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Online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

The online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering is designed for engineering professionals with some field experience who are looking to advance their careers with in-depth, focused expertise in electrical engineering.

UofL’s online MS in Electrical Engineering offers a broad knowledge-base that will help build your understanding across a multitude of engineering disciplines while providing specialized education in electrical engineering. This 100% online program will empower you to develop your professional knowledge and open career opportunities across multiple industries.

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering is offered by the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville.

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Highlights

  • Develop a broad industry-level knowledge foundation and specialized expertise to advance your career in a sector with increasing growth potential (bls.gov projects a job growth of 7% nationwide through 2029).
  • Skip the GRE/GMAT—not required for admission.
  • Enrich your practical experience with theoretical knowledge combined with hands-on labs.
  • Take advantage of a fully online program—designed to fit your life with 24/7 access to classes and coursework completed when it’s right for you.
  • Learn from faculty with distinguished academic credentials, industry experience and a strong commitment to applied research.
  • Pay the same affordable tuition as traditional in-state students no matter where you are around the globe.


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100% ONLINE COURSES

With UofL Online, you can complete this degree on your own time through fully online coursework.

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10 COURSES

Complete the program in just 10 courses (30 credit hours).

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SKIP THE GRE/GMAT

The GRE/GMAT is not required for admission to the MS in Electrical Engineering program.

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"I knew I wanted to be an electrical engineer because I wanted to work on more sophisticated matter and the best way to go about doing that was to further my education in the masters program. The beauty of the program is that you can tailor it around your own schedule. I found that the material built really well, like a pyramid on all the previous things that I had learned. It advanced at a realistic pace, and I was able to retain everything."

Charles Varrone
Online MSEE Student

What can I do with a master’s in electrical engineering?

Completing a master’s degree can vastly improve your employment outlook and earning potential. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov) reports that employment is projected to grow 7% from 2019 to 2029—with a projected 20,400 new jobs created across the nation.

Some of the positions open to graduates of the master’s in electrical engineering program may include but are not limited to:

  • Senior Electrical Engineer
  • Senior Circuits Engineer
  • Senior Design Engineer
  • Senior Electrical Controls Engineer
  • Senior Electrical Design Engineer
  • Senior Electrical Project Engineer
  • Senior Instrumentation and Electrical Reliability Engineer (I&E; Reliability Engineer)
  • Senior Power Systems Engineer
  • Senior Project Engineer
  • Senior Test Engineer

What is the expected salary with a master’s in electrical engineering?

According to BLS, the average annual wage for electrical and electronic engineers was $103,390 in May 2020.

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Application Deadline Term Start Date
August 1 Fall August
November 15 Spring January
April 1 Summer May

Note: We admit students on a rolling basis. The preferred deadlines help you complete the application process on time, be notified of acceptance and enroll before the term begins. We review applications as they become complete, and admit students for a specific term up to the day classes start. We recommend you work on and submit your complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time.

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete the graduate application
  2. $65 non-refundable application fee
  3. Official transcript(s) for all previous post-secondary coursework
    • Note: All transcripts not in English must be certified as authentic and translated verbatim into English

Note: Electronic transcripts are only accepted directly from the institution(s). Please have electronic transcripts sent to gradadm@louisville.edu.


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Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or a related field preferred (applicants with degrees in other science areas—chemistry, physics, etc.—may need to complete undergraduate prerequisites before applying to the master's program)
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Applicants with GPA below the recommended 3.00 may be considered for admission based on additional criteria, including excellent recommendation letters, resume or personal statement, and academic performance.
  • 2 letters of recommendation

*See the Graduate School Transfer of Credit Policy for more information.

No GRE/GMAT required for admission.


International Students

If you live outside of the United States and intend to complete an online academic program from your home country, be sure to view special requirements for international students. Online students do not qualify for a United States visa.

