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.
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|
|University of California, Davis||MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering||In-state: $11,442|
|University of California, Los Angeles||MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering|
MS in Electrical Engineering
|University of Southern California||MS in Electrical Engineering|
MS in Electrical Engineering/Engineering Management
|California State University, Long Beach||MS in Electrical Engineering|
Master of Science in Engineering (interdisciplinary)
|University of California, Irvine||MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering|
Master of Engineering
MS in Engineering Management
Master of Embedded and Cyber-Physical Systems
|San Jose State University||MS in Electrical Engineering||In-state: $7,176|
|California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo||MS in Electrical Engineering||In-state: $7,176|
|California Institute of Technology||MS in Electrical Engineering||$50,487|
|California State University, Northridge||MS in Electrical Engineering||In-state: $7,176|
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.