Master of Engineering Degree Program

The Master of Engineering (MEng) degree program is aimed at students seeking to become professional engineers or engineers already in the profession seeking to add depth or acquire specialized knowledge within an area of study by covering both basic science and its application to practical problem-solving.

The MEng degree is a flexible course-based program that prepares students for a professional engineering career through a foundational mastery in one of six engineering tracks. The MEng does not require a thesis and can be completed either full-time over nine months, or part-time over several years. While most classes are delivered in-person, the Materials Science track within the MEng program has a fully online option.

On-Campus MEng Admissions

Online MEng Admissions

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Flexible & Streamlined

Dartmouth's MEng:

  • can be completed in three terms
  • is course-based
  • does not require the completion of a thesis
  • offers engineering design project elective
  • offers a one-course research experience

Graduates acquire:

  • basic competency in applied mathematics and engineering
  • breadth of engineering knowledge through elective courses
  • depth of engineering through courses specific to their areas of study
  • project leadership skills

Areas of Study

Through the MEng program, graduates acquire a depth of knowledge through courses specific to their specialized engineering track, as well as basic competency in applied mathematics and engineering and a breadth of understanding of various engineering disciplines through electives. MEng students can tailor their degree to their individual interests with six specialized tracks in:

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Biological and chemical engineering exists at the interface of engineering, biological, and chemical sciences. This interdisciplinary field brings to bear fundamental design principles to both elucidate and modulate the function of biological systems, ranging in scale from molecular to cellular to whole organisms.

On-Campus Biological/Chemical
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Biomedical engineering is the broad area of study in which engineers use an interdisciplinary approach to solve problems in the medical field, often associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems. The program is intended for engineers who want to add depth to their knowledge or acquire new specialized knowledge in biomedical engineering.

On-Campus Biomedical
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Electrical and computer engineering leverages the fundamental principles surrounding electricity to advance today’s emerging technologies ranging from semiconductor devices to advanced communication networks, from self-powered sensors to electric cars, from wearable devices to cognitive medical imaging, and from autonomous vehicles to smart cities.

On-campus Electrical/Computer

Online Computer Engineering

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Energy is a major determinant of world events and quality of life. Energy engineering brings to bear the spectrum of engineering disciplines on challenges and opportunities involving energy, recognizing social, political, and economic contexts.

On-Campus Energy
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Materials Science

The study of materials science and engineering relates the properties of materials—chemical, electrical, magnetic, mechanical, optical—to their internal architecture or microstructure.

MEng materials science students can complete the program either remotely or in-person.

On-campus Materials Science

Online Materials Science

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Mechanical, operations, and systems engineering leverages fundamental principles of physics, economics, human behavior and advanced computing to innovate in a wide array of application domains.

On-Campus Mechanical/Operations/Systems


MEng candidates are required to hold a bachelor’s level degree in engineering or a bachelor’s level degree in a scientific field such as physics, chemistry, or computer science from an accredited institution. Admitted students with degrees from non-accredited institutions may be required to take the necessary prerequisite courses, in addition to courses for the MEng, to fulfill the requirements of the degree.

Courses & Requirements

Course Requirements

The program consists of nine courses in one of the six MEng areas of study, of which five should be from the list of core courses. The remaining four electives can consist of any graduate-level engineering or science courses at Dartmouth. For students with no engineering background, additional courses may be required. Students who earned the BE at Dartmouth may count up to six graduate courses towards the requirements for both the BE and MEng programs. The courses must not have been taken to fulfill the requirements for the AB.

For a one-course research experience, students can elect ENGG 192: Independent or Group Study in Engineering Sciences. With the exception of ENGM 191: Product Design and Development, which must be elected as part of the MEng Design Project, MEng students may not take ENGM courses for credit.

Students pursuing the online Materials Science track must choose from a select roster of courses determined by the program as best suited for the online learning format. All courses are offered synchronously and taught by faculty in real-time with their on-campus peers via Zoom in Eastern Time. Online students will be expected to log in and participate at the times the courses are scheduled.

Design Project Elective

Combining engineering with elements of human-centered design, the Design Project elective sequence is open to students in all MEng areas of study to provide real-world training through coursework and completion of an engineering design project. The courses may be used to partially fulfill the MEng elective requirements. Design projects are sourced through Thayer’s Cook Engineering Design Center (CEDC) and are aimed at complementing the student’s interests and supporting their academic and professional goals.


Faculty advisors aid MEng students in developing their course of study, which is submitted to and approved by Thayer’s Graduate Programs Committee during the student’s first term of residency.

Residency and Program Duration

Whether enrolled in-person or online (Materials Science track only), students may pursue the degree at a pace that best fits their professional schedules. Students enrolled full-time complete the program in three terms (nine months), taking three courses at a time. Part-time students may take one or more courses over additional terms. Dartmouth students pursuing the BE and MEng degrees simultaneously must have at least one term of residency solely as an MEng student. Students must complete the MEng program within six years of initial enrollment.

International Students and Online Materials Science Track

International students living abroad may pursue the online Materials Science track entirely from their home country and would not be sponsored on a work visa. All courses are offered in Eastern Time, and international students will be expected to participate live at the times the courses are scheduled. With sponsorship regulations, international students currently in the United States would need to pursue the in-person option.

Transition to or from MS or PhD Program

Students may be allowed to transition to either the MS or PhD degree programs with the approval of the MS-PhD Committee, and at the invitation of a willing faculty sponsor. Students enrolled in either the MS or PhD programs can only transition to the MEng upon request from their faculty advisor.

    Design Project Opportunity

    Combining engineering with elements of human-centered design, the Design Project elective sequence is open to students in all MEng areas of study to provide real-world training through coursework and completion of an engineering design project. Students gain unique leadership skills and hands-on technical experience while working to address a particular design challenge. Projects are sourced through the Cook Engineering Design Center (CEDC).

    "The design project elective was a great preparation for my career. I'm so much more prepared to be a technical leader when I graduate."

    —Holland Blumer Th'22, MEng student

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    Tuition & Expenses

    The following estimated expenses are for the 2023-2024 academic calendar.


    $21,228 per term

    Tuition covers instruction and use of instructional facilities.

    Fees & Costs

    $22,000–$$26,000 per term

    Fees and costs include health access/insurance, housing, student activities/services, personal expenses, transportation, books and supplies, etc.

    Total Cost

    $89,000–$99,000 per academic year

    The estimated total cost of a year—including tuition, books, room, board, fees, and incidentals—not including meal plan options.

    Financial Aid

    Financial Aid

    Need-based financial aid is available to all eligible full-time MEng students (domestic and international). To be considered for financial aid, prospective students must request financial aid while submitting their application.

    Those interested in applying for need-based aid will need to complete the CSS PROFILE form. Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth’s PROFILE number is 3355. The CSS PROFILE will provide us with a Financial Need Analysis Report to determine need-based aid, which we will use to assess need.

    Applicants who are US citizens seeking loans through Dartmouth must also submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For the most up-to-date information for all degree programs please carefully review the information on Thayer Financial Aid.

    Need-based, partial tuition scholarships to eligible Master’s students is capped at 40 percent of tuition. Students must submit financial aid materials at the time of application. Late applications for financial aid may be accepted, but awards will be capped at 20 percent based on budget availability.

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