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EE Master's Degree Requirements

The MSE Program in Electrical Engineering (EE) gives students the theoretical and technological foundation needed to deal with the new ideas and new applications that are the hallmarks of modern electrical engineering. A major advantage of our MSE program is that it allows students to focus their education according to their interests and goals, from nanotechnology and circuits, to embedded systems or robotics. Those interested in applying for the M.S.E. in Electrical Engineering program should visit the ESE graduate admissions page.

Course Requirements

Students must complete 10 course units as outlined in the M.S.E. in Electrical Engineering Course Planning Guide (CPG):

The Department provides a page detailing how to access course information here. For the most up-to-date course offerings, please visit the University Registrar site.

The CPG above is meant to guide students in fulfilling program requirements, but students should consult their major advisors and experienced students for advice. Additionally for basic guidance, below are three sample curricula for each area listed on the CPG to aid you in course selection. The format of these curricula are those you would see on your worksheets in PennInTouch, which is required to graduate.

Please note, all program students must obtain a minimum of a 2.7 GPA in order to graduate with their M.S.E. degree.

ESE Master's Thesis Form (ESE 597)

ESE Independent Study Form (ESE 599/ESE 899)

Program Duration

Full-time master's students can complete their degree between one to two years.  If students take four courses in both the fall and spring semesters and take two summer courses, they may be able to finish their degree in one calendar year.  Students may also opt to take three courses for two terms and four courses for one term to graduate in 1.5 years or to take three courses per term and one course in their final term to graduate in two years. 

Please note: in compliance with federal immigration regulations, international students are not eligible to be registered for less than three courses per term unless eligible for a reduced courseload status (see the International Student and Scholar Services website for details).

Master's Thesis Option

A Master's Thesis (ESE 597) is optional but recommended for students wishing to pursue doctoral studies.  Students are encouraged to take two course units of thesis research in order to maximize the opportunity to engage in research.  Please see here for guidelines on thesis preparation. ESE Master's Thesis Form (ESE 597)