FAQ

The exact cost of the program differs depending on how many classes students take per semester, the student’s classification as a Utah Resident or Non-Resident, and the student’s enrollment in courses under Section 090 and Interactive Video Courses. Consult the Tuition and Financial Aid page for additional details.

In addition, there is a $60 per semester fee for enrolling in online courses. Books may be required for some courses, and this cost is not included in tuition or fees.

For more information about the cost of your education, contact an admissions counselor by emailing ecemsonline@utah.edu or calling (888) 684-8510.

To be admitted to the graduate program, all applicants must submit GRE scores, unless you received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Electrical and Computer Engineering or an ABET-accredited engineering program. If you completed a B.S. in the Utah ECE program, talk to your admissions counselor about obtaining a GRE waiver. You can get in touch with an admissions counselor through email at ecemsonline@utah.edu or by calling (888) 684-8510.

Applicants are expected to earn the following minimum scores:

  • Quantitative: 158
  • Analytical Writing: 3.5
  • Verbal: 150

If you do not meet these minimum scores, your application will not be automatically rejected. Each application is reviewed in full.

Students may transfer up to six credits to be applied toward fulfilling requirements for a graduate degree from the University of Utah, provided the following criteria are met:

  • The student must be formally admitted to a graduate program of study
  • Transferred courses must be 5000 level courses or higher and related to the student’s program of study
  • Graduate credit may only be transferred from other regionally accredited institutions
  • Credits transferred from another institution may be used for only one degree at the University of Utah
  • Students must have received a letter grade of “B” or higher in the relevant courses (“Credit only” grades will not be accepted)
  • The student must complete and submit a Graduate Transfer Credit Authorization form

No, please refer to the curriculum page to determine which classes are currently available online.

Yes, you can take a hybrid of online, IVC, and on-campus classes. However, there are significant differences in tuition and fees for traditional classes depending on the course modality.

  • In-Person – A traditional, campus-based, fully in-person class with a scheduled room and meeting time.
  • Online (Section 090) – A class facilitated online, primarily through Canvas, with greater than 80 percent of the required learning activities taking place digitally when a student chooses. While an online class does not have required locations or meeting times, regular, substantive instructor-student interactions are an expected part of the teaching and learning process.
  • Hybrid – A class that blends both same-time (synchronous) in-person instruction and flex-time (asynchronous) online instruction.
  • IVC (Interactive Video Class) – A fully digital class that uses same-time delivery using web video technology. The class has a scheduled meeting time. Canvas serves as the class location and includes learning materials and links to join the class video meetings.
  • IVC-Hybrid – This course type is a mixture of in-person and same-time online interactive video classes.

Under unique circumstances, exceptions have been made and applicants with a lower GPA of 3.2 have been conditionally accepted into the program. In these cases to be fully accepted in the MS online program, students have been required to earn at least a 3.3 GPA in their first semester of conditional enrollment. These exceptions have been very rare and up to the discretion of the graduate committee.

Yes, we accept students from related fields, such as Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics and Mathematics.

If you do not have a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or a Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree you are required to have completed an undergraduate Circuits course from an accredited school with a grade of “B” or better. This requirement must be completed prior to graduation and verified on your transcript. Ideally, you should meet this requirement prior to applying to the program.

A schedule of nine credit hours per semester is considered a full load for master’s degree candidates. Graduate students may enroll in no more than 15 credit hours at a time.

No, there is no on-campus component included for the Utah online MSECE degree. However, online students are welcome to visit anytime and invited to attend on-campus commencement ceremonies when they complete the program.

An MSECE can help you to start your electrical engineering career or transition into a leadership position. Utah MSECE graduates have gone on to jobs with titles such as:

  • Electrical engineer
  • Electronics engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Senior electrical design engineer
  • Product validation engineer
  • Compliance program manager
  • Process engineer

For more information, see the careers page.

A master’s-level education in electrical and computer engineering can lead to professional roles in a variety of fields. Some of the top employers for graduates from the University of Utah with an MSECE include organizations specializing in:

  • Consumer electronics
  • Defense
  • Aerospace
  • Semiconductor manufacturing
  • Research and development

For more information, see the careers page.

For online classes, a student must have access to a computer that meets the basic requirements for using the Canvas learning management system.

The following specifications are the minimum requirements for Canvas. Canvas and its hosting infrastructure are designed for maximum compatibility and minimal requirements, including accommodating low bandwidth connections. However, the most up-to-date versions and better connections will result in the best performance and fastest loading times.

  • Screen Size
    • Canvas is best viewed at a minimum resolution of 800×600. If you want to view Canvas on a device with a smaller screen, we recommend using the Canvas mobile app.
  • Operating Systems
    • Windows 7 and newer
    • Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
    • Linux – chromeOS
  • Mobile Operating System Native App Support
    • iOS 7 and newer (versions vary by device)
    • Android 4.2 and newer
  • Computer Speed and Processor
    • Minimum 1GB of RAM (If possible, use a computer that is under five years old)
    • 2GHz processor
  • Internet Speed
    • Minimum of 512kbps
  • Screen Readers
    • Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
    • PC: JAWS (latest version for Internet Explorer)
    • PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox)
    • There is no screen reader support for Canvas in Chrome

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