At Northeastern the Master's Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering can be pursued full-time or part-time. Some full-time students are supported by research assistantships which are awarded competitively during the application process, and which are occasionally available at other times. Part-time students will find that many graduate courses are offered by video streaming to allow them to maintain a full-time career.
At the time of applying to the program, the applicants select their preferred track as well as their concentration of study from the seven concentrations offered by the ECE department. These concentrations are
- Communications, Control, and Signal Processing
- Computer Networks and Security
- Computer Systems and Software
- Computer Vision, Machine Learning, and Algorithms
- Electromagnetics, Plasma, and Optics
- Microsystems, Materials, and Devices
- Power Systems
The MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering can be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate. Learn more about the benefits of this unique program.
The minimum semester hours required by students to complete this degree are listed below. Typically full-time students are able to complete these requirements in about two to three years, however it might take longer if the student completes a thesis or participates in co-op.
|Required depth courses||12 SH||20 SH||20 SH|
|Required breadth courses||8 SH||8 SH||8 SH|
|Electives||4 SH||4 SH||4 SH|
|Master of Science thesis||8 SH||N/A||N/A|
|Leadership courses||N/A||N/A||16 SH|
|Minimum semester hours required||32 SH||32 SH||48 SH|
Graduate Program Deadlines: MS Thesis students should have a research advisor one year after their matriculation.
The M.S. programs' student learning outcome is
- The ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.
Student Success Stories
ECE Successes Earn NSF FellowshipGwendolyn HummelElectrical and Computer Engineering
Gwendolyn Hummel, a second-year PhD student in Dr. Matteo Rinaldi’s laboratory, has been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.
A Strong Research Education Results in Accomplished ScholarAthina PetropuluMS, PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering 1988 | 1991
“NU provided me with a challenging and stimulating environment to learn and conduct research.