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Graduation time

  1. May 10, 2007 #1
    I was just curious if anyone here knew the statistics on the average time it takes to get an engineering degree?
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  3. May 10, 2007 #2


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    It's probably 4 years since that is the typical degree length. Sure there are the few 5's and maybe 6's but that's not nearly enough to pull the average out of place.
  4. May 10, 2007 #3
    Yeah thats what I had been thinking, but then I remembered hearing from someone that it was longer. However, I'm unable to find any actual statistics.
  5. May 10, 2007 #4
    I would think something difficult like engineering would be closer to 5 years. Reason being that not everyone is prepared for such a program (you need to start your first semester in calculus and physics or you will probably already be behind), the program is strict in its requirements and there are plenty of difficult classes required.
  6. May 10, 2007 #5
    Yeah, Im currently looking at 4 to 4.5 yrs because I started with algebra but it would be 5 if I wasnt going to summer school to catch up. But it seems like alot of people in my classes arent even considering it in four yrs and are just shooting for five. But my goal was always 4 so thats why I had brought this up.
  7. May 11, 2007 #6


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    4 years would perhaps be typical for a baccalaureate (Bachelor of/in Science, BS). Then about 2 years for Master of Science (MS). Then perhaps 2-4 years of PhD. Then can be some acceleration if one allows for overlap or heavy course schedule.

    It also depends upon one's preparation prior to university. Some can take calculus and advanced analysis in high school, where as others must wait until university.
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