Master's Degree Programs in Electrical Engineering in California

This article compares some of the specialization options in electrical engineering master's degree programs across the state of California. There are a great variety of programs with varying tuition rates and entrance requirements. Schools offering Electrical Engineering degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

California State University, Los Angeles

Cal State LA offers a 30-unit Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program. Admitted students can choose to specialize in one of the following concentrations: computers, power, systems engineering, controls, biomedical engineering, or communications.

University of California, Davis

Within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Davis, students can choose between a thesis-based master's degree (for students interested in pursuing a PhD and/or an academic career) or an exam-based master's degree (for students who plan to pursue industry careers). Admitted students benefit from working under faculty members who are conducting research in photonic and electronic devices, computer engineering, integrated circuits and systems, health technologies, information systems, and RF-to-THz electronics and waves.

University of California, Los Angeles

The research-based MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering program at UCLA includes three possible specialization tracks: (1) physical and wave electronics, (2) signals and systems, and (3) circuits and embedded systems. UCLA also offers a 100 percent online master's degree program in electrical engineering with specializations in such areas as telecommunication, embedded computing systems, micro-electromechanical systems, optoelectronics, plasma electronics, and solid-state electronics.

University of Southern California

USC offers a wide variety of Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree programs, including a general MS in Electrical Engineering as well as electrical engineering master's degrees with concentrations in aerospace controls, VLSI design, electric power, and computer networks. There's also a dual MS in Electrical Engineering and MS in Engineering Management. Many of these degree programs are offered online.

California State University, Long Beach

At Cal State Long Beach, students can choose between two degree tracks. The MS in Electrical Engineering program prepares students for professional careers (with specializations in biomedical engineering, communications, control systems & robotics, digital systems and computers, electronics, and power), while the interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering program is designed for students who wish to pursue further research and/or a PhD and offers the opportunity to specialize in controls or microelectronics.

University of California, Irvine

In the Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering program at UCI, students who want to go on to PhD programs can pursue research in optics, communication, signal processing, machine vision, power electronics, or systems engineering. The university also offers professional master's degrees in engineering, engineering management, and embedded/cyber-physical systems.

San Jose State

San Jose State boasts a massive electrical engineering MS program, with more than 20 faculty members. To complete the degree, admitted students can choose between taking a comprehensive exam, completing a capstone hands-on project, or writing a master's thesis.

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

At Cal Poly, MS in Electrical Engineering students must complete courses in and stochastic processes and control systems theory in addition to a graduate seminar and thesis research or a comprehensive exam. Aside from those core requirements, students have the flexibility to choose from a wide range of electrical engineering electives and design a course that helps them meet their academic goals.

California Institute of Technology

Cal Tech offers a competitive one-year Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program. Because the program emphasizes mathematics and physics, prospective students must be able to demonstrate a high level of mastery in college-level mathematics courses.

California State University, Northridge

In the MS in Electrical Engineering program at CSUN, all students complete 30 credits of required coursework that includes calculus, various labs, and linear systems courses. Then they can choose from one of seven concentration tracks: (1) biomedical engineering, (2) communications engineering, (3) control engineering, (4) digital and computer engineering, (5) electronics, solid-state devices, and integrated circuits engineering, (6) microwave and antenna engineering, or (7) power systems engineering.

University Programs Offered Graduate Tuition for Academic Year (2018-2019)*
California State University, Los Angeles MS in Electrical Engineering In-state: $7,176
Out-of-state: $16,680
University of California, Davis MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering In-state: $11,442
Out-of-state: $26,544
University of California, Los Angeles MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering
MS in Electrical Engineering
In-state: $11,442
Out-of-state: $26,544
University of Southern California MS in Electrical Engineering
MS in Electrical Engineering/Engineering Management
$44,712
California State University, Long Beach MS in Electrical Engineering
Master of Science in Engineering (interdisciplinary)
In-state: $7,176
Out-of-state: $16,680
University of California, IrvineMS in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Master of Engineering
MS in Engineering Management
Master of Embedded and Cyber-Physical Systems
In-state: $11,442
Out-of-state: $26,544
San Jose State University MS in Electrical Engineering In-state: $7,176
Out-of-state: $16,680
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo MS in Electrical Engineering In-state: $7,176
Out-of-state: $16,680
California Institute of Technology MS in Electrical Engineering$50,487
California State University, Northridge MS in Electrical Engineering In-state: $7,176
Out-of-state: $16,680

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Application Requirements for an Electrical Engineering Master's Degree Program in California

To apply to a master's degree program in electrical engineering, students should have a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or a related field (like computer engineering, physics, or math). Some programs do not require GRE test scores, while other programs have a minimum test score requirement. Competitive programs may also have a minimum undergraduate GPA requirement. Applicants must send in their transcripts, resume, letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose essay.

Universities across the state of California offer electrical engineering master's degree programs that can include specialties ranging from control systems to biomedical engineering. Students with a bachelor's degree and a strong background in math or a technical field can gain entry to these programs.

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