College of Engineering

Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tennessee Tech is a 30-credit hour degree program combining several areas in the field such as computers and digital systems, controls, communication systems and signal processing, energy conversion and distribution and more.

Our graduate students become highly qualified electrical and computer engineers who learn the techniques, methods and disciplines in collaborative research, including problem identification, literature search, design of experiments, hands-on experimentation, data collection and analysis, simulation, both independent work and teamwork, authoring journal papers and presenting conference papers.

The Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering is administered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, which also offers a concentration in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the college-wide Ph.D. program.  


Thesis Option 

The thesis option for the M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering is recommended for students who are planning a career in corporate or academic research, design, and development and who may pursue a Ph.D. in the future. Intro to Graduate Research (1 credit), eight graduate courses (24 credits), research (6 credit hours), an approved thesis and an oral thesis defense (comprehensive exam) are required for graduation. 

Non-thesis Option 

The non-thesis option M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering is recommended for students who desire an industry-oriented degree, and who may be attending school part-time while working. Intro to Graduate Research (1 credit), and eleven graduate courses including a design project course (33 credits) are required for graduation. 

Get Involved 

Students are encouraged to join the Graduate ECE Student Association. The department also offers a very active IEEE student chapter. 



The faculty in electrical and computer engineering at Tech conduct research at the forefront of society’s exponential growth in technology. Our faculty and students collectively foster a culture of curiosity, excitement, collaboration and engagement in the global research community, with a commitment to quality and academic integrity. 


Research Focus Areas

  • Network Security and Privacy
  • Embedded Systems
  • Wireless Networking
  • Extreme Environment Electronics
  • Energy Systems
  • Electric Machines and Power Electronics
  • Electric Transportation and Power Systems
  • Power Transmission
  • Controls & Robotics
  • Instrumentation & Sensors
  • Signal Processing & Telecommunications  

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships

Applicants interested in receiving research and/or teaching assistantship financial aid must submit an assistantship application by March 15th for August (Fall) entrance or by October 15th for January (Spring) entrance. Applicants will be notified of an assistantship offer and must accept or decline the offer by May 1st for August entrance or December 1st for January entrance. Applications are not reviewed by Tennessee Tech until a complete application package has been submitted.  

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