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Graduate Program

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

The master of science in electrical engineering provides the opportunity for research and education in a wide variety of sub-disciplines, ranging from image and signal processing to nanoscale engineering. We look for students who have a solid undergraduate background in electrical engineering or a related discipline such as computer science, physics, or mathematics.

All applicants to the Master of Science program are required to select a thesis or non-thesis track on the online application. Applicants selecting the non-thesis track are required to indicate if they would like to apply to the coursework non-thesis track or the project-based non-thesis track in their personal statement.

The department also offers a specialized track within the M.S. degree in bioengineering offered by Tufts School of Engineering. The Signals and Systems track educates biotechnology engineers in the analysis and processing of signals with an emphasis on biomedical image processing and image formation, as well as the design, control and synthesis of systems for biotechnology.

Course Requirements

The master of science degree requires ten courses, usually one credit per course, and all courses must be at the 100 level or above. At least eight credits must be from approved courses. Grades in all courses must be B- or better. 

M.S. Non-Thesis Option

Applicants selecting the non-thesis track are required to indicate if they would like to apply to the coursework non-thesis track or the project-based non-thesis track in their personal statement.

Semester 1 (Fall)
5 credits
Semester 2 (Spring)
5 credits
4 credits of course work1 4 credits of course work1
0.5 credit EE Seminar (EE-191) 0.5 credit EE Seminar (EE-191)
0.5 credit elective2 0.5 credit elective2
Tuition3:  
$25,260 tuition $25,260 tuition
  1. Course work may include up to two credits of internship or a one credit master's project. At least a total of six of the credits must be from EE
  2. The elective credit can be used for an internship, a course, or an independent study. 
  3. Non-Thesis M.S. students can continue taking courses for up to three semesters after their first year in order to complete coursework via an $800 per semester continuation fee. Please see the Graduate Admissions website for the most current tuition information.

M.S. Thesis Option

Semester 1 (Fall)
3 credits
Semester 2 (Spring)
3 credits
Semester 3 (Fall)
2 credits
Semester 4 (Spring)
2 credits
2 credits of course work1 2 credits of course work1 1 credit MS Thesis 1 credit MS Thesis
0.5 credit EE Seminar (EE-191) 0.5 credit EE Seminar (EE-191) -- --
0.5 credit EE Independent Study (EE-193) with research group2 0.5 credit EE Independent Study (EE-194) with research group2 1 credit EE Independent Study (EE-193) with research group2 1 credit EE Independent Study (EE-194) with research group2
Tuition3:      
$25,260 tuition $25,260 tuition $800 $800
  1. Course work may include up to two credits of internship. At least a total of six of the credits must be from EE
  2. The research credits may be substituted by additional coursework or external internships at the advisors discretion
  3. Full time Thesis M.S. students have up to five semesters to complete their program via an $800 per semester continuation fee. Please see the Graduate Admissions website for the most current tuition information.

Students should be aware that the scope of a master's thesis is much more involved than a master's project and it is not always possible to complete the work within a tight schedule, or predict in advance how long it might take. We therefore advise that those wishing to write a thesis take an optimistic but cautious strategy. This means starting work on your project/thesis early enough in your studies. One possibility (for those starting in the fall semester and planning to spend two years at Tufts) is to take 5-7 courses in the first two semesters.

Ideally one would seek project/thesis ideas during the second semester and do some background reading and even start actual work in the summer. In this way, a substantial amount of work will already be done during the summer and fall. The final approved thesis or dissertation must be submitted online. Please refer to the graduate student handbook for graduation information and deadlines. 

For students who intend to continue studying towards a Ph.D. this provides an excellent opportunity to identify topics of interest and potential supervisors within the time frame of the master's degree.