Electrical Engineering Master of Engineering (M.E.) – Electrical Engineering Specialization
Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical Engineering

See how our online master's programs can help you keep up with the pace of innovation in the fields of computer engineering, power and energy, systems engineering, and more.

Online master's in electrical engineering

Whether you're looking to increase your salary, earn the opportunity to work on higher-level projects, or simply need to keep up with the pace of innovation, CSU's electrical engineering master's degree can help you get there.

The program offers a customizable curriculum that you can tailor to meet your interests and career goals, with the flexibility to study from wherever you are.

Electrical engineering: The future is what we do

Electrical engineering is a broad discipline that is essential to our everyday lives. Our professors will teach you to think like an engineer to drive what’s next in technology and create a better world for all, from advanced medical devices to self-driving cars to smart homes.

Online graduate degree programs in Electrical Engineering at Colorado State University produce leaders who engage, imagine, and invent. Offering a highly flexible curriculum that can be tailored to your needs, our coursework will give you depth and breadth of knowledge to advance your career, as well as the skills and mindset to keep pace with innovation.

Topics of study include:

  • Optical properties of nanostructures
  • High resolution metrology techniques
  • Engineering concepts of high-power pulsed electronics
  • Analysis of power systems (current, voltage, and active/reactive power)
  • Grid integration of wind energy systems
  • Linear and non-linear optical properties
  • Physics and operation of energy devices; solar-photovoltaic, wind energy, gas, coal and nuclear plants
  • Particle beam accelerator technology and engineering

Who is a good fit for this program?

  • Those with strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills
  • Students who want to know more than just facts – you have a curiosity for understanding why things are the way they are
  • Those who want to use the latest science, tools, and technology to shape the future and bring ideas to life
  • Those with a vision for how something should work and a dedication to making it better, faster, and more efficient
  • Those who want to use their knowledge to improve people's lives in meaningful ways

Become part of a community of innovation and excellence

As an online student, you will be part of ECE’s close-knit department – a community that thrives on innovation and diversity in thought. Whether online or on campus, electrical engineering graduate students learn from faculty who are pushing the frontiers of engineering and science.

ECE professors are responsible for 35% of the university’s issued patents since 2015, and they are a leading contributor to CSU’s research environment, an enterprise that has grown by nearly $100 million in the last decade. The department’s research runs the gamut, from developing satellites designed to improve our understanding of the conditions inside hurricanes to microscale nuclear fusion to the development of virtual non-invasive medical biopsies. This variety in research means that no matter what field you work in—or wish to pursue in your future career—you will learn from faculty at the forefront of technology and innovation.

In addition to being the headquarters of the Engineering Research Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology, ECE is home to the CSU Information Science and Technology Center (ISTeC), the CSU-CHILL National Radar Facility, and the Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere. The ECE department is also part of national and international collaborations through LaserNetUS, a Department of Energy Consortium of ultra-high-power lasers, and LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Detector Scientific Collaboration.

Online students take the same engineering courses from the same faculty and receive the same electrical engineering degree as students in our on-campus program.

Electrical engineers earn top salaries

Electrical engineers are consistently listed at the top of the salary range with incomes of $95k-$129k for mid-career professionals, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Payscale.com.

Electrical engineering is a discipline that spans many industries, with opportunities for rewarding careers in aerospace, health, power and energy, telecommunication, computing, military and defense, consumer electronics, and others. Apply your knowledge and skills for use in commercial, industrial, military, or scientific fields.

Explore career options for electrical engineers.

An accredited online engineering program with two degree options

Students have 2 degree options to choose from within the computer engineering program:

  • Master of Engineering (M.E.) – Electrical Engineering Specialization
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical Engineering

The program curriculum is highly customizable, with a broad list of courses offered through CSU's Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics departments. These master's degrees are non-research oriented and focus on enhancing the expertise of electrical engineering professionals. Review the requirements and curriculum to learn more.

Get qualified for recommended admission

Students may apply to the online master's in electrical engineering program through a deferred fee program to ensure admissions criteria are met before having to pay the application fee to apply to the program. You can earn a guaranteed admission recommendation from the department, if you meet the conditions below.

Admittance conditions for a guaranteed recommendation:

  • Complete two classes from the master's degree curriculum with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and with no less than a 2.7 in any course. You can take up to 9 credits as a non-admitted student.
  • A Bachelor of Science from a regionally accredited institution in electrical engineering, computer science, or related field (minimum 3.0 GPA) is required.
  • International students must hold degrees equivalent to U.S. bachelor's degrees, and should be among the top students in their classes. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology (BSEET) degrees are not accepted. International students must have passing scores in any one of the English proficiency exams (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE).

If you do not meet all the requirements, online students may still be eligible to take coursework before being admitted to the graduate program. Contact an ECE advisor to discuss individual exceptions to these guidelines.

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