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Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering

from Purdue University
#1 in Best Online Master's in Electrical Engineering Programs
  • $22,500
  • 30 Credit Hours
  • Fully Online
  • 1–4 years

Master's Overview

*GRE scores are not required to apply to the program.

The Master's Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) delivers cutting-edge online education that will equip you with the depth and breadth of knowledge plus the relevant skills needed to succeed in today's engineering world.

Electrical engineers and computer system professionals are in high demand. Earning an online Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue Universitywill grant you the prestige and expertise to pursue the engineering field of your choice, as well as the affordability and flexibility you need in a Master's degree program.

The Purdue University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering's fully online ECE master's degree program will let you dive deep into your chosen area of interest in as little as three semesters. You will build "breadth at the edges" of your chosen technical area by enrolling in different 1 credit online courses. Each course is roughly five weeks long. Enrollment in this unique online learning experience will make you an expert in your focus area, sharpen your ability to communicate with diverse groups, and help you become familiar with current engineering methodologies.

The college of engineering's computer and electrical engineering program provides the background students need to pursue careers in computer systems and electrical engineering. The program covers modern and real-world topics such as algorithms, software design, computer hardware, data structures, information systems, electric power, and integrated circuits. The skills and knowledge gained from the program are highly applicable to related fields and industries such as computer science, software engineering, systems engineering, power systems, power engineering, control systems, computer architecture, digital signal processing, digital systems, telecommunications, wireless communications, robotics, cybersecurity, and networking operating systems.

Our world-class faculty members will help you develop innovative thinking approaches to address complex problems. Throughout this online program, you will be supported by a dedicated faculty advisor(s) and a team of professionals to help you plan and support your envisioned career path.

This fully online graduate degree enables students to take a deep dive into electrical and computer engineering. Learners choose from 7 broad specializations.

  • Automatic Control
  • Communications, Networking, Signal & Image Processing
  • Computer Engineering
  • Fields and Optics
  • Microelectronics & Nanotechnology
  • Power and Energy Systems Design
  • VLSI and Circuit Design

Fellowships are now available to prospective students who apply to the online Master’s degree track in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University! Every student who applies to the online Master of Science will be considered—there is no additional application needed. The fellowships will cover, fully or partially, the tuition for the degree program. They will be awarded based on selection criteria that includes academic record, references, experiences, as well as other indicators that online students will succeed in completing the degree and achieving career goals.

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  • #3
    Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs
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  • #1
    Best Online Master's in Electrical Engineering Programs
    U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • #7
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  • Tuition (30 credits at $750 each)

Financial Aid is available. All federal Financial aid benefits and restrictions apply to enrolled MSECE students.

Important dates & deadlines

Spring 2022

  • Priority Application Deadline
    November 15, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    December 31, 2021
  • Program Start Date
    January 10, 2022

Fall 2022

  • Priority Application Deadline
    May 15, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    July 15, 2022
  • Program Start Date
    August 23, 2022

Prerequisite coursework

Math Background: Three semesters of Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra.

Engineering Background: Preferred undergraduate background in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Applied Physics, Mathematics, or Applied Mathematics.

Application requirements

Applicants must have an undergraduate Bachelor's degree or the equivalent from an accredited institution and must submit:

  • Transcripts from all universities attended
  • A statement of purpose
  • A professional resume
  • Three recommendation letters
  • TOEFL scores (International students only)

*GRE scores are not required.


The Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering requires 30 credit hours of coursework. We offer three-credit-hour and one-credit-hour courses. You will create a plan of study (POS) that lists the courses you plan to take and their timing.

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If you aren't sure online learning is for you or if you'd like to get a feel for the Master's program before you apply, start with the Nanoscience and Technology MicroMasters Program from Purdue University

  • Courses in the MicroMasters program may count towards credit
  • Get deep learning designed to advance your career while you decide
  • Strengthen your Master's application
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  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that employment in the computer engineering field could grow by 11 percent from 2019-2029, making it a highly in-demand field. Computer and electrical engineering also encompass many skills that support industry fields such as software development, software systems, information technology, and cloud computing, as well as academic areas such as artificial intelligence, network security, and data science/machine learning. In addition, Purdue ECE was established in 1888 and has a long history of excellence. It is currently the largest school at Purdue, with more than 1500 undergraduate student, 750 graduate students, 100 faculty members, and 23,000 alumni. Additionally, Purdue’s online electrical engineering graduate programs are ranked #2 by U.S. News & World report.
  • No, both graduate programs lead to the MSECE. The only difference is the online delivery method. This program, including core courses and electives, is taught by the same faculty and the courses and assessments - and rigor - are the same.
  • Yes, unless you have received a degree within the last 36 months from a school where English is the primary language of instruction in a country where English is the native language.
  • Yes, financial aid is available. All federal financial aid benefits and requirements apply to enrolled MSECE students.
  • This program does not include live seminars. All courses can be completed 100% online.
  • You can transfer up to 6 credits of graduate courses not previously used toward another degree toward the MSECE, provide that you earn a B or better in the courses and subject to approval by the Purdue University School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. If you have completed Purdue MicroMasters courses with a grade of B or better, you can apply these credits towards the Purdue MSECE; note that the limit of 6 credits mentioned above does not apply. If you are planning to apply to the Purdue MSECE program we encourage you to apply after completing one MicroMasters program to ensure you meet all plan-of-study requirements for the MSECE. While your performance in a Purdue MicroMasters program will be an important evaluation factor, admission is not guaranteed.
  • The GRE is not required for this online MSECE program.
  • Yes. Neither U.S. residency nor a visa are required.
  • Yes. Our typical student works full-time. Most courses are delivered asynchronously, which means you can conveniently complete your coursework around your personal and professional obligations. However, exams are typically scheduled for a specific window of time.