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How hard is it to get Doctorate in Electrical Engineering?

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Anthony’s Answer

Hey Brandon,

It is not that hard. As long as you have the the drive and passion for wanting to become an engineer, it can happen. The process takes about 5-6 years.

Here is a website that outlines the best online Ph.D programs:

https://www.online-phd-degrees.com/doctor-electrical-engineering-dee/

Hope that helps.
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Jin’s Answer

Usually 4-7 years, depends on the focus, publications, the PI etc. It's always a good idea to communicate with current PhD students to get an idea what kind of research they do, the courses they complete, the qualification process and the placement of former PhD students.
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Jason’s Answer

Hi Brandon,

A Doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering is no joke. It takes most students 5-6 years to complete. Depending on your rationale for pursuing such a degree it may not be worth it. Doctoral Electrical Engineers are generally those who are pursuing a research or theoretical position. Even most educators in electrical engineering generally do not need it. "The greatest advantage of the PhD is that it gives you experience in carrying out detailed research. Your Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees are focused on learning things that are already known, but the PhD teaches you to find out new things, to carry out experiments, to report data, and learn from your mistakes" (https://magazine.engineerjobs.com/2015/should-you-get-your-phd-in-engineering.htm) If research is your passion and you want to be on the cutting edge of electrical technology than this may be a great course of action. Another outlet for a doctorate degree in electrical engineering is in management roles where you would be leading other engineers. That said, in electrical engineering its not just a degree that matters, there are other certifications that are received from demonstrating a certain level of proficiency - which means practical application. Time working in the field of study for certification is not going to be satisficed by the doctorate program (https://www.petersons.com/blog/phd-in-electrical-engineering-is-it-right-for-you/)

Ultimately, the decision to pursue this type of degree is yours alone, just be sure that you fully understand the Pros and Cons. While this could definitely open doors for your future, you just want to make sure that these are the correct doors for you before making the investment of time and expense.

Best of luck to you!
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Andrew’s Answer

Hey Brandon,
Asking this question, makes me think that you are not sure of what is your passion + expertise + usefulness, that will lead you, to have the desire, drive and determination to accomplish and fulfillment eventually. It is like asking for something of how much does it cost, when one just cannot afford. Many of us go through life without know oneself but trying to aim what is available or considered great for some one has.
What I want to suggest is, don't live life by measuring the difficulty and easy paths we have to endure before we tackle them but rather asking the Question WHY numerous times why you want a Doctorate in EE. Reflect your actual burning desire and philosophy that there is only experimentation, exploration leading experience and not failures and success but true fulfillment that will serve you and serve others with your journey on equipping yourself.
If you can resonate your soul and personality with the subject, this will turn out to be a calling and you will shine no mater what. Also, we don't need teachers now days for you have to the information and concepts for you to research and publish if you have a deep liking for the discipline.
Always frame the question that lets out your true intention to the universe and if you truly honest that this is what you want, universe will provide to you. Don't consider this number of years or effort involved consider this why and where it will fit in your life as a journey.
Best of luck and God bless you!
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