Learn from industry-leading faculty and build the devices and systems of the future with a professionally-oriented Master of Science in Electrical Engineering that you can start today.
Advances in electrical engineering are driving a transformation in global technology. Electrical engineers design and build the hardware, networking, and sensing technologies that power smart devices and the Internet of Things.
The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program from University of Colorado Boulder is centered around subjects such as embedded systems, power electronics, and photonics. These are the building blocks of cell phones, computers, electric and autonomous vehicles, renewable energy grids, LED lighting, advanced medical devices, and much more. The curriculum is influenced by CU Boulder’s close relationships with industry leaders and taught by world-class faculty in the electrical engineering field.
The curriculum is highly customizable — when fully developed, you will be able to choose from over 100, 4-6 week short courses of about 1 credit each to go as broad or as deep as you want. Each course is designed for fast, flexible learning. You'll tackle real-world problems, learn theory as well as career-relevant skills, and work with fellow students under the guidance of course facilitators and professors.
Who is this degree for
This online degree is intended to prepare students for senior engineering roles in industry. It is designed to be customizable and flexible to meet the needs of working professionals. The MS-EE program is based on a long-standing and successful on-campus Professional MS in Electrical Engineering program at CU Boulder.
Graduates of the Professional MS in Electrical Engineering program have gone on to become engineers at Intel, Lockheed Martin, Tesla, Google, to name a few.
According to a recent survey from Deloitte, some 82% of executives in the semiconductor industry reported a shortage of qualified technical candidates; 60% of companies report that electrical engineering jobs are some of the most difficult to fill. The MS-EE program will prepare you to take on these in-demand engineering roles.
What makes this degree unique
- Lower tuition than on-campus degrees and the tuition is pay as you go
- Flexible schedule
- Smaller bit-size course topics
- In-demand topic areas such as Embedded Systems and Power Electronics
- Performance-based admissions - no application required
Admission is purely performance-based; there is no application. Simply complete a series of courses for credit in a “Pathway Specialization” and pass with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. This “B” average qualifies you to be admitted into the degree program.
The full program launches in 2020. Limited spaces available for the October 2019 launch. Start now.
Not ready to commit now?
If you are not ready to commit to the full Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, you can enroll in the Non-Credit Specializations now and earn credit later. These non-credit courses allow you to test your abilities and practice the skills required to pass the for-credit course. You may upgrade from non-credit to credit at any time during your coursework. Previously completed assignments will be automatically applied to your for-credit experience. To upgrade from non-credit to credit, you will need to pay tuition and complete the final exam with a 3.0 (B) grade point average or better.
For-Credit Pathway Specializations Launch Dates
The full Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering will launch in January 2020 with new specialization released throughout 2020 – 2021.
In October 2019
- Power Electronics Specialization (version 2)
- Optical Engineering Specialization
- Embedding Sensors and Motors Specialization
By January 2020
- FPGA Design for Embedded Systems Specialization
- Semiconductor Devices Specialization
Across 2020 – 2021
- More specializations coming soon
Non-Credit Specializations Available Now
- Optical Engineering - Pathway Specialization
- Semiconductor Devices – Pathway Specialization
- Embedding Sensors and Motors
- Active Optical Devices
- Developing Industrial Internet of Things
- Introduction to Power Electronics (version 1)
Preview the full MS-EE Curriculum here.
At a price point of $20,000, the CU Boulder MS-EE costs substantially less than on-campus alternatives and most online MS degrees in Electrical Engineering. Students pay per credit hour, not per semester, which allows for maximum flexibility. MS-EE students receive the same high-quality, rigorous instruction and are taught by the same, world-class faculty as on-campus students.
CU Boulder MS-EE Webinar: Aired on June 20, 2019 at 2PM MT
Learn more by watching our recent webinar hosted by Robert Erickson, Interim Department Chair and Adam Sadoff, Graduate Program Advisor. This is a great opportunity to find out more information about the program and hear other prospective students ask specific questions.
At a Glance
- 2 years for a full degree, 6-9 months for a graduate certificate
- 30 credit hours for a full degree, about 9 credit hours for a graduate certificate
- $20,000 for the master’s degree or $667 per credit hourTotal Cost
- Completely online
The degree experience is...
The same courses you’ll find on campus, with the flexibility to learn when and where you want.
Collaborate with a global network of industry leading classmates, instructors, and alumni.
Innovative courses with lectures from some of the world’s best instructors and hands-on projects.
Practical courses designed to help you master skills that you can start applying to your career right away.
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