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2022 Best Electrical Engineering Doctor's Degree Schools

145 Colleges in the United States
2,377 Doctor's Degrees
If you pursue a doctor's degree in electrical engineering, you won't be alone. The field of study is the #15 most popular program in the country. So, there are lots of possibilities to explore when you're trying to determine where you want to get your degree.

College Factual reviewed 145 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for doctor's degree seekers in the field of electrical engineering. Combined, these schools handed out 2,377 doctor's degrees in electrical engineering to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Electrical Engineering School for Your Doctor's Degree

Best Electrical Engineering Doctor's Degree Schools The EE doctor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Overall Quality Is a Must

The overall quality of a doctor's degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges for a Doctor's Degree ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 11%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 38 to 3 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Average Early-Career Salaries

Average early-career salary of those graduating with their doctor's degree is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. That is, everyone wants their doctor's degree to be worth something, and salaries are one measure of determining that.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on electrical engineering students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of electrical engineering students who choose to seek a doctor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Student Debt - How much debt electrical engineering students go into to obtain their doctor's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized electrical engineering related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for electrical engineering students working on their doctor's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Electrical Engineering Doctor's Degree Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you.

Best Schools for Doctorate Students to Study Electrical Engineering in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing a doctor's degree in electrical engineering. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

21 Top Schools for a Doctorate in EE

#1

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Stanford University is a great decision for individuals interested in a doctor's degree in electrical engineering. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Stanford. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #1 out of 741 colleges nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were approximately 84 electrical engineering individuals who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent year we have data available. Those electrical engineering students who get their doctor's degree from Stanford University receive $15,400 more than the standard EE graduate.

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#2

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
20 Annual Graduates

It is hard to beat Princeton University if you wish to pursue a doctor's degree in electrical engineering. Princeton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Princeton. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #6 out of 741 colleges nationwide means Princeton is a great university overall.

There were roughly 20 electrical engineering individuals who graduated with this degree at Princeton in the most recent year we have data available.

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Any student pursuing a degree in a doctor's degree in electrical engineering has to take a look at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #2 out of 741 schools nationwide means MIT is a great school overall.

There were approximately 44 electrical engineering students who graduated with this degree at MIT in the most recent data year. After graduation, EE doctorate recipients typically earn about $108,300 in their early careers.

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#4

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
15 Annual Graduates

University of Notre Dame is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a doctor's degree in electrical engineering. Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #13 out of 741 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were about 15 electrical engineering individuals who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent year we have data available.

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#5

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
11 Annual Graduates

Northwestern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Evanston. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #7 out of 741 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

A preferred major for electrical engineering students, there were about 11 learners who completed this degree at Northwestern in the most recent data year.

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63 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 44 colleges for overall doctor's degree quality in the state of Texas.

There were approximately 63 electrical engineering individuals who graduated with this degree at UT Austin in the most recent year we have data available.

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38 Annual Graduates

UC Berkeley is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Berkeley. This university ranks 4th out of 61 schools for overall doctor's degree quality in the state of California.

University of California - Berkeley is one of the most popular universities to study EE in the United States with roughly 38 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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#8

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
23 Annual Graduates

Cornell is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Ithaca. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #18 out of 741 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

There were about 23 electrical engineering individuals who graduated with this degree at Cornell in the most recent data year.

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7 Annual Graduates

Caltech is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Pasadena. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #10 out of 741 schools nationwide means Caltech is a great school overall.

California Institute of Technology is a fairly popular school to study EE in the United States with about 7 graduations in the most recent data year.

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8 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 15 colleges for overall doctor's degree quality in the state of Missouri.

There were about 8 electrical engineering students who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent year we have data available.

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#11

Duke University

Durham, NC
40 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #14 out of 741 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were about 40 electrical engineering students who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year.

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#12

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
18 Annual Graduates

Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Baltimore. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #16 out of 741 colleges nationwide means Johns Hopkins is a great university overall.

There were approximately 18 electrical engineering individuals who graduated with this degree at Johns Hopkins in the most recent data year.

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47 Annual Graduates

USC is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #20 out of 741 schools nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

There were roughly 47 electrical engineering students who graduated with this degree at USC in the most recent data year.

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#14

Rice University

Houston, TX
11 Annual Graduates

Rice is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Houston. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #19 out of 741 colleges nationwide means Rice is a great university overall.

With 11 students who completed this degree in the most recent data year, Rice University is one of the most popular universities to study EE in the United States.

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#15

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
10 Annual Graduates

Vanderbilt is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Nashville. This university ranks 1st out of 19 schools for overall doctor's degree quality in the state of Tennessee.

There were approximately 10 electrical engineering individuals who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent data year.

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37 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 6th out of 61 colleges for overall doctor's degree quality in the state of California.

A favorite choice for electrical engineering students, there were roughly 37 learners who graduated from this program at UCLA in the most recent data year.

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83 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a public school with a very large student population. This school ranks 1st out of 16 colleges for overall doctor's degree quality in the state of Georgia.

There were roughly 83 electrical engineering individuals who graduated with this degree at Georgia Tech in the most recent year we have data available.

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#18

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
43 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 51 schools for overall doctor's degree quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were roughly 43 electrical engineering individuals who graduated with this degree at Carnegie Mellon in the most recent year we have data available.

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50 Annual Graduates

U-M is a fairly large public university located in the city of Ann Arbor. This university ranks 1st out of 20 schools for overall doctor's degree quality in the state of Michigan.

There were roughly 50 electrical engineering individuals who graduated with this degree at U-M in the most recent data year.

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33 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Doctor's Degree Schools rank of #12 out of 741 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

Columbia University in the City of New York is a fairly popular university to study EE in the United States with roughly 33 graduations in the most recent data year.

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#21

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
17 Annual Graduates

University of Virginia is a fairly large public university located in the suburb of Charlottesville. This university ranks 1st out of 20 schools for overall doctor's degree quality in the state of Virginia.

There were roughly 17 electrical engineering students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent data year.

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Rest of the Top Best Electrical Engineering Doctor's Degree Schools

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Electrical Engineering Doctor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
25 University of Rochester Rochester, NY
26 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
27 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
28 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
29 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
22 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
23 Tufts University Medford, MA
24 Northeastern University Boston, MA
25 University of Rochester Rochester, NY

Electrical Engineering by Region

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One of 40 majors within the Engineering area of study, Electrical Engineering has other similar majors worth exploring.

EE Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Electrical Engineering 2,324
Optical Enginering 29
Other Electrical Engineering 21
Telecommunications Engineering 3

Majors Similar to EE

Related Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 1,700
Civil Engineering 1,155
Biomedical Engineering 1,085
Chemical Engineering 1,027
Materials Engineering 639
General Engineering 454
Computer Engineering 411
Industrial Engineering 387
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 370
Other Engineering 199

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to NASA. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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