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2021 Best Materials Engineering Graduate Programs Ranking by U.S.News (2016 - 2021)

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U.S.News best materials engineering programs ranking 2018, 2017, 2016
US News & World Report published its 2021 ranking of the best graduate schools and programs in the U.S. (ranked in 2020).  Among the materials science and engineering programs, what are the changes from the 2016 to the 2021 rankings? MSE Supplies (msesupplies.com) has compiled the ranking data from the last six years and highlighted some interesting changes in ranking.
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  • The top 10 schools on the list remain the same year over year.  Among the top 10 schools, University  of California - Berkeley has advanced the most on the ranking over the last year, leaping from No. 6 to No. 2, tied with Northwestern University. In contract, University  of Illinois - Urbana Champaign (UIUC) moved from No. 3 to No. 6, which was the same spot ranked for UIUC two years ago.  
  • Among the top 30 programs, both the University of Maryland and Texas A&M University have advanced 7 spots to this year's No. 23 from No. 30 in last year's ranking. 
  • Michigan State University climbed up 10 spots over the last year from No. 46 to the current position of No. 36. 
  • Over the period of the last two years, the schools with the most gains in ranking include Texas A&M University and the University of California - Irvine, both of which climbed up 14 spots. Texas A&M University soared from No. 37 to No. 23 in just two years. The University of California - Irvine has demonstrated steady increase in the ranking position over the last two years from No. 50 to No. 36 in the current ranking.

Review the list below to see the detailed ranking numbers compiled by MSE Supplies (www.msesupplies.com).  

