MS in Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering

MS in Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering

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

What is Telecommunications Engineering?

The telecommunications industry is at the forefront of the information age - delivering voice, data, graphics, and video at ever increasing speeds and in a growing number of ways. Where wireline telephone communication was once the primary service available, wireless communication services, streaming, satellite distribution and the Internet of Things are now the dominant forces in the industry. In the telecommunications engineering program, you will learn to design, develop, test, and debug software and hardware products for communications applications. These products range from modems and encoders to computer-assisted engineering design for schematic cabling projects; modeling programs for cellular and satellite systems; broadcast engineering, data transmission and using basic circuit design all the way to massive electrical infrastructure systems.

A telecommunications engineering graduate program should give you 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 as preparation for entry into a PhD program in electrical engineering or a related field.


  • 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 Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering?

The Master’s degree program in Telecommunications Engineering deepens knowledge of electrical engineering, with particular focus on telecommunications applications through rigorous analysis and exploration. Students emerge prepared to take on the demands of a fast-changing industry or to continue study in a doctoral program in electrical engineering or related subject.

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The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department combines related diverse fields to provide you with the tools to find solutions that draw from many disciplines and enables you to address the individual project or challenge. 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.

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 emerging trends and incorporate industry leading technology.


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.


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

Telecommunications coursework (ECET) 6 credits
General core courses (ECE) 9 credits
Telecommunications Elective courses (ECEC, ECEE, ECES, ECET) 15 credits
Elective courses 15 credits:
May include 9 credits of MS thesis research or additional concentration electives.

The master’s in electrical and telecommunications engineering requires a total of 45 credits; 18 credits in telecommunications courses; 9 credits of electrical engineering elective courses and the remaining 15 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.

Elective courses can be chosen from among the graduate course offerings of:

  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE, ECEC, ECEE, ECEP, ECES, ECET)
  • Other departments within the College of Engineering (AE, CHE, CIVE, CMGT, EGEO, EGMT, ENGR, ENVE, ET, MATE, MEM, PROJ, PRMT, SYSE)
  • The School of Biomedical Science, Engineering and Health Systems (BMES)
  • Department of Mathematics (MATH); the Department of Physics (PHYS)
  • Department of Chemistry (CHEM) and the Department of Biology (BIO)
  • Operations Research graduate-level coursework in the Department of Decision Sciences (OPR)
  • Computer Science graduate-level coursework in the College of Computing & Informatics (CS)

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 Cybersecurity or MS in Engineering Management.

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


All students in the master’s in electrical and telecommunications 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. Department 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 Telecommunications Engineering

Electrical and telecommunications engineering graduate programs prepare you for a career path that could include continuing your education in a PhD program or pursuing advanced technical, research or management positions in utilities, telecommunications companies, high-tech industries, electronics 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 electronics engineering jobs, which include telecommunications, is good. Demand for employment expected to grow 3% through 2029, on-pace with the national average for all occupations, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As reported by 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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