Electrical Engineering


Master of Science | Electrical Engineering

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: GRE

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 30-credit-hour program does not require a thesis. The GRE is required for all applicants.

This program is administered by Engineering Online at NC State.


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


See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Plan of Study

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.
One advanced ECE course at the 700-level is required to achieve depth. The course must be in the 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.
Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallJan 9 (US and Intl)
SpringJuly 1 (US and Intl)

Dr. Paul Franzon

Director of Graduate Programs, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

College of Engineering