The world of electrical engineering is changing rapidly, creating opportunities to apply advanced skills to research and development driving growth.

The electrical engineering program delivers curriculum to expand your understanding of areas such as communications and signal processing, power systems, biometrics, control systems, microelectronics, metamaterials, and more. You'll also learn how to put your knowledge to work so you can make an immediate and long-term impact in your field.

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This program is designed for:

  • Students seeking graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering through courses, research, and projects with exposure to experts in areas of interest.
  • Electrical engineers seeking to advance their knowledge and careers.
  • Working professionals and recent graduates.
  • Students interested in expanding their knowledge and applying the latest technologies in growing industries in the region and around the world.

Students with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent take courses, attend seminars, and participate in research or project activities, and make progress towards graduate degrees of Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Students will have the opportunity to engage in research with faculty and labs at the cutting-edge.

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Electrical Engineering Curriculum

MS in Electrical Engineering Main Campus

This program consists of 30 credit hours, with a major portion of the course credit hours being spent learning from electrical and computer engineering faculty. It is available on-campus or through online delivery.

Students interested in the following should explore our Main Campus MS:

  • Research Facilities.
  • Research/Teaching Assistantships.
  • On-site Laboratories.
  • Faculty Mentor Programs.
  • University-run Housing.
  • Full Scholarships.
  • Online delivery.
Electrical Engineering MS Curriculum - Main Campus

MS Degree Requirements

  • 30 credit hours
  • 18 credit hours of graduate coursework (500-600 level courses)
  • A majority or portion (more than 50%) of the course work will be in the ECE department
  • 2 credit hours of seminar work
  • Maximum of 10 credit hours transfer credit (grade of B or better)
  • All candidates must satisfactorily complete one of the research or professional experience components listed below.
    • A written thesis based on independent research
    • A comprehensive examination
    • An appropriate, professional special project

  • Students admitted for online study will be paced in the project-based track. With faculty approval, some students may be approved to change to the thesis-based track.  

  • The electrical engineering courses fall into the following general categories (the catalog contains helpful course descriptions):
    • power/energy conversion
    • power systems
    • controls
    • energy
    • communications and signal processing
    • data communications and networks
    • computer hardware
    • software engineering
    • biomedical engineering
    • biometrics
    • cybersecurity
    • special interest areas

Sample Courses and Concentrations

  • Digital Design
  • Linear Control Systems
  • Electronic Power Conversion
  • Modeling & Control of Energy Conversion
  • Introduction to Antenna Theory
  • Data Communications and Networks
  • Digital Circuits
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Stochastic Processes in Engineering
  • Introduction to Biometrics
  • Detection and Estimation Theory
  • Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Adaptive Signal Processing
  • Cloud Systems and Networks
MS in Electrical Engineering Capital Region Campus

With evening courses and part-time study, this program offers the only engineering program in the Capital Region designed for working professionals. You’ll learn and network with other engineers advancing their knowledge and leadership. Coursework is also well-matched to recent graduates who want to benefit from learning alongside experienced professionals.

This program consists of 30 credit hours, with a major portion of the credit hours being spent learning from electrical and computer engineering faculty. Students usually complete this program within one and a half to two years for full-time students and two and a half to three years for part-time students.

The Clarkson University Capital Region Campus (CRC) in Schenectady, NY is a satellite campus for Clarkson University. The CRC caters to the working engineering professional, offering:

  • Evening On-site Courses.
  • A Professional Setting.
  • Outstanding Faculty who are adjuncts and professionals from within industry.
  • Merit Scholarships.
Electrical Engineering MS Curriculum - Capital Region Campus

MS-EE Program (Professional)

The objective of the Electrical Engineering (EE) program is to explore technologies and related industry opportunities in modern electric machinery, modeling and control of power electronics. A strong emphasis is placed on Energy Conversion and related technologies. Students are encouraged to consider MBA electives and Business of Energy courses to integrate business skills and complement technical expertise.

