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    Electrical and Electronics Engineering Colleges in the USA: Courses, Eligibility, Scholarships and C

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    Electricals and Electronics Engineers are often at the forefront of modern technology together. There are more than 200 electronics and electrical engineering universities in USA. Out of these, 37 are included in the list of top universities offering this program across the world, according to Times Higher Education. Electronics and electrical engineering universities in USA offer undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees.

    • Electrical engineering is a broader field and it includes electronics engineering and areas like power systems, signal processing and communication.
    • Electronics engineering is more focused upon design, optimization and management of electronic devices. The difference between the two programs is a matter of scope.
    • 5-year dual degree programs are also offered by some universities. Aspirants willing to Study abroad in USA can apply for such programs to get the bachelor's and master's degrees combined in one program.
    • Payscale data show that average salaries offered to both the programs are comparable with less than 3% difference between the two.

    The projected job growth in the USA for electrical and electronics engineers for 2029 is as fast as the national average of 3%. However, salaries offered to them are higher than what is offered to an engineer in this country.

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    Top Electronics and Electrical Engineering Universities in USA

    3 colleges for electronics and electrical engineering in USA are ranked as the top 3 colleges offering this program in the world, as per QS News Ranking of 2020.

    Following table lists some more top universities in USA offering electrical and electronics engineering programs:

    QS Ranking 2020 University Programs Offered
    1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 1 MBA+Master (Dual-Degree).
    2 Stanford University 1 Bachelors, 1 Masters, 1 Doctoral.
    3 University of California, Berkeley (UCB) 2 Masters, 1 Doctoral.
    10 Harvard University 2 Bachelors, 1 Doctoral.
    13 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) 1 Bachelor, 1 Masters.
    14 Georgia Institute of Technology 2 Bachelors, 3 Masters, 1 Doctoral
    15 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 1 Bachelor, 4 Masters.
    24 Carnegie Mellon University 1 Bachelor, 3 Masters, 1 Doctoral.
    25 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1 Bachelor, 2 Masters.

    Electronics and Electrical Engineering Universities in USA: Degrees and Specializations

    Three types of degree in Electrical and Electronics engineering are offered to study in USA:

    • Undergraduate Degree – B.A., BSc. Or B.S., B.Eng.
    • Postgraduate Degree – MSc. Or M.S., M.Eng.
    • Doctoral Degree – PhD.

    Specializations offered in electronics and electrical universities in USA include:

    Specializations
    Control Systems. Power Systems.
    Communications. Electromagnetics
    Semiconductors Optics and Photonics
    Nanoelectronics Signal and Image Processing
    Electrophysics Network Systems
    Microsystems Computer Networking
    Remote Sensing and Space Systems Circuits and Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI).

    Electronics and Electrical Engineering Universities in USA for Bachelors 

    The bachelor's degree is usually a 4-year program and includes units covering physics, mathematics, project management and specific topics of electrical and electronics engineering. Undergraduate programs in electrical engineering have specializations such as machines, power generation, and distribution.

    The following are the top programs offered at bachelors level in electronics and electrical engineering universities in USA:

    Program University Annual Tuition Fees (in USD)
    BSc. Electrical Engineering Harvard University 47730
    BSc. Electrical Engineering Stanford University 70476
    BSc. Electrical Engineering University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 45951
    BSc. Electrical Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 43996
    B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering Carnegie Mellon University 27576

    Electrical and Electronics Engineering in USA Eligibility for Bachelors 

    • Completion of 10+2 class with maths, physics, and chemistry from a recognized school board or its equivalent exam.
    • A minimum SAT score of 1460 is required.
    • The minimum ACT score requirement is 34.
    • English proficiency requirements:
      • TOEFL – 80
      • IELTS – 6.5

    Documents Required for Bachelors in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in USA 

    • Attested copies of mark sheets of class X, XII.
    • Two academic reference letters from professors. The number of reference letters depends on the university.
    • Statement of Purpose (SOP).
    • Resume.
    • Photocopied score reports of SAT, ACT, IELTS/TOEFL.
    • Certificates, achievements at the state and national level and extracurricular activities.
    • Proof of funds.

    Electronics and Electrical Engineering Universities in USA for Masters 

    International students looking to pursue a Masters in Electrical Engineering in the USA must have a 4-year bachelor’s degree in similar fields like electrical engineering, power engineering or electronics.

    The table below provides a list of universities offering masters degree available in electronics and electrical engineering universities in USA:

    Program University Annual Tuition Fees (in USD)
    MSc. Electrical Engineering Stanford University 74540
    MBA + Master in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 77168
    M.Eng. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science University of California, Berkeley (UCB) 13272
    M.S. Electrical Engineering University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 31949
    M.Eng. Electrical and Computer Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 27324
    M.S. Electrical Engineering California Institute of Technology (Caltech) 26181
    M.S. Electrical Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology 15032
    M.Eng. Electrical and Computer Engineering Carnegie Mellon University 23417

    Electrical and Electronics Engineering in USA Eligibility for Masters 

    • A Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or related field
    • Minimum of 3.2 GPA (87-89% or Grade B+) on the scale of 4.0 at the bachelors level
    • A minimum GRE (Graduate Record Examination) score of:
      • Verbal Reasoning – 162 out of 170 (Percentage Equivalent-90%).
      • Quantitative Reasoning – 166 out of 170 (Percentage Equivalent-90%).
      • A total of 324 is required in GRE.
      • Analytical Writing – 5.0 out of 6.0 (Percentage Equivalent-92%).
    • English language proficiency by submitting the following minimum test scores:
      • TOEFL (iBT) – 100.
      • IELTS – 7.
      • PTE – 68.

