MS in Electrical Engineering


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Program Description

The world of power electronics and energy conversion is changing rapidly, creating opportunities for electrical engineers to apply advanced skills to technologies and products driving growth.

The electrical engineering program delivers curriculum to expand your understanding of areas such as modern electric machinery, modeling, control of power electronics, superconductivity, synchronous generation, fuel cell engineering, photovoltaics and more. You’ll also learn how to put your knowledge to work so you can make an immediate and long term impact in your field.

This program is designed for:

  • Electrical engineers seeking to advance their knowledge and careers.
  • Working professionals and recent graduates.
  • Students interested in expanding their knowledge and applying the latest technologies in growing industries in the region and around the world.

With evening courses and part-time study, this program offers the only engineering program in the capital region designed to meet the needs of working professionals. You’ll learn and network with other professionals who are seeking to advance their knowledge and become leaders in their fields. Coursework is also well-matched to recent graduates who want to benefit from learning alongside experienced professionals.



MS in Electrical Engineering Main Campus

This program consists of 30 credit hours, with a major portion of the course credit hours being spent learning from electrical and computer engineering faculty. 

Students interested in the following should explore our Main Campus MS:

  • Research Facilities.
  • Research/Teaching Assistantships.
  • On-site Laboratories.
  • Faculty Mentor Programs.
  • University-run Housing.
  • Full Scholarships.


  • Concentration in Power
  • Concentration in Communications and Signal Processing
  • Concentration in Data Communications and Networks

Degree Requirements

  • 30 credit hours
  • 18 credit hours of graduate coursework (500-600 level courses)
  • A majority or portion (more than 50%) of the course work will be in the ECE department
  • 2 credit hours of seminar work
  • Maximum of 10 credit hours transfer credit (grade of B or better)
  • A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Science degree will be examined by a committee of at least three Clarkson faculty members. All students must defend it orally to the committee.

  • All candidates must satisfactorily complete one of the research or professional experience components listed below.
    • A written thesis based on independent research
    • A comprehensive examination
    • An appropriate, professional-oriented special project

  • The electrical engineering courses fall into the following general categories (the catalog contains helpful course descriptions):
    • power/energy conversion
    • power systems
    • controls
    • energy
    • communications and signal processing
    • data communications and networks
    • computer hardware
    • software engineering
    • biomedical engineering
    • biometrics
    • cybersecurity
    • special interest areas

Sample Courses

  • Digital Design
  • Linear Control Systems
  • Electronic Power Conversion
  • Modeling & Control of Energy Conversion
  • Introduction to Antenna Theory
  • Data Communications and Networks
  • Digital Circuits
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Stochastic Processes in Engineering
  • Introduction to Biometrics
  • Detection and Estimation Theory
  • Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Adaptive Signal Processing
  • Cloud Systems and Networks

MS in Electrical Engineering Capital Region Campus

This program consists of 30 credit hours, with a major portion of the credit hours being spent learning from electrical and computer engineering faculty. Students usually complete this program within one and a half to two years for full-time students and two and a half to three years for part-time students.

The Clarkson University Capital Region Campus (CRC) in Schenectady, NY is a satellite campus for Clarkson University. The CRC caters to the working engineering professional, offering:

  • Evening On-site Courses.
  • A Professional Setting.
  • Outstanding Faculty who are adjuncts and professionals from within the industry.
  • Merit Scholarships.

Degree Requirements

  • 30 credits of course work
  • MS Graduate Project EE 699

The MSEE requires a total of ten courses. Each student’s program should include at least seven electrical engineering courses and up to three electives. The remaining courses are selected from engineering (mechanical or electrical), computer science, MBA program, or from the Business of Energy Program. Not all courses from these areas are satisfactory selections; therefore all course selections must be approved by the graduate advisor before course registration. Each student must submit a program plan of study (to be approved by the advisor) before completion of the first course taken for graduate credit.

Students complete the degree by taking ten courses and the MS Graduate Project in Electrical Engineering. An option of replacing one or two courses with independent research conducted in the form of a Master’s Project (one or two courses) or a thesis (two courses) requires departmental (Associate Dean) approval prior to beginning the program (these opportunities are limited). Students not completing a Master’s Project, thesis or independent study are required to complete an MS Graduate Project in Electrical Engineering. This is a non-credit, no-fee project that serves as the culminating experience of the MS in Electrical Engineering degree.


Career Opportunities

Our dean and advisors work closely with you to understand your career goals and develop study plans that enable you to achieve them. As you browse our offerings in electrical engineering, you’ll find courses well-matched to your interests, whether you want to gain deeper insights into a particular technology or broaden your knowledge of an industry.

General Admission Requirements

Students must have a BS in electrical engineering or equivalent field.

A complete application file consists of the following items (click for more information):

  • Application form.
  • Resume and statement of purpose.
  • Letters of recommendation — three letters required.
  • Official transcripts.
  • Test scores — GRE* and TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable).

*GRE may be waived for some applicants to the Potsdam based MS. GRE is not required for applicants to the Capital Region Campus based MS.

Supplemental information may be submitted if desired; this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.

Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

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