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Shape the future in fast-growing fields from artificial intelligence and robotics to computer networks and security.

Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering program combines rigorous academics with cutting-edge research in innovative areas. You will work alongside highly accomplished faculty in state-of-the-art facilities conducting interdisciplinary research ranging from the design and analysis of high-performance computing systems to new research frontiers on smart power grids, metamaterials, biomedical signal processing, communication systems, and robotics. Through our top-ranked cooperative education program you will also gain real-world experience, giving you a competitive edge upon graduation.

With eight concentrations, you can choose the path that aligns with your career goals.

  • Communications, Control, and Signal Processing
  • Computer Networks and Security
  • Computer Systems and Software
  • Computer Vision, Machine Learning, and Algorithms
  • Electromagnetics, Plasma, and Optics
  • Microsystems, Materials, and Devices
  • Power Systems
  • Hardware and Software for Machine Intelligence

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Top 32 in Engineering Graduate schools (U.S. News & World Report, 2023)
Top-tier (R1) research institution rated with "highest research activity"
Median annual salary of electrical and computer engineers (U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, 2021)
"The ECE department is an exciting research environment because it feels like you're always being exposed to something new. The professors have provided me with much-needed mentorship." - Burak Erem, Graduate Electrical Engineering student

Entry terms

Fall & Spring

Course delivery

On campus in Boston; Seattle *

Application deadlines

Domestic students:

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1

International students (inside the US):

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 1

* In addition to Boston, our Seattle campus offers concentrations in Computer Vision, Machine Learning, and Algorithms or Hardware and Software for Machine Intelligence.

R1 research institution

The Electrical and Computer Engineering department is affiliated with more than ten research centers and institutes such as the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things, the Institute for Experiential Robotics, the Institute for Experiential AI, the SENTRY research center to protect the security of public spaces, and many more.

Experience powered learning

All engineering students have the opportunity to participate in Northeastern's cooperative education (co-op) program, gaining up to eight months of professional work experience as part of the academic curriculum.

About Northeastern

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experiential lifelong learning. Our approach of integrating real-world experience with education, research, and innovation empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create worldwide impact.

Our global university system provides our community and academic, government, and industry partners with unique opportunities to think locally and act globally. The system which includes 13 campuses across the U.S., U.K., and Canada, 300,000-plus alumni, and 3,000 partners worldwide serves as a platform for scaling ideas, talent, and solutions.

Northeastern's personalized, experiential undergraduate and graduate programs lead to degrees through the doctorate in 10 colleges and schools across our campuses. Learning emphasizes the intersection of data, technology, and human literacies, uniquely preparing graduates for careers of the future and lives of fulfillment and accomplishment.

Our research enterprise, with an R1 Carnegie classification, is solutions-oriented and spans the world. Our faculty scholars and students work in teams that cross not just disciplines, but also sectors aligned around solving today's highly interconnected global challenges and focused on transformative impact for humankind.

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