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Electrical Engineering

UMD Graduate School

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) combines scholarship and research. The program is oriented towards students and engineering practitioners in the private and public sectors interested in advanced coursework and applied research.

Admission and Application Requirements

Students wishing to major in electrical and computer engineering at the master's level must:

  • Complete an undergraduate degree in electrical, computer, electrical engineering, or a related discipline with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation concerning the student’s readiness for graduate education and academic abilities.
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, TOEFL scores must meet minimum required levels.
  • Taking the GRE is recommended but not required.

Degree Requirements

The master's degree requires at least 31 credits. It is offered under two plans, Plans A and B. Plan A involves writing a thesis and Plan B involves additional coursework and a project in lieu of the thesis. Plan A requires 10 thesis credits and 21 coursework credits, and Plan B requires 1-3 project credits and the remaining coursework credits. At least 6 coursework credits in both plans should be completed from a non-ECE but related field. 

Deadlines and Dates

Application deadline:
Fall semester: July 15
Spring semester: November 1

International students are encouraged to apply much earlier to allow sufficient time for issuing the I-20 and obtaining the visa.

Financial Aid

The EE department offers a limited number of research or teaching assistantships that may be available for full-time students on a merit basis. All students who are admitted are considered for financial aid and are not required to submit a separate application; however, students are encouraged to apply before April for the fall semester and before October for the spring semester if they want to be considered for financial assistance.

Areas of Specializations

The EE department has active research programs in four major research areas that include:

  • Communications and signal processing
  • Medical instrumentation and control systems
  • VLSI and microelectronics
  • Intelligent transportation systems

Contact Information

Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth, 271 Marshall W. Alworth Hall, 1023 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812 (218.726.6743; fax 218.726.7267;http://www.d.umn.edu/ee/).

Director of Graduate Studies: Stanley Burns,sburns@d.umn.edu, 218.726.7506

Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies: Shey Peterson, speters1@d.umn.edu, 218.726.6830

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