MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Challenge convention and yourself by earning your Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSE) degree at the University of Michigan-Flint (UM-Flint). Our program helps ambitious graduate students further their understanding of advanced electrical and computer engineering concepts and imagine new applications to real-world problems. 

Specialize your engineering expertise by choosing from seven tracks, ranging from Control Systems and Robotics to Embedded Artificial Intelligence. With online and in-person program options, you take on a graduate education that can accommodate your preferred learning style. 

Whether you decide to join us online or on campus, our electrical and computer engineering master’s program empowers you with in-demand technical skills and broad-based knowledge so you can tackle real-world challenges with a visionary approach.

If you are interested in the joint Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, learn more about UM-Flint’s joint BS/MS degree programs offered by the College of Innovation & Technology.

Why UM-Flint’s  Electrical and Computer Engineering Master’s Degree?

Whether you live far from campus or nearby, UM-Flint’s master’s in electrical and computer engineering program offers 100% online and in-person learning opportunities to maximize flexibility and accommodate your busy schedule. We redefine traditional education with our leading-edge Cyber Classroom, which seamlessly blends the convenience of online study and the communal aspect of face-to-face interaction

Additionally, you can engage with UM-Flint faculty through Canvas and make use of the playback on-demand feature, allowing you to watch the lectures as many times as necessary to grasp concepts.

Accelerate your skill development through hands-on learning. Our MSE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering program empowers you to apply the knowledge you gain in the classroom and research to real-world technology projects alongside our esteemed faculty members. During your graduate program, you also participate in team-based projects to build the collaborative and problem-solving skills needed to be an effective leader.

Flexible learning options

The electrical engineering and computer engineering field contains many disciplines and subfields. To stay competitive, you must specialize your knowledge and skill set. UM-Flint’s graduate program helps you customize your master’s degree by providing seven specialized tracks in the following areas:

  • Network, Communication, and Information Systems
  • Control Systems and Robotics
  • Computer Vision and Signal Processing
  • Embedded Systems
  • Power and Energy
  • Vehicle Electronics
  • Embedded Artificial Intelligence
  • Semiconductors

Covers up to 100% of the difference between the residential and non-residential graduate tuition rates.

Created for those with a background in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the electrical and computer engineering graduate program offers intensive coursework and hands-on learning experiences to support your growth as an engineer and an innovator. 

Throughout the master’s program, you enroll in high-level classes covering digital signal processing, embedded systems, probability, digital communication theory, and much more. Through our emphasis on experiential learning, you become an adept problem solver with robust analytical skills and strengthen your technical competencies, including software and hardware management, various programming languages, embedded artificial intelligence, and others.

In total, the MSE degree consists of 30 credit hours, which include:

  • 12 credits of required core courses 
  • 12 credits of concentration courses
  • Eight credits of electives or thesis track courses

Review the MSE in Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum.


Along with the core classes, you can personalize your master’s degree by selecting concentration courses and electives based on your academic and career aspirations. Our concentration track options include:

  • Network, Communication, and Information Systems: This track empowers you with the skills and knowledge to design and implement communication and network protocols and deploy them in various real-world applications.
  • Control Systems and Robotics: This track highlights the importance of problem-solving abilities in driving success as a robotics engineer. Through tailored coursework, you delve into the essentials of robotics and mechatronics, honing your proficiency in programming languages and control systems. You also deepen your understanding of machine learning, sensors, and actuators while exploring kinematics, computer vision, and human-robot interaction.
  • Computer Vision and Signal Processing: In this specialized track, you become well-versed in understanding and implementing the basic algorithms and methods for image and video processing, such as color conversion, histogram equalization, edge detection, segmentation, compression, enhancement, restoration, and super-resolution. You also learn how to leverage advanced techniques and models for image and video processing, such as deep learning, computer vision, pattern recognition, object detection, face recognition, semantic segmentation, video analysis, and video synthesis.
  • Embedded Systems: This concentration is tailored to equip students for impactful careers in embedded computing within industries such as automotive and consumer electronics. This program offers a blend of theory, hardware, and software in computer system design, which is ideal for graduates with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, computer science, electrical, electronic, or communication engineering. While candidates from other fields are considered, additional coursework may be necessary to address any knowledge gaps. We’ve designed this program to provide a comprehensive foundation for those aiming to excel in the field of embedded systems.
  • Power and Energy: Through this concentration, you acquire strong technical skills related to power engineering, such as power electronics, control systems, grid integration, power quality, protection, and optimization. Additionally, you gain a deep understanding of different renewable energy technologies and their specific characteristics, advantages, and limitations. Lastly, you learn how to use software tools and platforms, such as MATLAB, Simulink, and others, to model, simulate, analyze, and design renewable energy systems and components.
  • Vehicle Electronics: This track covers the skills related to Electric Powertrain Controls and their features, vehicle mechanics, vehicle architecture, electric motor design, battery engineering and battery management systems. You also strengthen your expertise in vehicle and system integration, testing, validation, and the certification processes used in electric vehicle design and model-based design.
  • Embedded Artificial Intelligence: This track empowers you with the skills to deploy AI and machine learning models on edge and in constrained devices, such as electrical control units (ECUs) in cars and other vehicles.
  • Semiconductors: This track covers the skills related to designing, developing, and testing manufactured devices using semiconductors, optimizing the design and manufacturing process of ICs and semiconductors, and improving the yield, reliability, and performance of chips and semiconductors.

