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Why you should choose Engineering at St. Thomas

About Engineering at St. Thomas

Welcome to the School of Engineering

We are proud to be part of the largest private university in Minnesota. At St. Thomas, one out of every six students studies in the School of Engineering.

Our School of Engineering is a nationally recognized leader of innovation for the undergraduate engineering experience. Our practical hands-on programs are designed to transform our students beyond the theory into engineers who can truly make a difference in this world.

When it comes to academic quality, for the 10th straight year, U.S. News & World Report ranks St. Thomas School of Engineering in the top 50 engineering schools where doctorate degrees are not offered.

Graduate programs in engineering, software and data science are the preferred choice for working professionals to advance their careers through graduate education. And our programs are open to those wishing to change careers. We offer work/life balance with graduate classes offered in the evenings and non-cohort programs that allow students to choose how quickly they move through the program.

We value a welcoming and supportive environment for our students, faculty and staff.

Our Programs

The School of Engineering is made up of our undergraduate programs, our graduate engineering programs, and our graduate programs in software and data science. We are happy to help you in every way possible on your journey to apply, register and start classes. We are ready to assist you with your questions.

Undergraduate Engineering

We offer undergraduate engineering degrees in:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering.
Our St. Thomas engineers graduate with practical hands-on experience, the power of strong communication skills and the broad perspective of a liberal arts education.
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Graduate Engineering Programs

We offer six master's degrees and a variety of graduate certificate programs designed to meet the diverse needs of industry and the busy working professionals we serve.

The programs are founded on putting experienced faculty in the classroom to foster a rigorous and applied educational experience.

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Why St. Thomas

Our student-first faculty, industry connections and opportunities for research are big reasons why so many students choose engineering at St. Thomas.

Why St. Thomas

We're Committed to Engineering Education

We are committed to creating a diverse population of future engineers. We provide resources including a graduate certificate in Engineering Education for P - 12 educators and offer younger students a fun introduction to this field.
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STEPS Program

Science, Technology and Engineering Preview Summer Program is an opportunity to introduce students to the exciting world of science, technology and engineering.
STEPS Program
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Center for Engineering Education

The Center for Engineering Education prepares future and current P-12 educators to teach STEM education and increase their students' engineering literacy in an increasingly complex world.
Center for Engineering Education


Personable and effective faculty help shape tomorrow's engineering leaders.
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Dr. Brittany Nelson-Cheeseman

Dr. Nelson-Cheeseman is a professor and director of the Materials Science and Engineering program at St. Thomas. Brittany's research and interests include materials science and engineering, nanoscale science and engineering, smart materials, magnetic and electronic materials, additive manufacturing / 3D printing / fused deposition modeling, next generation energy materials, complex oxides, thin films and heterostructures and engineering education. Brittany earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Dr. John Abraham

Dr. Abraham is a world-renowned climate scientist and professor of thermal sciences. His expertise includes: medical devices, heat transfer and fluid flow, climate change, energy generation in the developing world, and more. He has produced over 350 publications, patents, and conference presentations. John earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.
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Dr. Lucas Koerner

Dr. Koerner is an Assistant Professor at the School of Engineering. His research interests include Instrumentation for photon detection, electronics for point-of-care and low-cost medical diagnostics, high-speed x-ray detectors, open source hardware, and CMOS imagers. Lucas earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University.
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The University of St. Thomas bachelor's degree programs in Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. ABET, 415 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.

The University of St. Thomas is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).