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Electrical vs Systems Engineering

  1. Mar 29, 2009 #1
    I'm thinking about doing my masters in either in Systems or Electrical Engineering at the George W. University.

    Personally, I have to do a masters for work (it's required). I have no desire to be an engineer anymore, and eventually plan on getting my PhD in business.

    Which should I take just in case the PhD in business doesn't work out? I might have to be an engineer or move into management. Does the job outlook/preference differ with EE vs Systems? Also, is "Systems Engineering" kind of vague to employers? Like maybe Microsoft, Intel, etc don't know much about it... I know "Systems Engineering" is popular in the defense world, but I probably won't enter that industry.
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  3. Apr 1, 2009 #2
    Systems engineering is vague, but also you'll have an advantage with companies that are looking for it.

    If you want to work in business, don't do a PhD, get an MBA instead. A PhD in business won't really help you.
  4. Apr 2, 2009 #3
    Thanks for the advice.

    So, to the other people out there, especially engineers - what would you think if you saw a masters in systems engineering on a resume that needed an electrical or computer engineer for the job? Or perhaps managing large projects, etc?
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