RNP = ranking not provided
2021 Best Materials Engineering Programs U.S. News Ranking
School Name 2021 Ranking
(ranked in 2020)
2020 Ranking
(ranked in 2019) 
2019 Ranking
(ranked in 2018) 
2018 Ranking
(ranked in 2017) 
2017 Ranking
(ranked in 2016) 
2016 Ranking 
(ranked in 2015)
Massachusetts  Institute of Technology 1 1 1 1 1 1
Northwestern  University (McCormick) 2 2 2 2 2 3
University  of California, Berkeley 2 6 3 5 6 6
Stanford  University 4 3 3 4 4 4
University  of California, Santa Barbara 4 3 5 3 2 2
University  of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 6 3 6 5 4 4
California  Institute of Technology 7 8 7 5 7 8
University  of Michigan, Ann Arbor 7 8 9 9 9 10
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Georgia  Institute of Technology 9 7 7 8 8 6
Cornell  University 10 8 10 9 9 8
Pennsylvania  State University, University Park 11 11 12 13 13 13
Carnegie  Mellon University 12 12 12 11 11 10
Ohio  State University 13 14 14 19 19 20
University  of Pennsylvania 14 13 17 11 12 12
University  of Florida 14 16 18 17 15 15
Harvard  University 16 14 11 14 14 13
Purdue  University, West Lafayette 16 16 14 14 15 15
University  of Wisconsin - Madison  16 16 14 14 15 15
Johns  Hopkins University (Whiting) 19 16 18 20 19 21
North  Carolina State University 19 20 18 17 15 18
University  of Texas at Austin (Cockrell) 21 20 21 31 25 24
University  of Minnesota - Twin Cities  21 22 21 22 19 18
Rensselaer  Polytechnic Institute 23 22 24 22 19 24
Colorado  School of Mines 23 22 30 31 29 33
Columbia  University (Fu Foundation) 23 25 28 20 19 43
University  of California, Los Angeles 23 26 21 22 19 21
University  of Maryland, College Park (Clark) 23 30 24 27 29 28
Texas  A&M University, College Station (Look) 23 30 37 39 45 39
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Rice  University (Brown) 29 26 37 35 29 33
University  of Washington 29 30 24 22 33 28
Virginia  Tech 31 26 28 22 25 21
University  of California, Davis 31 26 30 35 25 28
University  of California, San Diego (Jacobs) 31 30 24 27 25 28
University  of Virginia 34 30 28 31 25 33
Duke  University (Pratt) 34 37 30 46 RNP RNP
Lehigh  University (Rossin) 36 30 37 31 33 24
Case  Western Reserve University 36 30 46 35 33 28
Drexel  University 36 37 30 27 38 33
Iowa  State University 36 37 30 27 33 24
Brown  University 36 37 42 39 39 39
University  of Massachusetts, Amherst 36 41 37 35 33 39
Arizona  State University (Fulton) 36 41 37 39 39 33
University  of California, Irvine (Samueli) 36 41 50 39 39 39
Michigan  State University 36 46 30 46 39 47
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Stony  Brook University - SUNY 45 41 50 46 48 53
University  of Southern California (Viterbi) 45 46 42 43 39 33
University  of Connecticut 45 46 46 43 48 43
University  of Colorado, Boulder 45 54 46 46 RNP RNP
University  of Tennessee, Knoxville (Tickle) 49 41 58 61 58 63
Rutgers,  The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick 49 46 42 46 39 47
Michigan  Technological University 49 46 42 54 58 53
University  of Delaware 49 46 58 46 48 47
University  of Arizona 49 57 50 54 48 43
University  of Pittsburgh (Swanson) 54 54 50 43 55 53
Boston  University 54 54 58 46 55 53
Washington  State University 54 57 50 46 45 43
University  of Central Florida 54 57 50 71 65 RNP
Missouri  University of Science & Technology 54 57 58 65 48 47
Clemson  University 59 46 58 54 48 53
Alfred  University, New York State College of Ceramics (Inamori) 59 57 50 61 45 47
University  of Utah 59 57 64 61 58 53
Northeastern  University 62 46 50 54 RNP RNP
Washington  University in St. Louis 62 57 46 54 RNP RNP
Dartmouth  College (Thayer) 62 57 58 54 55 59
University  of Illinois—Chicago 62 66 64 54 58 70
University  of California, Riverside (Bourns) 62 70 69 64 48 65
University  at Buffalo, SUNY 62 70 77 71 RNP RNP
Vanderbilt  University 68 57 64 65 58 47
Boise  State University 68 67 69 RNP RNP RNP
Worcester  Polytechnic Institute 68 70 67 65 65 RNP
Oregon  State University 68 70 67 RNP 65 65
University  of North Texas 68 70 77 RNP RNP RNP
Tufts  University 71 67 69 71 RNP RNP
University  of Rochester 71 70 69 RNP 63 59
University  of Texas at Dallas (Jonsson) 71 70 69 RNP 63 59
University  of Alabama 71 70 RNP 71 65 63
Stevens  Institute of Technology (Schaefer) 71 78 69 RNP 72 70
Auburn  University (Ginn) 78 78 RNP 65 72 RNP
Illinois  Institute of Technology (Armour) 78 78 RNP RNP 72 70
Binghamton  University, SUNY (Watson) 78 90 77 RNP 65 59
University  of Houston (Cullen) 81 82 77 71 72 70
New  Jersey Institute of Technology 81 82 77 RNP RNP RNP
University  of Nebraska, Lincoln 81 82 77 RNP RNP RNP
University  of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 81 82 77 RNP 65 RNP
University  of Kentucky 81 82 RNP 71 RNP RNP
University  of Massachusetts, Lowell (Francis) 81 90 77 RNP 65 RNP
University  of Alabama, Birmingham 81 90 RNP 65 RNP RNP
Florida  A&M University 81 RNP RNP RNP RNP RNP
University  of Cincinnati 89 67 69 65 72 70
University  of Texas at Arlington 89 78 77 RNP 72 65
South  Dakota School of Mines and Technology 89 82 RNP RNP RNP RNP
University  of Idaho 89 90 N/A RNP RNP RNP
University  of Nevada, Reno 89 90 N/A RNP RNP RNP
Wayne State University  89 90 RNP RNP RNP RNP
Clarkson  University 89 RNP 69 RNP 72 RNP
Oklahoma  State University 98 82 RNP RNP RNP RNP
University  of Dayton 98 82 RNP RNP RNP RNP
Air  Force Institute of Technology 98 RNP 77 RNP RNP RNP
University of California, ​Merced  98 RNP RNP RNP RNP RNP
University  of Denver 104 RNP RNP RNP 72 RNP
Tulane University  RNP 90 RNP RNP RNP RNP
Montana  State University RNP RNP RNP RNP RNP RNP
Portland State University (Maseeh)  RNP RNP RNP RNP RNP RNP
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