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MASTERS DEGREE IN ENGINEERING

An Overview of the degree

Masters degree in engineering (abbreviated M.Eng) or Masters of Technology degree (abbreviated M.tech) is a professional master’s degree in the field of Engineering.

Masters degree in Engineering caters to highly-motivated top achieving engineers looking to become future leaders in technology in diverse spheres ranging from Artificial Intelligence to Nano Technology.

The Masters in Engineering has a strong analytical focus which prepares you for a successful career in many domains such as Software Engineering, Power systems, Data Sciences and many more.

 

Why should I apply for a Masters Degree in Engineering?

The Master’s  degree in Engineering (M.Eng) is a 24-month coursework based graduate program that is designed for engineering graduates who want to enhance their technical and professional skills to have a competitive edge in today’s job market.

The M.Eng program is short, it’s focused, and there’s a lot of applications that you can learn from this program, provide the opportunity to use your learning and apply them in a different industry and hence provides flexibility in multiple job sector with different roles. Additionally, if you want to do a Ph.D later you can opt for Masters in Engineering in order to build a research profile in their area of your interest to secure a Ph.D admit from a good university.

By gaining in-depth technical knowledge from M.Eng, it brings out professional qualification in a person which helps in notching jobs with ease, even from the world largest tech companies like Facebook, Apple, Google, Samsung, IBM, Intel, Oracle, Dell, NVIDIA with handsome salary.

 

What do I need before I join Masters in Engineering?

M.Eng is a postgraduate qualification, this means that you will need the following things to apply for this program.

Relevant Bachelors Degree (in Engineering or a related science and technology subject with strong math’s background)
High quantitative GRE score.

What are the different streams and programs in Masters Degree in Engineering?

 

There are various streams in which one can get his masters.

The Most popular ones are as follows:

It the most popular and preferred course among students as it provides many well-paying jobs in the Software and Data Scientists Sector.
There are a lot of specializations to choose from in this stream such as Software theory, Computer and network security, Information Management and Analytics and Artificial Intelligence.

It is also a preferred course by many students who are having knee interest in the electrical field as it provides many well-paying jobs in the Hardware, Cables,Power sector and Semi-Conductor Sector.
There are a lot of specializations to choose from in this stream such as power Systems Engineering, Instrumentation & Control Systems, Power Electronics & Drives, Computer Controlled Industrial Power and many more.

It the most popular and preferred course by many students as it provides many well-paying jobs in the Information systems, Data Analytics and Cyber security management. This is also preferred because students from other branches like mechanical and civil engineering can also get admission in these courses. The focus on GPA and GRE is also not that strict as compared to CS or EE courses.
There are a lot of specializations to choose from in this stream such as Business Intelligence and Analytics, Enterprise Systems, Cyber Security Management, IT Consulting and Services Management, Healthcare Systems.

It is also a preferred course by many students who are having knee interest in the electronic field as it provides many well-paying jobs in the Hardware, Nanotechnology, Power sector and Semi-Conductor Sector.
There are a lot of specializations to choose from in this stream such as Nano Technology, Embedded Systems, Power Systems, Control Systems, Power Electronics and Drives, Signal Processing, VLSI and many more.

It is also a preferred course by many students as it provides many well-paying jobs in the structural engineering, architectural engineering, transportation engineering, and Maintaining physical structure.
There are a lot of specializations to choose from in this stream such as
Geotechnical Engineering (specializing in soil, rock, mining, and petroleum), Hydraulic Engineering (concerned with large bodies of liquid) and Environmental Engineering (dedicated to developing strategies to help the environment).

It the most popular and preferred course among students as it is one of oldest and broadest of engineering specializations. It provides many well-paying jobs in the Mechanical Design Engineering, Senior Mechanical Engineering and Senior Mechanical Process Engineering.
There are a lot of specializations to choose from in this stream such as Energy in Sustainability, Robotics and Control, Design and Innovation and many more.

Duration of Masters Degree in Engineering

Generally, Masters Degree takes two years to complete, but time period may be shorter or longer depending on how the degree program is structured, whether the student is enrolled full time or part time, the degree requirements and prior preparation of the students. During these two years, students need to complete their thesis along with their coursework.

 

Admission requirement for Masters Degree in Engineering

  • GRE official test score report.
  • English language proficiency test score report (TOEFL(preferred) or IELTS)
  • Transcripts of your undergraduate degree (at least the 3rd year results for final year students)
  • Two or three letters of recommendation.
  • SOP
  • CV

Admission criteria for Masters degree in Engineering 

Except for MIS, others are intensively academic courses with a lot of emphases placed on grades. GPA is of paramount importance to most universities for CS and EE courses through the stress they place on it varies from one university to another.

UT Dallas, for example, has a strong focus on GPA whereas at SUNY Buffalo stellar GRE and TOFEL can offset a mildly weak GPA.

English Language tests such as TOEFL mostly act as negative filters which can eliminate you if you have low scores but don’t really get you an admit.

 

Do I need a GRE score?

1. Mostly, GRE test score is compulsory for Masters in Engineering. It may be waived off for candidates who are going to peruse for Master’s degree in the same university after bachelor’s degree.

