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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program draws on the extensive depth and breadth of expertise within MSU's College of Engineering. As a result, students gain knowledge in key electrical and computer engineering principles, as well as opportunities to develop extensive expertise in areas such as signal processing, electromagnetics, electronic circuit design, advanced power systems, control systems, computer and communications networks, robotics, autonomous vehicles and diamond technology.

Program Outcomes

A graduate degree at MSU will enable you to develop the intellectual skills you need to compete among the best engineers in the world and you will receive world-class training preparing you for a fulfilling career in industry, research, or teaching.
Graduate study in the Department is organized into three groups: Computer Engineering, Electrosciences, and Systems. Within these groups are areas of specialization, as follows: 

  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Architecture
  • Computer Networks
  • VLSI/Microelectronics Electrosciences
  • Electromagnetics
  • Electronic Materials and Devices
  • Systems
  • Control and Robotics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Power
  • Signal Processing and Communications

Career Outlook

Graduates will be prepared for a variety of careers across the field of electrical and computer engineering. Additionally, MSU College of Engineering alumni earn highly competitive salaries, with the average salary for masters-level engineering student exceeding $109,000, according to PayScale. Common career options for graduates include software engineer, electrical engineer, computer engineer, control systems engineer and more.

Courses

Core

  • A minimum of 18 credits at the 800 level or above.
  • ECE 813Advanced VLSI Design3 Credits
  • ECE 820Advanced Computer Architecture 3 Credits
  • ECE 821Advanced Power Electronics and Applications3 Credits
  • ECE 835 Advanced Electromagnetic Fields and Waves I3 Credits
  • ECE 851Linear Control Systems3 Credits
  • ECE 863Analysis of Stochastic Systems3 Credits
  • ECE 874Physical Electronics3 Credits

Elective

  • 6 credits in supporting classes from outside the MSU College of Engineering.

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Four-year undergraduate degree in electrical engineering or closely related field with minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Previous work experience

    CV/Résumé

  4. Taken the GRE
  5. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  6. A written personal statement

    Academic statement should describe your plans for graduate study, career goals, and how the program will help you meet your objectives (2 pages). Your personal statement should concisely describe how your background and life experiences influenced your decision to pursue a graduate degree (2 pages).

  7. 3 letters of recommendation

    Three letters of recommendation are required. Applicants should request letters of recommendation through the graduate education portal. Once their contact information is entered, the MSU application system will reach out to the letter writers.

  8. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete university graduate application (program code: 8094) GRE scores are not required for domestic students, but they may help to bolster your application. GRE test scores must be provided directly from the Educational Testing Service. The GRE department code is 1203.
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Key Dates

Rolling applications. Students can start the program in any semester. We recommend applications are submitted at least one month prior to the start of the semester to allow time for processing.

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $29,850
  • Total

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