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Earn Your Penn State Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering — 100% Online
Penn State's online Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering program offers you a solid foundation in both theory and application in the rapidly evolving electrical engineering field. Your courses, taught by Penn State's recognized engineering faculty, can help prepare you to solve complex problems and achieve your professional goals. As an electrical engineer, you can assume a principal role in implementing infrastructure of any scale, from the largest industrial complexes to the most intricate of applications.
Why an Online Electrical Engineering Degree From Penn State?
Our 30-credit online electrical engineering program is identical to our resident program, featuring the same courses taught by the same faculty, who are active and well regarded in their fields of study. Our College of Engineering is consistently ranked among the nation's best engineering schools, according to U.S. News & World Report. And when you graduate, you'll receive a diploma identical to those earned by students at our physical campus.
Your Online Electrical Engineering Courses
You will study topics such as electronic communication systems, control systems, signal processing, and power systems. This highly interactive program is engaging and collaborative, but still convenient for working professionals.
Information for Military and Veterans
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The 30-credit Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering curriculum includes core classes that incorporate advanced technical knowledge, probability theory, research, and applications. Course topics include signal processing, communication systems, power systems, electronics, electronic and integrated circuits, electromagnetics, and microelectronics.
Complete Your Engineering Degree in Two Years
You can pursue the program on a part-time basis and complete the program within two years, based on completion of two courses a semester. You must maintain a 3.00 grade-point average in both prescribed and supporting courses approved by the program to graduate.
You must successfully complete the following program requirements:
- At least 21 credits must be in Engineering courses.
- At least 15 credits must be in Electrical Engineering (EE) courses.
- At least 18 credits must be at the 500 level.
- All students must complete three credits of EE 594, Research Projects.
As part of the program, you will write a nonthesis scholarly report or engineering paper that you and your faculty adviser have mutually agreed upon, which is suitable for publication at a national or international conference, such as the IEEE's (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), or in a professional journal, in order to obtain this degree.
Prescribed Core Courses (9 credits)
Electives (select 21 credits)
If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.
Costs and Financial Aid
Graduate tuition is calculated based on the number of credits for which you register. Tuition is due shortly after each semester begins and rates are assessed every semester of enrollment.
|How many credits do you plan to take per semester?||Cost|
|11 or fewer||$1,007 per credit|
|12 or more||$12,082 per semester|
Financial Aid and Military Benefits
Some students may qualify for financial aid. Take the time to research financial aid, scholarships, and payment options as you prepare to apply. Military service members, veterans, and their spouses or dependents should explore these potential military education benefits and financial aid opportunities, as well.
How to Apply
Deadlines and Important Dates
Your degree application, including receipt of all materials, must be received by the dates below to be considered complete. You may apply several months in advance and indicate your planned semester start date in the application.
- Fall Deadline: Apply by August 3 to start August 21
- Spring Deadline: Apply by December 20 to start January 8
- Summer Deadline: Apply by May 3, 2024, to start May 13, 2024
Space is limited, and you are encouraged to apply early. Applications will be reviewed until all seats are filled.
For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.
It is expected that students have an ABET accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) with a GPA of at least 3.0 in the final two years of school. Admission decisions will also be based on relevant transcripts, personal statement, work experience, and recommendation letters.
Those applying for admission as a master of engineering candidate without an ABET accredited bachelor of science in electrical engineering (BSEE) degree may be admitted with a few stipulations: fewer than two deficiencies in background, which must be remedied in the first two semesters of the program; these prerequisite courses will be in addition to the required number of credits for the degree; the student must also maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 in all prerequisite courses; the student must have a strong background in mathematics to apply. Note: The online MENG EE program does not offer online prerequisite courses.
Prerequisite courses for students who have not earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree are: Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III (Multivariate calculus), Differential Equations, Probability/Statistics, Electromagnetics, Electrical Communications, Control System Design, Digital Signal Processing, Power/Machines, Signal and Systems (Fourier and Laplace transforms), Physics (Calculus based), Computer Programming (C,C++ or equivalent), Electrical Circuits (Calculus based) and Electronic Circuits. It is also very helpful to have some experience in MATLAB programming.
Note: Technology degrees in electrical engineering, (for example, BSEET) are generally not an equivalent BSEE degree and therefore not accepted; applicants with a technology degree must meet all deficiency requirements and prerequisites to be considered.
The program contains many courses requiring a solid background in mathematics with at least three semesters of calculus including multivariate calculus, differential equations and probability/statistics. Students with a strong background in mathematics may apply. The admissions committee will consider the academic background, as evidenced by the transcript, as part of the overall application.
All applicants are expected to have earned a junior/senior grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
What You Need
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:
Official transcripts from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of your academic history. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.
GPA and Test Scores — postsecondary (undergraduate), junior/senior (last two years) GPA is required. Official GRE or GMAT test scores will be considered if submitted, but are NOT required.
English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page. Visit the TOEFL website for testing information. Penn State's institutional code is 2660.
References (3) — you will need to initiate the process through the online application by entering names, email addresses, and mailing addresses of three references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to each reference requesting they complete a brief online recommendation regarding your commitment for success in an online program. Please inform all recommenders they must submit the form in order for your application to be complete.
