The MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) program at WPI offers extensive and rewarding research opportunities to advance your expertise in your specialty. With courses offered on campus or online, you’ll have the flexibility to earn your degree full-time or part-time around your professional obligations.

WPI is home to the first building in the nation devoted exclusively to electrical engineering education. Atwater Kent Laboratories houses extensive labs and workstation facilities for furthering the practical application of theories.

And no matter how you study, you get full access to our world-renowned faculty and the comprehensive and sophisticated facilities where transformative research happens.



Students in the MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering program complete the majority of their courses and research in electrical and computer engineering, but can also select from courses in allied areas such as computer science, robotics, systems engineering, mathematics, and physics. WPI’s flexible degree program allows you to tailor the studies to your interests.

You’ll complete either a non-thesis option (which permits directed research and/or independent study) or a thesis option. The thesis option is strongly recommended if you plan to enter a PhD program. Students and faculty work closely together to develop a plan of study that matches both your interests and your professional goals. 

This degree is also offered online.



WPI’s ECE grad program prepares you for whatever career path you choose. Whether your plans include industry, academia, a start-up, or a leadership track, you’ll have the theoretical expertise and the hands-on proficiency to succeed.


Research possibilities here range from working on prosthetic devices that make life easier to cloud security and autonomous vehicles.


Society is undergoing dramatic changes—the real-world work you do in ECE will have an immediate impact.


No matter what your current schedule looks like, you can complete an ECE grad degree at WPI. Courses are online or on campus and your schedule can be on a full-time or part-time basis—we will help you make it work.


Our labs mimic real-life situations. Clinical partnerships with the nearby University of Massachusetts Medical School offer students additional exceptional healthcare delivery resources and a dozen specialized labs at WPI cater to varied interests.


Specialized research areas focus on some of the most pressing global issues, including healthcare delivery/quality of life, smart and connected world, and security and privacy.

Faculty Profiles

Faculty Profiles

Donald Richard Brown

D. Richard Brown III received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from The University of Connecticut in 1992 and 1996, respectively, and received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 2000. From 1992-1997, he was with General Electric Electrical Distribution and Control. Since August 2000, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he is currently a Professor and Department Head.


Edward "Ted" A. Clancy

Research Interests: Smart Prosthetics, Biomedical Signal Processing/Modeling, Assistive Technology, Wearable Sensors, Biomedical Instrumentation, Medical IoT.


Ulkuhan Guler

My research interests lie in the broad area of circuits and systems, and my primary area of interest is analog/mixed signal integrated circuits. More specifically, I am interested in the circuit design of sensing interfaces and energy harvesting and wireless power transmission systems for applications in the IoT.


Berk Sunar

I received my PhD in ECE from Oregon State University in December 1998 and worked briefly as a member of the research faculty at OSU's Information Security Laboratory. In 2000 I joined WPI as an assistant professor. My research interests include cryptography and data security; I head the Cryptography and Information Security Laboratory, whose mission is to address security problems and develop new security technologies to ensure the safety of all facets of the communication and computing infrastructure.


Alexander Wyglinski

Dr. Alexander M. Wyglinski is internationally recognized as an expert in the field of wireless communications, cognitive radio, connected vehicles, software-defined radio, dynamic spectrum access, electromagnetic security, vehicular technology, wireless system optimization and adaptation, autonomous vehicles, and cyber-physical systems. Dr.