Electrical Engineering is of the hottest master's degree programs in the United States, coming in as the #27 most popular major in the country. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.
College Factual looked at 185 colleges and universities when compiling its 2024 Best Electrical Engineering Master's Degree Schools ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 8,658 master's degrees in electrical engineering during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Choosing a Great Electrical Engineering School for Your Master's Degree
The ee master's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:
Quality Overall Is Important
The overall quality of a master's degree school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we consider a school's overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking which itself looks at a combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.
To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their master's degree from the school. This is because one of the main reasons people pursue their master's degree is to enable themselves to find better-paying positions.
Other Factors We Consider
The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.
Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to electrical engineering students as compared to other majors.
Major Demand - The number of electrical engineering students who choose to seek a master's degree at the school.
Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
Student Debt - How much debt electrical engineering students go into to obtain their master'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 colleges for electrical engineering students working on their master'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 Master's Degree Schools.
Best Schools for Master’s Students to Study Electrical Engineering in the United States
Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing a master's degree in electrical engineering. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a master's degree in electrical engineering. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge.
Those electrical engineering students who get their master's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology receive $50,648 more than the average ee grad.
Stanford University is a wonderful option for students pursuing a master's degree in electrical engineering. Located in the large suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.
Those electrical engineering students who get their master's degree from Stanford University earn $34,488 more than the typical ee grad.
University of Southern California is a wonderful decision for students pursuing a master's degree in electrical engineering. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.
Electrical Engineering master's degree recipients from University of Southern California get an earnings boost of around $14,921 above the average income of electrical engineering majors.
UIUC is a very large public university located in the small city of Champaign.
Master's recipients from the electrical engineering degree program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign earn $6,376 more than the typical college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.
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).