The professional Master of Science degree in electrical engineering is a professional degree composed of advanced courses relevant to working engineers.
The department offers three degree tracks, each of which result in a professional Master of Science degree in electrical engineering (MSEE).
Embedded Systems Engineering (ESE) Track
The Embedded Systems Engineering (ESE) track provides comprehensive coverage of essential embedded technologies, current tools and trends. It is structured to provide students with a broad, versatile skill set and is coupled with industry input for continuous curriculum updates.
Through flexible core course options and electives, students enrolled in the ESE program pursue a 30-credit-hour MSEE degree. Many courses offer distance learning options through CU Boulder Connect.
Power Electronics (PPE) Track
Power Electronics is a key enabling technology in essentially all electronic systems and is increasingly important in the grid interface of renewable energy sources and in efficient electrical loads. The necessity for power electronics technology in these rapidly expanding areas creates an increasing need for design engineers equipped with knowledge and skills to actively participate in multidisciplinary teams.
Through flexible core course options and electives, students enrolled in this program pursue a 30-credit-hour MSEE degree. The program is intended for students and engineers with a BS degree in electrical engineering or the equivalent. Entering students must have adequate knowledge of circuits and electronics, as taught in undergraduate courses intended for EE majors.
Photonics (PHO) Track
While 20th-century technology was defined by the growth of electronics, the 21st century belongs to photonics. LEDs will light households powered by photovoltaic panels and filled with displays and cameras communicating by optical fiber to distant owners wearing virtual reality glasses. Laser 3D printing will transform manufacturing. New microscopes and telescopes will peer into the depths of living cells and distant galaxies. Photonics graduates will command skills in design, fabrication and laboratory practice to place them at the forefront of these industries and many more not yet invented.
Photonics is the electrical engineering sub-discipline concerned with the generation, modulation, radiative or guided transmission, sensing and detection of optical-frequency signals. Application areas include optical telecommunications, medical instrumentation, photovoltaic power generation, quantum information processing, optical instruments and environmental sensing. While some of these industries are mature, photonics continues to rapidly grow into new industries such as LED lighting and on-chip silicon photonics for multi-core CPUs.
Through flexible core course options and electives, students enrolled in this program pursue a 30-credit-hour MSEE degree. The program is intended for students and engineers with a BS degree in electrical engineering or the equivalent. Entering students must have adequate knowledge of photonics, as taught in undergraduate courses intended for EE majors.
Distance Education Option
Students can take individual courses toward a master's degree or graduate certificate through distance education (online). For more information, connect with the individual graduate program directly.
A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 is required for application to the master's program. Students who are interested in the PhD degree and have strong academics (including 3.50 or higher GPA) should apply directly to the PhD program.
Students must complete a total of 30 credit hours (including both course and thesis hours) with a grade of C or better and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00. At least 24 credit hours must be completed at the 5000-level or above, and at least 18 of those credits must be in sufficiently technical ECEN courses.
Embedded Systems Engineering (ESE) Track (non-thesis)
|ESE Core Courses|
|Choose five of the following:||15|
|Special Topics (Low Power Embedded Design Techniques)|
|Special Topics (Embedding Sensors and Actuators)|
|Embedded System Design|
|Real-Time Embedded Systems|
|Mastering Embedded Systems Architecture|
|Principles of Embedded Software (Low Power Embedded Design Techniques)|
|Internet of Things Embedded Firmware (IoT Embedded Firmware)|
|Programmable Logic Embedded System Design|
|ESE Program Electives|
|Choose two of the following (or additional ESE core courses):||6|
|Special Topics (Advanced Embedded Software Development)|
|Special Topics (ASIP and IP Core Processor Design)|
|Special Topics (Practical PCB Design and Manufacture / Accelerator)|
|Special Topics (Soft Processor Design for FPGA)|
Introduction to Computer Security
|Special Topics (Embedded Interface Design)|
High Speed Digital Design
|Advanced Computer Architecture|
|Embedded Machine Vision and Intelligent Automation|
|Open 5000 Level Electives|
|Choose three 5000-level electives from the ESE core, ESE electives, other ECEE courses, or courses in other departments, with approval of academic advisor.||9|
|Total Credit Hours||30|
For more information, visit the department's Embedded Systems Engineering webpage.
Power Electronics (PPE) Track
This curriculum is built around a core of three theory courses and two laboratory courses that provide practical laboratory and design experience of specific relevance to the practice of power electronics.
|Required Theory Courses|
|ECEN 5797||Introduction to Power Electronics||3|
|ECEN 5807||Modeling and Control of Power Electronic Systems||3|
|ECEN 5817||Resonant and Soft-Switching Techniques in Power Electronics||3|
|Required Laboratory Courses|
|ECEN 5517||Power Electronics and Photovoltaic Power Systems Laboratory||3|
|ECEN 5XXX||Select one 5000-level project laboratory in power electronics (offered every fall)|
|Select one of the following power electronics electives:||3|
Power Electronics for Electric Drivetrain Vehicles; fall
|Adjustable-Speed AC Drives (spring)|
|Analog and Mixed-Signal IC Design|
|Analog IC Design (fall)|
|Mixed-Signal IC Design Lab (alternate spring semesters)|
Integrated Circuits and Devices for Power Electronics (alternate spring semesters)
|Grid Integration of Renewables|
Control of Power Electronics in AC Systems and Micrograms
Renewable Energy and the Future Power Grid
Advances in Control and Optimization of Power Systems
Power System Analysis
|Choose three technical electives with advisor approval. Recommended electives include courses in control systems, RF/microwaves and engineering management.||9|
|Choose an additional elective course.||3|
|Total Credit Hours||27|
For more information, visit the department's Power Electronics webpage.
Photonics (PHO) Track
|PHO core courses|
|Offered in Fall:|
|ECEN 5156||Physical Optics||3|
|ECEN 5696||Fourier Optics||3|
|ECEN 5345||Introduction to Solid State Physics||3|
|Offered in Spring:|
|ECEN 5616||Optoelectric System Design||3|
|ECEN 5606||Optics Laboratory||3|
|ECEN 5626||Active Optical Devices||3|
|ECEN 5355||Principles of Electronic Devices 1||3|
|PHO elective courses|
|Offered in variable semesters|
|ECEN 5016||Special Topics (Quantum Mechanics)||3|
|ECEN 5005||Special Topics (Photovoltaic Devices)||3|
For more information, visit the department's Photonics webpage.
All degree requirements must be completed within four years of the date of commencing coursework. Most students complete the degree in one-and-a-half to two years.