Best engineering graduate schools in North Carolina

A master's degree in engineering is your ticket to faster career advancement or leadership and research roles in an engineering firm or government organization. Taking 1-2 years to complete, this degree can lead to anywhere from $5,000 to $25,000 more in annual earnings compared to the bachelor’s degree in engineering. Explore the best engineering masters programs below.

Our master’s in engineering rankings cover 143 of the 290 universities available, accounting for 85% of total student conferrals. Three years after completing their degree, graduates earn a weighted average salary of $93,141.

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#1 in North Carolina | #36 in Engineering nationally

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, North Carolina

Economic score: 0.28

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: $83,912

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $479

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: $23,635

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.

#2 in North Carolina | #98 in Engineering nationally

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

Economic score: 0.42

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: $73,734

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $6,319

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: $28,830

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

Debt to earnings: 0.39

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 North Carolina | #132 in Engineering nationally

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Economic score: 1.24

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: $77,213

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: - $1,601

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: $93,700

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

Debt to earnings: 1.21

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.

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North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, North Carolina

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Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina

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

Salary

$95,836

The median master's degree in engineering graduate earns $95,836 3 years after graduating.

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

Net cost

$16,411

The average annual cost of a master's degree in engineering is $16,411. This is the net cost and considers only students that have received Title IV funds.