The master of science program in Electrical Engineering provides:
- structure: as you develop a firm foundation to pursue to further graduate studies or to succeed at the advanced level in industry
- flexibility: follow your own particular interest as you complete your studies
The MS in Electrical Engineering shares some common requirements with the MS in Electrical Engineering, but they are separate degrees.
Our graduates are successful technical contributors to industry and productive faculty members in electrical and computer engineering departments.
The MS program in Electrical Engineering:
- provides students with in-depth understanding and expertise in specific areas of specialization
- trains students to conduct scientific research in specific areas of interest
- trains students in how to communicate their research findings as technical papers and presentations at conferences and seminars
- provides students with the opportunity to show mastery in a specific research project or research area of interest by writing and defending a thesis/project report or by passing a comprehensive exam
Key research areas within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are:
- Applied Acoustics
- Applied Electromagnetics
- Computer Engineering
- Electronics and Solid-State Devices
- Marine Applications
- Signals and Systems
- RF Photonics
The MS in Electrical Engineering is a 30 credit program.
- At least 24 of the required 30 credits must be at the graduate level (500 series or higher); a grade of C or better is required for all graduate courses to be counted towards the degree.
- As many as 6 credits of 400-level courses will be allowed to compensate for variations in the student’s background; a grade of B or better is required for them to be counted towards the degree. Undergraduate courses in excess of the 6-credit limit are allowed, but will not count for credit toward the degree.
- Program options include a thesis track and a non-thesis track.
Students possessing a bachelor's or master's degree and a strong academic background in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or similar disciplines are encouraged to apply for admission to the master's or doctoral programs.
Submit the required application materials to the Office of Graduate Studies.
- Transcripts should show class rank if available.
- Letters of recommendation: submit 3 letters of recommendation from persons in the field of the applicant's academic major at the institution most recently attended or from supervisors familiar with the applicant's recent job performance. BS/MS applicants are encouraged to include a recommendation from a department faculty member willing to advise their graduate research.
- Personal essay: 300 to 600 words in length. Indicate your graduate study objectives, research interests and experience, undergraduate and graduate experience, and business or industry experience if applicable. If you are also applying for a teaching or research assistantship, include any special skills or experience that would assist us in our decision on the assistantship award.
- GRE: Graduate Record Examination scores for the General Test must be submitted—except by those who are or are about to be graduates of the UMass Dartmouth College of Engineering or who are or are about to be recipients of an ECE graduate certificate.
- TOEFL: Foreign students' scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) should be 550 minimum for admission and 600 minimum to be eligible for a teaching assistantship (213/250 for TOEFL computer-based scores or 80/100 for internet-based scores). Scores on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) should be 6.5 minimum for admission and 7.0 minimum to be eligible for a teaching assistantship.
Admission to the MS program is competitive. In general, students must exceed the minimum requirements stated below to gain admission. However, students who do not meet these minimum requirements—but who otherwise show evidence of strong academic, professional, or research ability—may be accepted upon approval of the ECE Graduate Committee.
- Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or related field of engineering, science or mathematics, from a college or university of recognized standing. Applicants with different backgrounds may be admitted with additional course requirements needed to meet program prerequisites.
- Demonstrated scholastic competence: typically, MS applicants with an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale for all engineering, math and physics courses will be considered.