18 months
23100 USD/year
23100 USD/year
11310 USD/year
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The degree of Master of Science (MS) in Electrical Engineering from the University at Buffalo SUNY - School of Engineering and Applied Sciences comprises an academic core and a cohesive set of advanced courses, culminating in a thesis, or comprehensive examination.

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An MS in Electrical Engineering from the University at Buffalo SUNY - School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will 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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • GRE & TOEFL Scores
  • Statement of Purpose Essay
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Online Recommendation Letters
  • Application Fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11550 USD per semester during 18 months.
  • National

    23100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11550 USD per semester during 18 months.
  • In-State

    11310 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5655 USD per semester during 18 months.

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.


In support of the University at Buffalo’s PhD Excellence Initiative, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers competitive, elite fellowship packages designed to attract the best and brightest scholars in the world.

The Presidential Fellowship offers outstanding prospective graduate students an elite fellowship package to the top 10% incoming enrolled doctoral students each academic year. This competitive package pays a stipend of up to $43,000 USD per year for up to 4 years and includes summer support. This award also includes a full tuition waiver of $11,310 USD for New York State Residents and $23,100 USD for Non-Residents bringing the total package of support to $54,310-$66,100 dollars per year.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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