Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

­­Learn from industry-leading faculty and build the devices and systems of the future with a professionally-oriented Master of Science in Electrical Engineering that you can start today.

Advances in electrical engineering are driving a transformation in global technology. Electrical engineers design and build the hardware, networking, and sensing technologies that power smart devices and the Internet of Things.

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program from University of Colorado Boulder is centered around subjects such as embedded systems, power electronics, and photonics. These are the building blocks of cell phones, computers, electric and autonomous vehicles, renewable energy grids, LED lighting, advanced medical devices, and much more. The curriculum is influenced by CU Boulder’s close relationships with industry leaders and taught by world-class faculty in the electrical engineering field.

The curriculum is highly customizable — when fully developed, you will be able to choose from over 100, 8-week courses ranging from 0.6 to 1.2 credit hours. Each course is designed for fast, flexible learning. You'll tackle real-world problems, learn theory as well as career-relevant skills, and work with fellow students under the guidance of course facilitators and professors.

Who is this degree for

This online degree is intended to prepare students for senior engineering roles in industry. It is designed to be customizable and flexible to meet the needs of working professionals. The MS-EE on Coursera program is based on a long-standing and successful on-campus Professional MS in Electrical Engineering program at CU Boulder.

Graduates of the Professional MS in Electrical Engineering program have gone on to become engineers at Intel, Lockheed Martin, Tesla, Google, to name a few.

According to a recent survey from Deloitte, some 82% of executives in the semiconductor industry reported a shortage of qualified technical candidates; 60% of companies report that electrical engineering jobs are some of the most difficult to fill. The MS-EE on Coursera program will prepare you to take on these in-demand engineering roles.

What makes this degree unique

  • Performance-based admissions - no application required
  • Tuition is assessed on a pay-as-you-go, per-course basis
  • Smaller bite-size course topics
  • Flexible schedule
  • In-demand topic areas such as Embedded Systems and Power Electronics


Admission is purely performance-based; there is no application. Simply complete a series of for-credit courses in a “Pathway Specialization” with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (not less than 2.0 in any course). This “B” average qualifies you to be admitted into the degree program.

The next enrollment deadline is April 17, 2020. The last day of the current session is May 1, 2020. All coursework must be completed by this date.

Not ready to commit now?

If you are not ready to commit to the full Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, you can enroll in the Non-Credit Specializations now and earn credit later. These non-credit courses will test your abilities and allow you to practice the skills required to pass the for-credit courses. You may upgrade from non-credit to for-credit courses at any time. Previously completed assignments will be automatically applied to your for-credit experience. To upgrade from non-credit to credit, you will need to pay tuition ($667 per credit) and complete the final exam with a 3.0 (B) grade point average or better.

For-Credit Specializations available in January 2020

  • Active Optical Devices
  • Developing Industrial Internet of Things
  • Embedding Sensors and Motors - Pathway
  • Optical Engineering - Pathway
  • Power Electronics - Pathway
  • Semiconductor Devices - Pathway

Additional specializations coming soon throughout 2020 - 2021.

Non-Credit Specializations Available Now

Preview the full MS-EE Curriculum here.


You can earn this accredited and completely online degree for $20,010. Even better, you can pay as you go. With tuition set at $667.00 per credit hour, you have the flexibility to pay for and earn credits on your schedule. MS-EE students receive the same high-quality, rigorous instruction and are taught by the same world-class faculty as on-campus students.


MS-EE Informative Webinar

Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder’s MS-EE on Coursera program with Robert Erickson, Interim Department Chair. The webinar aired on March 12, 2020.

Watch the recording

At a Glance

  • 2 years for a full degree, 6-9 months for a graduate certificate
  • 30 credit hours for a full degree, about 9 credit hours for a graduate certificate
  • $667 per credit hour or $20,010 for the full 30-credit master's degree
    Total Cost
  • Completely online

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The degree experience is...


The same kind of courses you’ll find on campus, with the flexibility to learn when and where you want.


Collaborate with a global network of industry leading classmates, instructors, and alumni.


Innovative courses with lectures from some of the world’s best instructors and hands-on projects.


Practical courses designed to help you master skills that you can start applying to your career right away.

When you graduate, you’ll be able to

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    Pursue your next job or promotion, or launch a lifelong career in electrical engineering

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    Keep pace with the rapid evolution of new technologies

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    Apply foundational expertise and practical skills as you solve real-world problems

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    Work effectively across disciplines like embedded systems, power electronics, photonics, and more

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    Earn the exact same credentials as the CU Boulder students who learn on-campus

About University of Colorado Boulder

In 2018, the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities listed the University of Colorado Boulder as the 38th best in the world, determined by educational quality, student training, faculty prestige, and faculty research. CU Boulder, founded in 1876 and nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, is a Research 1 institution that proudly anchors one of the most entrepreneurial technology corridors in the United States. Our faculty have launched over 140 new start-ups, our researchers have filed for 1,276 patents in the last eight years, and 548 inventions have been delivered in the last five.

We are the proud home of a community of scientists, scholars, and educators that includes five Nobel Laureates, eight MacArthur Genius Grant winners, four National Medal of Science awardees, and over eleven interdisciplinary research institutes. As one of only 34 U.S. public research institutions accepted into the prestigious Association for American Universities (AAU), the University of Colorado Boulder is committed to discovering new knowledge and solving the humanitarian, social, and technological challenges of our time. Set in one of the world's most inspiring and entrepreneurial learning environments, the University of Colorado Boulder enables each member of our community to push boundaries, explore the unknown, and change lives.


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Best Online Master's in Electrical Engineering in the U.S.

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