MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Program Overview

Fairfield University's Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE) provides students with the knowledge and skills to innovate and lead in their chosen discipline, all within the framework of research and development in academic institutions, the industrial workplace, research laboratories or service organizations. The MSECE program includes areas of power and power electronics, and combines the study, design, and use of software and hardware systems.

As a student, you’ll also learn system and product engineering, hardware and software design, embedded systems, communications, control systems, computer architecture, and visualization and multimedia systems. You’ll be challenged with a multitude of learning tasks, including writing embedded software, working with analog sensors, and designing mixed signal circuit boards—giving you the necessary education and skills to fulfill your career endeavors.

Industry at a Glance

$101,250/year

Median Salary for Electrical Engineer

$117,200/year

Median Salary for Computer Engineer

2%

Projected Job Growth for Electrical Engineer Over the Next 10 Years
– U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

6%

Projected Job Growth Over the Next 10 Years for Computer Engineer
– U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Requirements & Curriculum

Required Courses

Engineering Applications of Numerical Methods
Thesis I (for Thesis Option track)
Thesis II (for Thesis Option track)
Four (4) to six (6) elective courses
Three (3) Engineering, Math, or Business elective courses

Students can gain applied research experience by working with a faculty mentor on real world projects through an independent study course of three credits. Those who prefer to perform cutting-edge research, however, may select the yearlong thesis course-sequence of six credits under faculty supervision, which leads to publication in specialized conferences or journals.

A detailed list of course requirements, offerings, and more can be viewed in the University’s course catalog.

Five Year MS Programs

Five-Year EE BS/ ECE MS Program

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Five-Year EE BS/ ECE MS Program

Dual-degree programs reduce the time to a master's degree by at least one year and provide credentials that will serve the student throughout his/her adult professional career. Graduates of the dual-degree program are awarded an Electrical and Computer Engineering MS degree in addition to their Electrical Engineering BS degree. The dual-degree program encourages students to pursue a graduate degree in order to broaden their educational background and their career opportunities. A graduate engineering education is key to innovation and central to economic health. A graduate degree has become far more common in the work place and a master's level engineering education gives a great return on your investment. Students who complete all their requirements may receive their BS degree prior to completing their MS degree.

See the Electrical and Computer Engineering Five-Year Dual Degree Bachelor and Master of Science Program requirements and course descriptions.

See the Undergraduate Course Catalog

Five-Year CE BS/ ECE MS Program

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Five-Year CE BS/ ECE MS Program

Fairfield University offers a five-year program leading to an Electrical and Computer Engineering Five-Year Dual Degree Bachelor and Master of Science Program.

Dual-degree programs reduce the time to a master's degree by at least one year and provide credentials that will serve the student throughout his/her adult professional career. Graduates of the dual-degree program are awarded an Electrical and Computer Engineering MS degree in addition to their Electrical Engineering BS degree. The dual-degree program encourages students to pursue a graduate degree in order to broaden their educational background and their career opportunities. A graduate engineering education is key to innovation and central to economic health. A graduate degree has become far more common in the work place and a master's level engineering education gives a great return on your investment. Students who complete all their requirements may receive their BS degree prior to completing their MS degree

For the Dual Degree program's requirements, see the Undergraduate Catalog.

See the Undergraduate Course Catalog

School of Engineering Admission

Applicants for the MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) in science or engineering or its equivalent. Those with work experience in a technology environment, whose academic and professional record suggest the likelihood of success in a demanding graduate program will also be considered.

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Career & Professional Opportunities

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Career & Professional Opportunities

Through Fairfield's MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering program, you'll develop skills in the design of high-tech devices ranging from tiny microelectronic integrated-circuits to powerful systems that use those chips, and efficient telecommunication devices that interconnect those systems. You'll also pick up skills in:

  • Electronic product design
  • The architecture of microelectronics
  • Systems Design
  • Communications Systems
  • Power and Power Electronics
  • Signal Processing
  • Scientific Visualization
  • Embedded Systems
  • Enterprise Computing

Fairfield University's MSECE graduates have gone on to diverse professional fields including:

  • Computers & advanced computer systems, including microprocessors and peripheral equipment;
  • Aerospace
  • Telecommunications
  • Power
  • Manufacturing
  • Defense
  • Electronics
  • Consumer electronics
  • Distributed computing environments such as local and wide area networks, wireless networks, Internets, Intranets

Graduates hold titles such as:

  • Project managers
  • Software engineering managers
  • IC designers
  • Network administrators
  • Power engineers
  • And more!

Learn about how Fairfield's Career Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

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School of Engineering Newsletter

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School of Engineering Newsletter

Learn more about what our faculty, students, and alumni are doing, as well as stay up-to-date on our rankings and accolades, programs, and more.

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School of Engineering Update

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School of Engineering Update

We invite you to view the School of Engineering Update, a year in review of School of Engineering News.

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Faculty & Administration

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Faculty & Administration

The faculty and administration of Fairfield University’s School of Engineering is a community of professional engineers and leading-edge scholars who are dedicated to research and passionate about teaching.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee.

The GREs are not required. We do look closely at your academic record and other application materials. Generally, we like to see that you have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. If your GPA is lower than 3.0 but you would like us to consider your application, you may include with your application a statement that explains your GPA and why you are confident you will be able to maintain the required 3.0 GPA in your graduate studies.

Tuition and fees for Fairfield's graduate programs.

Our programs are designed to accommodate students who want to attend either on a full-time or part-time basis. Students who are fully employed will find the scheduling of our courses compatible with their work requirements.

Most of our courses are offered in the evening and a few are offered on the weekends. Weekday courses generally meet once a week for three hours. Weekend courses tend to be full day courses that meet for four or five weekends or weekend days over the semester.

We keep our classes small. The typical maximum class size is 20, but class sizes range from less than 12 to 20.

Our students come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds, which adds to the richness of our interactions in class. An undergraduate degree specifically in engineering is not required, but exposure to technology through employment is useful.

For students who attend part-time, the time will vary based on how many courses are taken at a time. Students who attend full-time take 9 credits each semester and can complete the program in 2 years. All students are required to complete their degree within 6 years after they begin their first course.

To be considered for financial aid, Fairfield University requires students to complete a FAFSA form. For further information on financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

A limited number of part-time assistantships are available to assist promising and deserving students.

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