Schools for Aspiring Acoustical Engineers: How to Choose

Dec 12, 2019

Acoustical engineering courses are usually found in mechanical or electrical engineering programs. Students can find relevant programs at 4-year colleges and universities.

10 Schools with Acoustical Engineering Programs

Further information about schools with this program is shown below:

College/University Location Institution Type Degree Offered Tuition (2018-2019)*
Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ 4-year, Public Bachelor $10,822 in state, $28,336 out of state*
Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor $4,118
California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor $6,798 in state, $18,678 out of state*
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Associate $3,492 in state, $10,371 out of state*
Excelsior College Albany, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor- online only $510/credit**
Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX 2-year, Public Associates $1,600 in district, $3,880 in state, $5,200 out of state*
University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 4-year, Public Bachelor $12,467 in state, $36,366 out of state*
University of Houston Houston, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor $8,913 in state, $21,273 out of state*
University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA 4-year, Public Bachelor $11,207 in state, $36,588 out of state*
Valencia College Orlando, FL 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Associate, Bachelor $2,474 in state, $9,383 out of state*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, **School website

School Selection Criteria

Considerations for prospective students in this field include:

  • Some acoustical engineering programs offer students an opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience through co-op jobs, internships, laboratory projects, study abroad programs, or volunteer community service work.
  • Prospective acoustical engineers may want to look for schools that provide career resources, such as on-campus recruiting events, academic counselors, and advisory boards to assist students with preparing for and finding employment.
  • An important aspect of an acoustical engineering program is access to quality research experiences, up-to-date campus research facilities, and modern equipment for studying acoustics since most graduate students are required to complete research
  • Students looking for a program should check to see that the curriculum incorporates the dynamics, principles and science governing sound in relation to physics, biology, computer science, and other fields

Bachelor's Degree in Acoustical Engineering

Undergraduate degrees in acoustical engineering are usually earned by majoring in engineering and specializing in acoustics. Students are often required to complete a capstone project.

Master's Degree in Acoustical Engineering

Students who have a bachelor's degree in engineering from an accredited university can continue their education by earning a graduate degree, such as a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering or a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in acoustics. Master's degrees in acoustical engineering can take 3-5 years to complete.

Acoustical engineering programs are found at many colleges universities and can lead to a bachelor's or master's degree. Internships, practical experience or technical trainings are key components to an acoustical engineering program.

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