Engineering Degree vs. Masters EE

<p>I'm in the process of applying for a Masters degree in EE at Stanford and found out they have an Engineering Degree as well. I understand that with the Engineering Degree you end up doing research as well. Are there any other major differences though? How long is the Engineering program? How is an Engineering Degree viewed by an employer in comparison to a Masters?</p>

<p>Thanks</p>

<p>BTW: I am doing my bachelors in Switzerland at the ETH-Zurich.</p>

<p>There are five graduate degrees in the field of engineering in the United States:</p>

<ol>
<li>Masters of Science - usually research based.</li>
<li>Masters of Engineering - usually meant as a disquisition/terminal degree focusing on practical application.</li>
<li> Engineer's Degree - To answer your question there are only three programs in the U.S. that still offer the Engineer's degree it is disquisition/terminal degree that is higher than a masters but lower than a Ph.D or D.Eng. Research is required but it is similar in depth as a masters program of study. Focus is more on pratical application. Employers may or may not recognize the caliber of such a degree.</li>
<li>Ph.D </li>
<li>Doctor of Engineering
a. D.SC Engineering Science</li>
</ol>

<p>Im doing an Engineer's Degree program now and I'd say dont do it unless it wont cost you anything. For me, it was only a few more classes than a MS and a slightly beefier thesis, so I decided to do it.</p>

<p>Yeah I'm actually curious about this too - how does potential employers view a M.Eng degree or a MS degree in EE?</p>

<p>Assuming the majors are the same, M.S. and M.Eng. degrees are generally regarded the same unless the you are going to R&D, which probably prefers a more research-oriented degree like M.S.</p>

<p>I believe the OP meant Engineers Degree not M. Eng.</p>

<p>Correct. M. Eng = MS Eng. Engineer's Degree/Degree of Engineer = MS Plus.</p>

<p>Again, I wouldn't knock yourself out to do it unless it was free.</p>

<p>Thanks for the replies guys, yes I meant the Degree of Engineering. The MS, just scares me in that "There is no thesis requirement for the Master's of Science degree". I'm just used to there being a thesis requirement for a Masters degree..</p>

<p>It all depends on the program and the school. My school requires a thesis for all engineering MS degrees.</p>