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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 ā€“ 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 $91,000 based on data gathered from 290,000 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 2017.

MS in Mechanical Engineering in USA

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


Industry Mean Salary
Household Appliance Manufacturing $88,870
Engine, Turbine and Power Equipment $81,820
Architectural, Engineering and Related Services $96,920
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing $81,720
Scientific Research and Development Services $102,080
Aerospace $93,500
Automotive $85,980
Oil $122,140
Waste Treatment $112,570


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 2018.

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


Any one of the IELTS/ TOEFL iBT or PBT

Application Fee Tuition Expenses ~Rent + Grocery


MIT No Minimum





$75 ~$50,000/9 months


Rent $1200

Food $400

Stanford University V 159

Q 167

(MBA Crystal Ball)




$125 ~$55,000/ 9 months


Rent $750 – $1900

Food $380

University of California Berkeley V 157

Q 165

(MBA Crystal Ball)




$125 ~$28,000/semester


Rent $1100 to $1600

Food $460

University of Michigan 80th – 90th Percentile





$90 ~$24,000/full term

(Office of Registrar)

Rent $884 – $ 1291

Food $285

Georgia Institute of Technology V 150

Q 155

Analytical Writing 3.5






$85 ~$29,000/year

(US News Rankings and Review)

Rent $1260 – $1500

Food $340

Harvard University No Minimum



Additional Information

$105 ~$46,500 Full


Rent $1200+

Food $400

California Institute of Technology No Minimum No Minimum $100 ~$50,000/year


Rent $700 – $1250

Food $350

Purdue University ā€“ West Lafayette No Minimum

(Average Admitted with Q 162)




TOEFL PBT (Reading 19, Listening 14, Writing 18)


$75 ~$15,000/semester for 8+ credits


Rent $600 – $800

Food $340

Princeton University V 162

Q 166

(MBA Crystal Ball)


No minimum. If TOEFL iBT Speaking is <27 or IELTS Speaking < 8.0, students will be required to take English placement test at the start of the program. $90 ~$49,000/year

(US News Rankings and Review)

Rent $600 – $1000

Food $330

University of California Los Angeles V > 79th Percentile

Q > 92nd Percentile





$125 ~$32,000/year


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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6 thoughts on “MS in Mechanical Engineering in USA – Top schools, Fees, GRE, TOEFL Requirements”

  1. 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. Sir I finished my B.E graduation in specialisation of mechanical engineering. Iā€™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.

  3. Sir, My Son completed his Mechanical Engineering and he finished his internship one year in Apollo tyres. He is having a score in GRE 295 and Tofel 89.

    can you guide me which best university in US he can get to do his MS with job opportunity.



  4. I did my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from a not very recognized college in telangana,India. My bachelor’s degree percentage is 73%. And I don’t have lot of skills and practical knowledge of mechanical engineering. Am I eligible to go for master’s in mechanical engineering to country like Germany or us?? What should I do?? Please guide me.

  5. hey i am a mechanical engineer
    my average 3 year pointer is 8
    1 intership +project in same company
    1 mini project .Took part in national level robotics competition
    2 research papers
    1 patent filed (technical related to my field)
    but i have a year gap between my 12th and First year eng and my pointer is decreasing constantly from 9.68 in first sem to 6.36 in 5th and then again up to 9.2 in 6th sem (average comming out to be 8)
    gre score will be between 315-320
    took part in debates, 1 blood donation camp,1 marathon
    i am really confused which colleges to select because my marks aren’t very good and they are decreasing but i have a good enough patent and few research papers
    which colleges can i try for


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