Explore M.Eng. Fields
Take a minute to explore these 15 M.Eng. graduate degree fields. Through flexible curriculum design, practical interdisciplinary study, advanced hands-on learning, and an array of concentrations and specializations, these M.Eng graduate programs can be tailored to suit your individual interests and professional goals.
Visualize working alongside fellow engineers in the Space Systems Labs developing in-orbit inspection satellites, developing robotics for space exploration with the Microgravity Research Team, or investigating interesting fluid dynamics problems. During this one-year professional degree program, you'll have the opportunity to learn from, and work with, some of the most esteemed aerospace and fluid dynamics engineers on the planet.
The M.Eng program prepares our students to enter the aerospace field with a high level of competence in engineering science, technology, and design. Through interdisciplinary study and flexible curricula, this two-semester program gives the aerospace engineer burgeoning opportunities to explore unique interests and pursue professional goals with confidence. Graduates with M.Eng degrees are more sought-after and make higher salaries than those with B.S. degrees.
Biological and Environmental Engineering
This vital, rapidly growing field is where engineering practice meets quantitative biology, where engineers work toward practical, sustainable solutions to a wide variety of human health and environmental challenges. Whether you study biofuels development, environmental agriculture, soil and water systems, or applied molecular bioengineering, as an M.Eng graduate, you’ll be highly sought after by employers, both in the public and private sectors.
The two-semester M.Eng program is a flexible, interdisciplinary program that serves the diverse interests and professional goals of our students—leaving them with high-level competence and valuable practical expertise. M.Eng grads are well equipped to move right into the workforce upon graduation, typically drawing higher salaries and greater job opportunities than those with B.S. degrees.
Biomedical engineering strives to develop new tools to improve human health. Our goal is to understand the human body as an integrated system through quantitative engineering analysis, and then to develop better therapies, devices, and diagnostics. Our focus is to predict how changes at the molecular level relate to the cellular, tissue/organ, and ultimately to whole body level responses.
Cornell's M.Eng. Degree focuses on professional practice and engineering design. Our five main areas are: instrumentation & diagnostics, biomedical mechanics, biomaterials, drug delivery, and systems biology. Our graduate field faculty span six colleges and 12 departments, bringing a wide range of expertise via your M. Eng project. Students will be well prepared to enter industry, and to make contributions to BME and human health.
Solar energy conversion, chemically powered cars, biomedicine, sustainable energy and energy-related nanomaterials—design and new applications of these technologies and others are so vital to our future and of such global importance, it’s no wonder that graduates from Cornell’s M.Eng program in Chemical Engineering are in such high demand in the industry.
Following the two-semester M.Eng program, graduates go on to enter the workforce as highly qualified professionals, finding rewarding, high-paying work in a diverse array of industries: environmental, chemical, pharmaceutical, petroleum, electronics, biotechnology, and biomedics, just to name a few.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Clean air and water, efficient transportation systems, urban renewal, rural development—civil and environmental engineers strive for harmony and balance between the constructed human environment and the natural world. Every aspect—including design, development, creation, operation, and renewal—is directed at optimization of the human experience while preserving the health of the natural environment.
Civil and environmental engineers truly require an interdisciplinary education that relies on core principles in physics, solid mechanics, materials science, structural engineering, chemistry, biology, fluid mechanics, hydrology, and environmental and geotechnical engineering. This two-semester M.Eng program in CEE offers a flexible curriculum that reaches across disciplines and prepares graduate students for rewarding careers in engineering.
The dynamic field of computer science grows in new directions minute by minute with amazing developments taking place—from graphics and animation to machine learning, from fundamental areas such as security and systems development to emerging fields such as computational sustainability and database driven virtual worlds.
Cornell’s Department of Computer Science is consistently ranked among the top five CS programs in the nation. As a graduate from the M.Eng program, you will be one of the most sought-after professionals in the field.
The M.Eng program allows flexibility in course selection and program design, which will provide you with the opportunity to tailor your program to accentuate your interest in the large number of areas that complement computer science such as Electrical Engineering, Computational Linguistics, Finance, or Statistical Science.
Electrical and Computer Engineering
From high-speed silicon hardware to geosynchronous satellites, from national power grids to energy-saving LEDs, from computerized medical instrumentation to advanced radar systems used to explore the cosmos, M.Eng graduates are out there in the workforce, driving innovation and pioneering today’s technology industries. Interdisciplinary concentrations such as sustainability and technology management are in particularly high demand as the world economy makes a rapid shift toward green technology and development.
The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering is the largest school in Cornell University’s College of Engineering and consistently ranks among the top ECE schools nationally. The two-semester M.Eng degree program in Electrical Engineering is designed to put professional engineers on the fast track toward high-paying, rewarding careers.
Engineering managers play a key role in advancing technology through strategic and operational decision making. They guide the development of technology with high-level expertise and a broad perspective on how technology impacts economies, enhances social structures, and impacts the larger global environment.
