Opportunities in the College of Engineering
The cost of attending a top 10 school is not much different from that of a lesser-ranked college, but the education you receive can be. Resources such as laboratories, technology, and equipment, as well as the qualifications of faculty are important considerations.
With a highly cited and acclaimed faculty, as well as strong funding, a graduate degree from the College of Engineering is highly valued in the job market. Many of our students find work in the Fortune 500—an opportunity facilitated by our relationships with companies such Google, General Motors, Bayer, IBM, BP, Sony, and Alcoa. Others choose smaller firms and some create startup companies resulting from their own research. (Review statistics for grad and undergrad placement.)
The Council of Graduate Schools reports that people with Ph.D.s earn 46 percent more than people with master's degrees. Still, graduate study is a tremendous investment, and it is important that you consider your options carefully. If the list below resonates with your priorities, then we look forward to hearing from you.
Leaders in Research
Some schools follow the trends, looking to industry to drive their research initiatives. Not in our college. We don't follow—we lead, carefully defining strategic initiatives that support our faculty's expertise and passion. As a result, industry relationships are a vital part of our culture, working collaboratively on cutting-edge concepts, inventions, policies, methods, products, and processes.
Our faculty's progressive research and dedicated teaching efforts have helped make the College of Engineering one of the top engineering schools in the country. In fact, 26 of our faculty have been inducted into the National Academy of Engineering. Our professors are hands-on educators in the classroom, in the lab, working directly with students. Our research is recognized and supported by such prestigious sources as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Your career, even if you choose to work in the U.S., will be significantly affected by the global economy. The job market has expanded with tremendous opportunity for exciting and challenging work around the world. We are committed to a multicultural learning environment that embraces diversity and equips our students for all the opportunities available to them. We offer international graduate study programs in numerous countries, including Greece, Portugal, Japan, and Australia.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Engineering has always been about innovation, but in today's world, we must equip our students with more than practice—we must teach them the process. Learning to foster innovation, to encourage and develop entrepreneurial thinking, to develop and deliver real solutions, to identify and deliver funding, and to collaborate, lead, and manage—these are highly sought-after skills you can develop when you choose the College of Engineering.
Structured Academic Support
The College of Engineering provides multiple levels of faculty and administrative support to each of our graduate students. Graduate students work side-by-side with faculty who are fully engaged in their education and provide guidance, advisement, and mentorship. At the university level, the Graduate Studies Office and Graduate Student Assembly are valuable supports as well.
The College of Engineering is the second smallest school in the top 20 engineering colleges. We value our size because it allows us to know our colleagues. We can be aware of each other's work and reach across disciplines. With five other colleges on campus, as well as a community rich with academic, medical, and scientific resources, our college is truly a center of multidisciplinary and multicultural research and education.
Outreach and Advancement
We are proud to have research institutes that are funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency, and the National Institutes of Health, as well as a host of industry partnerships at all levels, from the university to the college to the departments to the faculty. We secure funding to secure our future. (Learn more about the financial support we can offer qualified candidates.)
Quality of Life
We offer incoming students a great community, with an unbeatable cost of living. Sports, museums, theatre, the opera, the symphony—there is so much to do in Pittsburgh. And with 39 colleges in the region—13 in Pittsburgh alone—the commitment to education, collaboration, and discovery is unparalleled. (Learn more about life in Pittsburgh.)