Electrical and Computer Engineering

M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Students working in the imaging lab, 2020


The Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) program prepares students for current research fields, PhD programs, and career opportunities. This MS program is open to students with a Bachelor’s degree that have a strong interest in pursuing an engineering approach to solving problems using state-of-the-art equipment, cutting-edge tools, and modern software packages. We believe that the MS in ECE program enables you to contribute immediately to the development of new technologies in almost any field that you can imagine - artificial intelligence, electronics, biomedicine, agriculture, automotive, and robotics.

By offering courses in three areas: Signals, Systems, and Machine Learning; Photonics; and Embedded Systems; we welcome students from a broad range of majors and domain interests such as electrical engineering, computer engineering, biomedical engineering, physics, mechatronic engineering, robotics, telecommunication, and automation. Students lacking preparation in one or more areas can take the required prerequisite courses after being admitted.

Prerequisite Courses (completion of background preparation equivalent to the following undergraduate courses):

The master’s degree requires 30 semester units (30-hour credits) beyond the baccalaureate. Students may choose a thesis plan (Plan A), or project plan (Plan B), or culminating activity (Plan C). Active areas of study and research in the Department currently include artificial intelligence and machine learning, information/cyber-security, optical imaging, bioinstrumentation, digital signal and image processing, digital control systems, high speed analog and digital electronics, photonics, optoelectronics, VLSI design, microprocessor systems, digital system design and simulation, computer architecture, computer networks, and optical and wireless communications.

If you have questions about the M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Hassan Salehi at the email address hsalehi@csuchico.edu.


The MSECE Program Mission is to provide the preparation to maintain currency and conduct research and development in the fields of electrical and/or computer engineering.

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