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Which is a better college for study of electromagnetics?

 
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alia1234
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:24 am    Post subject: Which is a better college for study of electromagnetics? Reply with quote

I would like to know which college is better for masters in electromagnetics study. The options I have are Virginia Tech and Texas A&M.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The courses and lab facilities for Texas A&M can be found in the following link -
http://ece.tamu.edu/~eml/

While for VT it's -
http://www.antenna.ece.vt.edu/
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both are fine schools, so the quality of your experience will be determined far more by what you make it (e.g., your personal motivation, effort, and life priorities) rather than what the name of the school is. That being said, there may be some unique situations where going to a certain school with strong ties to a certain industry or institution might be helpful in securing a particular job after school. Being close to Houston, NASA JSC might recruit more at T&AMU than VT. And all the beltway aerospace companies in DC might recruit more at VT than T&AMU, just due to proximity. Asking the dept. for any stats on where their MS students end up working might be revealing.

It's not as important for a MS, but for a PhD, the particular professor (adviser) you work for will have MUCH greater bearing on your grad school experience than the particular school. To the extent you can, try to ensure that person is not a jerk. THAT will matter far more to you (and your success) than any one particular reputation, research area, or community your prof. is well-known in.

Only other thing I can think of that might matter is the size of the EE department (are there multiple prof's to work for in your chosen area if your fist one doesn't work out, good selection of classes you want to take, good facilities, equipment, software)?

Also coursework requirements (and how the PhD qualifier exam is handled, in case you decide to go on for a PhD) can vary A LOT -- that is something to check out in each department's grad handbook.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Both are fine schools, so the quality of your experience will be determined far more by what you make it (e.g., your personal motivation, effort, and life priorities) rather than what the name of the school is. That being said, there may be some unique situations where going to a certain school with strong ties to a certain industry or institution might be helpful in securing a particular job after school. Being close to Houston, NASA JSC might recruit more at T&AMU than VT. And all the beltway aerospace companies in DC might recruit more at VT than T&AMU, just due to proximity. Asking the dept. for any stats on where their MS students end up working might be revealing.

It's not as important for a MS, but for a PhD, the particular professor (adviser) you work for will have MUCH greater bearing on your grad school experience than the particular school. To the extent you can, try to ensure that person is not a jerk. THAT will matter far more to you (and your success) than any one particular reputation, research area, or community your prof. is well-known in.

Only other thing I can think of that might matter is the size of the EE department (are there multiple prof's to work for in your chosen area if your fist one doesn't work out, good selection of classes you want to take, good facilities, equipment, software)?

Also coursework requirements (and how the PhD qualifier exam is handled, in case you decide to go on for a PhD) can vary A LOT -- that is something to check out in each department's grad handbook.


Thanks for the reply! Much appreciated! ^_^
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