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Good Schools to Become an Electrical Engineer

by Carissa Lawrence

Electrical engineering has become an increasingly popular field of study across the U.S., as well as throughout the world. As an electrical engineer, you design, develop, build and test electronic and electrical devices such as high definition televisions, robots and other intelligent systems and solar-powered generators. There are many schools across the U.S. that offer high quality programs for prospective electrical engineers.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

According to "U.S. News," the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the No. 1 school for electrical engineering in the world. The electrical engineering and computer science program is the largest undergraduate program at MIT. Along with studying advanced math, such as probability theory and complex variable calculus, electrical engineering majors study topics including basic circuit theory, quantum mechanics and physics of electronic devices. Graduates of MIT have gone on to work for large companies like Microsoft and IBM, while others have found jobs working on research projects and designing supercomputers and robots. Since the electrical engineering program at MIT is highly reputable, the average starting salary for undergraduate students is above $75,000.

Stanford University

The Electrical Engineering department is the largest department in the School of Engineering at Stanford University. Stanford's electrical engineering department is dedicated to helping its students learn, grow, develop and achieve their goals by providing a comprehensive, challenging curriculum as well as research programs and opportunities. Students attending Stanford University for electrical engineering can choose to specialize in a number of areas and work to earn a Master of Science degree or a doctorate. Engineering students can take classes on the physics of electrical engineering, circuits, signal processing and linear systems, medical electronics and laser dynamics.

University of California at Berkeley

The University of California at Berkeley's College of Engineering offers many different majors through its department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. Students can earn a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Engineering, Master of Science, or Ph.D in electrical engineering. UCB also offers a five-year combined bachelor's/master's program as well as a Master of Advanced Study in integrated circuits through a part-time online program. While attending the College of Engineering at UCB, students have opportunities to participate in research projects with faculty members or engage in independent studies.

UCLA

The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California in Los Angeles is home to a fairly competitive engineering program. The electrical engineering department at UCLA has a mission to graduate highly qualified, well-rounded and motivated individuals who have comprehensive knowledge of the field. Students in the electrical engineering program can earn a Bachelor or Master of Science in electrical engineering, or they can continue on in pursuit of a Ph.D. The College of Engineering at UCLA also offers an online Master of Science degree in engineering for continuing education students.

About the Author

Based in Gainesville, Carissa Lawrence is an experienced teacher who has been writing education related articles since 2013. Lawrence holds a master's degree in early childhood education from the University of Florida.

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