2. Alternatively, valid TOEFL or IELTS score for English proficiency assurance is required.

A class profile varies specific schools to schools and experience they have for years. Here is a comparison of three class profile of different schools.

1.Class Profile: (Duke Masters in Engineering)

Admissions Profile

• Average Age: 23
• Entering with Work Experience: 15% (average 2.25 years)
• Women: 34%

SCORES (Average)

• GRE Verbal: 152-161
• GRE Quantitative: 163-169
• GRE Analytical Writing: 3.5-4.0
• TOEFL: 101-107
• Grade Point Average: 3.4-3.7

2.Class Profile: (Cornell Masters in Engineering

Admissions Profile

• Class Size: 412
• Early Decision Enrollment: 37.1%
• Women Enrollment: 51.1%
• Men Enrollment: 48.9%

SCORES (Average)

• GRE Verbal: 153-162
• GRE Quantitative: 159-166
• GRE Analytical Writing: 5.0-5.5
• TOEFL: 100-106
• IELTS overall Average: 7.0-7.5

3.Class profile (Berkeley Masters in Engineering)

Admission Profile

• Number of Applicants: 2,034
• Class Size: 366
• Mean age: 23
• International citizens: 74%
• Women: 33%
• Received Masters in Engineering program grant or fellowship: 43%

SCORES (Average)

• GRE Verbal: 151-160
• GRE Quantitative: 155-162
• GRE Analytical Writing: 5.0-5.2
• TOEFL: 100-104
• IELTS overall Average: 6.8-7.4
• Mean GPA: 3.7-4.2

Jobs After Masters Degree in Engineering

After completing M.Eng from any renowned University there is a high likelihood that you will get campus placement or pre-placement offer from the tech giants company or where you have completed your internship.
Every field of M.Eng offer possible employment, following are some of the career options that can be opted after M.Eng:

The Employment opportunities after M.Eng from various MNC and the reputed private organizations offer different positions such as (Sr./Jr.) Engineer or Managerial or Developer position depends on the organization. Here are some of the frequent recruiters from corporate sectors:

(a) Consulting companies like (TCE Consulting Engineers Ltd., ZinnovResearch & Consulting, TCS etc.)
(b) Core Engineering Companies like (Punj Lloyd, L&T ECC, Hitachi)
(c) Coding and IT companies like (Capgemini, Adobe, Lynda, Code Blocks, Tech Mahindra, Wipro, Cognizant)

With a number of renowned colleges offer teaching job in their college for assistance professor position.

 

One can opt for research work and specialization after M.engwork as a research assistant in a prestigious lab under senior scientist and later on get the opportunity to work with reputed organizations or have the opportunity to pursue Ph.D in abroad. Some reputed Organizations are:

  • ISRO
  • NASA
  • DRDO

One can apply for government jobs after cracking GATE exam and able to get job security with a decent salary. Some of the government institutes recruting through GATE are:

  • Steel Authority of India (SAIL)
  • Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (BSPHCL)
  • Hindustan Petroleum Corporation limited (HPCL)
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
  • Delhi Development Authority (DDA)

 

Masters Degree in Engineering Average Salary

For the year 2016, an M.Eng graduate from top engineering school starting average salary was 67000 $ with graduates finding the job all over the world.
Here is the average salary of M.Eng in a different stream:

1)M.Eng Computer Science: $110,650

2)M.EngElectrical Engineering:$95,780

3) M.EngInformation Systems: $96,350

4) M.Eng Electronics Engineering $99,660

5) M.Eng Mechanical Engineering $87,140

6) M.Eng Civil Engineering $87,130

The average salary for Assistant Professor is $76,057, Research and Development$82,750, Government jobs $80,550
Coders at Google and Facebook get paid well above 100,000$ and people who find jobs via consultants get paid as low as 40,000$. So it all depends on your hard work and your placements.

Most Popular Universities For Indian Students

The course is offered in several top universities across the globe and that makes it difficult to determine the ranking of the Master’s schools for this course. In no particular order, given below are some of the top universities offering M.Eng programs.

S.No University Name Country
1 Arizona State University USA
2 University of Southern California USA
3 Northeastern University USA
4 University of Texas – Dallas USA
5 North Carolina State University USA
6 University at Buffalo. USA
7 UNCC USA
8 Syracuse University USA
9 University of Illinois at Chicago USA
10 Stony Brook University USA
11 RIT University USA
12 USF USA
13 Rutgers University- New Brunswick USA
14 Texas A&M University USA
15 UT Arlington USA
16 Georgia Institute of Technology USA
17 Illinois Institute of Technology USA
18 UT Austin. USA
19 University of Florida USA
20 Virginia Tech USA
21 University Of Michigan USA
22 University of Houston USA
23 University of Massachusetts USA
24 University of Utah USA
25 CSU Fullerton USA
26 Stevens Institute of Technology USA
27 George Mason University USA
28 University of Washington USA
29 State University of New York USA
30 Indiana University Bloomington USA
31 University of Maryland USA
32 University of Minnesota, Twin Cities USA

For reference, we have shared links to M.Eng program listed on the official sites of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University.

1.Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2.Cornell University