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Electrical Engineering


Master of Science | Electrical Engineering

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: GRE

Designed for students with an undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline. Requires 30 credit hours. No thesis required. The GRE is required for all applicants.

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline who wish to pursue a graduate degree in electrical engineering. The strengths of the NC State program include power electronics and power systems, nonelectronics and photonics, and communications and signal processing. The GRE is required for all applicants.

This program is administered by Engineering Online at NC State. Contact Mr. Richard Shryock, 919-513-3815, associate director of EOL, for general information about engineering and computer science master's programs offered online.


Minimum requirements for admissions to the graduate degree program in electrical engineering include:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in electrical or computer engineering
  • An overall GPA of at least 3.25/4.0. Persons with a 3.0 GPA may be admitted on a provisional basis
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • The GRE is required for all applicants

Graduate School application deadlines:

  • Fall semester: December 15 (US citizens and Internationals)
  • Spring semester: July 1 (US citizens and Internationals)
  • Summer I: N/A
  • Summer II: N/A


The program consists of 30 credit hours. A full-time graduate student may take 9 credit hours of course work per semester; part-time students typically take 3 or 6 credit hours of course work per semester. All requirements for the degree must be completed within six years of enrolling in the first course which appears on the NC State graduate transcript. All students must comply with Graduate School regulations for continuous registration or must request a leave of absence not to exceed one year.

Students who are employed full-time may enroll in only two courses per semester. It is highly recommended that new students enroll in just one course during their first semester.

Students are assigned an academic advisor and work with this advisor to develop an individual Plan of Graduate Work. Some specialty areas have specific course requirements.

To earn the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering a student must complete 30 credit hours (10 courses) of graduate-level engineering course work. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA. Of the required 30 credit hours, 21 credit hours (seven courses) must be in electrical and computer engineering. The program requires both breadth and depth in the electrical engineering discipline. Two advanced ECE courses at the 700 level are required to achieve depth. At least one of the advanced courses must be EE track. Breadth will be achieved by completing at least one course from three specialty areas. Students can take up to three courses (the remaining 9 credit hours) outside of ECE, including math and other courses offered through the college’s Engineering Online program.

Tuition Level: Graduate – Engineering (CS, ECE)

Cost per Credit Hour: $680.66
Total Estimated Cost for 30 Credits Completed at NC State: $20,419.80

Cost per Credit Hour: $1,276.66
Total Estimated Cost for 30 Credits Completed at NC State: $38,299.80

Approximate cost per semester: $6,125.94 based on 9 credit hours

Note: There may be additional fees associated with Distance Education courses for verification of student identity for proctored examinations. These fees will be paid directly by the student to the proctor or facility and are not charged to your student account.

More about Online and Distance Education Tuition

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallDec 15 (US and Intl)
SpringJuly 1 (US and Intl)

Dr. Michael Devetsikiotis

Director of Graduate Programs