TThe online MSEE is a 30-credit hour (10 course) program with course options that allow you to pursue your interests in areas like Computer Design (ECE 510), Microfabrication (ECE 543), Integrated Circuit Design (ECE 533), Digital Signal Processing (DSP, ECE 520), Embedded Control (ECE 500 and 600), and more.


Course Requirements Credit Hours
ECE Electives 1,2 15
Technical Electives 1,2 9
Additional Required Hours in Major 6
Minimum Total Credit Hours Required 30

The MSEE must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all graduate courses used to satisfy degree requirements. Additionally, the MSEE degree must be completed with a 3.00 GPA or better for all academic work attempted in graduate studies.

1 Electives must be chosen so that at least one-half of the credits counted toward the degree, exclusive of thesis, are 600-level; at least fifteen (15) credit hours of coursework must be in ECE.

2 Technical Electives can be ECE or non-ECE courses. Technical Electives must be approved by the department.


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    • What roles or positions will a master's degree in electrical engineering prepare me for?
      UofL’s online master’s degree in electrical engineering prepares you to take on a variety of roles within the engineering field. Some potential career paths you can pursue with a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from UofL include:
      1. Research and Development Engineer: You can work in research and development (R&D;) roles, where you contribute to the advancement of technology by designing, testing, and improving electrical systems, devices, and components
      2. Design Engineer: With a master's degree, you can work as a design engineer, specializing in the design and development of electrical circuits, systems, and equipment. This may involve creating blueprints, conducting simulations, and ensuring compliance with industry standards.
      3. Control Systems Engineer: Control systems engineers are responsible for designing and implementing systems that regulate and control processes. This can include areas like robotics, automation, power systems, and industrial processes.
      4. Power Systems Engineer: Power systems engineers focus on the generation, transmission, and distribution of electrical power. They work on projects related to power grid infrastructure, renewable energy systems, and electrical substations.
      5. Electronics Engineer: With a master's degree, you can specialize in electronics engineering, working on the design and development of electronic devices, such as integrated circuits, sensors, and communication systems.
      6. Signal Processing Engineer: Signal processing engineers analyze and manipulate electrical signals to extract useful information or enhance the quality of signals. This field has applications in telecommunications, image and video processing, audio processing, and data analysis.
      7. Systems Engineer: Embedded systems engineers design and develop computer systems integrated into various devices and products. These systems are often specialized for specific functions and can be found in areas such as consumer electronics, automotive, aerospace, and medical devices.
      8. Telecommunications Engineer: Telecommunications engineers work on designing and optimizing communication systems, including wireless networks, fiber-optic systems, and satellite communications
      9. Project Manager: With a master's degree, you can also pursue a career in project management, overseeing engineering projects, coordinating teams, managing budgets and timelines, and ensuring successful project delivery.
      10. Academia and Research: If you have a passion for teaching and research, you can choose to work in academia as a professor or researcher, conducting cutting-edge research and educating the next generation of engineers.
      Remember, these are just a few examples, and the field of electrical engineering is vast. For more information on career options and opportunities, contact an enrollment counselor today at online@louisville.edu.
    • What bachelor’s degrees, other than engineering, are acceptable for admission in the electrical engineering master’s program?
      A bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or a related field is preferred (applicants with degrees in other science areas—chemistry, physics, etc.—may need to complete undergraduate prerequisites before applying to the master's program).
    • Do I need to submit GRE or GMAT scores for admission into the MSEE program?
      No, GRE or GMAT scores are required for admission into the MSEE program. However, a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or a related field is preferred, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), and 2 letters of recommendation are required for potential admission.
    • How quickly can I complete my online master's in electrical engineering degree from UofL?
      The online MSEE is a 30-credit hour (10 course) program. A full-time student can typically complete the online degree in under 12 months. A part-time student can typically complete the degree in 18-24 months (about 2 years).
    • What rankings do UofL's online graduate engineering programs hold?
      UofL’s online engineering programs were ranked as one of the top programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2023.
    • Can I receive credit for graduate courses completed at another institution?
      Students may request department permission to transfer up to six (6) credit hours from another accredited graduate program.