MS in the Internet of Things

MS in the Internet of Things

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A graduate program in the Internet of Things from Drexel Engineering prepares professionals for applying the needed combination of skillsets for this emerging discipline.

Why get a Master’s degree in the Internet of Things?

The future envisioned by the Internet of Things (IoT) is one in which a high density of networked devices are collecting and processing data. Diverse applications are impacting areas such as personal health monitoring to improve quality of life, intelligent transportation and smart mobility systems, energy efficient smart buildings, and environmental sensing of a changing world at a campus or city scale. A Master’s in IoT will prepare you to explore the possibilities for developing and applying this technology towards these new and emerging areas.

As a student you will gain a deep knowledge in analytics, sensors, wireless communications, and networks to grow into an expert that can ideate, design, develop, test, and debug the applications of IoT technology.

This program will give you the tools that you will need to advance your career or entrepreneurial ambitions in industry or provide a foundation for future PhD research in engineering or a related field.

Delivery

  • On-campus
  • 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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Why choose Drexel for your Master’s in the Internet of Things?

Drexel is one of only a handful of schools offering a Master’s degree in the Internet of Things. The program deepens fundamental knowledge of core areas of electrical and computer engineering, with the ability to customize your curriculum with topics such as wireless communications and networks, machine learning and data analytics, sensor and embedded systems, radio frequency electronics, as well as entrepreneurship and engineering management of new ventures. Students can also apply unique, hands-on, laboratory-based coursework towards their degree.  Through rigorous analysis and exploration, students emerge prepared to take on the demands of this entrepreneurial field or continue study in a doctoral program.

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At Drexel you are encouraged to be innovative and imaginative in seeking solutions. The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department offers coursework in a wide range of emerging fields to provide you with well-rounded skills for addressing each unique problem or opportunity. You will become equipped with the tools for finding sustainable and achievable outcomes to address society’s biggest challenges while making them relevant to your career goals.

Programs in ECE 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 developing trends and incorporate industry leading technology.

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 three or six-month work experience woven into academic studies for full-time master’s students. Drexel University co-op provides the opportunity to apply theory learned in class to a work experience before graduating. The insights help to direct the vision you have for your career and provide context for the remainder of your learning. You will take advantage of resources from the Steinbright Career Development Center, including programming that enhances your professionalism and resume writing and provides resources for your job search.

For more information, visit the Steinbright Career Development Center.

Curriculum and Requirements

IoT Technical Electives 12 credits
ECE Technical Electives (ECE) 21 credits
General Technical Elective courses 12 credits:
May include 9 credits of MS thesis research or additional concentration electives.

The master’s in IoT requires a total of 45 credits; 12 credits in Internet of Things coursework; 21 credits of electrical engineering elective courses; and the remaining 12 credits can be completed through a coursework only, non-thesis option of electives or combined with 9 credits of thesis research, recommended for those interested in doctoral study. General technical electives should be approved by a graduate advisor, but can be taken outside of the department so that you may tailor learning to your objectives.

Graduate advisors are available to guide your course selection and scheduling of core and elective courses.

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

Visit the Drexel Catalog for more information or learn more about our admissions requirements.

Research

All students in the Master’s in Internet of Things graduate 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 National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Defense, Federal Aviation Administration  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

Career Opportunities in Internet of Things

A graduate program in the Internet of Things prepares you for a career path that could include continuing your education in a PhD program or pursuing advanced technical, research or management positions in telecommunications companies, high-tech industries, electronics manufacturing, security, utilities, urban planning, automation or robotics. The number of IoT devices is projected to grow exponentially to many billions of devices with an anticipated market of hundreds of billions of dollars, driving the demand for experts in the field.

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 computer network engineering jobs, and new products associated with IoT and emerging areas, is expected to be very strong, 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 in starting salary over those with only a bachelor’s degree.

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