL
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor New research complex broke ground in April 2011 Ann Arbor, MI
Purdue University LEED-certified wing being added to the mechanical engineering building West Lafayette, IN
University of California - Berkeley Doctor of Engineering program Berkeley, CA
Cornell University Experiential Learning Laboratory Ithaca, NY
Georgia Institute of Technology Frank K. Webb Program in Professional Communication Atlanta, GA
Stanford University Highest-ranked mechanical engineering department in the U.S. with a part-time graduate option Stanford, CA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Offers several oceanographic and ocean-related degree programs Cambridge, MA
Princeton University Laser technology program Princeton, NJ
California Institute of Technology Jim Hall Design and Prototyping Lab Pasadena, CA
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