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Why You Need a Graduate Engineering Degree


Each year, thousands of ambitious and driven engineers enter the workforce with the desire to secure a lifelong, meaningful career — and the number of skilled engineers seeking employment is projected to grow.

So, how can you distinguish yourself from other job seekers who have an educational background in engineering?

As the engineering landscape becomes increasingly competitive, more and more engineers are choosing to obtain graduate-level credentials to differentiate themselves. Data shows that obtaining a master’s degree in engineering leads to higher salaries, more career advancement opportunities and the ability to develop cutting-edge, specialized skills.

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Career Advancement

In addition to the ability to command a higher salary upon hire, engineers who hold a graduate engineering degree also qualify for more job opportunities. A graduate engineering degree will make you more competitive for upper-level leadership roles and managerial-level positions.

An advanced degree will set you apart from competitors — especially in the increasingly competitive tech industry. Now more than ever, employers are looking for innovators in engineering who have the leadership and technical skills to enact real change in the industry.

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Higher Salaries

On average, engineers who achieve a graduate engineering degree make thousands more upon hire compared to engineers who only hold a bachelor’s degree. For instance, engineers hired with a four-year degree make an average annual salary of $90,000 while engineers with a graduate degree earn an average annual salary of $99,000.

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Engineers with a graduate degree earn an average annual salary of $99,000

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Specialized Skills

In order to make yourself indispensable to employers, you need fine-tuned skills in a specific area of engineering. By choosing to go to graduate school, you have the opportunity to focus your coursework on a particular area of engineering that appeals to you. Whatever your engineering interests are, a graduate degree will equip you with the sought-after skills needed to transform your specific industry.

As the engineering landscape becomes increasingly competitive, more and more engineers are choosing to obtain graduate-level credentials to differentiate themselves. Research shows that obtaining a master’s degree in engineering helps you to “keep your skills fresh” and prepares you to “address not just the problems facing your industry today but those that are bound to come up in the future. In other words, a master’s degree in engineering will make you a valuable asset to any team, especially amidst the growing competition in the field.”

Admissions Requirements and Financial Aid


We understand that navigating the graduate school admissions process can seem challenging. In an effort to simplify the process for you, we’ve outlined some of the requirements below.

Applications must be submitted online, but to help you understand the admissions criteria, here are some of the basic requirements:

  • Online application
  • Academic performance in previous degree program(s)
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A statement of purpose
  • GRE (some programs require submission of GRE scores; check with your program of interest)
  • TOEFL score (if applicable)

An admissions committee with representative faculty from the involved departments will evaluate all applications for admission. Admission will be competitive and students will be selected on the basis of their scholastic preparation and intellectual capacity.

Financial Aid

We know that your choice of graduate institution is one of the most important decisions you will make for your future, and for that reason, we are dedicated to working with you to determine if Vanderbilt University School of Engineering is the right fit for you — especially when it comes to financing graduate school.

We understand that financial planning is a must to help you finance graduate school. We invite you to visit Vanderbilt’s Office of Financial Aid website for the chance to learn more about the financial aid options and graduate fellowships available to you.

Explore financial aid and fellowship options:

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Diverse, innovative and collaborative — there are many ways to describe the community of driven engineering experts learning with and from one another at Vanderbilt University School of Engineering, but most importantly, we are dedicated to preparing and inspiring the field’s future thought leaders to drive positive change in the world.

As you consider joining the esteemed, progress-driven professionals at Vanderbilt University, we encourage you to connect with us — we are happy to answer any questions you may have about transforming your professional and personal future at Vanderbilt University.

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