2019 Best Online Master's in Electrical Engineering Programs

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This list represents the colleges that offer the best online master's degrees in electrical engineering, based on the reported median salary of graduates and tuition costs. Washington State University, ranked 21 out of 24, has the lowest tuition of any school on the list at $8,730 per year. The highest reported alumni median salary, $132,700, goes to #1-ranked Columbia University in the City of New York.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 Columbia University in the City of New York $30,270 $132,700
#2 #2 Texas A&M University-College Station $21,632 $131,300
#3 #3 Stanford University $20,280 $127,320
#4 #4 Worcester Polytechnic Institute $22,695 $121,600
#5 #5 Illinois Institute of Technology $24,480 $121,800
#6 #6 University of Colorado Boulder $30,420 $120,900
#7 #7 Purdue University - Main Campus $19,530 $116,800
#8 #8 Georgia Institute of Technology $16,300 $115,420
#9 #9 The University of Texas at Austin $22,500 $114,400
#10 #10 University of California - Los Angeles $15,451 $112,880
#11 #11 University of Houston $18,000 $113,100
#12 #12 Arizona State University $13,860 $112,000
#13 #13 Colorado State University-Fort Collins $10,275 $111,200
#14 #14 The University of Texas at Arlington $16,120 $110,900
#15 #15 Drexel University $29,095 $112,100
#16 #16 Iowa State University $9,405 $109,100
#17 #17 Missouri University of Science and Technology $18,000 $105,700
#18 #18 North Carolina State University $18,675 $104,800
#19 #19 Oklahoma State University-Main Campus $16,678 $102,300
#20 #20 University of Southern California $37,427 $105,000
#21 #21 Washington State University $8,730 $99,500
#22 #22 Villanova University $20,925 $99,200
#23 #23 University of Minnesota Digital Campus $20,910 $98,300
#24 #24 Auburn University $14,235 $95,700
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  • Annual Tuition: $30,270
  • Median Salary: $132,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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Columbia University in the City of New York offers an online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering with a number of concentrations, including integrated circuits and systems, wireless and mobile communications, systems biology, and lightwave (photonics) engineering. Students in the integrated circuits and systems program can take courses such as analog electronic circuits, communication circuits, topics in electronic circuits, microwave circuit design, seminar in electronic circuits, and other topics. Students earn their degree by completing 30 credit hours in addition to their bachelor's degree. 

  • Annual Tuition: $21,632
  • Median Salary: $131,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Texas A&M University-College Station is currently offering a Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering that can be completed online. In order to receive their degree, students must complete a total of 30 credit hours, with 30 of these credits accepted from another college. There are many specialties within the degree, including analog and mixed signal, biomedical imaging, sensing and genomic signal processing, device science and nanotechnology, and information science and systems, among many other compelling courses. 

  • Annual Tuition: $20,280
  • Median Salary: $127,320
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
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Stanford University currently offers an online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering that is sure to interest a wide range of distance learners. This graduate degree requires a total of 45 credit hours, and it takes most part-time students three to five years to complete. The majority of students opt to take one to two classes per semester, though the program can be tailored to fit individual needs, including the option of summer courses.

  • Annual Tuition: $22,695
  • Median Salary: $121,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NECHE
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers an online Master of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering with concentrations in a number of interesting disciplines, including but not limited to power systems engineering, robotics engineering, digital systems design, and analog/RF design. Courses for this major include digital signal processing, principles of detection and estimation theory, modeling and synthesis of digital systems using Verilog, digital systems testing and testable design, and power electronics, among many other options. In order to be accepted into the program, students must have a BS in electrical engineering or electrical and computer engineering. 

  • Annual Tuition: $24,480
  • Median Salary: $121,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago offers 3 online graduate degrees in electrical engineering: a Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, and a Master of VLSI and Microelectronics. Students can take courses such as Telecommunication Networks: Requirements to Deployment, Signal and Data Compression with Embedded Systems, Embedded Digital Systems for Time-Frequency Distribution, Signal Modeling, and Estimation, and Synchrophasors for Power System Monitoring and Control, as well as other courses. 

  • Annual Tuition: $30,420
  • Median Salary: $120,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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The University of Colorado Boulder offers a number of graduate degrees in electrical engineering. Degrees include a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Professional Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Professional Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Embedded Systems Engineering, and a Professional Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Systems. In order to graduate, students must complete a total of 30 credit hours, including at least 18 hours in ECEN courses. 

