Best master's in mechanical engineering

Is a master’s degree in mechanical engineering worth it? It depends on which school and program you choose. Earnings with a master’s degree average $14,344 more than with a bachelor’s 3 years after graduation. The advanced skills gained in a graduate mechanical engineering program can also lead to significant career advancement including leadership or research and development roles. Explore the top mechanical engineering master's programs in the U.S. below.

Our master’s in mechanical engineering rankings cover 71 of the 190 universities available, accounting for 64% of total student conferrals. Three years after completing their degree, graduates earn a weighted average salary of $88,345.

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#1 in Mechanical Engineering | #1 in Engineering

Oakland University

Rochester Hills, Michigan

Economic score: 0.16

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $102,429

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $7,203

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $17,086

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.17

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#2 in Mechanical Engineering | #24 in Engineering

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Blacksburg, Virginia

Economic score: 0.16

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $83,712

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $1,268

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $12,944

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.15

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#3 in Mechanical Engineering | #6 in Engineering

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, New York

Economic score: 0.18

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $85,953

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $943

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $15,061

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.18

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#4 in Mechanical Engineering | #41 in Engineering

Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona

Economic score: 0.18

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $84,399

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $1,450

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $14,974

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.18

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#5 in Mechanical Engineering | #20 in Engineering

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York

Economic score: 0.18

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $80,624

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $3,285

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $14,000

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.17

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#6 in Mechanical Engineering | #26 in Engineering

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky

Economic score: 0.18

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $86,731

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $402

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $15,831

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.18

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#7 in Mechanical Engineering | #37 in Engineering

Purdue University

West Lafayette, Indiana

Economic score: 0.19

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $104,408

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $5,387

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $20,932

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.20

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#8 in Mechanical Engineering | #49 in Engineering

The University of Texas at Arlington

Arlington, Texas

Economic score: 0.19

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $82,440

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $5,402

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $17,126

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.21

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#9 in Mechanical Engineering | #59 in Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, Georgia

Economic score: 0.22

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $91,491

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $1,421

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $20,500

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.22

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#10 in Mechanical Engineering | #12 in Engineering

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Economic score: 0.22

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $92,632

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $221

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $20,500

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.22

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#11 in Mechanical Engineering | #84 in Engineering

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

Economic score: 0.23

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $94,093

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $178

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $21,573

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.23

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#12 in Mechanical Engineering | #33 in Engineering

California State University, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Economic score: 0.23

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $83,310

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $13,643

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $16,637

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.20

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#13 in Mechanical Engineering | #94 in Engineering

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Economic score: 0.24

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $94,925

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $4,363

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $23,794

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.25

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#14 in Mechanical Engineering | #31 in Engineering

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Economic score: 0.24

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $99,835

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $4,962

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $25,192

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.25

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#15 in Mechanical Engineering | #71 in Engineering

Binghamton University

Vestal, New York

Economic score: 0.25

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $83,024

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $948

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $20,500

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.25

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#16 in Mechanical Engineering | #54 in Engineering

Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, New Jersey

Economic score: 0.25

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $84,204

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $3,277

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $20,500

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.24

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#17 in Mechanical Engineering | #30 in Engineering

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, Ohio

Economic score: 0.26

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $93,490

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $50

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $24,362

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.26

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#18 in Mechanical Engineering | #16 in Engineering

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, Massachusetts

Economic score: 0.26

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $91,716

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $1,067

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $23,643

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.26

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#19 in Mechanical Engineering | #25 in Engineering

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

Economic score: 0.26

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $98,828

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $4,613

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $27,199

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.28

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#20 in Mechanical Engineering | #8 in Engineering

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, New York

Economic score: 0.26

The economic Score is the combination of debt-to-earnings ratio and earningsplus. We use the economic score to determine a graduate program’s rank. The lower the economic score the better. For an analysis of how we arrive at the economic score, and a description of our data sources, please visit our methodology page.

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Earnings: $81,980

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $4,117

EarningsPlus compares student earnings after college against a benchmark of all students with the same graduate degree, adjusting for the in-state / out-of-state composition of the student body.

Debt: $20,500

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.25

The debt-to-earnings ratio is calculated by dividing student debt upon graduation by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

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How long does it take to pay down debt in mechanical engineering?

Years

Under 6 months

The average debt accrued from a master's degree in mechanical engineering is covered by average graduate earnings in under 6 months.

How much do graduates with master's degree in mechanical engineering earn?

Salary

$88,436

The median master's degree in mechanical engineering graduate earns $88,436 3 years after graduating.

How much does a master's degree in mechanical engineering cost?

Net cost

$20,235

The average annual cost of a master's degree in mechanical engineering is $20,235. This is the net cost and considers only students that have received Title IV funds.