I was asked this question, and did not think it was possible. Is it possible without an integrated degree (i.e., after a bachelor's)? I do not really know. If so, how?

I mean for the US, but don't take that as limiting your answer (if from the UK or elsewhere).

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    Only if you already have a bachelors in electrical engineering...
    – Dave Tweed
    Commented Aug 21, 2016 at 2:18
  • Indeed it is, and I did just that - though I spent the 3 years prior doing a BEng. Commented Aug 21, 2016 at 2:18
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    @Dave Tweed Yes, I thought that was obvious.
    – adamaero
    Commented Aug 21, 2016 at 2:18
  • Though unless integrated, a masters in the UK at least is usually a 1.5 or 2 year course if done seperately. Commented Aug 21, 2016 at 2:19
  • Questions of the form "What universities offer programs meeting criteria X, Y, Z" are out of scope on Academia.SE (see the help center). So I've taken the liberty of removing that part of your question, as well as the link to EE meta.
    – ff524
    Commented Aug 21, 2016 at 4:16

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Only by careful planning, for someone just starting a B.S., or at latest, early in the second year.

Basically, the mind set has to be that of taking a B.S. and an M.S. in five years. The first year will consist of getting the basic and elective courses out of the way (which is why you need to start planning in that first year). Then take Electrical Engineering or related courses such as Physics in the next three years, followed by one year's worth of master courses.

An actual Master's degree has one year of "foundation" courses and one year of courses needed to complete the degree. You can fulfill the foundation requirements by careful planning in your last three undergraduate years. Then the final (fifth) year "tops off" the M.S.


How is it possible to get a masters in 1 year? Simple, sign up for a course which offers a masters degree in 1 year. Perhaps not so simple.

In the UK, we have something called an integrated masters degree offered on many engineering courses. This typically follows a 3 year bachelors degree. The theory being that if you have just spent the last 3 years studying the same subject, you can then simply continue on using that as the foundation to build on to get a masters.

The reason a masters degree, which is not integrated, is usually (again from a UK perspective) 2 years, is that the first year is intended as almost a foundation year to get everyone up to speed with the more specialised skills that they may be missing. For example if you do a BSc in physics, you could then do an MSc in EE, but you wouldn't have the same electronics knowledge that somebody who was coming off a BEng in EE would have. In fact at the Uni I went to, during our third (final) bachelors year, we would frequently share modules with those doing the first year of their MSc for this very reason.

Now it may be possible if you have the relevant skills (e.g. if you have a good bachelors degree in the same subject) to be able to skip a year of a 2 year masters degree, and just do the final year. However this would be very much dependent on finding a Uni which would allow that, and probably also would require some form of aptitude test to ensure that you have the skills to do so. I doubt this would be a common offering though.

Again, this is a very UK centric answer. I'm not familiar with other countries systems. As far as I know, in the US, bachelors degrees are typically more like 4 years because the US education system ends high school at a level more equivalent to the GCSE (or possibly AS) level from a UK perspective. So the first year of Uni in the US is more like an A-level equivalent in the UK.


I can tell if you are from india.. You can join sriit(international institute for technology),hyderabad, india.. Which follows 3 years in india and next two years in which one for bs and another for ms.

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