MS in Electrical Engineering

MS in Electrical Engineering

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The graduate program in electrical engineering from Drexel Engineering prepares professionals for applying deepened skillsets and advanced knowledge that will further their career.

What is a Master’s in Electrical Engineering?

An electrical engineering master of science degree educates professionals to take on the rapid changes in design, construction and use of components, devices and systems incorporating electronics and magnetism. An MS in Electrical Engineering provides knowledge of this rapidly advancing discipline that provides society with many critical utilities. Electrical engineering has an impact on public welfare and safety, as well as on health and healthcare, the environment, quality of life, transportation, computing, and leisure. As a student, you will explore the frontiers and ideas that seek to address challenges in industry or in society that can be impacted by electronic applications.

A graduate program in electrical engineering should provide an understanding of the forces governing industry, a global viewpoint, and the entrepreneurial, teambuilding and managerial abilities needed to advance careers in industry and research or prepare for entry into a PhD program in electrical engineering or a related field.

Delivery

  • On-campus or online
  • Full-time or part-time
  • The program will take approximately two years to complete on a full-time basis or can be completed on a part-time basis in 3-4 years.

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Areas of Specialization

The MS in electrical engineering allows for a flexible plan of study so that you can tailor study to your career. You may seek a broad range of technical knowledge, or combine technical electives to target an area of interest. The following are coursework topical areas offered for technical electives:

  • Computer engineering
  • Control, robotics and intelligent systems
  • Electrophysics, image and signal processing
  • Power engineering and energy
  • Telecommunications and networking

Why choose Drexel for your MS in Electrical Engineering?

The master’s degree program in electrical engineering deepens knowledge of the fundamentals in electrical engineering through rigorous analysis and exploration. You will emerge prepared to take on the demands of industry or to continue study in related subjects.

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The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) combines related diverse fields that will have you develop into a well-rounded engineer with an understanding that solutions are individual to the project or quandary at-hand.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering programs at Drexel offer versatile pathways to the work world. A great diversity of student objectives and specialties is supported by a progressive, flexible curriculum developed by our renowned faculty to address emerging trends and incorporate industry leading technology. Traditional study areas include circuits and electronics, telecommunications, power, and controls with additional areas of study and research including work in audio, optics, robotics, biomedical, and nanotechnology, robotics, self-driving cars, Internet of Things, nanotechnology, cybersecurity, computer chips, and renewable energy technologies.

At Drexel you are encouraged to be innovative and imaginative in identifying the problem, analyzing and embarking on the quest for a solution. The focus of our programs is to equip you with the tools for finding sustainable and achievable outcomes to address society’s biggest challenges while making them relevant to your career goals.

Faculty

Drexel places a high value on industry connections and experience at every level. Teaching faculty in your program are experts with industry experience or are at the forefront of research and teaching.

Philadelphia

The city of Philadelphia is our campus – a diverse urban environment with a variety of social, cultural and learning opportunities that will enrich your educational experience. Philadelphia is also a draw for talented instructors and researchers, meaning you will engage with some of the best minds in engineering and other disciplines. Learn more.

Graduate Co-op

Graduate co-op is an optional six-month position for full-time students during Summer and Fall terms. Drexel University co-op provides the opportunity to apply theory and methods learned in classroom and laboratory to a work experience before graduation. The insights help you sharpen career vision and provides vital context for the remainder of the coursework in the program. Participating students benefit from Drexel’s deep ties to industry and the resources from the Steinbright Career Development Center, including programming that enhances professionalism, resume writing, and provides job search resources. For more information, visit the Steinbright Career Development Center.

Curriculum and Requirements

Core courses (ECEE/ECEP/ECES/ECET) 21 credits
General ECE courses 9 credits
Electives 15 credits

The master’s in electrical engineering requires a total of 45 credits; 21 credits of core coursework in electrical engineering; 15 credits of electives; and the remaining 9 credits can be completed through a coursework only, non-thesis option of independent study or other additional concentration electives or with 9 credits of thesis research, recommended for those interested in doctoral study.

Graduate advisors are available to guide your course selection and scheduling of core and elective courses. Click here to learn more about the Master’s Thesis option.

Dual graduate degrees are possible. Popular programs to combine with the MS in Electrical Engineering are the MS in Robotics and Autonomy, MS in Computer Engineering, MS in Machine Learning Engineering, MS in Cybersecurity or MS in Engineering Management.

Visit the Drexel Catalog for more information and sample study plans for areas of specialization or learn more about our admissions requirements.

Research

While not a requirement, all students in the master’s in electrical engineering program are welcome to engage in research as part of their degree or as extra-curricular participation. Full-time master’s degree candidates or those interested in pursuing a PhD are encouraged to base their master’s thesis on some aspect of faculty research.

Our labs house research conducted by our world-renowned faculty, funded by the U.S. Departments  of Defense, Transportation, Health and Human Services, Commerce and Homeland Security as well as with many notable industry partners.

Current research in electrical engineering covers areas such as:

  • Adaptive signal processing
  • Alternative energy
  • Biomedical imaging
  • Circuit design
  • Computer architecture
  • Controls and robotics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital signals processing
  • Electro optics
  • Entertainment engineering
  • Financial engineering
  • Flexible electronics
  • Image processing
  • Information theory
  • Machine learning
  • Magnet sensors
  • Mathematical modeling of networks
  • Microwave systems
  • Nanoelectronics
  • Networking
  • Nuclear engineering
  • Power engineering and smart grid technology
  • RF and antenna design
  • Telecommunications
  • VLSI
  • Web science
  • Wireless communications

Visit research areas for more about other research activity at the College of Engineering.

Career Opportunities in Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering graduate programs prepare you for a career path that could include continuing your education in a PhD program or pursuing advanced research, technical or management positions in industries such as life sciences, electromedical devices, telecommunications, power and energy, manufacturing, security, automation or robotics.

Overall, employees with graduate degrees can earn up to 28 percent more than bachelor’s degree holders over the course of their career. The outlook for electrical engineering jobs is good, with demand for employment expected to grow 5% through 2029, faster than average for the overall projections for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As reported by payscale.com electrical engineers with master’s degrees can earn 10% or more per year more than those with only a bachelor’s degree.

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