Thesis or Non-Thesis Track

Whichever concentration you select, you also must choose between the thesis track or non-thesis track to complete the degree requirements.

In the thesis track, you take eight credits in thesis research courses. Additionally, you must select a faculty member to serve as your advisor, write a research paper, and conduct an oral defense of your thesis before a faculty panel.
If you pursue the non-thesis track, you must complete eight additional credits in graduate-level electrical and computer engineering electives.

At the University of Michigan-Flint, we provide a dedicated academic advising expert to help guide your educational journey toward the MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

For more information about enrolling in the MSE degree program at UM-Flint, contact Aubree Kraut at [email protected] or 810-762-3121. Or, book an appointment today.

Because the engineering field is highly competitive, establishing yourself as a well-rounded and competent job candidate is essential to furthering your career. Earning your master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer engineering highlights your drive to learn more and advance your skill set, qualifying you for leadership positions in the technology industry. Or, if you want to chart a new career path, an MSE can help you break into the fast-growing tech industry with high-level skills in computing.

Through rigorous study, you can excel in career roles such as: 

  • Circuits engineers
  • Computer hardware engineers
  • Controls engineers 
  • Electrical engineers
  • Power systems engineers
  • Systems engineers
  • Test engineers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates the employment of electrical and computer engineers to increase by 5% over the next decade, exceeding the average growth rate for all occupations. This above-average employment rate translates into more than 17,000 jobs each year. Additionally, electrical engineers and those in related occupations have a higher earning potential, making a median annual wage of $104,610.

$104,610 median annual wage for Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

If you are interested in applying to UM-Flint’s Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science from an accredited institution. Preference will be given to students with a background in any STEM field. 
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0-point scale.
    • Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may be offered admission. In such cases, admission depends heavily on other indices of the student’s ability to handle graduate-level work. These might include a strong performance GPA in the major and/or other experiences indicative of strong academic ability.
  • Applicants with a three-year bachelor’s degree from an institution outside of the US may be eligible for admission at the University of Michigan-Flint if it is determined through the credential review process that the three-year degree completed is equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree.

In recent years, the federal government has emphasized the need for universities and colleges to comply with the distance education laws of each state. If you are an out-of-state student intending to enroll in this program, please visit the State Authorization page to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.

Applying to the Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering Program

To apply to our MSE in Electrical and Computer Engineering program, please submit all of the application materials outlined below:

Please email all additional application materials to [email protected] or deliver them to the Office of Graduate Programs, located at 251 Thompson Library.

This program can be completed 100% online or on-campus with in-person courses. Students living abroad may also complete this program online in their home country. For other nonimmigrant visa holders currently in the United States, please contact the Center for Global Engagement at [email protected].

As a new academic degree, this program is not currently accepting applications from international students seeking an F-1 visa. This program will accept applications from international students who are required to have an I-20 as soon as authorization from the Department of Homeland Security is received.

Special Requirement for Citizens of India

Applicants who attended an institution in India where the language of instruction was exclusively English cannot use that method exclusively to meet the English proficiency requirements. Applicants who attended a verified English-medium institution must also submit an approved test score or use one of the other approved methods. Those with a 5.0 IELTS score will be eligible for standard admission and will have no further English proficiency requirement; those with an IELTS score below 5.0 will not be admitted.

*If you are a US citizen or permanent resident and wish to waive this requirement, you may make your case to the director of the SE program. The director, in turn, must make the case to the Dean of Graduate Programs. You must provide sufficient evidence that you have the requisite English proficiency.

**The university reserves the right to require an applicant to provide other evidence of English proficiency if independent sources cannot verify that the language of instruction was exclusively English.

Application Deadlines

The Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering program offers rolling admission with monthly application reviews. Submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs by 5:00 p.m. on the application deadline.

Fall – May 1 (guaranteed consideration*)

  • Fall – August 1 (if space permits)
  • Winter – December 1
  • Summer – April 1 

*You must have a complete application by the early deadline to guarantee application eligibility for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

The University of Michigan-Flint helps you achieve your educational and professional goals by offering affordable graduate programs. We ensure you receive competitive tuition rates and helpful financial aid resources to support you as you work toward earning your Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Explore UM-Flint’s tuition and financial aid resources to start planning for your graduate degree.

Envision Your Success at UM-Flint—Earn Your MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Reinvent yourself and your career opportunities with a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering degree from the University of Michigan-Flint. With convenient online and on-campus formats, an added emphasis on project-based learning, and instruction from expert faculty, you undergo critical professional development and position yourself for success.

Make your educational goals happen—begin your UM-Flint application today! Or, if you have more questions about whether our graduate program is right for you, request more information.