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Graduate School Electrical Engineering with a BS in Math

  1. Aug 23, 2012 #1
    My long range educational goal is to complete a PhD program in Electrical Engineering. I am currently enrolled in a dual degree program to get a BS in Math completed in the Spring and my BS in EE completed in the Fall of 2013. There is a specific federal engineering job I was interested in pursuing after I got done with my undergrad degrees. I planned on pursuing graduate education part time after a few years in the industry.

    There aren't always job openings but it is pretty much a walk on but I would have to start right after I finish the BS in Math in April and that would leave 1 semester left for my undergrad EE degree. If I take the job would there be any difficulty in applying to a graduate EE program with a BS in math and 1 semester left on a BS in EE.

    Any opinions?
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  3. Aug 24, 2012 #2
    Well, if missing one semester of EE doesn't prevent you're entire graduation, then you should be good to go to EE graduate programs with your n - 1 semesters of EE studies. Your work experience will support your application to the graduate program, if the work is related to the field.
  4. Aug 24, 2012 #3
    I agree with Internet Human. It shouldn't affect your application at all. If there is some way you can finish that last semester, maybe negotiate with your new job or something, you should do it. You're so close!
  5. Aug 24, 2012 #4
    I know, it's so close, that is what makes this potential decision so tough. I'd be only one semester from completing both, but with a wife and kid it's also hard to turn down a great salary with great benefits.

    If I take the job I'd have to relocate, which means transferring and from my understanding most Universities require at least 25-30 credits from that school to grant a degree so that would mean 2 more EE undergrad semesters. I'd rather just apply straight to EE grad when the time comes. Hopefully I can talk them into waiting for me 14 months instead of 8 months.

    My thinking was inline with both your comments, but I appreciate the feedback as it makes me feel more comfortable if I can't get them to agree to wait till December of next year.
  6. Aug 24, 2012 #5
    I know a friend who did a major in math and a minor in physics, she's doing her masters in electrical engineering now focusing on integrated nano-electronics.
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