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With innovations that progress from concept to production in a matter of months, or even weeks, electrical and computer engineering is one of the fastest growing and broadest of all technical fields. The master's in electrical and computer engineering online program combines rigorous study with practical applications aimed at solving real-world problems, from producing more efficient and reliable computing networks to using wireless systems to increase bandwidth for ever-increasing data streams. 

ECE master's online students learn from and work closely with expert Electrical & Computer Engineering faculty members who are known for fueling breakthroughs that impact the world, from pioneering wireless network technologies to spurring advances in green power and biomedical systems.

This degree is also offered on campus.
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Electrical & Computer Engineering Info Session

View our on-demand webinar to be introduced to our online graduate Electrical & Computer Engineering program. Get an overview of program logistics, what online learning looks like, the application process, and more!

Courses for ECE Master’s Online

Depending on your professional experience and goals, you can choose to study one technical area in considerable depth or pursue a broader program spanning several electrical and computer engineering specialization areas. View academic term start dates for ECE master's online courses.

Topics for ECE Master's Online

ANALOG/RF DESIGN
COMPUTER ENGINEERING
  • ECE 505. Computer Architecture
  • ECE 5720. Modeling and Synthesis of Digital Systems Using Verilog
  • ECE 5722. Embedded Core Architectures and Core-Based Design
  • ECE 5723. Methodologies for System Level Design and Modeling
  • ECE 5724. Digital Systems Testing and Testable Design
NETWORKS
  • CS 525. ST: Computer and Network Security (10 weeks, late spring term)
  • ECE 506. Introduction to Local and Wide Area Networks
  • ECE 537 Advanced Computer and Communications Networks
SIGNALS, SYSTEMS & COMMS
  • ECE 502. Analysis of Probabilistic Signals and Systems
  • ECE 503. Digital Signal Processing
  • ECE 504. Analysis of Deterministic Signals and Systems
  • ECE 531. Principles of Detection and Estimation Theory (offered every other year)
  • ECE 5311. Information Theory and Coding
  • ECE 5312. Modern Digital Communications
  • ECE 5105. Introduction to Antenna Design 
POWER SYSTEMS Select this link for a complete description of WPI's Power Systems Program
SYSTEMS ENGINEERING Select this link to a complete description of WPI's  Systems Engineering Program

For a list of current course offerings, please view the course schedule here.

WPI also offers an online graduate certificate in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an online Master of Engineering (MEng) in Electrical and Computer Engineering.  Contact us to find out more information about the MEng in ECE. 

Degree Requirements for ECE Master's Online

  • 10 courses, for a total of 30 credit hours.
  • At least 21 credits in electrical and computer engineering and 9 credits in a computer science (CS), physics (PH), engineering (BME, CHE, CE, ECE, FP, MFE, MTE, ME, RBE and SYS) and/or mathematics (MA).

ECE master's online students will work with a faculty advisor to develop a personal, customized and relevant plan of study that can include foundational and advanced courses in: electronics, digital design, radio and microwave engineering, analog design, power systems, and systems engineering.  

Thesis option: Currently, WPI’s online graduate programs do not offer a thesis option, as theses cannot be completed online. If you wish to pursue a thesis on campus, it is the student’s responsibility to find an advisor. Please note that depending on the project’s subject and timeframe, there might not be a faculty member willing or able to advise.

Prerequisites for Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering Online

Admissions Guidelines for Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering Online

Excellent candidates possess an ABET-accredited Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a Major GPA greater than 3.0.

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After Graduation

WPI master's in ECE graduates are in high demand and work for organizations including BAE Systems, EMC, General Dynamics, IBM, Intel, Mathworks, MITRE, National Grid USA, Nokia, Oracle, and Raytheon.

Earn Your BS in ECE First

Need to obtain a bachelor of science in electrical and computer engineering as you think ahead toward earning your masters? Our BS in ECE enables students take part in the latest cutting-edge developments in topics like power systems, signal processing, and more. Our BS in ECE challenges students to explore what intrigues them in a close-knit community of like-minded junior engineers.

Are you pursuing a BS degree and have an interest in electrical and computer engineering? Consider WPI’s minor in ECE for students interested in broadening their exposure of the diverse and technology-focused field. Learn the basics in subjects ranging from electronic circuits and electromagnetic fields to signal analysis and more.

Explore WPI’s Graduate Certificates in ECE

If you’re interested in sharpening your skills in the electrical and computer engineering field, a graduate certificate may be for you. Our electrical and computer engineering graduate certificates can help bridge the next steps to gain the training and expertise to advance your career in electrical and computer engineering.

We also offer online ECE graduate certificates for students who prefer the flexibility to learn on their own time. Our four-course online certificate explores modeling, synthesis, verification, and design of hardware systems.

Earn a Master’s in ECE On-Campus 

Would you rather pursue your master’s in ECE on-campus? Check out our master’s in electrical engineering which enables students to interact directly with professors on our beautiful campus. Our on-campus ECE MS offers the same rigorous courses with the added value of in-person interaction.

Explore WPI’s Master of Engineering in ECE

Maybe you’re interested in gaining a master of engineering in ECE instead of a master of science? Explore our MEng master’s in ECE which combines business, computer science, engineering, and mathematics to prepare students to become experts in the ECE field. This program is available on-campus or online. 

Already Have a Master's? Earn a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Are you interested in studying alongside dedicated faculty researchers as you obtain a PhD in electrical and computer engineering? Our PhD in ECE enables grad students to deeply explore and research critical problems to help produce solutions.