MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Deadline for Autumn 2021 is July 15

The Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE) degree at the University of Washington Tacoma was conceived to provide students with a combination of advanced knowledge, hands–on experience, research and applications of theory to support and improve their employment options in the fields of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). The curriculum is built upon the Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and Systems (CES), as well as the Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (EE) at UW Tacoma.

The MSECE emphasizes industry-sought cutting edge knowledge and critical skills in electrical and computer engineering. The curriculum includes courses in advanced computer architecture, advanced digital systems, advanced embedded control systems and signal processing, RF microelectronics, wireless communication, power systems, as well as cryptography and implementation of cryptographic systems. Graduates of this program will be qualified as experts and leaders in most of the electrical and computer engineering fields such as processor design, wireless communication, power systems and security, just to name a few.

The proposed MSECE is in line with the mission of UW Tacoma as it allows students to access higher education while fostering scholarship, research and creativity with the ultimate goal to catalyze the economic and social vitality of the region. Moreover, it paves the way to partnership with the local community interested in solving cutting-edge modern technological problems. While undergraduate degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering provide many opportunities for employment in the engineering field, the MS ECE degree provides access to additional job opportunities in technologically advanced companies and opportunities for career advancement in these companies. The proposed MS ECE program would enable current graduates with an undergraduate degree in electrical and/or computer engineering programs to pursue in-depth studies in subject areas beneficial to industry in Washington State. Examples of Washington state industries that would hire MS ECE graduates include Microsoft, Intel, Boeing, Amazon, HP, F5, Cisco, T-Mobile, Tacoma Power, Peninsula Light, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center.

Job growth in electrical and computer engineering is rooted on an increasing demand for advanced systems and algorithms in a variety of areas such as power systems and smart grids, green economy, electric vehicles, telecommunications, robotics and automation, electronics and signal processing, biomedical instrumentation and bioengineering.

Our MS ECE degree program will be open to students with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or other related fields. Pending UW Board of Regents approval, the MS ECE will start offering classes in Fall 2021.

Students admitted to the MS ECE will select a degree plan in line with their desired areas of specialization in consultation with a faculty advisor.