  • Annual Tuition: $19,530
  • Median Salary: $116,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Purdue University - Main Campus offers both a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE), and an Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering (MSE/MS) with a concentration in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Students enrolled in this program can take courses such as Communications & Networking, Microelectronics & Nanotechnology, VLSI & Circuit Design, and Energy Sources & Systems. This program requires that students complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, and can be completed in one calendar year if students enroll in fall, spring and summer sessions consecutively.

  • Annual Tuition: $16,300
  • Median Salary: $115,420
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Georgia Institute of Technology offers a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Students in this program can take courses including Numerical Linear Algebra, Computational Data Analysis, Spatial Array Processing, Theory of Electronic Devices, and Statistic Machine Learning. These programs are designed for working adults, allowing distance learners to plan their coursework around busy schedules. Most online students enroll in 2 courses per term, and expect to spend 18-20 hours on coursework per week.

  • Annual Tuition: $22,500
  • Median Salary: $114,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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The University of Texas at Austin offers a Master of Science in Engineering-Electrical and Computer Engineering. There are 9 academic tracks that students can choose from in this program, including but not limited to integrated circuits & systems, software engineering & systems, biomedical engineering, electromagnetics & acoustics, and plasma/quantum electronics & optics. The school currently has 3 program options: thesis, report, or no thesis and no report, which means that the student would only have to complete coursework while at UT. 

  • Annual Tuition: $15,451
  • Median Salary: $112,880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
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The University of California - Los Angeles offers 4 graduate degrees in electrical engineering: a Master of Science in Engineering - Electrical Engineering, a Master of Science in Engineering - Electronic Materials, a Master of Science in Engineering - Integrated Circuits, and a Master of Science in Engineering - Signal Processing and Communications. In order to graduate, students must complete a total of 36 credit hours, 5 of which must come from 200-level graduate school courses. 

  • Annual Tuition: $18,000
  • Median Salary: $113,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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The University of Houston currently offers distance learners a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering-Power and Energy Systems. Students will gain leadership skills, as well as foundational knowledge geared toward making them strong candidates for highly skilled professional positions. Applications require GRE scores, and in order to graduate students must retain a graduate GPA of 3.0 and complete 36 total hours of coursework. Each of the courses in the Electrical Engineering program are priced at $485 per credit hour.

  • Annual Tuition: $13,860
  • Median Salary: $112,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Arizona State University offers both an online MBA/MSE in Electrical Engineering and an online Master of Science in Engineering-Electrical Engineering. Students in the MBA/Engineering program must complete a total of 56 credit hours in order to graduate, which generally takes online students three years to complete. Students must complete 18 total classes in order to graduate, with each class taking 7.5 weeks to complete. Both resident and non-resident tuition is currently priced at $16,830 per year, making ASU a viable option for a number of online learners. 

  • Annual Tuition: $10,275
  • Median Salary: $111,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Colorado State University-Fort Collins offers two online graduate options in electrical engineering: a Master of Engineering-Electrical Engineering, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. In order to graduate, students must complete a total of 30 credit hours, with each credit costing $685. Students in either of these programs can take courses including Advanced Accelerator Engineering, Machine Learning and Adaptive Systems, Energy Networks and Power Distribution Grids, and Thin Film Growth, among other topics.

  • Annual Tuition: $16,120
  • Median Salary: $110,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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The University of Texas at Arlington offers a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering for distance learners. There are three tracks in this program: control systems, digital signal processing, and solid state devices and circuits. In order to graduate, students must complete 12 courses, or 36 total credit hours. In addition to the requirements and required courses in their specific field, students must take three courses outside of their specialization and three technical proficiency courses in order to graduate.

  • Annual Tuition: $29,095
  • Median Salary: $112,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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Drexel University offers a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. Graduation from this program requires that students complete a total of 45 credits; 21 credits from electrical engineering courses, 9 credits from general engineering courses, and 15 elective credits. Elective courses can be selected from graduate courses offered by a number of programs including The Department of Electrical Engineering, The School of Biomedical Science, Engineering and Health Systems, and The Department of Mathematics. A Thesis is not required for graduation, but students interested in pursing a Ph.D., or research-intensive career are encouraged to complete a Master's Thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,405
  • Median Salary: $109,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Iowa State University has a number of options for distance learners who are interested in earning a graduate degree in electrical engineering. They offer a Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering - Communications and Signal Processing, a Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering - Electric Power and Energy Systems, a Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering - Electromagnetics Microwave and Nondestructive Evaluation, and a Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering - Systems and Controls. During the 2016-2017 school year, ISU granted more than $740,000 in scholarships, and 80% of graduates reported successful job placement.

