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Master of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering

Master of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering


As an Electrical and Computer Engineering Master of Science student, you have the flexibility to specialize in an area of interest through a range of programs, eight concentrations (see below), and research areas. The master’s degree can be pursued full-time or part-time. You will receive deep fundamental and practical knowledge in the various disciplines of electrical and computer engineering through a strong curriculum and research opportunities. Research ranges from the design, analysis and optimization of high-performance computing systems, to the fabrication of cutting-edge microelectromechanical actuators, to new research frontiers on smart power grids, metamaterials, biomedical signal processing, and communication systems.

The department educates the next generation of highly skilled engineers and researchers with necessary skills to address the future needs of industry, government, and humanity.


Innovative Curriculum - MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Some full-time students are supported by research assistantships which are awarded competitively during the application process, and which are occasionally available at other times. Part-time students will find that many graduate courses are offered by video streaming to allow them to maintain a full-time career.

MS Thesis students should have a research advisor one year after their matriculation.

Dissertation/Thesis Instructions

The MS programs’ student learning outcome is the ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.

Over 15 graduate certificates are available to provide students the opportunity to develop a specialization in an area of their choice. Certificates can be taken in addition to or in combination with a master’s degree, or provide a pathway to a master’s degree in Northeastern’s College of Engineering. Master’s programs can also be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate. Students should consult with their faculty advisor regarding these options.

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership

Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Students may complete a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership. Students must apply and be admitted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires fulfillment of the 16-semester-hour curriculum required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, which includes an industry-based challenge project with multiple mentors. Further semester hours may vary based on Electrical and Computer Engineering concentration.


At the time of applying to the MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering program, the applicants select their preferred track as well as their concentration of study from the seven concentrations offered by the ECE department.

Communications, Control, and Signal Processing

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Computer Networks and Security

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Computer Systems and Software

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Computer Vision, Machine Learning, and Algorithms

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Electromagnetics, Plasma, and Optics

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Hardware and Software for Machine Intelligence

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Microsystems, Materials, and Devices

Detailed MS Degree Requirements

Experiential Learning

Northeastern combines rigorous academics with experiential learning and research to prepare students for real world engineering challenges. The Cooperative Education Program, also known as a “co-op,” is one of the largest and most innovative in the world, and Northeastern is one of only a few that offers a Co-op Program for Graduate Students. Through this program students gain industry experience in a wide variety of organizations, from large companies to entrepreneurial start-ups, while helping to finance their education.

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Academic Advising

The Academic Advisors in the Graduate Student Services office can help answer many of your questions and assist with various concerns regarding your program and student record. Use the link below to also determine which questions can be answered by your Faculty Program Advisors and OGS Advisors.

Admissions & Aid

Ready to take the next step? Review degree requirements to see courses needed to complete this degree. Then, explore ways to fund your education. Finally, review admissions information to see our deadlines and gather the materials you need to Apply.

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