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Why Study a Masters of Engineering in the USA?

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 14:23

Gaining a Masters of Engineering (MEng) in the USA can undoubtedly propel you to the top of your chosen profession, enormously expand the amount of career paths which are available and also greatly increase your earning potential.

Why choose to study engineering in the USA?

Engineering is one of the largest professions in the USA and employs more than a million people. The highest employing engineering branches are electrical, computer, mechanical, industrial and chemical. Engineering is one of the most popular fields of study for international students choosing the USA, and it’s not hard to see why!

One of the main reasons the USA is such a magnet for international students wanting to study engineering is the cutting edge research offered in various disciplines which is often backed by industry. Although, facilities vary enormously a large amount of universities in the US receive large research grants from industry and also from federal government. The availability and excellence of resources and infrastructure for research is simply the best in the world. As well as this innovation in the areas of network security, VLSI, aeronautics, biotechnology, computer science, alternative energy, operations research etc provides a great deal of intellectual stimulation and enables students to use state of the art technology.

By choosing to take your engineering degree in the world’s most popular study destination for international students, you will greatly increase your networking opportunities. This is because the USA is home to the biggest and most prestigious engineering companies in the world. These include; Microsoft, General Electric, General Motors, McKesson, Hewlett Packard, Apple, Boeing and 3M to name but a few you might well have heard of!

A country of such enormous size and diversity has a multitude of options which are far too great for us to cover here. However generally speaking an MEng gained in the USA is internationally regarded as the best platform for a high level career in engineering and is perceived in this manner by employers all over the world. The MEng can lead to highly-paid professional career opportunities in your chosen specialism.

The MEng

The MEng is a professional degree which meets the requirements of engineers who want to expand their knowledge within a specific discipline or who are looking to move into interdisciplinary areas. In the USA the MEng is considered to be a terminal degree. For those of you not familiar with this phrase it simply means that it is the highest academic degree within a given field of study. Masters degrees in engineering normally focus on specific areas within the subject, such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, computer engineering, civil engineering, and chemical engineering.

The MEng differs from the Master of Science (MS) engineering degree. Generally speaking the

MEng is usually a coursework only degree designed for students who want to enhance their educational background. The degree is normally flexible because it enables students to gain a greater amount of professional skills. You may also take this degree and decide to take up coursework in another subject, for example you could take up coursework in business, as well as your advanced engineering courses.

A MEng degree can be completed during two semesters of full-time study and especially lends itself to short-term projects that are tailored towards the needs of industry.


For admission to graduate programs in engineering, most universities in the USA require students to have a baccalaureate degree in engineering. However, students with degrees in mathematics or science can also be selected but are likely to be required to take additional coursework. A large number of universities will also ask applicants to submit the following:

1. An official transcript which provides the academic record.

2. Letters of recommendation.

3. Statement of Purpose (Indicating academic interests, past achievements, future goals).

4. Score sheet of Test of English as foreign language exam (TOEFL).

5. Score sheet of Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

6. Certificates of merit proving achievements in extracurricular and co-curricular activities.

The best way to find out what a particular school requires is to speak to the university's admissions department. They will be able to tell you the correct application process for the course you are considering.

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