This program is available both campus and online.

As technology evolves at an astounding pace, skilled engineers that can find innovative solutions to emerging problems – both in developing new ideas and improving old ones – will find themselves consistently in-demand in the global marketplace. The Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering is designed with the input of industry leaders and led by expert faculty to help you gain this critical skill-set and lead the way to a promising future.

The program is a perfect fit for working engineers looking to enter a more design-oriented role, playing a central part in the creation and planning phase of new technologies. Through the flexible, customizable curriculum, you’ll have the opportunity to focus your coursework on the areas of engineering that interest you most, from communications and signal processing to advanced computer systems and networks. You can choose to specialize in one of the following areas, completing a focused academic plan that suits your goals:

  • High-performance Computing
  • Digital Signal Processing, Communications, and Control
  • Computer Networks
  • Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence
  • Detection and Estimation
  • Holography and Diffractive Optics
  • Simulation Modeling and Heterogeneous Systems Design
  • Wireless Communications and Networks

Courses can be completed in a 100% online format, with some courses offering live lectures recorded in the classroom and uploaded to the digital learning platform within the day. This connects you directly to the same modern, leading curriculum that defines our traditional, on-campus experience. With the convenience of online learning, you can pursue the program on your own schedule while continuing to work full-time.


To complete the Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, you must satisfy the following requirements. The curriculum allows for a high degree of flexibility, giving you the opportunity to build an individual course of study that suits your academic and professional goals. Every course reflects UA’s high standards of academic rigor, preparing you to design and implement electrical or computer systems that meet specifications and demonstrate mastery of circuitry and electronics.

Before the end of the first semester, you’ll be asked to submit a Draft Plan of Study detailing your intended coursework (see Designing Your Unique Academic Plan section). This plan must comprise 30 units of required graduate coursework (500- or 600-level) and fulfill the following requirements:

  • A maximum of 9 units of non-UA ECE coursework. All non-UA ECE coursework must be pre-approved by the Graduate Studies Committee prior to registration.
  • All requirements for the master’s degree must be completed within 6 years to ensure currency of knowledge. Time-to-degree begins with the earliest course listed on the Plan of Study, including credits transferred from other institutions. Work more than 6 years old is not accepted toward degree requirements.

Additionally, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher must be maintained on all coursework taken.


Ideal candidates for the graduate programs in engineering offered by the University of Arizona will meet the following admissions standards:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in previous academic coursework
  • Graduated from an accredited engineering bachelor’s program or have earned a degree in a related discipline (math, physics)
  • Some courses may also require that students have completed specific prerequisites
  • Specific or additional prerequisites will be required for Mining and Geological Engineering candidates dependent upon their backgrounds in STEM or other disciplines, such as those with an undergraduate degree in geology. Please contact an Admissions Counselor for details.
  • Additionally, courses are available for students who need to strengthen their math skills.
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