Master's of Science in Electrical Engineering 

Our graduate program offers strong and diverse graduate-level courses as well as exciting opportunities for the student to pursue state-of-art research in variety of electrical and computer engineering areas of specialization.

The Master of Science (M.S.) program allows for a thesis and non-thesis option. The thesis option requires 24 semester hours of graduate course work and 6 semester hours of thesis research. An oral defense of the thesis is also required.

The non-thesis option requires 36 hours of course work. For applicants without prior engineering degrees, a Bridge Program is required. This program enables bridge students to complete their M.S. degree in roughly 6 months more than a student entering with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. A Master’s in Electrical Engineering degree typically requires two years beyond a bachelor’s degree.

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Thesis Option 

Electrical Engineering Courses 15 credits
Approved Math/Science Courses   3 credits
Approved Electives 6 credits
Master's Thesis 6 credits
Total 30 credits  

Non-Thesis Option

Electrical Engineering Courses 18 credits
Approved Math/Science Courses  6 credits
Approved Electives 9 credits
Total  32 credits


In Electronics and Electromagnetics Area

4400:553 Antenna Theory
4450:562 Analog Integrated Circuit Design
4450:567 VLSI Circuits and Systems
4400:561 Optical Electronics and Photonic Devices
4400:598 Electron Properties of Materials, Devices and Nanostructures
4400:693 Advanced Analog Circuits and Systems
4400:693 Microwave Electronics
4400:693 Nanoelectronics

In Communications and Computer Area 

4450:540 Digital Signal Processing
4400:541 Digital Communications
4400:545 Wireless Communications
4400:643 Information Theory and Coding
4450:510 Embedded Scientific Computing 
4450:521 Computer System Design 
4450:522 Embedded Systems Interfacing
4450:523 Programmable Logic
4450:527 Computer Networks
4450:645 Advanced Wireless Communications
4400:659 Error Control Coding 
4450:629 Networked Embedded Systems
4450:693 Applied Stochastic Processes for Engineers
4400:693 Security of Cyber-Physical Systems
4400:693 Optimization for Electrical and Computer Engineers

In Power and Control Area

4400:583 Power Electronics I
4400:585 Electric Motor Drives
4400:589 Design of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
4400:686 Dynamics of Electric Machines
4400:572 Controls Systems II
4400:572 Controls Systems II
4400:674 Control System Theory 
4400:677 Optimal Control I 


Electrical Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Akron (UA) offers Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Areas of specialization for graduate students in ECE include communications and signal processing, computer engineering, control systems, electronics and VLSI, electromagnetics, optics, and power electronics and motor drives.

Admission Requirements

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Application Deadline

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Assistantship/Scholarship Information

Not all departments offer graduate assistantships. Students should inquire with the department directly to determine assistantship availability.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process! it is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

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