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Master’s Degrees in General Engineering

2,826 Yearly Graduations
$87,600 Median Salary
$29,748 Median Debt
There are 114 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in engineering. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were men, and 19% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 38.8% of engineering graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Engineering Majors

In 2019-2020, 2,826 earned their master's degree in engineering. This makes it the 54th most popular master's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in engineering at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 2,826
Doctor’s Degree 454
Graduate Certificate 82

Earnings of Engineering Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in engineering is $87,600. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money. To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $76,750 to a high of $93,850.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in engineering is $29,748. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit. The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $31,079 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $24,523.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $347.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue master's degrees in engineering. About 76.9% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 2,173
Women 653
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The racial-ethnic distribution of engineering master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 194
Black or African American 152
Hispanic or Latino 148
White 1,105
International Students 1,097
Other Races/Ethnicities 130
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There are 114 colleges that offer a master’s degree in engineering. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
319 Yearly Graduations
19% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for engineering students seekinga master's degree is University of Maryland - College Park. Each year, around 40,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,824 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,158 per year. The engineering program at University of Maryland - College Park awarded 319 master's degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. Of these students, 19% were women and 18% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts
315 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for engineering majors who are seeking their master's degree is Northeastern University. Roughly 22,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,360 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $25,264 per year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 315 people received their master's degree in engineering from Northeastern. Around 5% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 25% were women.

#3

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire
175 Yearly Graduations
36% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for engineering majors who are seeking their master's degree is Dartmouth College. Roughly 6,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,796 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $57,796 per year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 175 master's degrees were handed out to engineering majors at Dartmouth. About 36% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama
135 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for engineering majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Alabama at Birmingham. Each year, around 22,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,568 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,100 per year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 135 people received their master's degree in engineering from UAB. Of these students, 25% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia
100 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Old Dominion University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in engineering. Roughly 24,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,029 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,207 per year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 100 people received their master's degree in engineering from Old Dominion. Of these students, 25% were women and 18% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Lamar University

Beaumont, Texas
95 Yearly Graduations
8% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for engineering majors who are seeking their master's degree is Lamar University. Roughly 16,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,129 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,397 per year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 95 people received their master's degree in engineering from Lamar University. Around 8% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 8% were women.

#7

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville, Alabama
84 Yearly Graduations
20% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Alabama in Huntsville is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in engineering. Each year, around 9,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,730 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,632 per year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 84 people received their master's degree in engineering from UAH. Of these students, 20% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
83 Yearly Graduations
22% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for engineering majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Each year, around 24,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,091 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,701 per year. The engineering program at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee awarded 83 master's degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. About 22% of this group were women, and 10% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

65 Yearly Graduations
29% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for engineering majors who are seeking their master's degree is Colorado State University - Fort Collins. Each year, around 32,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,426 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,520 per year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 65 master's degrees were handed out to engineering majors at Colorado State. About 29% of this group were women, and 7% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island
63 Yearly Graduations
25% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Brown University comes in at #10 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in engineering. Each year, around 9,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $59,254 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $59,254 per year. The engineering program at Brown University awarded 63 master's degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. Around 7% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 25% were women.

#11

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado
60 Yearly Graduations
29% Women
12% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Colorado Boulder is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in engineering. Roughly 37,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,728 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,826 per year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 60 people received their master's degree in engineering from CU - Boulder. Of these students, 29% were women and 12% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Oklahoma Christian University

Edmond, Oklahoma
60 Yearly Graduations
18% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for engineering majors who are seeking their master's degree is Oklahoma Christian University. Roughly 2,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $24,550 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,250 per year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 60 people received their master's degree in engineering from OC. Around 59% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 18% were women.

#13

University of California - Riverside

Riverside, California
59 Yearly Graduations
26% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of California - Riverside comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in engineering. Each year, around 26,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year. The engineering program at University of California - Riverside awarded 59 master's degrees during the 2019-2020 school year. About 26% of this group were women, and 50% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

Platteville, Wisconsin
53 Yearly Graduations
7% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Wisconsin - Platteville is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in engineering. Each year, around 7,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,418 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,640 per year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 53 people received their master's degree in engineering from UW - Platteville. Of these students, 7% were women and 24% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Arizona State University - Skysong

Scottsdale, Arizona
53 Yearly Graduations
19% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arizona State University - Skysong comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in engineering. Each year, around 53,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,710 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,516 per year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 53 people received their master's degree in engineering from ASU - Skysong. Of these students, 19% were women and 34% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

University of California - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
42 Yearly Graduations
27% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for engineering majors who are seeking their master's degree is University of California - Los Angeles. Roughly 44,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $11,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,442 per year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 42 master's degrees were handed out to engineering majors at UCLA. About 27% of this group were women, and 55% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California
40 Yearly Graduations
24% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for engineering majors who are seeking their master's degree is San Francisco State University. Each year, around 27,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 40 master's degrees were handed out to engineering majors at SFSU. Around 21% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 24% were women.

#19

San Jose State University

San Jose, California
39 Yearly Graduations
27% Women
58% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Jose State University is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in engineering. Roughly 36,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 39 master's degrees were handed out to engineering majors at San Jose State. Of these students, 27% were women and 58% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
39 Yearly Graduations
28% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Wisconsin - Madison comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in engineering. Roughly 44,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,273 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,728 per year. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 39 people received their master's degree in engineering from UW - Madison. About 28% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to engineering that offer master’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Electrical Engineering 9,791
Mechanical Engineering 7,458
Civil Engineering 5,042
Computer Engineering 4,661
Biomedical Engineering 2,858

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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