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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.

This nine-course, non-thesis degree is flexible and tailored to individual student interest. 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

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

Dartmouth MEng students can tailor their degree to their individual interests by choosing one of the six areas of study:

Cell power


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.

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Biomedical xrays


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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Circuit Board


Electrical/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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Electrical Powerlines


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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Jifeng Liu alloy

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 frostyboy


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.

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Design Project Elective

Combining engineering design with elements of human-centered design, this elective three-course sequence is open to students in all MEng areas of study to provide real-world training through design coursework and completion of an industry-sponsored project.

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.

Required Courses (3)

MEng students enrolled in the design project elective must substitute the following three-course sequence for three of the four elective courses required as part of the degree requirements and areas of study outlines.

  • ENGM 191: Product Design and Development
  • ENGG 199.10: MEng Design Project Initiation
  • ENGG 199.11: MEng Design Project Completion

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.

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. Thayer School’s AB/BE students may not double-count courses towards the MEng degree.

Additional Guidelines

  • With the exception of ENGM 191, 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 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

The following estimated expenses are for academic calendar 2021–2022.


$19,651 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

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.

Apply for Financial Aid


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 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 $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 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.

Graduates of programs other than the Dartmouth AB and the Thayer School Dual-Degree program must submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

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.

Contact Information

Graduate Admissions
Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth
14 Engineering Drive, Hanover, NH 03755
+1 (603) 646-2606

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