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2024 Best Materials Engineering Graduate Programs Ranking by U.S.News (2020 - 2024)

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US News & World Report published its 2024 ranking of the best graduate schools and programs in the U.S. (ranked in 2023).  Among the materials science and engineering programs, what are the changes from the 2020 to the 2024 rankings? MSE Supplies (msesupplies.com) has compiled the ranking data from the last several years and highlighted some interesting changes in ranking.
MSE Supplies is a trusted supplier to most of these universities listed in the ranking. With a mission to support scientists and engineers worldwide to accelerate their innovations, MSE Supplies is committed to supplying high quality materials, equipment and analytical services for both research and production with the best value.
  • The top 10 schools on the list remain the same year over year. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign moved up from No. 6 in the previous year to the No. 2 (tied) spot this year. 
  • Among the top 25 programs, the schools showing the most progress include Texas A&M University, which advanced 6 spots, as compared to last year's ranking. 
  • Lehigh University dropped 13 spots over the last year from No. 35 to the current position of No. 48. University of Colorado Boulder dropped from No. 35 to No. 51.

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

RNP = ranking not provided 
School Name 2024 Ranking
(ranked in 2023)
2023 Ranking
(ranked in 2022)
2022 Ranking
(ranked in 2021)
2021 Ranking
(ranked in 2020)
2020 Ranking
(ranked in 2019) 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1 1 1 1 1
University of California—Berkeley 2 2 3 2 6
Northwestern University (McCormick) 2 3 2 2 2
Stanford University 2 3 5 4 3
University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign 2 6 5 6 3
University of California—Santa Barbara 6 5 4 4 3
Georgia Institute of Technology 7 7 7 9 7
University of Michigan—Ann Arbor 7 8 8 7 8
Cornell University 7 8 8 10 8
California Institute of Technology 10 8 8 7 8
Pennsylvania State University—University Park 11 11 11 11 11
Carnegie Mellon University 12 12 12 12 12
Purdue University—West Lafayette 13 13 17 16 16
University of Wisconsin—Madison  13 14 15 16 16
Ohio State University 15 14 12 13 14
University of Pennsylvania 15 14 12 14 13
Harvard University 17 14 15 16 14
University of Florida 17 14 17 14 16
University of Texas at Austin (Cockrell) 17 14 17 21 20
Johns Hopkins University (Whiting) 20 20 17 19 16
University of Minnesota—Twin Cities  20 20 21 21 22
University of California—Los Angeles 20 22 21 23 26
Texas A&M University—College Station (Look) 20 26 23 23 30
North Carolina State University 24 22 23 19 20
University of Maryland—College Park (Clark) 24 22 26 23 30
Colorado School of Mines 24 22 28 23 22
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 24 27 28 23 22
Columbia University (Fu Foundation) 24 27 28 23 25
Rice University (Brown) 24 27 28 29 26
Duke University (Pratt) 30 27 26 34 37
University of California—San Diego (Jacobs) 30 27 32 31 30
University of California—Davis 30 33 32 31 26
University of Washington 34 27 23 29 30
University of California—Irvine (Samueli) 34 33 35 36 41
Virginia Tech 34 35 32 31 26
Drexel University 37 35 35 36 37
University of Southern California (Viterbi) 37 35 35 45 46
Arizona State University (Fulton) 37 35 40 36 41
University of Connecticut 37 35 46 45 46
Iowa State University 37 44 40 36 37
University of Virginia 42 35 35 34 30
Case Western Reserve University 42 35 40 36 30
Brown University 42 44 35 36 37
University of Delaware 42 44 40 49 46
University of Tennessee—Knoxville (Tickle) 42 47 46 49 41
Lehigh University (Rossin) 48 35 40 36 30
Michigan State University 48 47 54 36 46
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—New Brunswick 48 49 46 49 46
University of Colorado—Boulder 51 35 40 45 54
Stony  Brook University—SUNY 51 49 50 45 41
University of Arizona 51 49 50 49 57
University of Central Florida 51 49 59 54 57
Clemson University 51 56 50 59 46
Northeastern University 51 60 64 62 46
University of Massachusetts—Amherst 57 49 46 36 41
Boston University 57 49 59 54 54
Washington University in St. Louis 57 56 50 62 57
University of Pittsburgh (Swanson) 57 56 54 54 54
Missouri University of Science & Technology 57 56 54 54 57
Alfred University—New York State College of Ceramics (Inamori) 57 60 54 59 57
Vanderbilt University 57 60 64 68 57
Michigan Technological University 57 66 59 49 46
University of Utah 65 60 59 59 57
Washington State University 65 66 54 54 57
University of Illinois—Chicago 67 60 59 62 66
Dartmouth College (Thayer) 67 66 68 62 57
University of California—Riverside (Bourns) 67 66 68 62 70
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 67 71 64 68 70
Tufts University 67 71 72 71 67
University at Buffalo—SUNY 72 60 64 62 70
University of North Texas 72 66 68 68 70
Boise State University 72 76 68 68 67
University of Alabama 75 76 76 71 70
University of Texas at Dallas (Jonsson) 77 73 72 71 70
University of Cincinnati 77 73 72 89 67
Auburn University (Ginn) 77 73 83 78 78
Oregon State University 77 76 72 68 70
Stevens Institute of Technology (Schaefer) 77 76 76 71 78
Illinois Institute of Technology (Armour) 77 76 76 78 78
University of Kentucky 77 76 76 81 82
University of Rochester 77 76 92 71 70
Binghamton University—SUNY (Watson) 77 84 76 78 90
New Jersey Institute of Technology 77 84 76 81 82
University of Massachusetts—Lowell (Francis) 77 84 83 81 90
University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee 77 84 83 81 82
University of Texas at Arlington 77 84 83 89 78
University of Alabama—Birmingham 77 91 83 81 90
University of Houston (Cullen) 91 84 83 81 82
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 91 91 83 89 82
University of California—​Merced  91 91 97 98 RNP
Wayne State University  91 105 103 89 90
Air Force Institute of Technology 91 108 97 98 RNP
Florida A&M University 96 91 83 81 RNP
University of Nevada—Reno 96 98 92 89 90
Florida International University 96 98 103 RNP RNP
University of New Hampshire 96 105 103 RNP RNP
Oklahoma State University 96 108 92 98 82
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology 96 RNP RNP RNP RNP
University of Dayton 102 91 92 98 82
Clarkson University 102 91 97 89 RNP
University of Vermont 102 98 97 RNP RNP
West Virginia University (Statler) 102 98 97 RNP RNP
Wright State University 102 98 97 RNP RNP
Tulane University  102 98 103 RNP 90
New Mexico State University 102 98 103 RNP RNP
Montana State University 102 110 111 RNP RNP
University of Miami 102 RNP RNP RNP RNP
University of Texas at El Paso 102 RNP RNP RNP RNP
North Dakota State University 112 110 114 RNP RNP
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Hughes) 112 113 111 RNP RNP
University of Denver 114 105 103 104 RNP
Portland State University (Maseeh)  115 110 111 RNP RNP
The Catholic University of America 117 113 RNP RNP RNP
University of Georgia RNP 91 103 RNP RNP
University of Nebraska—Lincoln RNP RNP 92 81 82
University of Idaho RNP RNP 103 89 90
With a mission to support scientists and engineers worldwide to accelerate their innovations, MSE Supplies is committed to supplying high quality materials, equipment and analytical services for both research and production with the best value.
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