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Masters in Electrical Engineering Rankings

Masters in Electrical Engineering Rankings

Most top universities today have separated electrical engineering and electronics engineering as academic disciplines at the graduate level by establishing areas of concentration that take a student in one direction or the other. Most schools have also moved electrical engineering into an academic department separate from engineering in general, creating a division for the study of electrical engineering and computer science. All of the schools reviewed here have taken that step, recognizing that the study of electrical engineering is in many cases inseparable from microelectronics.

These schools are all ranked in the top ten for electrical engineering by the US News and World Report annual survey of colleges and universities in the United States. The survey ranks various academic divisions or departments and graduate schools as well; the schools listed here have all been recognized for their top-flight electrical engineering faculty and graduate degree programs. In many cases the master's in electrical engineering is considered a stop on the way to the PhD program. All of the schools listed here offer the master's degree as a terminal degree for students seeking a career in the business world rather than academia; in many cases they have created a special course of study to prepare professional engineers.

1. University of California/Berkeley: This university has electrical engineering paired with computer science in the Electrical & Computer Sciences Department of the College of Engineering. Students have the option of a Master of Science in Computer Engineering or a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. At Berkeley these degrees are primarily considered stepping stones to the PhD program; there is a "MS only" option available in electrical engineering but the school does not guarantee financial support for students on this track as it does for potential PhD candidates.

2. University of Michigan/Ann Arbor offers two master's degrees in electrical engineering through the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering with five areas of specialization from which to choose: Circuits & Microsystems, Applied Electromagnetics & RF Circuits, Optics & Photonics, Solid State Electronics, and VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration). The MS in Electrical Engineering: Systems includes these areas of concentration: Communications, Control, Energy & Power, Signal Processing, and Robotics & Computer Vision.

3. Stanford University Department of Electrical Engineering has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering that is a program of study designed to segue into the doctoral degree program within the department. There is also a program for a Master's in Engineering for electrical engineering that is a terminal degree meant for students who intend to seek a professional career in industry rather than academia. The Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering requires study beyond the MS degree, takes two years to complete and cannot be commenced without permission from department faculty.

4. Cornell University offers the Master of Electrical Engineering as a one year course of study for would-be professional electrical engineers. The PhD program currently has twice as many students enrolled as the master's, illustrating the fact that Cornell's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering is oriented to the academic world rather than the business environment. The Masters in Electrical Engineering offers areas of specialization in energy systems; complex systems design; technology management; bio-electrical engineering; computer engineering & digital systems; solid state devices, electronics & photonics; and space science & plasma physics.

5. University of Illinois/Champaign-Urbana has a terminal master's degree option in the Department of Electrical & Computer Science. The program offers just one Master of Science degree, however there are areas of specialization that hone in on concentrations relevant to electrical engineering. Among the ten areas of concentration are Integrated Circuits, Communication, Control, Electromagnetics & Remote Sensing, Power & Energy Systems, and Signal Processing.

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