Master of Engineering is a Postgraduate Academic Master Degree which is awarded for a course or program in the discipline of Engineering. It is also known as M.E. which is an abbreviated form of the Master of Engineering Degree. The duration of Master of Engineering course is is generally a 2-years. Master of Engineering course consists of 4 or more semesters. This engineering degree is based on specialization program in a specific branch of engineering. M.E. program in India is usually structured as an Engineering Research degree, lesser than Ph.D. and considered parallel to M.Phil and M.S. degrees in Humanities and Science. Master of Engineering Correspondence courses are offered at some of the renowned Universities in the various states of India. The most prestigious amongst these are Indian Institute of Technology located in various states. Many universities also offer part-time programmes generally of 4 year duration in different branches of engineering and technology. The programmes are open to working diploma holders or diploma holders having working experience for specified periods. Admissions are made through separate entrance tests. Part-time M.E/M.Tech. programmes which include 5 semesters are also offered by a number of Institutions. Just like B.Tech., there is a certain amount of confusion regrading M.Tech. and M.E. And just like B.Tech and B.E., M.Tech. and M.E. have smilar scope and future. Some of the Universities in India award M.Tech. instead of M.E. for same Engineering Course and vice versa.

Difference between M.E and M.Tech

To look for an answer to the question that is there any difference between Masters of Engineering and Masters of Technology is same as looking for a Black cat in a Black room when the cat is not there. Yet thinking that there can be no smoke without fire we are trying to clear the air by taking the talked about difference between these two engineering difference and their practical impact on future course of action.

M.E. M.Tech.
It is known as Plain engineering. It is known as Masters in engineering technology.
M.E. is knowledge oriented. M. Tech. is skill oriented.
The plain engineering is more of theoretical based research. While engineering technology is more of application engineering.
M.E. emphasize on in depth concept clarification of facts. Emphasize on Practical exposure of Conceptual Knowledge.
In late 70s and early 80s institutes offering Engineering with other degrees, called their engineering degree M.E. Institute offered only Engineering degrees called their degree as M.Tech.
Mostly private universities or self affiliated colleges like the IIT etc. It is offered by colleges affiliated by various universities.

Answer to the question that which of the two are considered as greater degree greatly depends upon the mind set and work culture of the countries concerned rather than the Degree itself.

Hands-on-experience is preferable to knowledge in many countries (not in INDIA. In India, only knowledge is provided and experienced is gained on job itself).

In many countries, an Engineer without skill is not considered as an Engineer. To focus this point only, M. Tech. course was developed. Basically, it’s one and the, But IIT’s and foreign Countries call it M. Tech. instead of M.E.


As both B.E and B.Tech. has same general syllabus and both  the degrees are treated same for jobs and higher studies and there is no difference in the duration of the course i.e both are four years degree course. Thus there is no applicable difference between these two degrees at al and the student need not to bother whether they are getting admission in B.E or B.Tech.


Candidates who have completed their Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Technology degree are eligible for Master of Engineering Degree course. Candidates who completed a 5-year program in Science or Applied Sciences resulting in the award of a Master of Science degree are also eligible for Master of Engineering course. Admission is based on rank obtained in the entrance test conducted for M.E. Some Institutes also conduct personal interview  and or written  test for admission in their Institutes.

Master of Engineering Subjects

Subjects of Master of Engineering vary from one’s preferred specialisation.

Master of Engineering Specialisations

  • Biomedical Engineering.
  • Electrical Engineering.
  • Infrastructure Systems.
  • Instrumentation Engineering.
  • Metallurgical Engineering.
  • Structural Engineering.
  • Transportation Engineering.

Who can and Who should pursue Master of Engineering Degree

Candidates who who want to have more learning opportunities to enrich one’s knowledge base should pursue M.E.

Advantages or Benefits of Master of Engineering Degree

  • Masters in Engineering degree opens door to a world full of opportunities for any aspiring engineer irrespective of their interest, whether it maybe in biological, chemical, civil, electronic, industrial, or software engineering.
  • A Postgraduate Degree in Engineering offers excellent career opportunities for motivated engineering in various organisations like the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. and Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (Kalpakkam). As the activities of these department are multi-disciplinary in nature, it requires the services of post-graduates in several engineering branches.
  • Engineering is a well respected profession and that adds a prestige to one’s personality.

Master of Engineering Jobs

Both the Central and State governments continue to be the major employers of engineers particularly in such branches as Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, and Electronics Engineering. Teaching and research careers are no less rewarding. With the proliferation of engineering colleges and technological institutions, postgraduates and doctoral degree holders can join the teaching profession.

Employment Areas

  • Aeronautical Firms.
  • Automobile Industry.
  • Chemical Industries.
  • Consultancy Firms.
  • Defence Services.
  • Electronics Manufacturers.
  • Hospitals.
  • Housing & Urban Development.
  • Oil Exploration and Refining.
  • Power Plants.
  • Quality Testing Laboratories.
  • Pharmaceuticals.
  • Software Design.
  • Space Research Organisation.
  • Teaching Institutions.

Job Types

  • Assistant Engineers.
  • Chief Engineer
  • Development and Test Engineers.
  • Director of Public Works.
  • Electrical Product Design Engineer.
  • Engineering Technologist.
  • Executive Engineers.
  • Independent Consultants.
  • Lecturer.
  • Product Development Engineer.
  • Junior Engineers.
  • Mechanical Design Engineer.
  • Registered Engineering Technician.
  • Researcher.
  • Verification Engineer.