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Graduate

Northeastern's ECE Department offers a vibrant and fast-paced research environment for graduate studies. Our 51 ECE and affiliated faculty are engaged in cutting-edge government and industrially funded research on topics ranging from smart grid to cyber security to engineering next-generation nanomaterials. Our central Boston location provides close proximity to Route 128 (the East Coast Silicon Valley) with its large number of starts ups as well as established engineering corporations, and we have a constant stream of distinguished researchers from around the world who drop in to give a seminar or stay to collaborate with our faculty during extended visits. The result is a dynamic intellectual climate that encourages multi-disciplinary collaboration and outside-of-the-box thinking.

We offer PhDs in both electrical engineering and computer engineering, and MS degrees in EE, CE, and EE/leadership. Our research strengths include sensing and imaging, communications and digital signal processing, power and control systems, power electronics, RF/microwave magnetic materials, device technologies, and computer engineering. Northeastern is known for its experiential learning, and our graduate students can also take advantage of our co-op resources and industrial connections to gain valuable experience as part of their graduate education.

I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about graduate programs in ECE and to determine how you can shape your future with a Northeastern ECE graduate degree.

MS Programs

Master's Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering

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.

Students may select one of the following concentrations:

  • Communications, Control, and Signal Processing
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electromagnetics, Plasma, Optics
  • Microsystems, Materials, and Devices
  • Power Systems

As of fall 2013, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department offers two tracks for MSECE. Both tracks are available to full-time and part-time students. Applicants must select one of the following two tracks at the time of filing their application.

  1. Course-Thesis Track: This is a highly competitive program with limited enrollment and is designed for students with interest in and aptitude for research. The program consists of 6 graduate-level courses (24 credits) plus 8 credit thesis totaling 32 credits.
  2. Course-only Track: This program consists of 8 graduate-level courses totaling 32 credits. This is a straight forward non- research based track designed for students with an interest in industry work.

PhD Programs

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and offers two doctoral degrees: a Doctoral Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctoral Degree in Computer Engineering.

Doctoral Degree Program in Electrical Engineering

A program of study is determined by the candidate and the Dissertation Committee. A typical program consists of 24 semester hours of course work beyond the Master of Science degree. The PhD program, however, must consist of at least 16 semester hours of course work. The exact nature of the program of study will vary among candidates depending on the dissertation subject area and the candidate's preparation. The candidate must achieve an overall minimum 3.000 QPA.

Doctoral Degree Program in Computer Engineering

A program of study is determined by the candidate and the Dissertation Adviser. A typical program consists of 24 semester hours of course work beyond the Master of Science degree. The PhD program, however, must contain at least 16 semester hours of course work. The exact nature of the program will vary among candidates depending on the dissertation subject area and the candidate's preparation. The candidate must achieve an overall minimum 3.000 QPA.

ECE PhD Qualifying Exam Registration Form