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How does Grad School EE work?

  1. Jul 18, 2007 #1
    How does Grad School EE work? I don't want to go for a PhD, and I've been hearing about a Masters without a thesis option? I just want to take the courses and not really do any research.

    I'm kind of confused on how the system works. Also, if I go the route where I don't have to do a thesis (if such exists), how long does it usually take, on average?


    Also, when applying for admission to a MBA school, will it matter that I only have a BS or BS & MS, and leadership experience in both cases?
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  3. Jul 18, 2007 #2


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    Most schools (probably 90%) grant the MSEE with no thesis requirement. Most schools require approximately 40-50 units of classes for a master's. You should be able to complete an MSEE in about two years, attending full-time.

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  4. Jul 18, 2007 #3
    There are usually two options for an MSEE - one with a large course requirement and one that requires a thesis.

    I was told that if you ever want to go for a PhD, you should do the thesis option. If you are just pursuing an MSEE and are planning on working and not going for any more schooling, the non-thesis option is the way to go.

    I think that the non-thesis MSEE option would be a good path for someone who is working while going to grad school - i.e. not a full time graduate student.
  5. Jul 18, 2007 #4
    I see. I've heard of a few people completing their MSEE in 1 year, going fulltime to college. True?
  6. Jul 18, 2007 #5
    I'm not an engineer, but wouldn't doing a thesis be something right up an engineer's alley? I mean isn't it getting in there and designing something with your own ideas (and the help of an advisor) the most interesting part of engineering?
  7. Jul 19, 2007 #6
    Yep, they're called R&D engineers and they have doctorates (done a thesis).
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