Program Length:

  • One and one-half – Two years (full time)
  • Two and one half – Three years (Part time)

Degree Requirements

  • 30 credits of course work
  • MS Graduate Project EE 699

The MSEE requires a total of 10 courses. Each student’s program should include at least seven electrical engineering courses and up to three electives. The remaining courses are selected from engineering (mechanical or electrical), computer science, MBA program, or from the Business of Energy Program. Not all courses from these areas are satisfactory selections; therefore all course selections must be approved by the graduate advisor before course registration. Each student must submit a program plan of study (to be approved by the advisor) before completion of the first course taken for graduate credit.

Students complete the degree by taking 10 courses and the MS Graduate Project in Electrical Engineering. An option of replacing one or two courses with independent research conducted in the form of a Master’s Project (one or two course) or a thesis (two courses) requires departmental (Associate Dean) approval prior to beginning the program (these opportunities are limited). Students not completing a Master’s Project, thesis, or independent study are required to complete an MS Graduate Project in Electrical Engineering. This is a non-credit, no-fee project that serves as the culminating experience of the MS in Electrical Engineering degree.


Required Courses

  • MS Graduate Project in Electrical Engineering (EE699)
  • Electronic Power Conversion (EE642)
  • Modeling and Control of Energy Conversion (EE653)
  • Electromechanical Energy Conversion (EE682)
  • Power Systems Analysis I (EE680)
  • Power Systems Analysis II (EE681)
  • Linear Control Systems (EE657)
  • Digital Control Systems (EE658)
  • Super Conductivity (EE645)
  • Solid State Electronics (EE644)
  • Motor Acoustics (EE606)
  • Engineering Statistics (EE602)
  • Nuclear Engineering (EE687)
  • Fuel Cell Science and Hydrogen Engineering (EE640)
  • Photovoltaic Engineering (EE643)
  • Turbine Engineering (EE683)
  • Solar Energy Engineering (EE685)
  • Wind Energy Engineering (EE684)
  • Synchronous Generator Engineering (EE686)
  • Disruptive Technology (EE600, elective only)
  • Sustainability (EE601, elective only)
  • Sample Electives:
    • BOE 610, 611, 612, 613, 614, 615
    • Global Supply Chain Management (OM607)
    • Leadership and Organizational Behavior (OS603)

Career Opportunities

Our dean and advisors work closely with you to understand your career goals and develop study plans that enable you to achieve them. As you browse our offerings in electrical engineering, you’ll find courses well-matched to your interests, whether you want to gain deeper insights into a particular technology or broaden your knowledge of an industry.

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MS in Electrical Engineering Main Campus

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Online Application Form
  • Resume.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation.
  • Official Transcripts.
  • GRE Test Scores.
    • Waived: The GRE requirement will be waived for Fall 2023 applicants.
  • For International Applicants, an English Proficiency Test is required.
    • Minimum Test Score Requirements: TOEFL (80) and TOEFL Essentials (8.5), IELTS (6.5), PTE (56) and Duolingo English Test (115).

Prerequisites: A BS in electrical engineering or equivalent field.

MS in Electrical Engineering Capital Region Campus

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Online Application Form
  • Resume.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation.
  • Official Transcripts.
  • GRE Test Scores.
    • Not Required.
  • For International Applicants, an English Proficiency Test is required.
    • Minimum Test Score Requirements: TOEFL (80) and TOEFL Essentials (8.5), IELTS (6.5), PTE (56) and Duolingo English Test (115).

Prerequisites: A BS in electrical engineering or equivalent field.


A limited number of one-year and/or partial year tuition scholarships are available for qualified full-time students. A limited number of stipends are also available. Most scholarships and/or stipends are associated with department assistantships or completion of a master’s thesis as part of the qualified applicant’s plan of study to complete his/her degree program.

Learn more about all of our scholarships and how to apply by contacting the Engineering Department via email

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more, have questions or are ready to apply, contact.


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
PO Box 5720
Potsdam, NY 13699-5720
Phone: 315-268-7648
Fax: 315-268-7600

Capital Region Campus

Graduate Admissions Team