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About the Master’s Program

The ECE master’s degree is primarily intended for students desiring to substantially advance their knowledge and skill in a field or fields of ECE. The relatively small investment in time to get a master’s degree will lead to greater professional opportunities and significantly higher salaries.

Master’s degree students pursue their degree in one of 12 areas of emphasis:

  • Applied Electromagnetics & RF Circuits
  • Computer Vision
  • Control Systems
  • Embedded Systems
  • Integrated Circuits & VLSI
  • MEMS & Microsystems
  • Network, Communication, and Information Systems
  • Optics & Photonics
  • Power &Energy
  • Robotics
  • Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning
  • Solid State & Nanotechnology

Program Overview

The master’s degree requires successful completion of 30 credits of coursework. A thesis is optional. Students normally complete the master’s degree in 1-2 years.

The complete master’s requirements can be found in the program guide.

Students admitted to the master’s program may apply to the doctoral program. Admission depends on academic qualifications as well as the availability of openings in the doctoral program.

MS vs. MSE Degree

The MS (Master’s of Science) and MSE (Master’s of Science in Engineering) degrees differ mainly in name. The degree requirements are the same. Students with a bachelor’s degree in engineering can elect either degree. Students without an engineering bachelor’s degree are eligible only for the MS.

Transferring Credits

A limited number of graduate credits earned elsewhere can be transferred to meet the coursework requirements for the master’s degree. In addition, a course taken elsewhere that is equivalent to a course satisfying a degree requirement here can be used to satisfy the requirement, even if course credits are not transferred. However, such equivalency will not reduce the total number of credit hours required.