M.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering

Success Isn't Conjured. It's Engineered.

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.

 



Information Session

Come meet our deans and faculty to learn more about our graduate programs.

Message from the Director

Dear Prospective Student,

Electrical and computer engineering lead in innovation across a broad swath of technology including microelectronics, semiconductors, power and power electronics, photonics, image and signal processing, computer architecture, telecommunications, electromagnetics and bioengineering. Professionals who receive the tools they need to take the lead in creating next generation technologies using fundamental design disciplines are at an advantage.

Fairfield's M.S. in Elecrical & Computer Engineering (MSECE) program at Fairfield will provide you with the knowledge and skills you'll need to innovate and lead in your discipline in the framework of research and development in academic institutions, the industrial workplace, research laboratories, or service organizations. You'll have exposure to the high-tech areas of electrical and computer engineering, including:

  • System and product engineering
  • Hardware and software design
  • Embedded systems
  • Communications
  • Control systems
  • Computer architecture
  • Visualization and multimedia systems

As a student enrolled in the program, you'll work with faculty who are connected to the engineering workplace and bring into the classroom first-hand experience from engineering practice. In addition, you'll have ample opportunities for industry experience through internships and work assignments. You'll work with students and faculty who have a passion for the discipline, concern for the integrity of the learning process, motivation for learning and inquiry, and capacity to tackle problems and design successful solutions.

Interested? Feel free to explore the possibilities of advanced study in engineering at Fairfield University, and feel free to contact us to either set up an appointment or to clarify any questions you may have about the Master of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering.

Dr. Adrian Rusu, department chair

Course Offerings

See Electrical & Computer Engineering course catalog for more information.

Faculty

In the School of Engineering, our dedicated faculty are a community of leading-edge scholars who love to teach.

Admission

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the M.S. 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. Applicants should demonstrate aptitude in the following, or begin their studies by registering for one or more of these bridge courses as judged suitable by the program directors:

  • Electric circuits
  • Electronic circuits and devices

Formal Admission Process

Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee. Students seeking admission must submit:

  • A Completed Application for Graduate Admission form (Apply Online)
  • A Non-refundable $60 Application Fee made payable to Fairfield University (paid by credit card if applying online).
  • A Professional Resume. Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and education history.
  • A Personal Statement. Students should describe why they want to undertake graduate studies in the program for which they are applying.
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree. (All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service.)
  • Two Recommendation Forms and Letters, one of which must be from a current supervisor or professor.

 

International Students

Students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report. A TOEFL composite score of 550 for the paper test, 213 for the computer-based, or 79-80 on the Internet-based test (IBT) is strongly recommended for admission. Fairfield's ETS code is 3390.

All application materials should be sent to:

Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Phone: (203) 254-4184
Fax: (203) 254-4073
gradadmis@fairfield.edu

 

How to Apply

For detailed admission requirements, please refer to the links below:

Admission Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


Financial Aid

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

Career & Professional Opportunities

Through Fairfield's M.S. 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 more about how the University's Career Planning 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.

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.

view the catalog →

 

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are applications due?

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

 

Do I need to take the GREs?

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.

 

How much does it cost?

Tuition and fees for Fairfield's graduate programs

 

Do I have to be a full-time student?

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.

 

When are courses offered?

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.

 

What is the average class size?

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

 

Do I need to have earned an undergraduate degree in engineering to be eligible for admission?

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.

 

How long does it take to complete the degree?

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.

 

What financial aid is available?

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.

 

Are graduate assistantships available?

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

 

Contact Us

For more information about Fairfield University's graduate programs, please contact:

Office of Graduate Admission
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

Call (203) 254-4184 or email gradadmis@fairfield.edu.

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