Are you interested in a career in electrical engineering? While you can get started in this field with just a bachelor’s degree, earning a master’s degree leads to more job opportunities, a better salary, and more. Your classes will include both typical learnings as well as hands-on activities covering topics such as image systems, networking, electronic circuits, energy processes, performance analysis, management, and operational research. Do your research to find the best school for you; here are the top programs in electrical engineering as ranked by others:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has long been ranked as one of the top engineering schools in the United States in multiple specialties. In 2011, it was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the top school for electrical engineering graduate students, and 2600 to 2700 are enrolled in master’s degree engineering programs every year. MIT offers 20 research centers across their campus for students, as well as a robust entrepreneurship program for students interested in both engineering and starting their own business.
Like MIT, Standford University has long been ranked as one of the top graduate schools in the engineering field across a number of different specialties. In 2011, it was ranked as the #2 school for electrical engineers. Along with classes on campus, students in the School of Engineering also have the opportunity to study abroad through the China Internship Program and the campus is known for student activities, including some run specifically by the engineering department.
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley’s electrical engineering program was ranked third-best in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2011 ranking list. In this program, graduate students must also complete two minors, which can be in subjects outside of engineering, so you get a more comprehensive education and have the opportunity to learn about the topics that most interest you, even if they are unrelated to engineering. They also offer an Engineering Professional Master’s Program, which is an accelerated program that allows you to earn your degree in just a year.
Other Engineering Schools
MIT, Stanford, and Berkeley are just three of the many schools you can and should consider. Other top-ranked electrical engineering programs include the University of Illinois, California Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Michigan.