Why get a Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering?
A Masters degree gives you an opportunity to dive deeper into a technical specialty. Choosing a program that allows you to do a Masters thesis or a project of equivalent scope gives you opportunities to apply your knowledge and develop the design, problem solving, and soft skills necessary to work at the leading edge.
The average salaries of MSEE/MSCE engineers working in their Primary Area of Technical Competency (PATC) with 0-9 years of experience is 21% higher ($97,000) than for engineers with BSEE/BSCE degrees ($79,872). (Source: IEEE-USA 2018 Salary and Benefits Survey Report).
Increased earning potential
The benefits of a Masters degree continue throughout your career. The average salaries of MSEE/MSCE engineers working in their PATC with 20-29 years of experience is 19% higher ($158,022) than for engineers with BSEE/BSCE degrees ($133,000). (Source: IEEE-USA 2018 Salary and Benefits Survey Report).
As careers progress, engineers with MS degrees find opportunities to lead teams as Technical Managers where the average salaries ($167,625) is 21% higher that for engineers working in their PATC without management responsibility ($138,800). (Source: IEEE-USA 2018 Salary and Benefits Survey Report).
While the total number of jobs that require only a BSEE degree is larger than for MSEE degrees, there is strong demand from industry for engineers with Masters degrees to work on the most interesting, difficult, and promising technical challenges. For EE’s and CE’s, working in their PATC, 22.2% have BSEE/BSCE degrees and 21.5% have MSEE/MSCE degrees (27.5% have Ph. D’s). (Source: IEEE-USA 2018 Salary and Benefits Survey Report).
MSECE vs. MBA?
An MS degree will give you the technical knowledge and skills to work at the leading edge of electronics. A Professional MS degree helps you acquire the related business, management, and leadership skills that will prepare you for opportunities in technical management. For students looking to use their BSECE degree as a springboard to a broader, non-technical career in management, the MBA is a good choice. It’s not all uncommon for engineers to obtain both the MS and MBA degrees. Purdue’s two-year, combined MS/MBA degree is a good option for students interested in this path (https://engineering.purdue.edu/Engr/InfoFor/DualDegrees).
Decide what’s right for you
You’ll need to decide for yourself whether an MS degree is for you, but if you enjoy working on hard and important problems and leading teams that push the state-of-the-art in technology, you will want to consider a Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
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