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Master of Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering Degree Program Overview

There is a worldwide need for leaders who can apply advancements in computer and networking technology to the business of electrical and computer engineering. The Master of Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering degree candidates may choose to pursue the degree with either a thesis or non-thesis option. Any option may be used to enter the Ph.D. program.

The MSECE thesis option in electrical and computer engineering requires a minimum of one year of full-time study. The total number of required credits is 30 semester hours. At least 12 credit hours must be ECE or C S; however 12 credit hours (not including thesis) must be in 5000-level or higher ECE coursework. Graduate credit will not be allowed for any courses that are numbered below 4000 or are part of the required undergraduate electrical or computer engineering curriculum. A maximum of 12 hours of 4000-level graduate credit courses are allowed. Enrollment in six credit hours of ECE 5980, Thesis Research, is required, and the student must write a thesis and successfully defend it before an examining committee.

The General Track requires a minimum of 18 credit hours in ECE  or C S courses, subject to limitations specified above. The M.S. General Track also requires at least 12 credit hours in technical electives and the M.S. Comprehensive Examination required by the Graduate College. The remaining requirements, except for Thesis Research, ECE 5980, are the same as for the thesis option.

Program Requirements

  • Admission to either the Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering 
  • Completed application form Check the U.S. and International application deadlines. On the application Choose an Academic Track
  • Official transcripts showing at least the equivalent of a 4-year US Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Resume and Statement of Purpose 

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Electrical and Computer Engineering Degree Program Curriculum

Students in the Master Program enroll in 6 to 9 credit hours per semester except summer.  The summer semesters are usually reserved for research hours, independent study, or special study courses.  The master program requires 30-33 credit hours. Typically, it takes two calendar years to complete the master program taking 6 credit hours per semester.

The program is heavily focused on research; hence the offered courses are tailored to toward enhancing students learning to accomplish their assigned projects and research studies. The list of the courses offered in ECE-Tulsa are below.

  • ECE 5123 Wireless Communications 
  • ECE 5153 LTE Advanced and 5G 
  • ECE 5553 Telecommunications Technology 
  • ECE 5583 Information Theory 
  • ECE 5593 Free Space Optics 
  • ECE 5970 Advanced Machine Learning 
  • ECE 5970 Complex Systems and Networks 
  • ECE 5970 Internet of Things 
  • ECE 5970 Machine Learning for Engineers 
  • ECE 5973 Artificial Neural Networks 
  • ECE 5973 Deep Learning 
  • ECE 5973 Emerging Topics in LTE-A and 5G 
  • ECE 5973 RF Microelectronics 
  • ECE 5973 Wireless Networks and Standards
  • ECE 5213 Digital Signal Processing
  • ECE 5973 Computer Vision
  • ECE 5583 Information Theory and Probabilistic Programming
ECE lab equipment

Producing in Demand Graduates

Since 2001, the ECE program at OU-Tulsa has secured more than 190 grants and awards totaling approximately $35 million. ECE graduates have a 100% placement

at the world’s most prestigious Fortune 500 companies including Apple, Google, Dell, General Motors, Boeing, Microsoft, Intel and more. Our students don’t just learn about engineering; they experience it through hands-on experience with artificial intelligence, machine learning, statistical signal analysis, and much more.

Career Paths

Some typical career paths include:

  • Electrical Engineer
  • System Engineer
  • Control Engineer
  • Power Systems Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Embedded Systems Engineer
  • Telecom Engineer


Financial assistance to qualified graduate students is available from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and from other sources. The School awards scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Students desiring financial assistance are encouraged to contact the Graduate Program Assistant of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering for more information.

Awards range from $9,600 to $28,800 per year for half-time (20 hours per week) appointments. Half-time research and teaching assistantships include waiver of out-of-state tuition and waiver of seven hours of in-state tuition. Students must enroll in six credit hours per semester to qualify.

  • ECE Fellowship
  • ECE Research Assistantship
  • ECE Teaching Assistantship, required OU 4x4 ID to apply online


  • Aerospace and Defense Companies (e.g. Boeing, Lockheed Martin)
  • Energy Companies (e.g. GE, Siemens, ExxonMobil)
  • Technology Companies (e.g. Apple, Google, Intel)
  • Manufacturing Companies (e.g. Ford, General Motors, Caterpillar)
  • Telecommunications Companies (e.g. AT&T, Verizon, Nokia)
  • Consulting Firms (e.g. Accenture, McKinsey & Company)
  • Government Agencies (e.g. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Defense (DOD)).
ECE student on computer in lab

Take the Next Step

Your master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from OU-Tulsa can open doors that set you off on a journey of a lifetime.