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Schools with Electronics Engineering Programs: How to Choose

Certificate, associate degree, bachelor's degree and master's degree programs for electronics engineering are available across the U.S. Read on for more information on selecting an electronics engineering school.

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Electronics engineers design and produce electrical equipment for a variety of industries. Students can find electronics engineering programs at community colleges, technical schools and 4-year colleges and universities.

Top 10 Electronics Engineering Schools

Electronics engineering programs are offered by these institutions.

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); $38,139 (Out-of-state Undergraduate); $11,220 (In-state Graduate); $26,322 (Out-of-state Graduate)
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 4-year, public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $12,204 (In-state undergraduate); $32,396 (Out-of-state Undergraduate); $13,452 (In-state Graduate); $27,872 (Out-of-state Graduate)
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL 4-year, public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $15,054 (In-state undergraduate); $30,214 (Out-of-state Undergraduate); $15,023 (In-state Graduate); $28,213 (Out-of-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); $43,476 (Out-of-state Undergraduate); $20,638 (In-state Graduate); $41,688 (Out-of-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)
University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX 4-year, public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $9,806 (In-state undergraduate); $34,676 (Out-of-state Undergraduate); $10,934 (In-state Graduate); $20,762 (Out-of-state Graduate)
Purdue University - West Lafayette West Lafayette, IN 4-year, public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate $10,002 (In-state undergraduate); $28,804 (Out-of-state Undergraduate); $9,208 (In-state Graduate); $28,010 (Out-of-state Graduate)
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 4-year, private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $49,116 (Undergraduate); $29,500 (Graduate)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

When choosing an electronics engineering program, there are a number of factors to consider.

  • On-campus electrical system, computer and engineering facilities are important at all levels of education. Students are encouraged to review prospective schools not only for up-to-date equipment, but also for equipment relevant to their specific areas of interest.
  • Schools that offer industrial experiences, such as internships, may be preferable because they give students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a real-world setting.
  • Distance education options may be available either partially or fully online through some electrical engineering programs, especially at higher levels where theory begins to take precedence over hands-on practice. Online courses and lectures can be accessed at any time and could offer necessary flexibility to employed professionals seeking continuing education.
  • Certificate and associate degree programs in electronics engineering technology are designed for positions as entry-level technicians, while bachelor's and master's degree programs in electronics engineering prepare graduates for engineer jobs.

Certificate in Electronics Engineering Technology

Certificate programs in electronics engineering technology generally take a year to complete and include hands-on laboratory experiences.

Associate Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology

Associate degree programs in electronics engineering may prepare students for entry-level positions such as electronics technicians or engineering technologists. Students may be required to complete a capstone project.

Bachelor's Degree in Electronics Engineering

Bachelor's degree programs include basic courses in physics and calculus. Students also investigate advanced electronics concepts. Students are typically expected to complete a senior project toward the end of the program. Many programs include internship opportunities or requirements.

Master's Degree in Electronics Engineering

Master's degree programs in electronics engineering may be completed in two years and commonly offer a thesis or non-thesis option for graduation, with the non-thesis option taking longer due to increased coursework. Students must commonly choose a concentration in an area of electronics engineering, which dictates the bulk of their coursework and research. Concentration areas could include microelectronics, computer engineering or communications.

Bachelor's programs in electronics engineering include general education requirements and practical experiences, while master's programs commonly offer concentration options, such as communications or computer engineering. Many institutions offer electronics engineering programs at both levels, so students interested in studying in this field may want to consider location, cost, and the school's facilities when selecting a program.

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