  • Annual Tuition: $18,000
  • Median Salary: $105,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Missouri University of Science and Technology, located in Rolla, MO, offers a number of graduate online degrees for distance learners. All degrees are considered a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree, and include specializations like Communications and Signal Processing, Devices and Optics, and Electromagnetics, and Control Systems. In order to apply, students must have a bachelor's degree in a related field with a GPA of at least 3.3 from an accredited university and GRE scores. 

  • Annual Tuition: $18,675
  • Median Salary: $104,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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North Carolina State University currently offers a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering entirely online. In order to apply, students must have a bachelor's degree in computer or electrical engineering from an accredited university, an undergraduate GPA of 3.25, three letters of recommendation, and GRE scores. In order to graduate from the program, students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours and maintain a GPA of 3.0 throughout the program. 

  • Annual Tuition: $16,678
  • Median Salary: $102,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Oklahoma State University-Main Campus, located in Stillwater, OK, offers two graduate degrees in electrical engineering: a Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA from an accredited BSEE program, and graduation requires a minimum of 33 credit hours, including 21 hours from graduate level courses, six credits from approved additional courses, three credits from technical electives, and three credits from creative component courses. Students can take courses including Leadership Strategies for Technical Professionals, Planning Technical Projects, Special Problems Loss Control, and Lean Sigma Implementation. All active duty military students receive in-state tuition.

  • Annual Tuition: $37,427
  • Median Salary: $105,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
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The University of Southern California offers a number of graduate degrees for students who are seeking online electrical engineering programs. These are all Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degrees with concentrations in subjects including but not limited to Computer Engineering, Computer Networks, Electrical Power, and Multimedia and Creative Technologies. Students in these programs can take courses in Design and Analysis of Computer Communication Networks, Broadband Network Architectures, Advanced Operating Systems, and Net-Centric Power-System Control, among other courses. 

  • Annual Tuition: $8,730
  • Median Salary: $99,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
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Washington State University in Pullman, WA offers an Electrical Power Engineering Professional Science Master’s degree for distance learners interested in a comprehensive online education. Students in this program can take courses including Constraints Management, Technical Decision Analysis, Managing Variability and Statistics, High Voltage Engineering, 
and Power System Stability and Control. To receive their degree, students must complete a total of 30 credit hours, including a three-credit-hour internship. 

  • Annual Tuition: $20,925
  • Median Salary: $99,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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Students in Villanova University's graduate electrical engineering program can choose from a number of degrees, including but not limited to a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Microelectronics and VLSI, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Microwave, Antenna, and Photonic Systems (MAPS), and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Signal Processing and Communications. Full-time distance learners can earn their degree in two years by enrolling in two to three classes per semester, and part-time students can complete their degree in three years by taking one course per semester. 

  • Annual Tuition: $20,910
  • Median Salary: $98,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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University of Minnesota Digital Campus offers a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. The Department of Electrical Engineering focuses on a number of topics, including solid state and physical electronics; sputtering, noise and fluctuation phenomena; and quantum electronics. There are two options for completing this degree: the first option requires a thesis, 20 credit hours of coursework and 10 hours of thesis credits; the second option requires 30 credit hours of coursework, an oral presentation, and a written report. Courses for this degree are currently priced at $1,422.00 per credit. 

  • Annual Tuition: $14,235
  • Median Salary: $95,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Auburn University in Alabama offers an online Master of Electrical Engineering degree through the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. In order to be accepted, students must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university, as well as recent GRE scores. The online version of this degree does not require a thesis, but does require students to complete graduate courses approved by either the Graduate Program Officer or a major professor at the university. 

Online Master's in Electrical Engineering Overview

Program Requirements

The degree takes two years to complete and requires that applicants have an accredited bachelor's degree in electrical or electronics engineering. Students complete between 12 and 20 courses, depending on the scope of the program; some degrees also require a thesis.

Curriculum

Students in the master's program study advanced applications of circuitry and currents. Common courses discuss electrical design, product development, and management skills and techniques. Many graduate programs in electrical engineering require students to write a master's thesis or complete a culminating project. This project demonstrates a student's mastery of a very specific subject, and most people spend at least one semester working extensively on their project.

With a master's degree in electrical engineering, graduates are prepared for management roles in engineering settings. Engineering services, instruments manufacturing, electric power generation, semiconductor manufacturing, and scientific research and development are industries employing large numbers of electrical engineers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, electrical engineers will find the best job opportunities with engineering services firms. Electrical engineers who want to further improve their job prospects can earn a Professional Engineer license (BLS).

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