Electrical Engineering


The Electrical 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, in turn, to nearly 100% of our Ph.D students receiving research funding or financial assistance as well as providing funding for many Masters 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.
    • Instructors are available in “real” office hours for students on or near campus; and (for some courses) we offer (voluntary) Q&A sessions in a classroom.
  • 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 Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering has three tracks to match a student’s various career and professional goals. Students admitted to the M.S. Program must choose one track to complete for graduation:


      The coursework option 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.

      Electrical Engineering Track Requirements


      The project option fulfills some credits for the degree requirement through a research project of the student’s own design. The project must be approved by faculty advisers, submitted in a formal report, and be presented publicly to an audience of peers and instructors. This track is ideal for students who want to perform an in-depth research project without writing and defending an entire thesis.

      Electrical Engineering Track Requirements


      The thesis option is the most traditional Master’s degree track in which a student will perform research, develop and write a thesis, and defend their ideas in a dissertation. This track is ideal for students wishing to continue for a Ph.D. degree.

      Electrical Engineering Track Requirements

  • Graduates from the ECE program can typically expect to earn a starting salary of $67,000 – $70,000 per year. Many graduates have found employment with Fortune 500 companies and other organizations such as:  Qualcomm, Skull Candy, General Motors, L-3 Communication Systems, Google, The United States Department of Defense, Microsoft, and many others. 

  • For more information on applying to the MSECE program visit the program website.  

  • The tuition rate for resident and non-resident students for the MSECE program is roughly $10,258 per semester for a 12 credit hour load.  This is an estimated rate based on the Spring 2017 tuition fee & schedule. For more information visit the visit the University Financial and Business Services website.

    Note: During a single semester, your courses must be either online or on campus.  You cannot combine course types within a semester.  

Online MSECE Application Deadlines

Fall - January 15 (Domestic and International Students)

Spring - October 15 (Domestic Students Only)

Online MSECE Application