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 without a thesis requirement. The degree can be undertaken either full-time for nine months, or part-time over several years.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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 Elective

MEng students who want to combine engineering design with elements of human-centered design may choose a design project elective, a three-course sequence that can also be used to partially fulfill the four-course elective requirements. The design project courses provide MEng students with both coursework and opportunities for real-world experience.

The three courses may be counted towards the four elective course requirements. Students who choose the design elective will work directly with an industry sponsor to address a particular design challenge to gain unique leadership skills and hands-on technical experience. Projects are sourced through Thayer’s Cook Engineering Design Center (CEDC). Interested students who are accepted into the MEng program are interviewed before enrollment about their professional interests to facilitate the matching of students with potential projects.


An individual faculty advisor aids each student in developing their program, which is submitted to and approved by the MS-PhD Committee during the student's first term of residency.

Residency and Program Duration

The residency requirement of the MEng is flexible, and students may follow an “in residence” schedule that 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 at a time over five or more 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.

Students interested in pursuing a summer internship should visit the Career Services Job & Internship Search Tools webpage for more information and support.

    Design Project Opportunity

    Combining engineering with elements of human-centered design, the three-course 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 industry-sponsored project.

    Working directly with an industry sponsor to address a particular design challenge, students gain unique leadership skills and hands-on technical experience. Projects are sourced through the Cook Engineering Design Center (CEDC).

    Interested students who are accepted into the MEng program are interviewed before enrollment about their professional interests to facilitate matching of students with potential projects.

    "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 2022-2023 academic calendar.


    $20,229 per term

    Tuition covers instruction and use of instructional facilities.


    $3,988–$5,802 per term

    Fees include health access/insurance, housing, student activities/services, class dues, etc.

    Total Cost

    $71,000–$77,000 per academic year

    The estimated total cost of a year — including tuition, books, room, board, 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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    Application Deadline & Instructions

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students may enter in the Fall, Winter or Spring terms.

    International applicants requiring a visa must apply at least three months prior to the intended entry date. See the academic calendar for term schedules.

    Only complete applications will be considered for admission. (See application instructions for full details).

    A complete application includes:

    • the online application form
    • a $50 application fee
    • three letters of recommendation
    • the essay(s)
    • a transcript from each college and/or university attended
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores for those applicants whose native language is not English.

    Note: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for MEng applicants will NOT be required nor considered.

    Eligibility & Requirements

    Applicants with an accredited bachelor's level degree in engineering or with bachelor's level degrees in scientific fields such as physics, chemistry, and computer sciences are encouraged to apply.

    The background engineering knowledge and skills of applicants without an accredited bachelor's level engineering degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the admissions committee. Non-holders of accredited engineering degrees may be required to take the necessary prerequisite courses in addition to the requirements of the MEng degree.

    Students whose native language is not English must also submit evidence of satisfactory completion of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores.

    Contact Information

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