A master’s degree in electrical engineering in the US offers the potential for a challenging, rewarding, and lucrative career. The programmes offered by US universities are very flexible to encourage interdisciplinary studies and research.
What do electrical engineers do?
Electrical engineers design digital and analogue circuits similar to the ones on the dashboard of your automobile, and the control circuitry of the Space Shuttle. They also write programs to simulate the operation of these circuits on a computer. Another speciality is the hardware and design of state-of-the-art microprocessors. Qualified electrical engineers who are also passionate about teaching their craft work at leading universities around the world, and conduct research in specialised areas of electrical engineering.
What does the master’s course cover?
A Master of Science in Electrical Engineering aims to prepare you to solve sophisticated design problems that will help you advance in your engineering career.
Students are prepared for advanced study/or research in the field of electrical engineering.
The three main areas of specialisation in this subject are:
- Communication and signal processing
- Computers and microelectronics
- Power electronics
The master’s programmes in the US are normally completed in three semesters of full-time study. Students get to choose a concentration or area of specialisation, which includes an option to pursue thesis research under the guidance of a faculty adviser.
Some universities offer you the option of pursuing a dual degree where you can combine electrical engineering with an MBA for greater career growth.
Why study in the US?
Electrical engineering degrees granted by accredited institutions in the US command respect world-wide. The courses are usually accredited by The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)or the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) which ensure that universities meet high standards.
Most research programmes offered by leading universities in the US are supported by extensive research funding as well as numerous state-of-the-art research laboratories. Facilities usually include computer networking labs, digital signal processing labs and computer design labs.
The research programmes cover a wide spectrum of activities in the following areas:
- Communications and Networking
- Signal Processing
- Computer Engineering
- Optics and Photonics
- Circuits and Systems
- Electronic Materials and Devices
- Bioelectronics and Systems
- Applied Electromagnetics
Small class sizes promote interaction with the faculty and keep you up to date with the most recent technology.
Qualified electrical engineers find opportunities in many leading corporate and institutions across the world. A few of the leading corporate include General Electronics, AT&T, Siemens, Intel, IBM, Motorola and Texas Instruments.
Most US universities require applicants to have completed a bachelor’s degree in engineering or science. As an Indian student, you also need to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognised test, e. g. TOEFL, IELTS or the equivalent.
Help with funding
The most common source of financial help that Indian students can expect from US universities is in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) and Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA).
Where to study?
Some of the leading US universities known for their courses in electrical engineering are:
- The University of Hartford
- Ohio State University
- University of Southern California
- Illinois Institute of Technology
- University of Maryland
- University of California, Berkeley
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Before you apply to a university, ensure that the course is professionally accredited and check the rankings the university has received, and the research activities and funding at the University.