A master’s degree in electrical engineering is a versatile degree that can open up diverse career opportunities, including the following:
- Software or hardware development
- Renewable energy
- Product design and development, including computers and smartphones
- Robotics used for industry, medical science research, and healthcare
- Global positioning systems for all types of transportation, including space
- Biomedical and bioengineering product development
- Civil or commercial construction
- Artificial intelligence and machine learning applied in healthcare, education, aerospace, marketing, finance, agriculture, transportation, and gaming
Who is the ideal candidate for a master’s in electrical engineering degree?
These master’s degree programs seek applicants with a strong background in engineering, math, and physics. If you are coming from another discipline, consider taking some engineering and math courses at a local college or online to prove your capabilities. The admissions team will also be looking for evidence of your critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as your creativity. As you will in most engineering jobs, in the program, you will be working on team projects, solving complex problems and innovating newly designed products.
You can prove you are a strong admissions candidate by doing the following:
- Writing a well-crafted essay that includes your short-term and long-term goals, shows how your experience supports your career goals, and demonstrates how the school’s curriculum matches your interests
- Developing a resume that details the results of your work and shows how you have added value
- Securing effective letters of recommendation, usually from professors and/or managers who can provide examples of your work that demonstrate the desired attributes for successful admission
The top ten engineering schools have the luxury of selecting applicants who have not only done all these steps but also earned very high GRE scores and GPAs. If you have taken the GRE several times but consider your score in the second tier, then look for high-quality engineering schools in the top 30. Many professors and industry leaders graduated from these schools!
Do your due diligence: Research, research, research!
It is important to research graduate programs that include courses or have concentrations in the subfield you want to pursue. Reach out to students or alumni of the different programs to learn more about the research opportunities available and the professors who are most aligned with your research and career goals. If you prefer a more applied program, look for a school that offers the terminal Master of Engineering Degree that is less research focused and more project oriented. Students in these programs are usually heading directly into industry upon graduation.
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With 30 years of career and admissions experience at four universities, including Cornell’s College of Engineering and Johnson Business School, Dr. Karin Ash facilitated students’ entry into the world’s best companies. As an adcom member, she also evaluated applications and therefore knows what schools and employers seek. Want Karin to help you get Accepted? Click here to get in touch!
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