Michigan has several schools that offer degree programs in the closely related fields of electronics engineering and electrical engineering. Prospective students interested in studying electronics engineering must typically enroll in an electrical engineering program.
Most electronics engineering programs are offered as a concentration of electrical engineering, rather than as standalone degree programs. A few public and private, non-profit schools in Michigan have bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs and/or concentrations specific to electronics engineering.
Some programs might offer distance learning options. Depending on the level of study, enrollees could participate in cooperative experiences and conduct independent research, or they may fulfill thesis or dissertation requirements.
Engineers in Michigan must be licensed to use the title professional engineer. To become a professional engineer in Michigan, a person must graduate from an ABET-accredited engineering program, pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, gain four years of applicable work experience and then pass the Professional Engineering exam. Licensure is less common for electrical and electronic engineers than it is for other types of engineers. Preparatory education is offered at the five Michigan-based universities below.
Located in Flint, Kettering University offers prospective students a master's degree in engineering with a concentration in electrical and computer engineering through the electrical and computer engineering department. Students can choose to further specialize in the modern application of electronics. The program is specifically for graduate students looking to increase their conceptual understanding and practical knowledge of the discipline's principles. Students also learn about applicable business and financial management theories for working as an engineer. The 40-credit program includes a four-credit thesis offered in lieu of one elective course. The program may be completed on-campus or through distance learning.
Lawrence Technological University
The College of Engineering at Southfield's Lawrence Tech has one bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with a concentration in electronics engineering. The concentration is for students interested in electronic circuit design and implementation. The 132-credit program includes general education, core electrical engineering and elective courses. The concentration in electronics engineering includes an additional three concentration courses, two technical design classes and three laboratory courses. Specific class topics include circuits and electronics, control systems and digital electronics. This program is accredited by the ABET and qualifies students for engineer-in-training exams.
Michigan State University
Located in East Lansing, Michigan State University has a master's degree and a doctoral degree program in electrical engineering. Within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, students in both programs choose an area of research to specialize in, which includes an electronic materials and devices option. Learners study electronics engineering applications, fabrication and simulation.
Students within the electronic materials and devices concentration have two state-of-the-art research centers with several specialized equipment testing laboratories. Both graduate programs are research-intensive and include an interdisciplinary approach to electrical and electronics engineering. Master's degree students may choose to complete the program with a thesis or final program evaluation. Doctoral students must complete a series of academic steps to earn the degree, including coursework, two major examinations, independent research, a dissertation and a final oral examination.
Michigan Technological University
Houghton-based Michigan Tech provides prospective students with a research-based master's and doctoral degree program in electrical engineering with a concentration in solid-state electronics. Students focus on electromagnetic wave interactions and the quantum behavior of solids in terms of electronic materials and devices.
The master's degree program has three plans for completing the degree, including a thesis, special project/written report or a coursework option. Students may enroll in the doctoral program with or without a master's degree, though there are different requirements for each option. The doctoral program consists of 60 credits of coursework and research hours, including the writing and oral defense of a dissertation.
University of Detroit Mercy (UDM)
The College of Engineering & Science at Detroit's University of Detroit Mercy has an ABET-accredited bachelor's degree in electrical engineering program that includes the option of specializing in electronics, control and communication systems. This option gives students a broad introduction to the various sub-disciplines of electrical engineering. Course topics include graphics and design, computer science, electromagnetics and electromechanical energy conversion. Students are also taught through the utilization of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools. All students are required to complete three semesters of full-time work in a cooperative education experience. Delphi, Motorola and the Ford Motor Company are only a few of UDM's cooperative partners that students may apply to work with to fulfill this requirement. This program may qualify students for professional licensure exams.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Electronics Engineering Degree Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Kettering University||Four-year; private, not-for-profit; midsize city||MS in Engineering: Electrical & Computer Engineering - Modern Application of Electronics Specialization||$12,460 (graduate)*|
|Lawrence Technological University||Four-year; private, not-for-profit; small city||BS in Electrical Engineering: Electronics Engineering||$33,570 (undergraduate)*|
|Michigan State University||Four-year; public; fringe rural|| MS in Electrical Engineering: Electronic Materials and Devices,
PhD in Electrical Engineering: Electronic Materials and Devices
|$18,132 in-state; $35,628 out-of-state (graduate)*|
|Michigan Technological University||Four-year; public; remote town|| MS in Electrical Engineering: Solid-State Electronics Concentration,
PhD in Electrical Engineering: Solid-State Electronics Concentration
|University of Detroit Mercy||Four-year; private, not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Electrical Engineering: Electronics, Control and Communication Systems||$28,000 (undergraduate)*|
Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).