    Documents Required Masters in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in USA Admission

    • Attested copies of mark sheets of class X, XII, and the Bachelor's degree.
    • If a student has work experience then two letters of recommendation from the employer or manager who can comment on your professional abilities
    • Essays, as demanded by the university.
    • Two academic reference letters from professors. The number of reference letters varies from university to university.
    • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
    • Resume
    • Photocopied score reports of GRE, IELTS/TOEFL.
    • Certificates of achievements at the state and national level and extracurricular activities
    • Proof of funds

    Electronics and Electrical Engineering Universities in USA for Doctorate 

    The Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree in the USA consists of a significant research component and is often viewed as the entry point to academia. It takes 4 to 5 years to complete.

    The doctoral degree provided by electronics and electrical engineering universities in USA are listed below:

    Program University Annual Tuition Fees (in USD)
    PhD Electrical Engineering Harvard University 24004
    PhD Electrical Engineering Stanford University 69972
    PhD Electrical Engineering and Computer Science University of California, Berkeley (UCB) 11442
    PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology 15032
    PhD Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Carnegie Mellon University 23417

    Electrical and Electronics Engineering in USA Eligibility for PhD 

    • Must have a bachelor degree with a minimum of 3.2 GPA (87-89% or Grade-B+) on a scale of 4.0
    • Must have a GRE (Graduate Record Examination) with the following minimum score
      • Verbal Reasoning – 162 out of 170 (Percentage Equivalent-90%).
      • Quantitative Reasoning – 166 out of 170 (Percentage Equivalent-90%).
      • Analytical Writing – 5.0 out of 6.0 (Percentage Equivalent-92%).
    • Proof of English proficiency:
      • TOEFL – 90.
      • IELTS – 7.

    Documents Required for PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in USA Admission

    • Attested copies of mark sheets of class X, XII, bachelor's and master's degrees.
    • If you have work experience then two letters of recommendation from the employer or manager who can comment on your professional abilities
    • Essays, as per the demand by the university.
    • Two academic reference letters from professors
    • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
    • Resume
    • Photocopied reports of tests required to study in USA
    • Certificates of achievements at the state and national level and extracurricular activities
    • Proof of funds

    Scholarships at Electronics and Electrical Engineering Universities in USA

    Looking at the highly expensive tuition fees and cost of living in the USA, students require funding support in the form of scholarships, bursaries or loans.

    Following are some of the scholarships for international students in USA :

    Scholarships Organization Amount (in USD)
    Young Women in Public Affairs Awards Zonta International Foundation 4000
    WU Foundation Global Scholarship Institute of International Education 2500
    BrokerFish International Student Scholarship Broker Fish 1000
    Microsoft Scholarships Microsoft Corporation Variable
    SWE Scholarships SWE (Society of Women Engineers) Variable
    Robert S. McNamara Fellowship Program (RSMFP) World Bank 25000
    Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships United States-India Educational Foundation Variable
    Josephine de Karman Fellowship Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust 25000
    The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program Government of Japan Variable
    Aga Khan Foundation Scholarships Aga Khan Foundation Variable
    Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarship Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation Variable

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    Electronics and Electrical Engineering in USA Career Scope

    According to Bureau of Labour Studies, USA overall employment of electrical and electronics engineers is projected to grow 3% in the USA from 2019 to 2029 which is as fast as average. Job growth for electrical and electronics engineers is projected to occur largely in professional, scientific, and technical services firms.

    • Median pay of an electrical and electronics engineer in USA is $101,250 per year and $48,68 per hour.
    • Number of jobs for the same in 2019 was projected to be 328,100 and around 10,800 jobs are expected to be added in between 2019 and 2029.
    • The rapid pace of technological innovation will likely drive demand for electrical and electronics engineers in research and development. There are currently an estimated 188,300 electrical engineers in the United States.
    • The electrical engineering industry is concentrated mainly in California, Texas, and New York. A person working as an Electrical Engineering in the United States of America earns around 82,500 USD per year.

    Following are some of the jobs in USA available for electrical and electronics engineers:

    Job Roles Average Annual Salary (in USD)
    Electrical Engineers 46,000 - 152,000
    Senior Electrical Engineer 81,000 - 136,000
    Project Manager 48,000 - 112,000
    Senior Systems Engineer 78,000 - 143,000
    System Administrator 44,000 - 87,000
    Administrative Assistant 29,000 - 56,000

    Electrical Engineer Job Description

    Skills required for an electrical engineer include project management, engineering design, Autodesk AutoCAD, Matlab, programmable logic contro0llers/ automation. Electrical engineers work in areas from climate change, energy conservation to 5g networks. Top employers as per U.S Bureau of Labor Studies are

    • Engineering services
    • Electric power generation, transmission and distribution
    • Navigational, measuring, electromedical and instrument manufacturing
    • Research and development in the physical, engineering and life sciences
    • Semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing

    As per payscale an electrical engineering graduate on an average makes $74,785, whereas those with a decade experience can make up to $97,000-$106,000 per year.

    Electronics Engineer Job Description

    In addition to designing components for consumer hardware, electronic engineers are also involved in government initiatives, military projects, healthcare system and likewise. Top employers for the profession include:

    • Telecommunication industry
    • Semiconductor and electronic component manufacturing
    • Federal government, not including postal services
    • Navigational, measuring, electromedical and instrument manufacturing

    As per payscale electronics engineer on an average make $76,840 while those with experience make $95,000 to $108,000 per year.

    The field of electrical and Electronics Engineering generally deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism. It now covers a range of subtopics including power, electronics, control systems, signal processing and telecommunications. The USA is a preferred destination among international students for this program because of high-quality education and better job prospects.

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