Embedded and Cyber-physical Systems, Master | University of California, Irvine (UCI) | Irvine, United States
12 months
33619 USD/year
33619 USD/year
18517 USD/year
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The Embedded and Cyber-physical Systems program of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is a full-time program lasting four quarters plus summer.


About the Program

Coursework includes eleven foundational courses with lectures and laboratory, and two project courses leading to a final project. Courses emphasize embedded systems: hardware and software, sensor networks, real-time systems, AI, machine learning, security, control and entrepreneurship. To earn the degree, students must complete 48 units including a capstone project. Courses are offered in technology-enhanced form.

Custom Designed

The Embedded and Cyber-physical Systems program of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) was designed by a group of faculty from the Henry Samueli School of Engineering (HSSoE) and the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Science (DBSICS). The curriculum focuses on Embedded and Cyber-physical Systems.

Embedded systems are now entrenched into almost every aspect of our daily life, rivaling in ubiquity anything that exists today. Currently, we have tools to help us design embedded systems, making good use of available technologies at a variety of levels and scales, from hardware to interface, operating system, middleware, and software.  The MECPS program is designed to integrate all of these aspects.

Career Driven

It is predicted that by 2020-2025 anywhere from 20 to 200 billion devices will connect our homes, buildings, factories, cars, transportation infrastructure, and even our bodies to the Internet. This represents close to 30 devices for every living human! It is expected that the economy of Embedded & Cyber-Physical Systems (ECPS) and affiliated industries, or what is now referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT) will exceed $6-14 Trillion into the next decade. These numbers give us confidence that graduates who are trained in this domain will be capable of significantly contributing to the engineering community.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cyber-physical Systems Design
  • Embedded System Modeling and Design
  • Embedded System Software
  • Sensors, Actuators and Sensor Networks
  • Real-time & Distributed Systems
  • Security & Privacy in CPS

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are expected to hold a bachelor’s degree in either computer engineering, computer science or electrical engineering. Students from other disciplines may be considered for admission if they have sufficient background in the basics of embedded systems.
  • G.P.A. must be over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • GRE (Successful applicants must show proficiency in both quantitative and verbal sections.) 
  • TOEFL (minimum score of 80) or other evidence of English language proficiency
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Official university transcripts from every college attended by the applicant

Tuition Fee

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    33619 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 33619 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    33619 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33619 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18517 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18517 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Irvine

1560 - 2585 USD /month
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