A new study from U.S. News rates Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as the top engineering school in the United States for 2015, outpacing Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley.
The study looks at 193 graduate schools and ranks them using peer-to-peer assessments, input from corporate recruiters, GRE scores, degrees awarded, student-faculty ratio, and the percent of faculty in the National Academy of Engineering.
The study, conducted in 2013 and 2014, also ranks school’s specialities within the engineering discipline including but not limited to aeronautical and biomedical engineering, agricultural and chemical engineering, and computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering.
Topping the list for overall best school is MIT. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT has a huge engineering program with about 45 percent of all its graduate students enrolled in the school of engineering, and about a third of all faculty members teaching in that discipline. Graduate students have 15 areas in which to earn degrees, most of which are highly ranked.
There are close to 20 worldclass research centers on the MIT campus which specialize in myriad areas, from cancer research and ocean engineering to nanotechnologies. Students also have a strong bridge to the working world through programs like Transportation@MIT and a $100K entrepreneurship competition aimed at funding startups.
Along with being the best engineering school in the country, MIT also has one of the highest price tags: about $43,000 per year for a graduate degree program.
Following MIT for best-in-class graduate engineering programs are Stanford, UC Berkeley, Caltech, and Carnegie Mellon.
When considering specialities, MIT ranks number one for its aerospace, aeronautical, and astronautical engineering program, and number one for its computer engineering degree. Stanford came a close second in computer engineering.
Johns Hopkins University takes first place for its bioengineering program and Georgia Tech for industrial, manufacturing, and systems engineering. The best agricultural engineering programs can be found at Purdue University and Texas A&M.
Good graduate programs often mean good undergraduate degree offerings too. MIT, Stanford, and UC Berkeley are all top rated by U.S. News for their bachelor’s degree programs, with Caltech and Georgia Tech following close behind.
And this spills over into workplace salaries. According to a 2014 PayScale survey—which looked at undergraduate programs only—Caltech and MIT degrees lead to high pay for graduates, with an average starting salary of $68,400 and $68,600 respectively, although graduates from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, and NYU-Poly also rank as top earners according to PayScale.
The highest earner is Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, with a starting salary of $73,300 and a mid-career salary of $143,000 for its engineering graduates.
Harvey Mudd does not offer doctorate programs in engineering, but it is ranked among the top engineering schools for undergraduate degrees by U.S. News. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, and the United States Military Academy at West Point are also ranked in the top five.