University of Colorado Boulder


Who is this degree for?

This online MS-EE degree is intended for anyone looking to grow their careers in the electrical engineering industry or who wants to learn more in the field of electrical engineering. Graduates of the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program have gone on to become engineers at Intel, Lockheed Martin, Tesla, Google, and more.

Based on your professional goals, you can chart a variety of educational paths using the MS-EE program, from amassing subject-specific knowledge from a single course to earning a full graduate certificate or a master’s degree to add to your resume.

Brush up on your skills with one or two courses.

If you’re just looking to brush up on a subject like photonics, you can take one or two courses in that area.

Earn an industry-recognized graduate certificate or degree.

To earn a graduate certificate, you must 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.

You can earn your graduate degree by completing a series of for-credit courses in a “Pathway Specialization” with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. These courses count towards the 30 credits required to earn a degree.

When can I enroll?

  • There are 6 sessions total per year. Each session is 8 weeks long.
  • You can enroll in a session starting two weeks before a session start date.
  • You must enroll prior to two weeks before a session end date.
  • All coursework is due before the last day of each session.

Admissions Requirements

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.

To earn graduate-level credit:

Enroll in a for-credit course and pay tuition then successfully complete your coursework prior to the session end date.

To earn a graduate certificate:

Complete 9 credits for designated courses across several sessions. An official University of Colorado Boulder graduate certificate will be awarded automatically upon successful completion of the course sequence—this certificate will appear on your detailed course transcript.

To earn a graduate degree:

Complete one “Pathway Specialization’ to be admitted into the degree program, then combine those credits with more coursework to earn the full 30 credits required to graduate. An official University of Colorado Boulder graduate degree will be awarded automatically upon successful completion of all requirements and will appear on your detailed course transcript. There will be no designations on the official transcript or diploma indicating that this is an online program.

If you have any questions about the program, email us at You can also access more detailed information in the Student Handbook.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition is $667 per credit hour and $20,010 for the full 30-credit master’s degree. With “pay-as-you-go” tuition, you only need to pay for the courses you are taking in the upcoming term at the time of enrollment.

We encourage you to seek tuition reimbursement through your employer. We recommend that you speak with your manager or HR department to see what’s available to you as an employee.

Please note:

  • Tuition payments cannot be rolled over to future sessions.
  • If a credit card payment does not process successfully, a financial hold will be placed on the student’s account. If a successful transaction does not occur by the end of the current session, a “W” grade will be given automatically. W grades have no bearing on the GPA and credit total.
  • Additional software or hardware may be required for some courses payable by the student.

Financial Aid

This program is not currently eligible for U.S. federal financial aid.

To learn more about financing your degree, visit the Degrees Financial Resources Hub.

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