Engineering Management is for students who seek leadership positions in management of projects, people, and organizations, combining engineering competency with managerial skills to bring about the efficient development of technology.
The M.Eng in Engineering Management features course content in project management, finance and accounting, decision and risk analysis, as well as information technology. With this in-depth, practical training, engineering managers can meet the transition to gainful employment with confidence and authority.
Study the motion of machines and organisms and learn how to apply it to the design of energy-efficient, walking robots. Work alongside the world's preeminent chaos theoreticians. Learn the principles behind the "six degrees of separation" phenomenon in networks. Drawing on the fundamental areas of mathematics, simulation and mechanics, this is where engineering students put complex theory into practice in order to solve physical and biological challenges.
Students in this program take courses in mathematical modeling, computational methods and mechanics. Through interdisciplinary study and flexible curricula, the Mechanics program prepares students to enter the workforce with a broad set of highly transferable skills in the areas of applied mathematics and dynamical systems -- preparing them for work in many different engineering professions.
The School of Applied and Engineering Physics offers a truly unique experience for the professional applied physicist. In this non-traditional program, you’ll be applying the techniques, training, and culture of physics and an interdisciplinary engineering curriculum to such areas as photonics, nanoscience, biological physics, and biotechnology. Faculty in the field of Engineering Physics at Cornell pioneer research and design on photonic bandgap fibers, quantum dot solar cells, electron microscopes, X-ray optics, microfluidic DNA sequencers, multiphoton endoscopes, and protein dynamics, just to name a few.
The two-semester M.Eng program offers the research and design project experience sought after by industry, government and R&D organizations around the world. Starting salaries for M.Eng grads in this field average 20–25 percent higher than those for students with a B.S. degree.
Understanding how geological and environmental factors relate to engineering practices of all kinds will be increasingly important to society. Structures must be built to withstand geological and meterological stresses (storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions) and to be adaptable to long term global change(coastal systems) while minimizing negative impacts to the environment (groundwater quality, local heat balance, atmospheric composition) The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences provides the scientific background needed to address these kinds of issues.
It has been our practice to tailor M.Eng Geological Sciences programs to the interest of individual students within the established options of Geohydrology and Environmental Geophysics. However we are currently developing new options in Sustainable Development and Ocean Science and Technology, and Subsurface Energy Systems. The M.Eng degree program for the Geological Sciences will prepare you to engineer sustainable solutions that complement and are compatible with the dynamic properties of the Earth.
Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science is at the forefront of many current technological advances, from fuel cells to drug delivery. The Materials Science and Engineering Department at Cornell is broadly interdisciplinary and has led the way in moving the study of Materials Science away from a curriculum based on materials classes -- polymers, metals, semiconductors, ceramics -- to one based on systems and applications. There is a great need for advanced materials in the new world economy and Materials Science has developed systematic approaches to move forward with groundbreaking innovation.
The M.Eng in MSE is a two-semester professional program designed to propel students toward engineering and engineering management careers. The curriculum is flexible and interdisciplinary, so that students with either a Materials Science background or a background in associated Engineering or Science disciplines can take coursework that suits their personal interests. A significant hands-on project is an important part of the MSE M.Eng program, and students regularly work on advanced projects in world-class laboratories.
If the ultimate purpose of engineering is to improve the human experience, then Mechanical Engineering hits the mark. Advancements in biomechanics are leading to improved mechanical function in the human body. One student project team, Minesweeper, works on the design, construction, and implementation of a robotic vehicle that detects and clears landmines, potentially saving millions of lives. Another team built an autonomous vehicle capable of driving in traffic and performing complex maneuvers, unmanned. And there are opportunities in many other areas.
The M.Eng program prepares students to enter the mechanical engineering field with a high level of competence in engineering science, technology, and design. Through interdisciplinary study and flexible curricula, this two-semester program gives M.Eng graduates opportunities to explore unique interests and pursue professional goals with confidence. Graduates with M.Eng degrees are more sought-after and make higher salaries than those with B.S. degrees.
Operations Research and Information Engineering
The ORIE M.Eng. program in Ithaca offers specializations that are highly sought after in today’s quant-savvy job market:
- Applied Operations Research
- Data Analytics
- Financial Engineering
- Information Technology
- Manufacturing & IE
- Strategic Operations
- Systems Engineering
Building upon a solid foundation of ORIE coursework and professional development, students engage in client-sponsored project work with real data, deadlines, and deliverables to bring real value to organizations.
Systems engineers are technical project managers of the highest order. They deal with the technical design and management of complex systems by building on their interdisciplinary expertise, systems engineering principles, and practical experience. They use advanced database tools to manage the complexity of large technical projects. Systems engineers work in such diverse fields as aerospace, defense, commercial systems integration, product development, software development, and much more.
The M.Eng program in Systems Engineering allows for students to choose electives that align with their interests and goals. The core courses are continuously evolving to accommodate industry expectations, and to maintain the interdisciplinary flavor which forms the very basis of this program. This degree is also offered via distance learning.