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Master of Science

The Master of Science program has two options, each requiring 45 credits: thesis or coursework-only.

Thesis Option

For the M.S. thesis option, students take 24 credits of approved ECE graduate lecture classes, 12 credits of approved graduate electives and nine credits of ECE 503 thesis. The thesis credits require the student to research, develop, write, and publically defend an approved thesis. Though students are accepted for the M.S. thesis program and are assigned an interim faculty adviser, they must be accepted by a thesis adviser and submit an adviser-approved course study plan following one of the Graduate Tracks no later than completion of 16 ECE graduate credits. Please see the master's program page for more information.

Coursework-only Option

For the coursework-only M.S. option, students take courses following an adviser-approved track of graduate classes. The pre-approved advisory tracks are shown on the Graduate Tracks page. These tracks were designed by the faculty to give both depth and breadth of knowledge in the specified study area. This approach greatly improves a student’s ability to get a job or do research in the specified area. Most M.S. students will follow one of the pre-approved, faculty-designed tracks shown on the webpage. However, it is possible to develop a custom track with a faculty adviser and Graduate Program Director approval. The credit requirements for this option are sixteen credits of ECE graduate lecture classes that form a core, sixteen credits of ECE graduate lecture classes that provide depth and breadth, four credits of elective ECE graduate lecture class, and nine credits of approved graduate electives.

Coursework-only students must submit an adviser-approved study plan no later than completion of sixteen credits of ECE graduate credits. Please see the master's program page for more information.

Admission Requirements for the M.S. Program

Admissions to our M.S. programs are selective and capacity is limited. Learn how to apply.

Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering applicants with a B.S. degree in either electrical or computer engineering, and a grade point average of 3.00 or better in all junior- and senior-level technical courses will be directly considered for admission to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as regular graduate students.

Applicants with a B.S. in either electrical or computer engineering with a grade point average in their upper division technical coursework below 3.00 but higher than 2.75 may be granted conditional admission status.

Applicants with a B.S. degree in some other field (e.g., mathematics, physics, computer science, mechanical engineering, economics, etc.) will be required to take an individually specified group of undergraduate ECE classes as a Post-Baccalaureate student to gain the basic skills needed to succeed in an ECE Master’s program. Upon successful completion of these undergraduate ECE “bridge” classes with grades of B or better, an applicant will be considered for admission to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as a regular M.S. student.

M.S. applicants with electrical or computer engineering B.S. degree from a non-ABET accredited university must submit official GRE scores. An applicant whose B.S. degree is from a university in a country where English is not the native language must provide proof of English language proficiency as required by PSU International Admissions.

Applications are accepted for fall (starting in September) and winter (starting in January). Most graduate course sequences begin in the fall or winter quarters, and students who arrive in spring or summer may have more difficulty finding suitable courses for their desired track. 

Application for Admission to M.S. Program

Please apply online. More information (required documents, deadlines, etc.) is available on our Admissions Process page.

Important Note about Admission

If you do not register for an ECE class during the term to which you are admitted, your admission will automatically be cancelled. To prevent this, you must notify both the ECE Department and the PSU Office of Admissions of your intent to change the term of enrollment. Notification must be given prior to the start of the term for which you are admitted.