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The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell offers graduate programs leading to Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. Our research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Office of Naval Research and various companies, including Raytheon and Intel.

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Master of Science (MS) in Engineering - Electrical Engineering 
The M.S. Eng. in Electrical Engineering is a 30-credit master's degree. Graduate students can choose to complete a thesis or a non-thesis option. 
See the Core Requirements, Technical Electives and either Advanced Project or Thesis requirements in the graduate catalog.
Concentration in Electrical Engineering
  • Information Systems (Telecommunications) 
  • Information Systems (Communications Engineering) 
  • Power and Energy Engineering 
  • Opto-Electronics 
  • Other
Graduate Contact: Joel Therrien
Telephone: 978-934-3324


All applicants must submit the application materials supplied by the Graduate Admissions Office as well as the official score report for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Aptitude Test. 

With a BS in Engineering and related areas: 

Applicants to the MS Engineering in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering programs should hold a BS degree in Electrical and/or Computer Engineering areas, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, or other Engineering disciplines, with acceptable quality of undergraduate work from an accredited college or university.

Applicants to the MS in Engineering should possess backgrounds and their pre-requisites as listed in the academic catalog.

Co-op Option

The Electrical & Computer Engineering Department participates in the Graduate Master's Co-op Option in Engineering. 
A Co-op work Experience offers an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in new, authentic contexts. Co-op participation at the graduate level is voluntary, and most students seek out the professional experience to deepen their education, develop new skills, and determine how theory and practice work together. The policies below are specific to the Engineering Graduate Co-op Program.
For detailed information about the Co-op Program and Curriculum requirements, please see the Graduate Catalog Engineering Co-op page.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is an important issue during graduate school. Currently, both Full Research and Teaching Assistantships provide tuition waiver and a stipend. However, admission to the graduate program in ECE Department does not guarantee financial assistance. Admitted students without firm offers of financial support must be prepared to cover the full cost of tuition, supplies, room and board, etc., from personal sources.
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  • Teaching Assistantships: A limited number of teaching and research assistantships are available for matriculated, full-time (minimum of 9 credits/semester) graduate students. Assistantships are assigned by the student's department and are subject to the agreement between UMass Lowell and UAW/Graduate Employees Organization. Duties typically include teaching of undergraduate laboratories, grading, or other tasks related to undergraduate instruction. No teaching duties are required during the Summer session but the student is expected to progress significantly on his or her research during the summer. All interested in TA support, should complete the TA Application form (pdf). The form should be sent directly to the ECE Doctoral Coordinator by March 1 for students beginning in the Fall semester. More details on Assistantships can be found on this financial information page.
  • Research Assistantships: Research assistantships (RA) are administered by individual faculty members, and thus selection for these requires a close match between the needs of the faculty member and the applicant's qualifications. In exceptional cases, RAs may be awarded to incoming students who have outstanding credentials. You are encouraged to contact faculty members via email to explore opportunities for RA funding. Details of each faculty members research can be viewed on the individual faculty home pages.

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