MS in Electrical Engineering

University of Colorado Boulder - Graduate Distance Education

Online Boulder, CO Public Regional Accreditation

Program at a Glance

Electrical And Electronics Engineering Computer Engineering Electrical And Electronic Engineering Technologies Related
Yes 100% online
$835 Per credit hour for tuition
30 credit hours required for graduation
total estimated cost
Yes transfer credits accepted
100% flexible class times
16 weeks average course length
No minimum
min. completion time


Online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is the flagship campus of the University of Colorado system and is globally recognized for its world-class research and a faculty that includes numerous Nobel Prize laureates. An innovator and leader in the distance education field for more than 45 years, CU Boulder connects students to its campus from anywhere in the world anytime through its distance education delivery platform.

The distance education platform gives students access to a variety of graduate programs, including masters degrees, certificates, and individual courses, allowing CU Boulder online distance education students to earn the same degrees and have the same resources as on-campus students.

Master of Science (MS) in Electrical Engineering overview

With a highly regarded faculty and $13.4 million awarded in new contract and grant funding in fiscal year 2017, the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering is the perfect place to take your education to the next level.

This program offers several degree options tailored to both working engineers looking to advance their careers and to those looking to pursue a career in academia.

Focus areas

Embedded Systems: Provides students with a comprehensive education in the growing field of embedded computing. Students gain hands-on experience in communication protocols controlling, human interface and display memory, and electromechanical emerging technologies, positioning our students for success in this developing industry. Students learn the necessary skills to enter advanced careers working in aerospace and defense, energy, industrial automation, and medical, networking, security and transportation industries.

Photonics:  Provides students with a comprehensive education in computer-aided photonics design. Our program is led by a board of industry leaders who are highly involved in developing curriculum and helping students find employment in the industry. Students gain hands-on experience in our laboratories, where they can test their projects and ideas. Upon graduation, students are equipped to solve critical engineering challenges, including work in the health, environment, energy and computer interface industries.

Power Electronics: Provides students with fundamental knowledge and hands-on experience in the field of power electronics. The rapidly evolving nature of the industry has created a constant demand for well-informed and up-to-date experts in the field of power electronics. Students gain hands-on experience in electromechanical emerging technologies, system control, power conversion circuits and electrical vehicle technologies, positioning our students for success in their careers.

Electrical Engineering Curriculum

Master's degree requires 30 credit hours of completion.

Course delivery

All students have automatic access to online course lectures (streaming or downloading) beginning the first day until the last day of the semester. Recorded lectures are uploaded to the portal within 24 hours after the lecture has been taught on campus. Students have the option to participate live from a distance in the real-time classroom experience and/or view the lectures asynchronously as it fits their schedule.

Library Courses, those that have been recorded in previous semesters, are available to take for academic credit with the instructor's approval. Online students have options to take courses
synchronously with the live class, or asynchronously at their leisure.

World-class faculty

CU Boulder faculty includes five Nobel laureates (four in physics and one in chemistry), eight MacArthur "Genius Grant" fellows, two US Professors of the Year and four National Medal of Science winners. CU Boulder faculty members contributed valuable data to the international climate change report that shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Financial Assistance

CU Boulder offers a variety of financial assistance options for online distance graduate students. These include loans, grants, military and company tuition assistance programs.

Distance Education: Electrical Engineering

Designed for working professionals, the online option allows students to enroll part-time and advance at their own pace. Following the same curriculum provided on campus, students can choose to take courses along with the live class, synchronously or at their leisure over the course of the semester. Coming soon, students will be able to add additional value to their degree through several new specialized certificates online.

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Prerequisites & Transfer Credits

Minimum GPA

Out of 4.0

Standardized Tests


requiredfor admission

Transfer Credits Accepted?



Services, Schedule, Reputation, Instructors and Student Info

Services Offered

Online Office Hours
Online Chat
Mobile App
Social Discussion Forums
On-Campus Graduation Ceremony
Digital Textbooks
Online Management of Coursework


100% Online Yes
Minimum Completion Time No minimum
Class Times N/A
Average Course Length 16 Weeks


  • School Type:
  • School Accreditation:
    Regional Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
  • Program Accreditation:

Instructors & Students

  • Instructors:
    Teach both online and on-campus
  • Students:
    Students worldwide


Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    $835 per credit hour
  • Required for Completion
    30 credit hours
  • Total Estimated Cost

Location & Contact

Student Contact

Nicole Simmons -303 735
Graduate Distance Education

Head of Distance Learning

Jennifer Schufer Director, Communication Marketing 303-492 2832 Jennifer.Schufer@Colorado.EDU
Graduate Distance Education Boulder CO 80309


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