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Electrical Engineering

Master of Science

The Department of Electrical Engineering requires a candidate to complete within a 7-year period an approved program of study consisting of at least 30 semester hours, maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. There is no specific curriculum for the MS degree except for a breadth requirement, and the student, with the assistance of his/her Advisory Committee, is free to choose that combination of courses. Skill-based programming language courses will not count toward the total graduate credits needed for the master of science degree. Students must see their graduate or master’s thesis advisor to register for any course outside the CU Denver Electrical Engineering Department, which is to count toward their master of science of electrical engineering credit requirements.

The program offers two plans: Plan One, Master's Thesis, and Plan Two, Course Only Track. In each plan, the student must complete 30 graduate credit hours. To satisfy the breadth requirement, the student is required to take two courses outside the area of specialization. A minimum of 21 credit hours must be from CU Denver Electrical Engineering Department. Students in the master of science program may take one (1) independent study course for a maximum of 3 credit hours toward their degree.

  • The Master’s Thesis Plan requires a minimum of 24 credit hours of graduate course work and 6 credits of supervised research work culminating in a published MS Thesis.
  • The Course Only Plan requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate course work plus mandatory enrollment for one semester in a 0 credit seminar course. 

New for Spring 2019

Pay in-state tuition through the Western Regional Graduate Program! The master of science in electrical engineering is now part of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), which allows graduate students who are residents of the WICHE member states* to enroll in a participating WRGP progam and pay Colorado in-state tuition.
*WICHE member states and U.S. territories include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming


All electrical engineering graduate applicants must submit the following materials.

  1. Application Form
  2. Application Fee
  3. Statement of Purpose
    This may be included on your application form.
  4. Transcripts
    We require one official copy of each previous transcript. E-transcripts should be sent to the Graduate School at
  5. References
    We require three letters of recommendation.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Applicants must submit evidence of adequate preparation for graduate study by either (a) submitting official GRE scores, or (b) documenting an earned bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher from an institution accredited by a U.S. accreditation body, or an earned master’s degree with a GPA of 3.50 or higher from an institution accredited by a U.S. accreditation body.

Use Institution Code 4875, Department Code 1203 to submit scores directly. Self reported GRE scores without any documentation from ETS are not taken into consideration by the admissions committee.

Provisional Admission

Students who do not meet the requirements for direct admission to the program may be admitted “provisionally”: that is, they may be required to take or repeat certain undergraduate courses at CU Denver before their admission to the graduate program is official.

Application Deadlines

Applicants must make arrangements to ensure all their materials (including transcripts, references, and any required test scores) have been received by the relevant deadlines below. If there are outstanding materials, the application is considered incomplete and will be deferred.

Fall semester
International students: April 15
Domestic Students: May 1

Spring semester
International students: September 15
Domestic students: October 1

Applications received after the deadline will be processed for the following semester.


For master's program specifics, download the EE Graduate Program Guide.

All applications are submitted online:  Apply Online. Send all supporting application materials to the Graduate School at the following address:


Graduate School
Campus Box 163
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364


Graduate School
1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 1251
Denver, CO 80204

Contact Email:​
Phone: 303-315-2179

More information for international applicants is available through the Office of International Admissions.