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Electrical Engineering: Professional Program

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

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Learn to work independently to formulate, analyze, and solve advanced engineering problems with UW–Madison’s Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program.


Is this program right for you?

The Professional Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is designed to deepen your technical knowledge and sharpen your professional skills for a well-prepared entry into the industry.

The program provides a practical focus through a course-only curriculum, an accelerated and predictable 16-month completion time, and a professional development summer session. Along with your academic advisor, you will choose courses that target your academic and career interests. Areas of emphasis include computer engineering, fields and waves, solid state/photonics, or energy and power systems. You will also have the opportunity to apply for a summer engineering internship or participate in summer professional development courses.

When you enroll in the Professional Electrical Engineering master’s program, you join a department of accomplished engineers and scholars whose primary goal is to expand your knowledge in new technologies, design methods, and analysis techniques. Through this 16-month course-only path to a Master of Science degree, we help you enter the workforce sooner so you have more time to advance your career and positively impact your industry.

Is this program right for you?

The Professional Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is designed to deepen your technical knowledge and sharpen your professional skills for a well-prepared entry into the industry.

The program provides a practical focus through a course-only curriculum, an accelerated and predictable 16-month completion time, and a professional development summer session. Along with your academic advisor, you will choose courses that target your academic and career interests. Areas of emphasis include computer engineering, fields and waves, solid state/photonics, or energy and power systems. You will also have the opportunity to apply for a summer engineering internship or participate in summer professional development courses.

When you enroll in the Professional Electrical Engineering master’s program, you join a department of accomplished engineers and scholars whose primary goal is to expand your knowledge in new technologies, design methods, and analysis techniques. Through this 16-month course-only path to a Master of Science degree, we help you enter the workforce sooner so you have more time to advance your career and positively impact your industry.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science in electrical or computer engineering from an accredited institution, however bachelor’s degrees in engineering, computer science, physics or a related discipline will be considered.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit GRE test scores using code 1846.*
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

*Waived for UW–Madison students or alumni and for all fall 2022 applicants.

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation

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Program highlights

  • The Electrical Engineering master’s degree is accelerated, so you graduate in just one year.
  • It’s also course-only, so you complete your degree in a predictable time frame.
  • With more than $12.8 million in annual research expenditures, nearly 100 patents, and 13 startups, our faculty and students are at the forefront of scientific discovery and real-world translation.
  • Our flexible curriculum allows you to customize your degree program to fit your personal objectives.
  • Merit-based scholarships available

University of Wisconsin–Madison ranked Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs and Best Engineering Grad Schools by U.S. News & World Report.

How you'll learn

  • 16 months of full-time study on campus to earn your degree.
  • Half of degree coursework (15 out of 30 total credits) must be graduate coursework. Must maintain 3.0 GPA to remain in program.
  • Program is course-only. There is no thesis or independent study research.
  • May transfer up to 9 credits of prior graduate coursework.

Sample curriculum

Computer Engineering

  • Embedded Microprocessor Design
  • Mobile Computing Laboratory
  • Communication Networks
  • Digital System Design and Synthesis
  • Introduction to Computer Architecture
  • Digital Engineering Laboratory
  • Digital Circuits and Components
  • Design Automation of Digital Systems
  • Mobile and Wireless Networking
  • Real-Time Computing Systems
  • Embedded Computing Systems
  • Advanced Computer Architecture I
  • Fault-Tolerant Computing
  • VLSI Systems Design
  • Compute-Aided Design for VLSI
  • Advanced Computer Architecture II

Electrical and Magnetic Fields and Waves

  • Embedded Microprocessor System Design
  • Advanced Microwave Measurements for Communications
  • Advanced Communications Circuit Design
  • Introduction to Computer Architecture
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Computational Methods in Electromagnetics
  • Theory of Microwave Circuits and Devices
  • Linear Waves
  • Coherent Generation and Particle Beams
  • Electromagnetic Radiation and Transmission
  • Nonlinear Waves

Energy and Power Systems

  • Introduction to Electric Drive Systems
  • Power Electronic Circuits
  • Electric Power Systems
  • Electric Machine and Drive System Laboratory
  • Theory and Control of Synchronous Machines
  • Power Electronics Laboratory
  • Dynamics and Control of AC Drives
  • Solid State Power Conversion
  • Electromagnetic Design of AC Machines
  • Utility Applications of Power Electronics
  • On-line Control of Power Systems
  • Advanced Power System Analysis

Solid State/Photonics

  • Photonics
  • Semiconductor Physics and Devices
  • Electronics of Solids
  • Integrated Optics and Optoelectronics
  • Analog MOS Integrated Circuit Design
  • Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems
  • Processing of Electronic Materials
  • Integrated Circuit Design
  • Integrated Circuit Fabrication Laboratory
  • Semiconductor Diode Lasers and Other Optoelectronic Devices
  • High-Power Diode Lasers and Amplifiers
  • Solid State Electronics
  • Quantum Electronics
  • Transport in Semiconductor Devices
  • Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Job outlook

Top Job Titles
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Senior Electrical Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Electrical Design Engineer
  • Controls Engineer

Market Salary
$117K median salary in 2019 1

Projected Job Growth
8.6% for Electrical Engineers (2016-2026)

Job Postings
21,586 in 2019

Top Employers
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Raytheon
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • CDM Smith
  • United Technologies Corporation

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2020.
Source 1: NACE 2019 Salary Survey

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