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An MS in Electrical Engineering from University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Engineering and Applied Scienceswill lead to a specialization in one of the following:

  • Signals, Communications and Networking
  • Optics and Photonics
  • Solid State Electronics
  • Energy Systems

MS Thesis

If you wish to fulfill the MS degree requirements by means of a thesis, you must first find a faculty member who shares your interest in a topic and is willing to supervise your efforts. This person will constitute the committee that must ultimately read and approve your work. Each thesis must be successfully defended in an oral examination.

A limit is imposed by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) on the number of thesis credits which are applicable toward graduate degree requirements. For the MS degree with a thesis, a maximum of six credit hours for thesis (plus at least 24 credit hours of course work) may be applied. A minimum of 3 credit hours of thesis work is required. You should register for EE 599 while you are working on an MS thesis.

Instructions governing the preparation of theses appear in several university publications, including one entitled Instructions for Preparing Theses and Dissertations. Consult these guidelines before preparing your final manuscript.

The typing of a thesis is the responsibility of the student. There are editors and typesetting programs available on the university computer system which can be used for manuscript preparation.

Comprehensive Exam

The content of the Comprehensive Exam is based on the most recent offerings of each of the courses. It is incumbent upon the candidate to check that the material they prepare before the exam corresponds to that covered in the most recent offerings of each course.

The Comprehensive Exam is offered twice a year, once in the fall semester and again in the spring semester. It is an integrative experience in the form of a written examination. Questions will be of an integrative nature, largely focusing on the core subjects of the major. That is, the minimal answer to pass will be drawn from the core courses. The emphasis will be on the integration of the tools/methods that were covered in the core courses. Students are not allowed to bring in any course material (formulae, books, etc.) to the exam. Any such material, if needed, will be provided at the exam.

Programme Structure

The MS program may be completed in one of two ways:

  • By a formal research thesis representing 3 or 6 credits, satisfactory performance in an oral defense of thesis examination, and completion of 24 or 27 credits of non-thesis course work.
  • By passing a written comprehensive examination (C-exam) based on a degree program consisting of at least 30 hours of course work.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Duration description

      1.5 to 2 Year

  • Credits
    30 alternative credits


  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

In addition to holding a bachelor's degree in engineering or any of the mathematical, physical, behavioral, or health sciences, each entering student is expected to be skilled in a number of specific areas.

Proficiency is required in:

  • Mathematics through multivariate calculus
  • Probability and design and analysis of experiments considered from a calculus point of view
  • Computer programming

Generally, these requirements must be satisfied prior to the commencement of graduate studies.

A Master's student admitted on a provisional basis must demonstrate his/her ability to perform satisfactorily at the graduate level before being admitted to degree candidacy. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23100 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    11310 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11310 USD per year and a duration of 18 months.
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Living costs for Buffalo

  • 920 - 1560 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


  • School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Scholarships
  • University at Buffalo Presidential Fellowships
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships
  • Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowships
  • Fulbright Programs
  • Western New York Prosperity Fellowship Program

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