Top Electrical Engineering Graduate Schools: List of Best Schools

This article identifies some of the best schools in the nation to offer graduate degree programs in electrical engineering. Learn about the credentials of the schools, the programs they offer, and the curriculum included in such programs.

Schools Overview

Located on opposite sides of the country, the following two schools represent some of the best to offer graduate degree programs in electrical engineering. Both are highly ranked by a number of evaluative bodies, including U.S. News & World Report and Times Higher Education. A range of graduate programs are offered between the pair, including programs leading to master's and doctoral degrees. Inter- and multi-disciplinary degrees and programs are also available.

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge

School Highlight: Ranked #1 Engineering and Technology School in the world, and Top Graduate Engineering Program in the nation.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private science and technology school that has been recognized by many ranking organizations, including Times Higher Education, which ranked the school #1 for Engineering and Technology on its 2015 list of the best universities in the world. And in 2015 MIT received the first place ranking in U.S. News &World Report's list of the top graduate engineering programs in nation.

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers several graduate programs, including Master of Engineering, Master of Science, Electrical Engineer or Engineer in Computer Science, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Electrical Engineering. An interdisciplinary master's degree program in computation for design and optimization is offered jointly with MIT's Sloan School of Management.

2. California Institute of Technology in Pasadena

School Highlight: Ranked #10 university in the nation and #5 best engineering school.

The California Institute of Technology, or Caltech, is a small private research university located near Los Angeles. Well-known for its academics, the school has had 31 recipients of the Nobel Prize to date. In 2015 U.S. News & World Report ranked Caltech #10 among national universities, and the Division of Engineering & Applied Science #5 among the best national engineering schools.

The Electrical Engineering Department emphasizes multi-disciplinary study and has strong ties to other departments, such as the Bioengineering, Applied Physics, and Computer Science Departments. Students may choose to enroll in a Ph.D. program, which requires a previous master's degree from an accredited U.S. university, or a one-year master's degree program. The department offers a variety of research opportunities in wireless systems, lasers, bioelectronics, and quantum electronics.

Top Electrical Engineering Graduate Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Purdue University - Main Campus Ph.D. program offers two degree plans, one for students who have a M.S. and one for students who apply with a bachelor's degree West Lafayette, IN
Stanford University Tied for rank of #1 on U.S. News and World Report's 2015 list of best grad schools offering electrical engineering programs Stanford, CA
University of California - Berkeley Tied for rank of #1 on U.S. News and World Report's 2015 list of best grad schools offering electrical engineering programs Berkeley, CA
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign New classroom and instructional lab facilities include a fabrication lab Champaign, IL
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor The school offers graduate programs in electrical engineering and electrical engineering systems Ann Arbor, MI
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Offers competitive funding for grad students; doctoral students get priority Minneapolis, MN
University of Pennsylvania Facilities include the Ackoff Center for Advancement of Systems Approaches; the Distributed Systems Laboratory; General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory; the Multimedia And Networking Laboratory; and the Wolf Nanofabrication Laboratory Philadelphia, PA
University of Texas at Austin Master's and Ph.D. students can choose from among 11 tracks Austin, TX

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