The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers an MS in electrical engineering with specializations in bioengineering, communications and networking, signal processing, control and robotics, microelectronics/nanoelectronics, and system architectures. The program is committed to high standards of teaching and research excellence in communications, digital systems design, computer networks, microprocessor and embedded systems, distributed computing, signal and image processing, control systems, robotics, intelligent systems, systems integration, and microelectronics. Graduate students are offered a progressive environment with ample opportunities for the type of advanced research needed to confront the complex realities of the 21st century.
Please see the University Catalog for complete information on program requirements and policies. Additional specifications may apply.
To be considered for admission to the master’s program, applicants should have a baccalaureate degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or a closely-related discipline from an accredited program with a reputation for high academic standards, and have earned a GPA of B or better during the last 60 credits. Other requirements are as follows:
- Two letters of recommendation, preferably from academic references or references in industry or government who hold advanced degrees and are familiar with the applicant’s professional accomplishments
- Detailed statement of career goals and aspirations
- For students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. university, satisfactory performance on the GRE
- For students whose native language is not English, a minimum TOEFL score of 575 for the paper-based exam or 230 for the computer-based exam. A minimum score of 600 for the paper-based exam or 250 for the computer-based exam is required for applicants who wish to be considered for a graduate teaching assistantship.
A master’s degree in electrical engineering builds technical knowledge and specialization for professionals who create electrical transmission and storage systems. The application for this type of skill is relatively boundless, as newer device iterations require novel approaches to capture, store, and efficiently exploit energy. Job growth in the next decade is expected to hold steady at 5 percent. In the U.S., the highest demand for electrical engineers lies in design consulting and expertise for manufacturing. Graduates with a master’s degree are better trained to obtain this type of work. Electrical engineers are required to be licensed. Preparation for the licensure examinations is available through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Volgenau.