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Students are able to choose from a coursework or a thesis option; both provide the opportunity to acquire advanced skills and further conceptual understanding of electrical engineering. Graduates of the Electrical Engineering (MSEE) program at the University of Washington Bothell are ready to advance in their careers with the skills to design, analyze and optimize electronic and electrical systems.

Designed for working professionals and recent graduates, the MSEE program allows students to earn a master’s degree in a convenient full or part-time program, with class times in the late afternoon and evening.

The Graduate Certificate in Electrical Engineering Foundations (GCEEF) is a series of six graduate level courses that focus on a breadth of basic electrical engineering topics. The GCEEF can help students who have a STEM background in a degree other than electrical engineering meet the admission requirements for the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at UW Bothell. The GCEEF also serves as significant preparation for working professionals who desire to deepen their knowledge of electrical engineering concepts. GCEEF courses are taught in the evening, meeting twice a week.

Programme Structure

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) has a unique curriculum that provides students with advanced, in-depth knowledge across a breadth of electrical engineering topics, while encouraging students to develop a concentrated knowledge base within key areas such as:

  • Signal Processing
  • Embedded Systems
  • Biomedical Systems and Devices
  • Power Systems
  • Device Electronics
  • MEMS
  • CMOS

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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

  • A bachelor’s degree in a STEM field such as Physics, Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering, and have specific coursework or a knowledge base in dc/ac circuit analysis, basic electronics, signal processing, probability and basic programming skills (e.g., MATLAB); or
  • A bachelor’s degree in another STEM field AND completion of the Graduate Certificate in Electrical Engineering Foundations.

Tuition Fee

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    28812 USD/year
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    16521 USD/year
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