MS in Mechanical Engineering in USA – Top schools, Fees, GRE, TOEFL Requirements

JD vs MBAMechanical Engineering can be considered one of the most evergreen non-diminishing field there is. You can go back in time to the age when wheels were the latest in nouveau inventions and you will realize that Sumerians had some brilliant mechanical engineers among them. This field has it all. It takes the vision of a physicist, the knowledge of a material scientist and the craftsmanship of an engineer to make one.

Their job, summed up in a few words, entails solving practical problems using mechanical and thermal devices. They design machines, they produce them and they also operate them. In some sense, it is the field that has brought about the modern world as we know it.

Mechanical Engineers are and will continue to be extremely invaluable to the economy given their versatility and necessity to be the essential skillsters needed to keep any manufacturing industry, energy resource industry, auto and aircraft industry, and basically any industry with moving parts, running.

This article is an attempt to cover the basic details of getting a Masters in the field of Mechanical Engineering – top schools, their GRE requirements, tuition expected and other essential living costs if one were to pursue the degree in those schools. Quite as expected, the best schools for obtaining the degree, are typically some of the best known schools in the US.

To apply for an MS, you need to fulfill a few requirements as far as training, up to the level of an advanced degree, is concerned. Anyone with a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering or Ocean Engineering, with a background of solid mechanics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, materials, design and manufacturing, basic electrics and electromagnetic field is eligible to try on the expert hat.

However if you are lacking in any or all of these fields, the schools also have provisions to complete the pre-requisites before moving on to the graduate level courses. Of course that would mean not only delaying your graduation, or perhaps increasing the workload, but also increasing the cost of enrolling in the credits of the individual courses.

And the pay off is well. Masters in Mechanical Engineering are paid an average of $88,190 based on data gathered from 278,340 employed in the field, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The industries which hire ME in the largest numbers cover almost the entirety of all advanced manufacturing and design sectors. Here are some of the industry profiles according to data published by BLS in 2015.
 

MS in Mechanical Engineering in USA

Top Schools, Application Requirements, GRE / TOEFL, Fees & Expense Summary

 

Industry Mean Salary
Industrial Machinery $79,590
Engine, Turbine and Power Equipment $81,820
Architectural, Engineering and Related Services $93,260
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing $83,990
Scientific Research and Development Services $98,260
Aerospace $93,500
Automotive $78,830
Oil $146,740
Waste Treatment $109,170

Source: BLS.gov
 
It is evident from the compensation data, from BLS, that a Mechanical Engineer is usually very well received by various corporations. It is probably because the aptitude of the students and the training by the University departments are oriented to suit the industries perfectly. And while most of the Universities in the US offer advanced courses and research opportunities in the field, there are some significant premier schools which lead the quality of training.

Here’s a list of the top ten schools for pursuing a Masters in Mechanical Engineering based on data provided by the QS World University Rankings from the year 2015.

Besides a good academic standing, excellent letters from credible recommenders, well written statement of purpose (Read How to write an SoP) and an overall interest in pursuing an advanced degree, you need to still consider the required GRE/TOEFL and possible expenses that might put a heavy dent on your wallet.

The data on tuition fees, GRE, TOEFL, Application fees, Rent and other expenses have been obtained from the individual college websites, US News Rankings and Reviews, MBA Crystal Ball and Numbeo.com.
 

School GRE TOEFL

Any one of the IELTS/ TOEFL iBT or PBT

Application Fee Tuition Expenses ~Rent + Grocery

Expenses/Month

MIT No Minimum

(MIT)

IELTS 7.0

TOEFL iBT 100

TOEFL PBT 577

$75 $46,400

(MIT)

Rent $1200

Food $400

Stanford University V 159

Q 163

(MBA Crystal Ball)

TOEFL iBT 89

TOEFL PBT 575

(Stanford)

$125 $47073

(Stanford)

Rent $750 – $1900

Food $380

University of California Berkeley V 157

Q 165

(MBA Crystal Ball)

TOEFL iBT 90

TOEFL PBT 570

(UCB)

$125 $27,386

(UCB)

Rent $1100 to $1600

Food $460

University of Michigan 80th – 90th Percentile

(UMich)

 

TOEFL iBT 84

TOEFL PBT 580

(UMich)

$90 $44,216

(US News Rankings and Review)

Rent $884 – $ 1291

Food $285

Georgia Institute of Technology V 150

Q 155

Analytical Writing 3.5

(Gatech)

 

TOEFL iBT 94

TOEFL PBT 580

(Gatech)

$75 $27,872

(US News Rankings and Review)

Rent $1260 – $1500

Food $340

Harvard University No Minimum

 

TOEFL iBT 80

Additional Information

$105 $43,296

(Harvard)

Rent $1200+

Food $400

California Institute of Technology No Minimum No Minimum $100 $45,264

(Caltech)

Rent $700 – $1250

Food $350

Purdue University – West Lafayette No Minimum

(Average Admitted with Q 162)

(Purdue)

IELTS 6.5

TOEFL iBT 77

TOEFL PBT 575

PTE 58

 

$75 $28,565

(Purdue)

Rent $600 – $800

Food $340

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Not Specified

(UIUC)

IELTS 7

TOEFL iBT 103

TOEFL PBT 613

 

IELTS 6.5

TOEFL iBT 90

TOEFL PBT 577

(For Outstanding Record)

$90 $31,626

(US News Rankings and Review)

Rent $600 – $1000

Food $330

University of California Los Angeles V > 79th Percentile

Q > 92nd Percentile

 

IELTS 7

TOEFL iBT 87

TOEFL PBT 577

$125 $31,427

(UCLA)

Rent $1200 – $1800

Food $340

TOEFL iBT: TOEFL Internet-based Test | TOEFL PBT: TOEFL Paper-delivered Test
 
These are just the selection of exceptional institutes to pursue ones’ MS, in ME, graduate needs. The recommended course of action would entail familiarizing yourself with the latest research and course structures of any of the many respectable Universities in the US. You can make it easier to choose the program based on your priorities wrt the research, cost of living, availability of financial aid, location of the university and finally the compatibility of the options with your records and requirements.

The list above is a helpful starting point to consider the University expectations, for the candidate applying for an MS graduate degree. It is now for you to consider how your expectations are met!

Good Luck!

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All about the top masters programs in the world
Average cost of studying abroad for Masters degree
MS in USA eligibility and basic requirements
 
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3 Comments

  1. kathiravan G says:

    Sir I finished my B.E graduation in specialisation of mechanical engineering. I’m interested in MBA. What course I select ? Please suggested And guide me to the right way for better path.

  2. Sameer Kamat says:

    @kathiravan: Since you’ve already decided on the course (i.e. MBA), I assume your query is – ‘Which business school do I select?’

    Here’s an article that should help you get started: http://www.mbacrystalball.com/blog/2016/02/03/how-to-select-business-schools/

  3. Mohammed Maaz Barmawar says:

    Sir I finished my B.E graduation in specialisation of mechanical engineering. I’m interested in research and development and planning for MS and PhD program in US. What course should I select ? Please suggest And guide me to the right way for better path.

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