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.
All electrical engineering graduate applicants must submit the following materials.
- Application Form
- Application Fee
- Statement of Purpose
This may be included on your application form.
We require one official copy of each previous transcript.
We require three letters of recommendation.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
All applicants are encouraged to submit GRE scores, and they are strongly recommended for any applicant whose GPA is below 3.0, which is our normal lower limit for provisional admission. 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.
Students who do not meet the requirements for direct admission to the program may be admitted “conditionally”: 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.
All applications are submitted online: Apply Online.
More information for international applicants is available through the Office of International Admissions.