Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Power your electrical engineering career with a flexible online Master’s from one of the world’s best universities.

Take a big step and advance your career with the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program from the University of Colorado Boulder. CU Boulder is ranked as the 38th best school in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering teaches foundational knowledge, applied skills, and the latest technological developments in embedded systems, power electronics, photonics, and more.

Whether you’re earning your first graduate degree, or you’re updating the education you already have, you can customize the MS-EE for your individual or professional goals. Learn at your own pace with curated, skill-based 3-to-6 week courses. Along the way to your degree, earn faculty-designed graduate certificates as you master skills in specific domains of electrical engineering.

You can start the path to your Master’s today. Performance-based admissions means that you don’t need exam scores, recommendations, or transcripts to get accepted to the program. If you start a selected CU Boulder electrical engineering Specialization, and complete your required coursework with a B average, you’ll be accepted via the performance pathway.

Take the Courses You Want to Build the Credential You Need The Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering curriculum is completely elective. Choose the courses that are the best fit for your unique and evolving goals.

“Exceptionally useful and very well organized lectures and homework assignments. Even as an industry professional I felt challenged. I am taking away information and fundamental knowledge . . . that I will be able to apply in future projects.” (Student feedback about the Power Electronics Specialization)

Who is this degree for

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering is for anyone who wants to launch a successful electrical engineering career, gain advanced knowledge, and learn powerful applied skills. It’s also for electrical engineers who are looking to keep pace with technological change and build toward their next promotion in the field.

Enroll in Specializations Now, Earn Credit Later

The full Master of Science in Electrical Engineering curriculum will launch over the next 1-2 years. You can start working to complete courses within non-credit Specializations now, and convert them to credit later as the degree comes fully online. (To convert a Specialization for credit, you will need to complete additional hands-on coursework and pay tuition.)

New Specializations launch every few months. Currently, the Specializations that are available include:

Preview the full MS-EE Curriculum here.


With this program, you’re only required to pay for the courses you’re ready to jump into. Tuition for the full, 30-credit master’s degree is $20,000. Each course costs $667 per credit-hour. For some courses, there are additional fees associated with lab equipment or software licenses. These fees are listed on individual course pages.


  • 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
  • $20,000 for the master’s degree or $667 per credit hour
    Total Cost
  • Completely online

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The degree experience is...


The same 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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