Electrical and Computer Engineering

Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Program Intro

This flexible program empowers you to choose from courses in the computer, electrical and industrial engineering fields, including communications, control systems, digital systems, software engineering, power and energy systems and mathematics.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The engineering departments offer a strong interdisciplinary program. All graduate faculty members have Ph.D. degrees from major universities and are active in research.

Curriculum Overview

The student may elect courses in several engineering disciplines or strong options in a few disciplines. Both thesis and non-thesis programs can be arranged.

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Broaden your understanding of engineering with an array of advanced courses

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Sample Courses

  • ECE 50500 – Networking Programming
  • ECE 51200 – Power Systems

Deepen your expertise with advanced projects and coursework.

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Sample Courses

  • ECE 56900 – Introduction To Robotic Systems
  • ECE 57400 – Software Engineering Methodology

Program Requirements

Unconditional Admissions

Undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 or better.

Bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from an institution accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET).

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Your master’s journey at PNW will feature indoor and outdoor laboratory experiences, faculty-supervised research opportunities and small class sizes that promote close relationships with your instructors. You’ll also enjoy opportunities to present thesis work at national and international research conferences, as well as publish peer-reviewed research papers with faculty. You’ll also be able to offset your tuition/fees with graduate teaching assistantships.

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As a graduate of this program, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • Use skills and tools necessary for engineering practice
  • Design and conduct experiments; analyze data
  • Design systems or processes within realistic constraints
  • Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities
  • Understand the impact of engineering in economic, environmental and societal contexts

Beyond the Classroom

We encourage you to get involved with organizations like:

IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

SWE (Society of Women Engineers)

NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers)

Career Paths

Graduates could work in a variety of fields depending on their concentration!

  • Software Developer
  • Systems Software Engineer
  • Computer Hardware Engineer


Our alumni are employed with remarkable companies in the region and across the country, including:

  • Cisco Systems
  • Hewlett Packard
  • National Semiconductor

I am currently a Computer Engineer with the Naval Sea Systems Command Crane Division; I work in modeling and simulating to provide data before any prototypes are created and tested. Wwith the help of my professors, I was able to gain the experience of writing well-written reports and presenting them in front of an audience.

Ulises Morales

I studied as a master student at Purdue University Calumet 2011-2013. Currently, I am a senior software engineer at Apple and an active contributor to Apache Cassandra. The research projects at the graduate school with Dr. Xiaoli Yang and Dr. Charles Tseng helped me gain a deep understanding of software design principles and lots of practical experiences.

Yifan Cai

After I successfully defended my thesis and published, in no time I was having interview calls from tech giants like Apple, Amazon, Bose headphones, Qualcomm and a Ph.D. offer from Arizona State University. I owe my evolution into an engineer with strong research intentions and moral ethics to my mentor and the department of Electrical and Computer Science Engineering.

Vinith Vijayarajan

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