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University of Colorado Boulder

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

University of Colorado Boulder via Coursera


The only top 5 ranked online electrical engineering graduate program with no application.

*Optimal’s Guide to Online School, 2020 Best Online Master's in Electrical Engineering Degrees in the U.S.

Start your education journey today by pursuing electrical engineering courses, a graduate certificate, or a master’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. With performance-based admission, there is no application process—simply prove you can do the work. You’ll also benefit from short stackable courses, and pay-as-you-go tuition.

Interested in earning a full master’s degree?

Complete a series of for-credit courses in a “Pathway Specialization” maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better to be admitted into the degree program. Combine the credits earned from the Pathway Specialization with additional for-credit courses totalling 30 credit hours. Upon completion of these credits with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, you will be awarded an official University of Colorado Boulder Master of Science in Electrical Engineering diploma. There will be no designations on the official transcript or diploma indicating that this is an online program.

Interested in earning a graduate certificate?

Complete the designated for-credit course sequence with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. An official University of Colorado Boulder graduate certificate will be awarded upon successful completion. There will be no designations on the official transcript or certificate indicating that this is an online program.

Want to take individual courses to build your professional skills?

Enroll in for-credit graduate-level courses to increase your knowledge and gain new electrical engineering skills. To get started, complete the enrollment form and pay the tuition. Enhance your resume with completed courses and apply what you’ve learned immediately.

What makes this program unique? Benefit from a flexible and rigorous graduate program.

With performance-based admission, no application is required to get started. Once you start taking courses you can continue to build and stack credentials with pay-as-you-go tuition. Design your own course of study by taking short courses of 0.6 - 1.2 credits each to earn a certificate or completing your choice of 30-credit hours for the master’s degree.

Get started today with a customizable curriculum.

You are in charge of your learning journey. Customize your learning experience based on your professional goals by choosing from a selection of over 30 courses. New offerings are regularly added to the program to keep up with the fast-paced engineering industry.

Grow your career by learning from world-class industry experts.

Learn from world-class electrical engineering faculty including Dr. Robert Erickson, author of the leading textbook on power electronics. Gain foundational knowledge and applied skills as well as learn the latest technological developments in embedded systems, power electronics, photonics, and more. Connect with course facilitators in real-time through office hours.



The MS-EE program and curriculum is built for flexibility. Choose from over 30 four-to-six week elective courses grouped into six focus areas:

Power Electronics

Power electronics is a key enabling technology in essentially all electronic systems and is increasingly important in the grid interface of renewable energy sources and in efficient electrical loads. The necessity for power electronics technology in these rapidly expanding areas creates an increasing need for design engineers equipped with knowledge and skills to actively participate in multidisciplinary teams.

The MS-EE on Coursera's power curriculum addresses this demand for skilled power electronics design engineers, covering switching power supplies, DC-DC converters, inverters, power factor correction converters and LED lighting drivers. The power electronics curriculum emphasizes fundamentals and application in the power electronics field. This domain competency applies to end markets such as power management, portable power, computer systems, medical applications, spacecraft power systems, the automotive industry, renewable energy and the utilities.

Embedded Systems

Embedded system engineering is used in industries such as aerospace and defense, energy, industrial automation, health care, networking and communication, security, transportation and more. Embedded systems also drive the Internet of Things (IoT), enabling countless human-to-machine and machine-to-machine applications including home automation, security and more.

The MS-EE on Coursera's Embedded Systems Engineering curriculum covers essential embedded technologies, synthesizes foundational principles, and directly applies them to current tools and trends. It is structured to provide you with a broad, versatile and highly competitive skill set. We emphasize practical, project-based learning across hardware and embedded software design that addresses numerous end markets, as well as multiple semiconductor technologies including sensors, controllers, programmable devices, and development tools.

Photonics and Optics

LEDs will light households powered by photovoltaic panels and filled with displays and cameras communicating by optical fiber to distant owners wearing virtual reality glasses. Laser 3D printing will transform manufacturing. New microscopes and telescopes will peer into the depths of living cells and distant galaxies.

The MS-EE on Coursera's photonics curriculum provides a firm theoretical foundation on the generation, modulation, radiative or guided transmission, sensing, and detection of optical signals. It also covers optical telecommunications, medical instrumentation, photovoltaic power generation, information processing, optical instruments, and environmental sensing. While some of these industries are mature, photonics continues to grow into new industries such as LED lighting and on-chip silicon photonics for multi-core CPUs.

Controls and Communications (not live yet)

The MS-EE on Coursera curriculum in digital communications helps lay the foundation for this wireless world. These courses prepare you for a career in reliable and high-speed data communications and data learning. Control techniques are used whenever a quantity (like speed, temperature or force, for instance) must be made to behave in some desirable way over time. In the modern world, the rapid evolution of technological demands imposes extremely challenging and widely varying control problems—problems we want to help you prepare to solve. The MS-EE controls curriculum explores topics such as developing controllers for aircraft, spacecraft, information storage systems, human-machine interfaces, manufacturing processes and power systems.

Electromagnetics, RF, Microwaves, and Remote Sensing (not live yet)

The electromagnetics, RF, microwaves and remote sensing curriculum in the MS-EE on Coursera invites you to explore an exciting electrical engineering field that engages topics such as active circuits and antennas for communications and radar, theoretical and numerical techniques for analysis of high-frequency circuits and antennas, RF photonics, artificial electromagnetic materials, and electromagnetic remote sensing.

Computer Engineering (not live yet)

Computer engineering encompasses a wide range of topics surrounding this interaction between hardware and software. Computer engineers of the future will be versatile full-stack developers, comfortable with understanding the technical depths of software development while also possessing a wide knowledge of the underlying hardware implementations. The MS-EE on Coursera curriculum in computer engineering emphasizes computer-aided verification and synthesis.


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