Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering

MS in Electrical Engineering - Student using laptop
Fully Online
$1,465.00 per credit
Total Credits
Graduate Degree
Application Deadlines
December 1 for fall
Twin Cities
College of Science and Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering emphasizes solid state and physical electronics; surface physics; thin films; sputtering, noise, and fluctuation phenomena; quantum electronics; plasma physics; automation; power systems and power electronics theory; wave propagation; communication systems and theory; optics; lasers; fiber optics; magnetism; semiconductor properties and devices; VLSI and WSI engineering in theory and practice; network theory; signal and image processing; and computer and systems engineering.

Degree Options

The Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE) degree can be earned via Plan A: Thesis option or Plan C: Coursework-Only option. The MSECE Plan A degree includes a total of 20 course credits and 10 thesis credits; the MSECE Plan C degree includes a total of 30 course credits, with the requirement that students complete independent research, a written report, and an oral presentation as part of their course plan.

Students completing all coursework for the MSECE through UNITE typically opt for the Plan C Coursework option. For curriculum information, visit the University catalog.

Course Delivery

Online courses for this program are offered through the College of Science and Engineering’s UNITE Distributed Learning office. Please note that some synchronous events (exams, quizzes, presentations) may be required, depending on course or instructor.

UNITE Student and Faculty Engagement will coordinate and verify local proctors for exams and quizzes for students so that you do not have to travel to campus.

Students may combine courses taken through UNITE with on-campus courses toward their degree, if desired.

NOTE: Nonresidents enrolled in UNITE-offered sections of courses pay the resident tuition rate as long as they are not enrolled in on-campus sections in the same semester.

Registering for UNITE courses

Enroll in classes through UNITE Faculty and Student Engagement, not the University's One Stop registration site. The UNITE sections of courses appear as "closed" sections in the One Stop system. UNITE is an educational unit with the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota.

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

The cost of graduate tuition is $1,465 per credit. There is an additional UNITE fee of $100 per credit, plus additional University and Collegiate fees based on individual enrollment.

Financial aid is available for eligible students. Students must fill out the FAFSA form in order to apply for financial aid.

NOTE: Tuition is for academic year 2020–2021. Tuition for AY '21–'22 is typically not set by the University until June.

Career Opportunities

College of Science and Engineering (CSE) graduates have found employment at nationally respected companies such as:

  • 3M
  • American Medical Systems
  • Boeing
  • Boston Scientific
  • Cargill
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Ecolab
  • Flint Hills Resources
  • General Electric
  • General Mills
  • H.B. Fuller Company
  • Honeywell
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Medtronic
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • MOM Brands
  • NASA–Johnson Space Center
  • Nova-Tech Engineering
  • Procter & Gamble
  • St. Jude Medical

For more information or to take advantage of CSE's career center resources, visit their website.