If you want to become a computer engineer, there are two schools in Alaska that can help you reach that goal. Both of these schools offer Associate's, Bachelor's, and Master's degrees. One school, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, also has a doctoral program.
Before you can think about earning a Master's degree or PhD, you have to get a Bachelor's degree. A Bachelor's degree includes between 120 and 130 credits, which should take you between four and five years. An Associate's degree includes 60 credits and takes about two years, and it can prepare you for Bachelor's-level coursework.
Some of the classes you may take at this level include Introduction to Data Structures, Systems Programming, and Network Analysis. In addition to traditional lecture courses, many of your courses will also take place in computer labs.
If you want to earn a Master's degree, you need to complete 30 credits. If you are a full-time student, you can typically do this in about two years. A PhD includes writing and defending a thesis, so you may need seven years or more to earn this degree.
The average cost of tuition in Alaska depends on whether or not you are a resident. For residents, the average cost of tuition is about $3000. The average cost for non-residents is approximately $9500. The cost of tuition is similar at both computer engineering schools.
Applying for scholarships is a good way to lower your educational costs. The Alaska Society of Professional Engineers awards scholarships of $1000 and $2000 every year. The Alaska Engineering Education Foundation awards $2000 scholarships every year.
In order to start working as an engineer in Alaska, you have to get your license from the Alaska State Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors. First, you have to take the required Fundamentals of Engineering exam. After you pass your exam, you can fill out the application available on their website and send it in. After they confirm that you meet licensure requirements, they can send you your license in the mail.