Résumé — Upload your résumé to the online application.
Personal Statement — A one- to two-page statement of purpose outlining personal career goals and reasons for wanting to enroll in the program. This statement should be specific and include information about your short- and long-term goals and how enrolling in the program may help to achieve them. The statement of purpose also offers you the opportunity to demonstrate your writing and communication skills, specify examples of leadership, and provide pertinent information that will assist the committee in selecting candidates who can benefit from and contribute to the electrical engineering program.
Start Your Application
You can begin your online application at any time. Your progress within the online application system will be saved as you go, allowing you to return at any point as you gather additional information and required materials.
Begin the graduate school application
- Choose Enrollment Type: "Degree Admission"
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
Checking Your Status
You can check the status of your application by using the same login information established for the online application form.
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Start or Advance Your Career
Start or Advance Your Career
As technology is always changing and expanding, your advanced technical proficiencies as an electrical engineer will continue to be in demand. You can use the knowledge gained from this program and the support of Penn State career resources to pursue careers in a variety of fields, depending on your goals.
Earn a Valuable Credential along the Way
Earn a Valuable Credential along the Way
Show mastery of specific subjects before your degree is complete. Thanks to shared courses across programs, students can often earn a certificate along with their degree in less time than if they earned them separately.
To learn more about the Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, offered in partnership with the Penn State Harrisburg School of Science, Engineering, and Technology, and Penn State Department of Electrical Engineering, please contact:
World Campus Admissions Counselors
Email: [email protected]
Dr. Robert Gray
Penn State Harrisburg
School of Science, Engineering, and Technology
777 West Harrisburg Pike
256 Olmsted Building
Middletown PA 17057
Email: [email protected]
Robert A. Gray
DegreePh.D., Electrical Engineering, Ohio University
DegreeM.S.E.E., Air Force Institute of Technology
DegreeB.S.E.E., Ohio University
Dr. Robert A. Gray is the professor-in-charge for the Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering. He teaches courses in embedded systems and systems engineering, reliability engineering, information systems, electronic navigation systems (GPS, inertial navigation, MEMs), digital systems, intelligent vehicle systems, Kalman filtering, wireless communications, electromagnetics and radar, electric circuits, and microcontrollers. Dr. Gray's research interests include applied research, embedded systems, medical devices, intelligent vehicle systems, and systems engineering.
Peter IdowuDegreePh.D., Electrical Engineering, The University of Toledo
Dr. Peter Idowu’s research interests include hardware-based microgrid test beds, MAS control of microgrids, induction motor current signature analysis, adaptive stabilizers for multimachine power systems, and power engineering education. Dr. Idowu teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in power systems analysis and operation and control of power systems. He manages the PPL Electric Utilities Power Lab research facility at Penn State Harrisburg.
David J. Miller
DegreePh.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara
DegreeM.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
DegreeB.Sc. E., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Princeton University
Dr. David J. Miller's research interests include machine learning, source coding, network security, and bioinformatics. Dr. Miller is a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Conference Board and a member of the Machine Learning for Signal Processing (MLSP) Technical Committee; he was the chair of the committee from 2007–2009. He was general chair for the 2001 IEEE Workshop on Neural Networks for Signal Processing. From 2004–2007, he was associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 1996.
DegreePh.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo
DegreeM.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo
DegreeB.Sc. E. E., Northern University (Now University of Tarapaca), Arica, Chile
DegreeThesis: “Discriminator for Telemetry”
Dr. Aldo Morales' research interests include signal integrity, FPGA implementation for high-speed applications, communications, digital signal, image and video processing, wavelets, mathematical morphology and nonlinear signal processing, and neural networks. He teaches courses in digital signal processing, topics in digital signal processing, random variables and stochastic processes, wavelets, signal and systems, neural networks (undergraduate), and communications.
Victor P. PaskoDegreePh.D., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
Dr. Victor P. Pasko's research interests include atmospheric electrodynamics, atmospheric acoustic-gravity waves, gas discharge phenomena, computational plasma physics, and electromagnetics. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of engineering electromagnetics, plasmas, and plasma-assisted materials processing. From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Pasko served as chair of Atmospheric and Space Electricity Focus Group of American Geophysical Union. He served as a chair of U.S. Commission of International Union of Radio Science from 2011 to 2014.
DegreePh.D., Electrical Engineering, Electrophysics, Drexel University
DegreeM.S., Electrical Engineering, Communications, Iran University of Science and Technology
DegreeB.S., Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Sharif University of Technology
Dr. Mohammad-Reza Tofighi’s research interests are in radio frequency (RF) and microwave technology. A member of Penn State Harrisburg’s electrical engineering faculty since 2004, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on RF and microwave engineering, engineering electromagnetics, antennas, communication systems, and electronics.
Scott van Tonningen
DegreePh.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado
DegreeM.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois
DegreeB.S., Electrical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy
Dr. Scott van Tonningen teaches courses in the areas of electrical power, control systems, optimal control, linear signals and systems, and electronics. His research interests include the areas of optimal control, numerical methods, and nonlinear systems.