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Start your education journey today by pursuing electrical engineering courses, a graduate certificate, or a master’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. With performance-based admission, there is no application process—simply prove you can do the work. You’ll also benefit from short stackable courses, and pay-as-you-go tuition.
Complete a series of for-credit courses in a “Pathway Specialization” maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better to be admitted into the degree program. Combine the credits earned from the Pathway Specialization with additional for-credit courses totalling 30 credit hours. Upon completion of these credits with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, you will be awarded an official University of Colorado Boulder Master of Science in Electrical Engineering diploma. There will be no designations on the official transcript or diploma indicating that this is an online program.
Complete the designated for-credit course sequence with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. An official University of Colorado Boulder graduate certificate will be awarded upon successful completion. There will be no designations on the official transcript or certificate indicating that this is an online program.
Enroll in for-credit graduate-level courses to increase your knowledge and gain new electrical engineering skills. To get started, complete the enrollment form and pay the tuition. Enhance your resume with completed courses and apply what you’ve learned immediately.
With performance-based admission, no application is required to get started. Once you start taking courses you can continue to build and stack credentials with pay-as-you-go tuition. Design your own course of study by taking short courses of 0.6 - 1.2 credits each to earn a certificate or completing your choice of 30-credit hours for the master’s degree.
You are in charge of your learning journey. Customize your learning experience based on your professional goals by choosing from a selection of over 30 courses. New offerings are regularly added to the program to keep up with the fast-paced engineering industry.
Learn from world-class electrical engineering faculty including Dr. Robert Erickson, author of the leading textbook on power electronics. Gain foundational knowledge and applied skills as well as learn the latest technological developments in embedded systems, power electronics, photonics, and more. Connect with course facilitators in real-time through office hours.
The current session runs from October 5th to December 11th, 2020.
Choose from a selection of courses on power electronics, embedded systems, and photonics and optics, among other topics. Learn at your own pace in term-based sessions via video lectures and apply what you learn through hands-on projects.
To get started, complete the enrollment and pay tuition on a per-credit basis.
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Explore a variety of 3-6 week modular courses in power electronics, embedded systems, and photonics and optics.Learn more about Academics
Graduates of the department’s Electrical Engineering programs have gone on to become engineers at Intel, Lockheed Martin, Tesla, and Google.Learn more about Careers
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Yes. The diploma is a degree conferred for a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering, which is the same degree students receive in the on-campus program.
Graduates of the department’s Electrical Engineering programs have gone on to become engineers at Intel, Lockheed Martin, Tesla, and Google. Admitted degree-seeking students have access to Handshake, a comprehensive resource for all things career related.
According to a recent survey from Deloitte, 82% of executives in the semiconductor industry reported a shortage of qualified technical candidates and 60% of companies report that electrical engineering jobs are some of the most difficult to fill. This program will prepare you to take on these in-demand engineering roles.
Yes. The online MS-EE program falls under the University of Colorado Boulder’s overall accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
Yes. Simply enroll in any course and take as many as you like. No commitment is required. You can also enroll in the non-credit course on the Coursera platform, and then upgrade to for-credit at a later time by paying the associated tuition and passing exams.
If you have any questions about the program, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students can access course materials on the Coursera platform – lecture videos, quizzes, and readings – anytime and anywhere. Courses have been designed by CU Boulder’s faculty specifically for an online learning environment.
All exams will be administered by ProctorU, a proctoring service that allows students to complete exams or project-based assessments online.
For-credit courses may also require you to purchase lab and/or development kits for more hands-on learning in addition to the tuition.
The MS-EE degree may take 24 months to complete. This may vary depending on your learning pace. A graduate certificate may take 6-9 months to complete. An individual course can take between 3-6 weeks to complete.
The coursework for each course you enroll in may take 4-6 hours of work per week depending on your knowledge and skill.
You can learn at your own pace in a flexible and fully online format. Take only the coursework you need to build credentials that will advance your career, from courses, to graduate certificates, to a full master’s degree.
30 credits are required to earn the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree.
You can take as many courses as you want at the same time. You must complete all for-credit coursework and exams by the last day of each session. We recommend that you start with one course and decide from there if it’s feasible to take more at the same time.
Yes. When you successfully complete the online MS-EE degree, you may come to campus to participate in the graduation ceremony.
No. You cannot switch between online and on-campus programs.
Yes. The same world-class electrical, computer and energy engineering faculty at CU Boulder teach both online and on-campus courses.
Yes. There are weekly online office hours where you can interact with course facilitators and ask questions about the course material.
No. Online students do not have access to on-campus facilities.
You will be assigned a student ID and a University of Colorado Boulder email address. There is no physical ID card.
Yes. The Slack channel and discussion forums are ways to connect and network.
Admission is performance-based and there is no application. To get started, you must complete the enrollment form, indicate you want to earn the master’s degree if applicable, and pay the tuition. Simply complete a series of for-credit courses with a GPA of 3.0 or higher then you will automatically be admitted into the graduate certificate or the master’s degree.
No. There is no application fee.
No. The online MS-EE program does not accept transfer credits from other institutions.
There are currently no scholarships available.
Tuition is $667 per credit hour, and is assessed on a pay-as-you-go, per-course basis. It costs $20,010 for the full 30-credit master’s degree.
There are no formally enforced prerequisites. Each course may recommend a variety of prerequisite skills and knowledge. To learn more about each subject and prepare yourself for the course, our faculty recommends these readings.
While relevant background and work experience can help you succeed in the program, it is not required.
If you are unsure whether you have the background to succeed, we encourage students to enroll in the non-credit course first. This will allow you to test your abilities and practice the skills required to pass the course and all assessments once you upgrade to a for-credit experience.
Coursera does not grant credit, and does not represent that any institution other than the degree granting institution will recognize the credit or credential awarded by the institution; the decision to grant, accept, or transfer credit is subject to the sole and absolute discretion of an educational institution.