Master of science in electrical engineering

    Electrical Engineering

    Advance your capabilities within rapidly changing technological environments. Wayne State University's master of science in electrical engineering program equips you to develop new electronic devices and circuits, technologies, and techniques in your future career or as an academia-oriented innovator and researcher.



    Program highlights

    • Nine areas of specialization
    • GRE optional
    • Convenient online and on-campus hybrid courses
    • One to two years to degree completion (full-time study)
    • Part-time study option for working professionals

    What you'll learn in the electrical engineering master's program

    When you graduate with a master's in electrical engineering from Wayne State, you will:

    • Use physical and mathematical principles to understand and develop micro-/nano-electronic and photonic devices and systems, circuits and system-on-chip, power systems and sustainable energy, signal/image processing and communication, intelligent control and robotics, electric vehicles and e-mobility.
    • Demonstrate mastery of advanced principles pertaining to electrical engineering and your area(s) of specialization.
    • Plan and conduct independent research or professional projects that lead to new knowledge, approaches and solutions for electrical engineering problems.
    • Comprehend contemporary literature related to the development and advancement of electrical engineering.
    • Effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, scientific and engineering concepts to audiences with a broad range of technical knowledge.

    MSEE program curriculum and courses

    Wayne State's electrical engineering master's program consists of foundational electrical engineering courses and practice-oriented courses related to your specialization, such as quantitative physiology, digital signal processing, advanced nanoelectronics and telematics. 

    Our curriculum is dynamic. We adjust our requirements and approaches according to recommendations from the ECE Industrial Advisory Board, a group of local and national industry leaders from corporations like Ford, General Motors, Mercedes Benz, US Army, Semiconductor Research Corporation, L3-Communications, AMFnano, Apple and DTE.

    Choose from two track options:

    • Plan A: Thesis - 24 course credits and a six-credit thesis — ideal for students who plan to pursue Ph.D. studies and other future research.
    • Plan C: Coursework - 30 course credits, including up to six internship credits — designed to accelerate or launch your industry career.

    Specialization options to suit your career goals

    Hone your focus in nine areas of specialization. The master's in electrical engineering's elective structure allows you to choose one or more areas to deepen your knowledge in pursuit of specific career goals. 

    Specialization options:

    AGRADE program - Five-year B.S. and M.S. degree completion

    Kick-start your professional career in Wayne State's rigorous Accelerated Graduate Enrollment (AGRADE) program. Through AGRADE, you will collaborate with your undergraduate and graduate advisors to design a plan of work in which 16 credits of coursework will count toward both your B.S. and M.S. degrees. This fast-track program prepares you to launch your career sooner and at a lower cost than separate bachelor's and master's programs.

    Conduct research with renowned faculty

    Collaborate with our global industry-leading faculty on cutting-edge research in areas like artificial intelligence, robotics, signal processing and nanotechnology. You will also be invited to share your research and network with colleagues at neighboring institutions during our annual Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium.

    Electrical engineering M.S. degree career opportunities

    Bolster your existing career or leap into new opportunities with an electrical engineering master's degree. Bring your complex skillset to research and development and pursue careers in manufacturing, automotive, telecommunications and other sectors that rely on highly specific electrical equipment. 

    This is a steadily growing field with high financial rewards: the median pay for electrical and electronics engineers is more than $101,000 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

    The College of Engineering's career services office supports your career growth with tools and resources like career workshops, networking events and job boards.

    Tuition and financial aid

    Wayne State University is competitively priced, offering some of the most affordable programs among Michigan's top research universities. The 30-credit electrical engineering master's program tuition rates are:

    • In-State Credit Hour Rate: $855.09 
    • Out-of-State Credit Hour Rate: $1,714.14

    You may also qualify for a recruiting scholarship, which is automatically considered with your application, or one of our competitive graduate assistantship positions.

    Admission requirements

    We will consider your academic record and professional history as we review your application. The following requirements are general guidelines; if you do not meet specific criteria, you may still be eligible for admission.

    • 2.75 minimum GPA in upper-level undergraduate coursework; 3.0 or higher is recommended. Wayne State undergraduates with a GPA higher than 3.0 receive automatic admission.
      • A GPA of 3.0 (four-year) or better or a B average is equivalent to 65% for students from India or Pakistan and 80% for students from China.
      • A GPA of 2.8 to 3.0 is equivalent to 59-64% for students from India or Pakistan and 75-79% for students from China.
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are optional but recommended if you completed your undergraduate degree at a non-ABET-accredited school.
    • A statement of purpose is optional, but encouraged, especially if extenuating circumstances impact your application.
    • International students must meet Wayne State's graduate school requirements, including:
    • Complete prerequisite courses in circuits, linear systems and programming, and specialization prerequisites in some or all of digital electronics, microcomputers, semiconductors, electromagnetics and control theory. Review our prerequisite guide.

    Application deadlines

    • Fall (begins in August): July 15
    • Winter (begins in January): Nov. 1
    • Spring/Summer (Spring begins in May; Summer begins in June): Feb. 1

    Learn more about graduate admissions.

    Pioneer new technologies with Wayne State University's electrical engineering master's degree

    Make use of flexible course options and competitive academic excellence in the master of science in electrical engineering program at Wayne State University. With nine areas of specialization, a 4+1 B.S.-to-M.S. option and two course tracks, you can maximize your learning and your investment to suit your professional goals.