Ranked #13 in popularity, electrical engineering is one of the most sought-after doctor's degree programs in the nation. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.
College Factual reviewed 14 schools in the Far Western US Region to determine which ones were the best for doctor's degree seekers in the field of electrical engineering. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 402 doctor's degrees in electrical engineering during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Choosing a Great Electrical Engineering School for Your Doctor's Degree
The ee doctor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality ee program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:
Quality Overall Is Important
The overall quality of a doctor's degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges for a Doctor's Degree ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.
To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their doctor's degree from the school. After all, your doctor's degree won't mean much if it doesn't help you find a job that will help you earn a living.
Other Factors We Consider
In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:
Major Focus - How much a school focuses on electrical engineering students vs. other majors.
Major Demand - The number of electrical engineering students who choose to seek a doctor's degree at the school.
Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
Student Debt - How much debt electrical engineering students go into to obtain their doctor's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized electrical engineering related body.
Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for electrical engineering students working on their doctor's degree.
The ee school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Electrical Engineering Doctor's Degree Schools in the Far Western US Region.
Best Schools for Doctorate Students to Study Electrical Engineering in the Far Western US Region
The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for pursuing a doctor's degree in electrical engineering.
10 Top Far Western US Region Schools for a Doctorate in EE
It is difficult to beat Stanford University if you want to pursue a doctor's degree in electrical engineering. Stanford is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Stanford.
Students who graduate with their doctorate from the ee program report average early career income of $137,457.
The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).