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  • MS in Electrical Engineering


    The online accredited Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering offers high-level graduate program with strong foundations in theory, to equip you with the skills necessary to grasp and develop new technologies and trends in the electrical engineering field. Highly ranked among the by U.S. News & World Report, the program prepares you to make an immediate contribution to the workplace and become a leader in the industry. You may take courses in the areas of Computer Engineering, Power Engineering, Controls, Robotics, Signal Processing, Telecommunications Engineering, Solid State Physics and Electronics, and more.

    Program Features

    • Rigorous study in Computing and Electrical Engineering courses with the option of taking electives from the Engineering Management Program and other graduate disciplines.
    • Taught by experienced faculty who are also successful professionals in the electrical engineering field. Nearly a third of our faculty members are IEEE fellows and recognized internationally for their professional achievements and scholarly work.
    • Highly interactive online method designed to challenge and engage students, while remaining convenient for working professionals.

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    The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering curriculum encompasses 45 or 48 (with the Graduate Co-op option) approved credit hours, chosen in accordance with the following requirements and a plan of study arranged with the departmental graduate advisor in consultation with your research advisor, if applicable. Before the end of the first quarter in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for a full-time student, or by the end of the first year for a part-time student, said plan of study must be filed and approved with the departmental graduate advisor.

    A total of at least 30 credit hours must be taken from among the graduate course offerings of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. These credits must be taken at Drexel University. No transfer credit may be used to fulfill these requirements, regardless of content equivalency.

    The remaining courses needed to reach the minimum credit hour requirement for the degree program are considered elective courses. Elective courses can be chosen from among the graduate course offerings of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; other departments within the College of Engineering; the School of Biomedical Science, Engineering and Health Systems; the Department of Mathematics; the Department of Physics; the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biology. In order to have courses outside of these departments and schools count towards degree completion, they must be approved by the departmental graduate advisors prior to registration for said courses.

    ECEC 500 (Fundamentals of Computer Hardware) and ECEC 600 (Fundamentals of Computer Networks) do not count toward the credit requirements to complete the MS in Electrical Engineering degree program.

    Customizable Specialization 
    Required Courses 
    Electrical Engineering ( ECEE, ECEP, ECES, ECET) Courses21.0
    General Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECEC, ECEE, ECEP, ECES, ECET) Courses9.0
    Elective Courses15.0
    Total Credits45.0


    Electrophysics Specialization 

    Required Courses

    Electrophysics (ECEE) Courses18.0
    General Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECEC, ECEE, ECEP, ECES, ECET) Courses12.0
    Elective Courses15.0
    Total Credits45.0

    Controls, Robotics, Intelligent Systems Specialization 
    Required Courses 
    ECES 511Fundamentals of Systems I3.0
    ECES 512Fundamentals of Systems II3.0
    ECES 521Probability & Random Variables3.0
    ECES 522Random Process & Spectral Analysis3.0
    Select three of the following:9.0
    ECES 604
    Optimal Estimation & Stochastic Control 
    ECES 642
    Optimal Control 
    ECES 644
    Computer Control Systems 
    ECES 651
    Intelligent Control 
    ECES 817
    Non-Linear Control Systems 
    ECES 818
    Machine Learning & Adaptive Control 
    General Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECEC, ECEE, ECEP, ECES, ECET) Courses9.0
    Elective Courses15.0
    Total Credits45.0

    Power Engineering Specialization 
    Required Courses 
    ECEP 501Power System Analysis3.0
    ECEP 502Computer Analysis of Power Systems3.0
    ECEP 503Synchronous Machine Modeling3.0
    Select one of the following sequences:6.0
    ECES 511
      &  ECES 512
    Fundamentals of Systems I
       and Fundamentals of Systems II
    ECES 521
      &  ECES 522
    Probability & Random Variables
       and Random Process & Spectral Analysis
    General Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECEC, ECEE, ECEP, ECES, ECET) Courses15.0
    Elective Courses15.0
    Total Credits45.0

    Signal/Image Processing Specialization 
    Required Courses 
    ECES 521Probability & Random Variables3.0
    ECES 522Random Process & Spectral Analysis3.0
    ECES 523Detection & Estimation Theory3.0
    ECES 631Fundamentals of Deterministic Digital Signal Processing3.0
    ECES 682Fundamentals of Image Processing3.0
    General Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECEC, ECEE, ECEP, ECES, ECET) Courses15.0
    Elective Courses15.0
    Total Credits45.0

    Options for Degree Fulfillment

    Although not required, you're encouraged to complete a Master’s Thesis as part of the program. Students who choose the thesis option may count up to 9.0 research/thesis credits as part of their required credit hour requirements.

    You may choose to participate in the Graduate Co-Op Program, where 6.0 credit hours can be earned for a six month cooperative education experience in industry, working on curriculum related projects. The total number of required credit hours is increased to 48 for those students who choose to pursue the Graduate Co-op option. This change represents an increase in non-departmental required credit hours to a total of 18 credit hours, 6 of which are earned from the cooperative education experience.

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A four-year bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or physics from a regionally accredited institution in the US or an equivalent international institution
      • A bachelor's in "engineering technology" will generally not qualify
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate work
      • If any other graduate work has been completed, the average GPA must be at least 3.0

    Required Documents

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation
    • A 500 word essay on why you wish to pursue the program
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2015-2016 is $1157 per credit.

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    Classes Begin 
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    Exams Begin 
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    Fall 2015     

    September 21, 2015

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    Winter 2016 

    January 4, 2016

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    Spring 2016 

    March 28, 2016

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    June 10, 2016

    Summer 2016 

    June 20, 2016

    August 29, 2016

    August 30, 2016

    September 3, 2016

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