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M.S. Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering involves the application of electrical phenomena for the benefit of society. Electrical engineers design and use circuits and systems for computers, instruments, communication devices, and power conversion equipment.

For further information about graduate degree requirements, please refer to the and the University Catalog Information page.

General M.S. requirements apply, except that the department requires at least 24 credits of course work in addition to a thesis. The master's program may provide advanced preparation for professional practice, or it may serve as the first step in graduate study leading to the Ph.D. degree.

Specific courses to be taken for the program are not prescribed by the faculty. Students, with the assistance of their major professor, prepare their own program as soon as possible during their first semester, and submit it to the faculty for approval.

At least 18 credits in electrical engineering courses numbered 500 or above.

  • Two or more electrical engineering courses numbered above 500 in a given area for depth.
  • At least one course in each of two areas (outside the areas selected under item 2) to provide breadth.
  • Enrollment in ECE 591, Electrical Engineering Research Colloquium, during each semester of on-campus enrollment.


Graduates of the Master of Science Program in Electrical Engineering will demonstrate:

  1. An in-depth knowledge of the degree subject matter, integrating and building upon the foundation provided by a relevant undergraduate degree;
  2. The ability to do original research and to appropriately and accurately analyze the results;
  3. The ability to communicate professional work in an appropriate format; and
  4. An understanding of their responsibility to enhance the quality of life of the global community through the practice of engineering in accordance with the IEEE Code of Ethics.

Assessment Process

Every student is required to write a thesis and give a final thesis defense presentation at the end of their degree program.

The student's graduate committee will follow an outcomes assessment rubric through a combination of guided discussion with the degree candidate and in discussion as a committee. The committee will submit a report to the ECE graduate committee, who will perform an assessment of these results and report to the ECE faculty. The ECE faculty will follow up on ways to close the loop to improve the program.

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Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Idaho
111 Perimeter Drive MS 1023
Moscow, ID 11111-1023

Phone: 111-111-6554

Fax: 111-111-7579

Email: [email protected]