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The Electrical and Computer Engineering program at the University of Utah offers an opportunity to study online as part of one of the fastest growing programs at the University. The amount of research dollars spent, Ph.D. students enrolled, and faculty hired have grown tremendously over the last several years; leading to nearly 100% of our Ph.D students receiving research funding or financial assistance as well as providing funding for many master's students.

Our graduates go on to high-paying careers with Fortune 500 companies in Utah and around the world and can look forward to many opportunities for success.

At the University of Utah our courses combine traditional online learning – where you study individually at home at your own pace – with interactive learning. Interactive learning increases your engagement with classmates and instructor, as well as with the materials covered. In this manner it improves learning outcomes. Our courses combine the flexibility of online teaching with the advantages and direct engagement of traditional teaching.

Interactive learning comes in a variety of ways:

  • Through group assignments– where you collaborate via email or a discussion forum to answer a problem set.
  • Through contributions to a discussion forum– where you directly respond to previous posts.
  • Through “peer reviews”– where you review and comment upon assignments from other students

Our classes also offer multiple routes to stay connected and get help:

  • Converse directly with the instructor via email.
  • Participate in and guide online discussions.
  • Attend online office hours in discussion threads or on the phone.

Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE)

All of the courses at the University, whether online or on campus, are taught by the same high-quality faculty members. There’s no distinction on your diploma that you completed courses online.

The Online Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering uses a coursework, project, or thesis track.

The coursework track does not contain research or thesis requirements and instead fills the credit requirement with additional coursework. This track is ideal for students pursuing a Master’s degree for the advantage of enrolling in additional upper-level coursework.

The project track provides an opportunity to work on a learning project at work or with a university faculty member. Six credits are given for the project, replacing 6 credits of coursework.

The thesis track provides a deeper opportunity to work with a university faculty member on a research project, that includes writing and defending a research thesis. This provides 10 credits, which replaces 10 credits of coursework. The project and thesis tracks are ideal for a student who would like try an innovative project with a deeper interaction with a faculty mentor.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Coursework Track Requirements

To calculate an estimate of tuition costs please use the University of Utah Tuition Estimator.  Tuition for online courses is based on residency and is the same whether you take an online or on campus course. Online students do pay an additional $60 fee per course to cover the costs of operating online courses.

Please visit University of Utah’s tuition rate schedule for more information about tuition at the University of Utah.

This program qualifies for the U of U employee reduced tuition benefit.

In 2021, computer engineering was ranked the 3rd most valuable college major, while electrical engineering ranked 6th and held the highest median income. 

Visit Indeed and Glassdoor for more information on salaries.

Many graduates have found employment with organizations such as: Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Nvidia, and many others. 

Apply now.

Last Updated: 2/15/24