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Electrical Engineering, M.S. & M.S.E.

The electrical engineering faculty in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering offer professional master’s degree programs in electrical engineering. Graduate courses and programs are offered in the following six areas of specialization:

The M.S.E. program offers courses on campus and online. The degree can be completed taking all classes on-campus or all classes online.

The M.S. program does not accept applications directly. Students should apply to the M.S.E. program, and once admitted, consult with the M.S.E. program advisors if interested in the M.S. program.

Degree Requirements


The M.S.E. program requires the following:
30 credit hours and a written comprehensive exam.

The M.S.E. is a professional degree requiring a minimum 30 hours of course work (a minimum of 10 classes) and a written comprehensive exam. There is no thesis.

Requirements include:

  • A minimum of 5 EEE courses
  • A maximum of 4 courses (combined) from the following groups: any 2 400-level, EEE 591, EEE 590, and an FSE 500 level course.
  • A minimum of 3 EEE 500 level courses (not including EEE 591, EEE 590, and FSE 500)
  • A minimum of 2 courses outside of your area of specialization
  • A maximum of 1 Reading and Conference (EEE 590) and FSE 500- level course

A written comprehensive exam in the area of specialization completes the M.S.E. requirements. The examination is given each semester at the end of the sixth full week of classes.


The M.S. program requires the following:

30 credit hours including a Thesis, or
30 credit hours, a Written Comprehensive Exam and an Oral Comprehensive Exam (MIP).

The credits earned towards this research degree must include a minimum of eight courses (24 hours minimum) and six hours of EEE 599 (thesis). As part of the eight courses, at least two should be outside the area of specialization. Requirements include:

  • A final oral examination in defense of the thesis completes the M.S. requirements.
  • At least four EEE courses.
  • At least three EEE 500-level courses.
  • At least two courses outside the area of specialization.
  • At most two 400-level courses.
  • At most one EEE 590 Reading and Conference or FSE course.


Admission Requirements


M.S.E. program applicants must submit an online Graduate Admissions application.

The decision to admit a student who has earned a bachelor’s degree from an U.S. ABET-accredited electrical engineering program to a master’s program in electrical engineering is based on a number of factors. A minimum requirement is an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (out of 4.00) in the student’s last two years of undergraduate work. A student whose undergraduate degree is not from an U.S. ABET-accredited program must have the equivalent of at least a 3.50 GPA in the last two years of undergraduate study and score at least 156 on the quantitative portion of the GRE.

Students interested in applying to this program must submit an online application to Graduate Admissions. In addition, an applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by meeting the English proficiency requirements stated on the Graduate Admission‘s website. For the TOEFL exam, a score of at least 90 is required. For the IELTS exam, a score of at least 6.5 is required. International students seeking teaching assistantships must demonstrate proficiency in spoken English by scoring at least 26 on the speaking portion of the iBT or 50 on the ASU administered Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK).

Letters of recommendation and resumes are not required for the MSE application. A personal statement needs to be uploaded in the application. The template for the personal statement can be found at the bottom of our forms page. Official transcripts need to be mailed to the Graduate Admissions Office. Their address and additional information about applying can be found here.

The admissions deadline for the fall semester is the preceding Dec. 31; for the spring semester, the preceding July 31.


Students desiring the M.S. in electrical engineering must initially apply to the M.S.E. program. Students who later obtain a research advisor may transfer to the M.S. program.

Next steps after admission

Important information

Congratulations on being admitted to the MSE program in Electrical Engineering!

Please review the following webpages:

ECEE Student Handbook (Blue Guide)

Graduate Next Steps for Enrollment

I-20 processing instructions (Including information on how to submit your financial guarantee form and proof of finances)

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination requirements

Funding information from the Electrical, Computing, and Energy Engineering department

ASU Financial Aid Office information


If you cannot attend in the semester that you were admitted to, you can defer your admission by one semester. Please refer to this webpage for information on how to defer or cancel your admission.

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