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A Master of Electrical Engineering provides advanced insights into concepts such as circuit design, electronic communications, signal processing, and other rapidly advancing and in-demand technologies. These advancements drive similar demand for electrical engineer services, particularly from outside contractors, which has become a major preference for many businesses.
The degree advances your practical skills to help you specialize as an electrical engineer. With a master’s in electrical engineering, you can prepare for leadership positions, education roles, and Professional Engineer licensure. As one of engineering’s standout sectors, electrical engineering can provide a lucrative pathway for professionals seeking to advance or technicians seeking to shift sectors, with average earnings reported in 2016 at $94,210, and top engineers reporting salaries above $150,000. 
With a master’s degree in electrical engineering, you may be able to advance your career. The median wage for electrical engineers is $93,010,  which is more than double the median wage of $36,200 for all other workers.  Beyond improving your earning potential, your master’s in electrical engineering can help you qualify for senior roles leading teams of engineers and technicians. Many graduates move into management positions as engineering or program managers. 
The length of an online master’s degree program can depend on a number of variables, perhaps the most prominent of which is the pace at which you choose to study. You can finish a typical master’s degree program in about two to three years if you choose to study full-time, although some accelerated programs may be able to help you finish more quickly.
Online master’s degree programs tend to offer flexibility suitable for students who choose to study part-time. This option will likely extend your time to completion, but it can allow you to study while fulfilling your familial, social, and professional obligations.
You can find more information on this topic at our program length overview page.
While each program will set its admission requirements based on its own criteria, many requirements are universal across all programs. No matter where you apply, you can expect to provide items like transcripts from previous degrees or coursework; standardized test scores; a personal statement or essay; letters of recommendation; and an overview of relevant work experience.
In certain cases, some of these requirements may be waived.
For more information about admissions, please visit our admissions requirements page.
Undertaking your master’s degree is a big commitment, both academically and financially. It’s important to do your research to make sure your educational plan is a good match for your desired outcome.
The following master’s degrees touch on the same topics and learning outcomes as the Master of Electrical Engineering, but they offer a different focus or specialization. As you do your research, consider learning more about these degrees to see whether they might be a better fit for your goals and interests.
A sample of key organizations and associations in the field of electrical engineering include:
Regional accreditation is the most prestigious type of accreditation that an online or traditional college or university can receive. It is granted only after careful consideration by private, not-for-profit organizations tasked with evaluating educational quality.
Regional accreditation is particularly important if you anticipate that you might want to transfer credits from one online degree program to another or use those credits to pursue another degree. Most regionally accredited schools will only accept credits from other regionally accredited institutions of higher learning.
You can learn more on this topic at our regional accreditation page.
The key accreditation you need to look out for is from ABET. In a nutshell, ABET accreditation indicates that a master’s in electrical engineering meets a nationwide, recognized set of high-quality standards and that graduates have received proper training for fieldwork.
In many cases, employers will specifically look for ABET accreditation when considering your qualifications to ensure that you will be able to qualify for your Professional Engineer (PE) license.  This will be crucial if you wish to advance to management and leadership roles.
There are two accreditation commissions for engineering:
State licensure to become a Professional Engineer requires a four-year degree in engineering from an accredited program and four years of progressive engineering experience under the supervision of a licensed Professional Engineer. 
Holding a Master of Electrical Engineering qualification enables students to prepare and qualify for the Professional Engineer (PE) Exam – although you do not necessarily need PE licensure to practice as an electrical engineer. Licensure requirements vary state-to-state. However, it is a symbol that you have obtained the engineering industry’s highest standard of competence, achievement, and quality. 
Benefits of licensure include:  
There are a number of factors that can greatly affect how much your education will cost. These include whether you attend a public or private institution; whether you attend as an in-state or out-of-state student; and whether you qualify for financial aid like grants or scholarships.
For a more detailed breakdown of tuition, fees, and other financial issues, please visit our tuition and fees page.
Electrical engineering courses at the postgraduate level allow students to develop specialist knowledge in a particular area. Electrical engineers who hold a master’s degree can take jobs in telecommunications, the federal government, engineering services, and electronic component manufacturing. 
Consider the following factors:
To be eligible for any electrical engineering master’s program you will likely need an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, another engineering discipline, or a program deemed equivalent by the institution.
Prospective electrical engineering master’s students must complete a bachelor’s degree. Admission requirements will vary by program, but typical requirements include transcripts, a minimum GPA, and letters of recommendation.
Completion time usually ranges from 18 to 24 months depending on the program and whether you attend part time or full time.
Whether you will need to complete the GRE prior to applying for a program will largely depend on what school you have chosen. There are many programs that do not require a GRE for acceptance. Check the admissions requirements for your school before applying.
Online synchronous learning happens in real-time or live. There is a required time that you would need to log in or be present to participate. For example, you would log in to watch a faculty presentation at a specific time for a live question and answer session. In an asynchronous online format, you are not required to be online at a certain time, allowing you to participate according to your schedule. There will still be due dates, but students are solely responsible for their own time management in an asynchronous environment.
No — attaining management/senior positions is not guaranteed through the completion of a master’s degree. These positions often require many years of experience and a significant level of career achievement. However, an advanced degree can help you develop the necessary knowledge and skills required for these positions and also prove your dedication to the field.
Employment of electrical and electronics engineers is projected to show little or no change from 2014 to 2024. Change in employment is expected to be tempered by slow growth or decline in most manufacturing sectors in which electrical and electronics engineers are employed. 
Common coursework delivers much more than a solid foundation in math and physical science. It is designed to impart the advanced engineering skills and professional development tools to build your expertise.
The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology is a nonprofit organization that accredits computing, engineering, and applied science programs. A college or university should also have regional accreditation. 
ABET accreditation ensures that an accredited degree provides the skills and education necessary for employment in the industry.
Accreditations are a strong indication of quality, but are also a requirement for students who plan to apply for federal financial aid. Accreditation ensures that your degree is recognized by employers, professional associations, and other accredited institutions of higher education.
SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) applies only to distance education programs in the United States that cross state lines. This agreement is made between member states and establishes comparable postsecondary national standards for distance education courses. 
Not every state is a SARA member. Through SARA, member states only have to receive authorization in their home state. Without SARA, non-member states would have to receive authorization in their home state and the state of each of their online students. 
Every school has a department or team responsible for online education. This department will be able to answer questions regarding compliance for your home state. Additionally, you can locate the school through CCNE or SARA (if it is a SARA institution) to confirm compliance.