Master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering

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The Next Era of Computer Engineering Is Here. Are You Ready?

Value Proposition Description

It’s an especially exciting time in the world of computer engineering. The competitive landscape to build ever-faster, efficient, and secure computers—with companies like Apple leading the way with their systems on a chip (SoCs), along with the recent enaction of the U.S. Chips and Science Act—has ushered in a new era of innovation. Industry challenges, including supply chain ones, have created a need for new and creative solutions to meet market demands. 

Are you ready to take advantage of these opportunities? In WPI’s Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, you’ll receive a synergistic education that prepares you to design, build, and deploy hardware and software solutions for intelligent systems that make up our connected world. The degree also offers extensive and rewarding research opportunities to advance your expertise in your specialty. 

Available on campus or online, you’ll have the flexibility to earn your degree full-time or part-time around your professional obligations. And no matter how you study, you’ll have full access to our world-renowned faculty and facilities. 


Median salary for Computer Hardware Engineers 

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021 


New semiconductor jobs from the Chips Act by 2027

Semiconductor Industry Association

  • Learn from faculty who are nationwide experts in hardware and software security and involved in critical local, state, and national technology initiatives 
  • Take advantage of our interdisciplinary approach with flexible courses in Electrical and Computer Engineering and related topics, including cybersecurity 
  • Work with state-of-the-art hardware security tools, including our semiconductor failure analysis system—one of only three systems of this type in the world of education 
  • Prepare for new career opportunities presented by the Chips Act 

Uniquely, WPI has world-class faculty who are experts in both software and hardware security, including cybersecurity. Through a nearly $2 million grant from The Innovation Institute at MassTech, WPI is also home to a research center focused on the security of semiconductors and hardware—and it features the only semiconductor failure analysis system of its kind in a U.S. higher education institution. 

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National Universities Where Grads Are Paid Well

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Does an Electrical and Computer Engineer Do?
  1. Use the power of digital and analog electronics to solve pressing problems in the environment, to improve quality of life, to build a better future and a better world. 
  2. Work with experts to understand the deep challenges in domains such as healthcare, communications, finance and transportation, and create novel solutions with the tools of electronics and software. 
  3. Use state-of-the-art simulation and prototyping techniques to understand the opportunities, the limitations and the robustness of hardware and software before they are brought to market. 
  4. Educate and train peers in novel insights and solutions for complex electronic engineering problems. 
What Kind of Work Does an Electrical and Computer Engineer Do?
  1. Groundbreaking integrated sensors for around-the-clock medical monitoring and specialized care 
  2. Hack-proof embedded computers that add a root-of-trust to the world of connected devices, from electronic wallets to autonomous cars to the cloud. 
  3. Integrated Intelligent Systems that solve hard problems in real time using state-of-the-art Machine Learning and AI. 
  4. Next-generation wireless communications that move more digital data faster and more efficiently through the latest communication standards. 
What Are Some Benefits to Pursuing an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering?
  1. Learn foundational knowledge in emerging fields in hardware and software. 
  2. Experience the state-of-the-art in research, and carrying valuable know-how to your future employer. 
  3. Prepare yourself for an academic career in research and education. 

Curriculum for the Master's in ECE

Students in the master’s in ECE program complete most of their courses and research in electrical and computer engineering, but they can also select from master’s courses for ECE students in allied areas such as computer science, robotics, systems engineering, mathematics, and physics. WPI’s flexible electrical and computer engineering master’s degree allows you to tailor the studies to your interests. 

As you fulfill your master’s in electrical and computer engineering, 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. After graduation, your knowledge will position you to earn a top electrical and engineering salary rate. 

Research for the MS in ECE

Our approach to the MS in ECE is all about hands-on research. WPI’s world-class faculty are known for fueling breakthroughs that impact the world, and you’ll work alongside them in our labs using devices, instruments, and cutting-edge technologies. 

  • Healthcare/Quality of Life: biomedical signal processing/modeling/instrumentation, wearable sensors, MRI/medical/electromagnetic imaging methods, body area networking, on-body antenna prototyping 
  • Security and Privacy: secure control of cyberphysical systems, cryptographic algorithm implementation, network security, embedded security, physical security, side-channel cryptanalysis 
  • Smart and Connected World 
    • CyberPhysical Systems: embedded systems, real-time digital signal processing, high-performance computing, logic synthesis, RF/microwave circuits, mixed-signal/VLSI circuits, applied and numerical electromagnetics, cognitive and software-defined radio, wireless communications and networking, localization, estimation, and detection 
    • Robotics: robotic controls, automata theory, optimization, localization for cooperative robotics, machine vision/recognition 
    • Energy & Sustainability: solar/wind/renewable energy, power electronics, high-voltage technology, energy conversion, smart cities, sustainability engineering, power systems and quality 

Graduate Studies Series

Team members from Graduate & Professional Studies host quick and convenient webinars designed to highlight popular topics when starting grad school. Take a deep dive into specific areas of interest such as how to secure funding, how to ace your application, an overview of student services, and more!

Ready to Fulfill Your Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering?

As an ECE master’s student, you’ll dive into fundamentals of computers and electrical engineering courses that will challenge you to think innovatively and technically as you solve complex problems. Our expert faculty will introduce you to master’s courses for ECE students that involve hands-on technologies as you fulfill research projects. Graduates of this program find their return on investment in the job market is excellent as an electrical and computer engineering salary is strong. 

Need to Earn Your Bachelor Of Science In Electrical And Computer Engineering Before You Consider Master’s Courses for ECE Students?

Our BS program immerses students in hands-on, cutting-edge projects that make real-world impact from medical devices to cell phones. Or consider covering electrical and computer engineering basics with our minor in ECE and have the opportunity to explore diverse topics that interest you most—from electronic circuits to electromagnetic fields and circuit design. 

Need to Earn a Bachelor’s in Computer Science First?

Are you ready to start your path to a computer science career? Check out WPI’s BS in computer science which explores the connected world and global perspectives. If you’re looking for background in the computer science field that will complement your major, consider WPI’s minor in computer science. 

Explore Electrical & Computer Engineering Graduate Certificates

Looking to gain the training and expertise to advance your career in electrical and computer engineering? Check out our graduate certificates in electrical and computer engineering which help increase your expertise in the field. 

Do You Prefer to Learn Online?

Our online graduate certificate in ECE challenges students in modeling, design, verification, and testing of hardware systems. 

Earn Your ECE Master’s Online

Prefer to earn your master’s in electrical and computer engineering online rather than on-campus? Our ECE master’s online program provides students the flexibility to learn on their own time while still being challenged with the same rigorous computer and electrical engineering education. 

Get On the Fast Track Toward a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Are you driven to elevate your ECE career even further? Our PhD in electrical and computer engineering inspires grads to solve critical issues like developing data security and more reliable wireless networks. 

Explore WPI’s Master of Engineering in ECE

Prefer to earn a master of engineering in ECE rather than a master of science? Check out our MEng master’s which gives students the ability to focus on business-related courses. 

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Faculty Profiles

Ted Clancy
Ted Clancy

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

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Ulkuhan Guler
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.

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Berk Sunar
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 applied cryptography and cybersecurity; 

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