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Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering in the USA

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Electrical Engineering MSc, PhD

University of North Texas (UNT) United States

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Study a Electrical Engineering Masters in the USA in 2024

Electrical engineering deals with the design, development and maintenance of electrical systems and their components. You will be responsible for their safety, quality, sustainability and reliability. As well as this, you will be involved in the design and manufacturing of electrical equipment that will be used across a wide range of sectors, such as construction, maintenance and transportation.

An undergraduate degree in electrical engineering will give you a foundation of knowledge in the field. You will study modules on computing, electronic circuits, electronics and design. You will develop both your practical skills and theoretical knowledge, making sure that you are ready for employment.

Your degree will be delivered in a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as practical and laboratory sessions. You may be required to take part in a work placement module or year.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation can influence the area in which you choose to work when you have graduated. Common specialisations include:

  • Communication Systems Engineering
  • Computer Hardware Engineering
  • Control Systems
  • Optics
  • Power Systems
  • Semiconductors and Electronics

If your degree course requires you to write a dissertation in your final year, this will give you the opportunity to further explore a favoured area of electrical engineering.

The accreditation of your degree will depend on where you choose to study, as well as the specific content of your course. Generally, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng), or a Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Some degree courses might be accredited or approved by a professional body of engineering, meaning you can become a chartered engineer. For example, in the UK, degrees might be accredited or approved by the Engineering Council.

Typically, an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering will take three to four years to complete. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years, when studied full-time.

Once you have successfully completed your degree, you can choose to either seek employment in your chosen area, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies could be in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or a PhD, or a graduate certificate or diploma.

Electrical engineering graduates will be able to work in a variety of fields and industries, such as power generation, construction, infrastructure development, communications and information technology. You can expect to be involved in the design, development, testing and maintenance of projects.

You will have gained transferable skills throughout your degree, such as problem solving, analytical skills, and independent working. These skills mean that you will be a useful asset to any team in a field unrelated to electrical engineering.

Study in the USA

With over 1.1 million international students choosing the USA as their higher education destination each year, the country is one of the most popular study abroad destinations in the world. There are consistently many USA based universities and colleges ranked within the top 100 in the QS World University rankings, and it is not uncommon for the top 10 rankings to be dominated by American universities as well. As one of the biggest countries in the world, you will have many choices when it comes to deciding where you want to study abroad.

See our detailed guide to studying in the USA for international students.

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