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Schools for Aspiring Acoustical Engineers: How to Choose

Aspiring acoustical engineers can choose to specialize in acoustics while they earn an engineering degree at the undergraduate or graduate level. Important considerations for selecting a school include research opportunities and access to high quality facilities.

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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 (2015-2016)*
Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ 4-year, Public Bachelor $10,158 in state, $25,458 out of state*
Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg, ID 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor $3,830*
California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor $6,452 in state, $17,612 out of state*
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Associate $2,805 in state, $9,450 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 $1,504 in district, $3,184 in state, $3,544 out of state*
University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 4-year, Public Bachelor $11,403 in state, $32,630 out of state*
University of Houston Houston, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor $8,759 in state, $20,519 out of state*
University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA 4-year, Public Bachelor $11,839 in state, $34,143 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

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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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