Top-ranked, highly selective, and an R1 research university, the Graduate School of Engineering at Northeastern University combines rigorous academics with experiential learning and convergent research to prepare the next generation of engineering leaders to address the complex challenges of global society.
More than 45 Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy and Graduate Certificates are offered across five engineering departments in traditional disciplines and applied areas of study. By involving students in many levels of research, encouraging collaboration across departments, and partnering across the university and with outside institutions and organizations, Northeastern engineering graduate students gain a rich education in their chosen field.
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Developing Multifaceted Engineering Leaders
Our innovative educational approach, transformative research capabilities, and world-renowned cooperative education program give students the multidisciplinary knowledge and experience to maximize their opportunity for career advancement and success in their chosen field.
Graduate students can participate in our No. 1 ranked signature cooperative education program, which combines rigorous academics with professional practice giving students up to 8 months of employment in their chosen field. Additionally, an Experiential PhD program provides PhD students opportunities such as internships, fellowships, practicums, LEADERs (combines research and professional skills in industry or public sector) and special initiative programs.
An R1 research university, Northeastern is in the top-tier for Research activity among U.S. colleges and universities, according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Participate in groundbreaking convergent research with our esteemed Faculty in 17 multidisciplinary research centers and institutes funded with eight federal agencies to push the bounds of innovation to new heights.
When you join Northeastern, you join a diverse, vibrant, and welcoming community of talented students from around the world. The College has over 50 student organizations in addition to university-wide activities and resources, a PhD Network, and opportunities to participate in research, numerous events and lectures, as well as regional and national competitions, to name a few.
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Flexible Programs & Locations
Our master’s programs have electives and concentrations, as well as a thesis option, while some PhD programs have tracks to enable students to focus on areas of most interest to them. An interdisciplinary PhD program is also available.
A Graduate Certificate is another way for students to personalize their path with a specialization in an area of their choice. Over 15 graduate certificates are available. Certificates can be taken in addition to or in combination with a master’s degree, or provide a pathway to a master’s degree in Northeastern’s College of Engineering. Certificates are also available for PhD students. Additionally, master’s programs can be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate. Students should consult with their faculty advisor regarding these options.
Program formats include traditional full-time, part-time, on-campus, online, and hybrid options to meet student needs. Programs are offered in Boston, Massachusetts—known for high-tech, biotech, and academia—and some are also offered in innovation regional hubs at our locations in Seattle, Washington, and in Silicon Valley in California.
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Recent Student News
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PhD Student Rashida Nayeem finalist for Best Paper Award in Cognitive Robotics at The International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2020
EE PhD student Rashida Nayeem, advised by Prof. Dagmar Sternad, was a finalist for the Best Paper Award in Cognitive Robotics at the 2020 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation for her paper “Transient Behavior and Predictability in Manipulating Complex Objects.”
Lee Makowski, professor and chair of the Department of Bioengineering, has been partnering with government officials in Ghana, as well as Biomedical Engineering faculty at the University of Ghana, to improve health care in the country, an effort that became more urgent with COVID-19. He and his prior PhD student Craig Smallwood developed a low-cost expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP) device that would use the energy of expelling breath to create pressure in patients’ lungs, increasing their function and capacity. After developing and testing prototypes, the team shipped five prototype EPAP devices to Ghana on March 30, 2020.
CEE PhD student Zhao Chen was awarded a 2020 Thornton Tomasetti Student Innovation Fellowship for his exceptional submittal for innovative research to investigate “Efficient Seismic Meta-modeling of Highly Nonlinear Structures with Scarce Data”.