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Power Systems Engineering Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Power systems engineering is a specialty in the field of electrical engineering. Aspiring power systems engineers can complete a graduate degree program in power systems after earning an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering.

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Undergraduate programs in power systems engineering are typically electrical engineering programs that offer courses or concentrations in power systems; at the graduate level, certificate and degree programs can be found specifically in power systems engineering. Various program levels can be found at 2-year and 4-year schools.

Top 10 Electrical Engineering Schools

The following list includes a number of public and private schools that offer electrical engineering programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition* (2015-2016)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $46,704 Undergraduate; $46,400 Graduate
Stanford University Stanford, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate $46,320 Undergraduate; $45,729 Graduate
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $13,431 In-state Undergraduate; $11,220 In-state Graduate
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $15,054 In-state Undergraduate; $15,023 In-state Graduate
California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate $45,390 Undergraduate; $43,710 Graduate
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $12,204 In-state Undergraduate; $13,452 In-state Graduate
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate $13,856 In-state Undergraduate; $20,638 In-state Graduate
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $50,665 Undergraduate; $40,625 Graduate
Princeton University Princeton, NJ 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $43,450 Undergraduate; $43,450 Graduate
Purdue University - West Lafayette West Lafayette, IN 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate $10,002 In-state Undergraduate; $9,208 In-state Graduate

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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School Selection Criteria

Students interested in power systems engineering programs have several factors to consider when choosing a program.

  • Professional licensure may require a degree from an ABET-accredited school.
  • Hands-on internships and lab experiences are important educational components for a technical field such as power systems engineering.
  • Scheduling flexibility is available at some schools thanks to weekend and evening classes or online coursework.
  • Consider the employment rates of graduates to ensure employers recognize the qualifications and respect the school's program.

Associate's Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology

Students can complete a 2-year degree in electrical engineering such as an Associate in Electrical Engineering Technology with a power systems option or an Associate in Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology. These programs typically offer foundational education in electrical technology theory supplemented by laboratory skills, mathematics and science. Graduates of associate's degree programs find jobs as engineering technicians or technical sales writers.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Students with a strong background in mathematics and computers might be interested in a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. These programs provide students with fundamental engineering knowledge along with focused training in electrical systems.

Students who earn a bachelor's degree can become engineering technologists or project supervisors who contribute to the innovation of new technologies and discover ways to repair old technologies.

Graduate Certificate in Power Systems Engineering

Students and engineering professionals who have earned a bachelor's degree can complete a graduate certificate to stay current in their field and learn advanced skills. Examples of these certificates include a Graduate Certificate in Power Systems Engineering with an emphasis in protection and control or a Graduate Certificate in Electric Power Systems Engineering. These 1-year programs require proficiency in math, science and electronics.

Master's Degree in Power Systems Engineering

Graduate degrees in power systems engineering include a Master of Science in Electric Power Systems Engineering or a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering Power Systems. Master's programs are designed to provide professional development to electrical engineers. Prerequisites can include earning a bachelor's degree from an accredited school and completing prior work experience.

Power systems engineering is primarily learned through studying electrical engineering, although it may be possible to take graduate studies specifically focused in power systems engineering. Graduate and undergraduate programs in electrical engineering are offered by many reputable four-year institutions.

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