A degree in electrical engineering can help you start an exciting new career in this field. There are 15 schools in Minnesota that award degrees in electrical engineering. There are 13 schools that award Associate's degrees and eight that have Bachelor's degree programs. Five schools in the state have Master's degree and PhD programs.
A degree in electrical engineering is designed to give you a thorough understanding of the field. An Associate's degree can be a good choice for you if you are still deciding whether or not to pursue a Bachelor's degree. You need to earn 60 credits over the course of two years to earn an Associate's degree.
A Bachelor's degree, which is required for licensure in Minnesota, takes between four and five years. You take a variety of lecture and lab courses, including Electromagnetic Fields, Electronic Circuits, and Digital Logic Design.
If you are interested in earning an advanced degree, you can choose between a Master's degree and a PhD. If you attend school full-time, you may be able to earn your Master's degree in two years. This involves taking courses like Electromagnetic Field Theory and Solid State Devices. To earn your PhD, you must also write and defend a thesis. This usually takes between five and seven years.
Your tuition costs depend on which school you attend and which degree you decide to pursue. The average cost of tuition in Minnesota is $16,600. Costs tend to be lower at two-year schools and public colleges.
Applying for Minnesota engineering scholarships can help you pay for your education. One option is the Minnesota Surveyors and Engineers Society Scholarship. You may also want to apply for the City Engineers Association of Minnesota Scholarship.
After you graduate from your engineering program, you can begin the process of pursuing licensure from the Minnesota Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience, and Interior Design. You have to apply to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, which is offered two times per year. Once you meet this requirement, you can apply for licensure and begin working as an engineer.