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Electrical Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #157 (WUR) South Bend, IN, United States
The Department of Electrical Engineering offers programs of study and research leading to the degrees of master of science and the doctor of philosophy in electrical engineering. The programs are designed to prepare students for careers in university teaching and research as well as industrial or governmental research and advanced development. 


Areas of specialization include systems theory, electromagnetics, digital signal and image processing, communication theory, and solid-state materials and devices.

First Semester

During the first semester, all new graduate students are required to file a course plan for their entire program. With advice from the director of graduate studies or a faculty advisor, this plan maps the courses to be taken and the expected dates of completion for the different elements comprising the program.

Master's Program

The research M.S. program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit, of which a minimum of 18 hours are course credits and a minimum of six hours may be awarded for research towards an M.S. thesis. All courses may be in electrical engineering, but up to nine semester hours of course credit may be taken from other departments. The course work should be designed to prepare the student adequately for work in the major area of specialization. Advanced undergraduate courses, numbered 400 to 497, may be taken for up to six credit hours. The student must, upon acceptance of the thesis, successfully pass an oral thesis defense examination. These requirements ordinarily are completed by a full-time student in three to four regular academic semesters. The non-research master of science degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of course credit.


The bachelor's degree programs in aerospace, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Digital Communications
  • Multivariable Control Systems
  • Fundamentals of Semiconductors/Physics
  • IC Fabrication
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Linear Systems
  • Mathmatical Programming
  • Advanced Digital Communications
  • Communication Networks
  • Multivariable Control Systems
  • Fundamentals of Semiconductors/Physics
  • Microwave Circuit Design and Measurements
  • Randon Vectors, Det. and Estimation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • An applicant for admission to the graduate programs in electrical engineering must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited American college or university, or from a foreign institution of acceptable standing. The applicant should have at least a `B' average in his or her most recent years of academic work.
  • Most applicants to this department have undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering. However, it has been our experience that individuals with degrees in physics, mathematics, chemistry and related scientific and technical areas are able to complete a graduate program in electrical engineering.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    51264 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 51264 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    51264 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 51264 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for South Bend

  • 885 - 1440 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Financial assistance in the form of graduate assistantships, research assistantships and fellowships are provided for most graduate students in residence. No separate forms are necessary to apply for financial aid. Stipends usually are awarded for the academic year; summer appointments also are possible. In addition, tuition scholarships are awarded to all full-time students receiving either a fellowship or an assistantship.

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