Master of Engineering Degree Program
Dartmouth's Master of Engineering (MEng) degree program prepares students for a professional career in engineering by covering both basic science and its application to practical problem-solving.
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Flexible & Streamlined
- can be completed in three terms
- is course-based
- does not require the completion of a thesis
- basic competency in applied mathematics and engineering
- breadth of engineering knowledge through elective courses
- depth of engineering through courses specific to their focus area
Areas of Study
Dartmouth MEng students can tailor their degree to their individual interests by choosing one of the six areas of study:
Biological/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.Learn More
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.Learn More
Electrical 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.Learn More
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.Learn More
The study of materials science and engineering relates the properties of materials—chemical, electrical, magnetic, mechanical, optical—to their internal architecture or microstructure.Learn More
Mechanical engineers apply principles of engineering to the design, analysis, and manufacture of machines ranging from power systems, industrial equipment, and vehicles to athletic equipment and medical devices.Learn More
Requirements & Guidelines
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 is fulfilled through course attendance.
- Full-time students complete the program in three terms (nine months), taking three courses at a time.
- Part-time students can take one or two courses at a time over five or more terms.
- Students interested in pursuing a summer internship should visit the Career Services Job & Internship Search Tools webpage for more information and support.
The program consists of nine courses in one of the six focus areas, 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. Thayer School’s AB/BE students may not double-count courses towards the MEng degree.
- 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 faculty member willing to sponsor them.
- Students enrolled in either the MS or PhD programs can only transition to the MEng upon request from their faculty advisor.
Tuition & Expenses
Tuition & Expenses
Tuition for 2019–2020 is $18,535 per term, which covers instruction, use of instructional facilities, and healthcare service through the College infirmary. The total cost of a year in the MEng degree program—including tuition, books, room, board, and incidentals—will be approximately $55,000.
Part-time enrollment is possible. Contact us for more information.
Students without their own hospital insurance must purchase a Dartmouth hospital insurance policy for approximately $2,700 per year. See Dartmouth Health Service for details.
All tuition and college-related expenses are estimates and subject to change. Personal expenses will vary based on individual life style.
Dartmouth Engineering offers need-based in the form of partial tuition scholarships to eligible MEng students capped at 40% of tuition. Students must submit their financial aid materials at the time of application. Late applications for financial aid may be accepted, but awards will be capped at 20% based on budget availability.
Full-time MEng students, who are also US citizens, are eligible to apply for Federal Direct Stafford Loans and Federal Perkins Loans through the Dartmouth Financial Aid Office. The application requires submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form (available at fafsa.ed.gov) and the Dartmouth Graduate Financial Aid application form.
For more information, please visit Graduate Student Financial Aid.
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 $45 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 during the 2021–2022 admissions cycle.
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.
Applicants who are unable to visit campus and are finalists in the admission process may be asked to interview via video conference.