Minneapolis Electronics Engineering Schools
The Minneapolis area has few options for students planning a career in electronics engineering. This article looks at three area schools with electronics engineering studies and at the degree programs they offer. All three schools are 15 minutes or less from downtown. In addition to information about the programs, this article includes a table of facts about each school, covering areas such as enrollment, tuition, graduation rates and the availability of financial aid to beginning students. This information is useful to students who are deciding where to enroll. At the end of the article is information about one more school, farther from Minneapolis, that offers a relevant program.
- Students may pursue a two-year degree in electronics engineering technology at Dunwoody College of Technology, which is less than two miles from the downtown Minneapolis area.
- The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities offers a bachelor's, master's and PhD degree program in electrical engineering, which include coursework in electronics. It is a little less than two miles from downtown.
- In the neighboring city of St. Paul, the University of St. Thomas has both a bachelor's and a master's program in electrical engineering that also covers electronics. This school is about six miles from the heart of Minneapolis.
Comparison of Schools
Individuals who are looking for a college need to consider many factors. This table compiles important information in an easily-accessible format.
|Dunwoody College of Technology||University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||University of St. Thomas|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||1,301*||51,848*||9,878*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$21,610*||$14,417 for state residents; $26,603 for out-of-state residents*||$41,133*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||88%*||81%*||99%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||73%*||50%||84%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||82% for full-time students*||93% for full-time students and 75% for part-time students*||88% for full-time students and 100% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (students began studies in Fall 2011)||64% (1% transfer-out rate)*||80% (12% transfer-out rate) *||77% (17% transfer-out rate) *|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Dunwoody College of Technology
Dunwoody College of Technology is a four-year school that includes bachelor's, associate and certificate programs in career-focused technical areas such as automotive repair, engineering technology and HVAC systems. The school offers students an opportunity to study electronics engineering technology and electronics technology with associate degree and certificate programs.
Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Engineering Technology
The associate degree program in electronics engineering technology requires students to complete courses in programming, industrial controls, basic electricity and electronics, digital theory, microprocessor theory and advanced electronics. The program also includes general education courses such as English, social science, humanities and mathematics. Students can complete the associate degree program in two years.
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is a four-year, public university that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in electrical engineering. These programs provide coursework relevant to students interested in electronics engineering.
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (BEE)
The program at the University of Minnesota prepares students for careers in the telecommunications, semiconductor, defense, aerospace and biomedical technology industries. Students take courses in calculus, linear algebra, chemistry, physics, computers, electrical circuits, linear systems, microcontrollers, analog and digital electronics and semiconductor devices. Students choose from a number of laboratory courses, including electronics design, linear control systems, microelectronics and digital signal processing design. In addition, all students must complete a senior design project.
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)
To complete this degree, students can choose either a thesis option or a coursework-only option. Both plans require the completion of 30 semester credits. Most students complete this master's program within two years after earning a bachelor's degree. Students in this program may take cross-listed courses from other departments, including classes in aeromechanics, biostatistics and thermodynamics.
PhD in Electrical Engineering
To earn a doctoral degree in electrical engineering, students must complete 40 semester credits and 24 thesis credits. Students coming into this program from the master's program will find that most of their MSEE credits will count towards the PhD credit requirement. At least 12 credits must be taken in courses outside the major. Students have the option to take courses in subjects like control system design, non-linear systems and computer architecture.
University of St. Thomas
The School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas provides students with study abroad opportunities in Australia, Korea and Germany. The School of Engineering also assists students in locating internship opportunities with local businesses.
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE)
The electrical engineering curriculum at the University of St. Thomas is designed by a committee of industry professionals. The program emphasizes hands-on training in electronics and career-oriented development. Specialized tracks are offered in embedded systems, power, communications and signal processing, physics and electromagnetic field. Aerospace studies can be pursued through an Air Force ROTC program. Graduates may also choose to pursue graduate degrees in engineering or law. Required coursework for completion of the BSEE degree includes digital design, electronics, signals and systems, microprocessors and circuit analysis.
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)
This industry-oriented, technical master's degree is designed for students interested in working for the utility industry, and also related industries involving the transmission and distribution of power systems, controls, electrical design, power electronics, mechatronics and robotics, among other areas. Courses include the study of electric machinery, embedded systems and networks and signals. A bachelor's degree in engineering is not a necessary prerequisite to enroll in this program. This program can be completed in one of two ways, with a course-based option requiring the completion of ten graduate courses or a project-based option, in which students must complete a design project along with three electives.
Other School Option
Minnesota State University - Mankato is located about 68 miles northeast of Minneapolis and offers a bachelor's degree in electronic engineering technology. The program is administered through the school's College of Science, Engineering and Technology.