Dartmouth engineers are collaborating with research partners across disciplines, both on and off-campus, to study climate change and improve energy resiliency in cold regions.
Graduate Engineering Studies at Dartmouth
Join a dynamic community of leading researchers who will help you forge your own unique path to discovery, invention, and application. Tackle both focused and multidisciplinary problems together with peers and mentors who put human well-being and global societal need at the center of their engineering education, research, and practice.
Engineering Master's Degrees
Master of Science
Emphasizes engineering research, applied mathematics skills, and depth with breadth across disciplines.
Master of Engineering
Provides specialized depth in your field of choice through either full-time or part-time coursework.
Engineering Doctoral Degrees
Doctor of Philosophy
Offers flexibility within and across research/program areas and prepares you for either a professional or academic position.
PhD Innovation Program
Supplements the doctoral engineering curriculum with entrepreneurial studies—the first of its kind in the nation.
The Graduate Engineering Experience
“One of my projects was developing a tool to study climate change through measuring the changes in Arctic sea ice. It called on a combination of mechanical, electrical, and systems engineering. The systems part was key. The product emerged on the boundary between science and engineering.”
—Cameron Planck, PhD Th'20
Dartmouth offers a diversity of concentrations with collaborative synergies between engineering disciplines. Graduate students are expected to propose a plan of study that supports their interests on a path unconstrained by disciplinary boundaries. Both faculty and students draw from these multiple areas of expertise for maximum human-centered impact:
At Dartmouth, where half of the tenure-track engineering faculty have started companies, we are working to address the nation's growing need for people with both technical and entrepreneurial expertise. As part of that effort, you may:
- Become a PhD Innovation Program Fellow
- Get involved with a faculty start-up
- Gain training through the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship
- Add yours to the list of patent applications filed by PhD candidates
- Start your own company
"Students who become really good at design become experts at a process that they can apply to anything, from designing medical devices to improving the lives of infants in their car seats. The same process can be applied, no matter what the problem is.”
—Professor Peter Robbie
The principles of design thinking are integrated throughout the curriculum. Students come away with the skills to assess human nature, needs, habits, desires, abilities, and cultures and incorporate them into technological design.
“In our medical and biomedical engineering, just to pick one area, we have the huge advantage to work closely with a teaching hospital. We can work directly with clinicians. We can test patients. That ability doesn’t exist in the same way at other places.”
—Professor Doug Van Citters
Dartmouth encourages and facilitates collaboration to widen your horizon even further. Partners for collaboration include:
- Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies
- Department of Computer Science
- Tuck School of Business
- Geisel School of Medicine
- Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
- Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship
- Irving Institute for Energy and Society
- Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab (CRREL)
- Peer institutions, government, and industry
While acquiring technical depth in your area, you'll also hone your leadership skills. You'll practice different kinds of writing, learn to give constructive criticism, and become an experienced presenter. The opportunities go beyond a typical advanced degree in engineering. For example, you might:
- Create or redesign a course with a professor
- Start a journal or club in your research area
- Take classes in other departments
Every experience you have beyond your chosen field of expertise prepares you to take the lead in whatever path you choose.
Discover Dartmouth Engineering
Dartmouth prides itself on facilitating collaboration both on and off-campus. Teamwork and cross-pollination occur between peers, colleagues, schools, centers, institutions, and industry.Learn More
Graduate Degree Outcomes
Most MEM graduates enter directly into full-time positions; 20–40% of MS graduates continue on to pursue a PhD and the remaining secure employment; PhD recipients enter into professorships (~15%), research positions (50–60%), or entrepreneurship or industry (~30%).Learn More
Graduate Student Life & Housing
Dartmouth owns and manages over 500 on- and off-campus rental housing units within two miles of campus. Accommodations range from studio apartments to single-family homes.Learn More
Scholarship, Fellowship & Grant Programs
Endowed named scholarships and fellowships, established through the generosity of alumni/ae, friends, foundations, and corporations, are awarded to engineering students with financial need who have demonstrated academic ability and show promise of contributing to the engineering profession.Learn More