Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

The ECE department offers graduate studies leading to the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees. The master’s program emphasizes the enhancement of professional knowledge and research techniques. The doctorate is a research degree emphasizing creativity and original approaches to problem-solving in electrical and computer engineering.

The typical graduate course load is eight to 12 credits per semester, which can include research credits. We encourage degree candidates to select major professors and begin research work soon after enrolling, preferably by the beginning of their second semester in residence.

The MS degree in Electrical Engineering is awarded for successful completion of any one of three options designated by the ECE department. These options for an MS degree in Electrical Engineering include preparing a thesis, completing a project report, or a course-only option. After receiving admission, all MS applicants will be evaluated on their fundamental proficiencies. If evidence of proficiency is insufficient, the student must take the fundamental exam or the fundamental courses.

The thesis option consists of 30 semester hours of graduate credits and approval of a master’s thesis based on independent research. Of the 30 credits, a minimum of 3 credits must be in the department’s Master’s Research course, ECE 790. More information on the thesis option can be found in the graduate student handbook.

The project option consists of the same requirements as the thesis option, except that a project of more limited scope is substituted for the thesis. Students completing the project option will need to complete 30 semester hours of graduate credits, with a minimum of 3 credits of the department’s Master’s Research course, ECE 790. No more than 9 credits from any combination of independent study credits and research credits may be counted towards the degree.

In order to be awarded a MS degree in Electrical Engineering, students must adhere to department and Graduate School policies and requirements. Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for more information.

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Regular fees: 18316 EUR

International Fees : 38645 EUR


Madison, WI 53706, USA

Madison , United States

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