Masters Programs

The Master’s degree programs in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department are designed for graduates and professionals who wish to enhance their knowledge of a specialized body of theoretical and applied topics in ECE.  Through focused learning and research, graduates will not only gain a high level of expertise in their chosen field of study, but will also acquire strong professional skills, which will allow them to rapidly progress in their career.  Our Master’s degree programs equip our graduates for career advancement in industry or for continuation to a doctoral program. 

The department is staffed with a prestigious faculty conducting research in various areas - Research Areas. The list of faculty and the list of courses typically offered within these research areas are available by following the corresponding links.  The courses are designed and continually updated to ensure our graduates are at the forefront of their chosen field within ECE.  

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department offers two Master’s degree programs:

  • Master of Science in Computer Engineering, M.S.Cp.E.
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, M.S.E.E.


Computer Engineering, M.S.Cp.E.

The M.S. in Computer Engineering program provides students with advanced knowledge on current and future generation computer hardware and software technologies.  The program is structured to emphasize the following technical areas of focus:

  • Computer Architecture and Hardware Design
  • Computer Systems and Applications Software 
  • Distributed and Real-Time Computer Systems 

Sub-specialties include microprocessor design, hardware-software integration, high-performance computing, VLSI design, machine learning and deep learning algorithms, computer networks, computer vision, hardware security, mobile and edge computing. 

The M.S.Cp.E. degree requires the successful completion of 30 approved graduate credits, including 9 credits of core courses.  Both thesis and non-thesis options are available. For additional information, please visit the M.S.Cp.E. Degree Requirements page.


Electrical Engineering, M.S.E.E.

The M.S. in Electrical Engineering program provides students with advanced knowledge on the theory and applications of electrical systems and signal processing. The program spans across the following technical areas of focus:

  • Communications and networking
  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Controls and Robotics
  • Electromagnetics, Antennas, and RF
  • Electronic Devices and Systems
  • Power Systems
  • Power Electronics and Machines

Sub-specialties include: metamaterials, antennas, photonics, wireless communications and networking, robotics and dynamical systems, image processing and computer vision, machine learning, power generation and delivery, renewable energy, and power electronics.

The M.S.E.E. degree requires the successful completion of 30 approved graduate credits, including at least 9 credits from the same technical area.  Both thesis and non-thesis options are available. For additional information, please visit the M.S.E.E. Degree Requirements page.


For details on the degree requirements, refer to the University Catalog at:
 
Prospective Students

Students with strong undergraduate academic preparation in electrical and/or computer engineering or related areas are encouraged to apply. Please see the Admissions page for admission requirements and visit Graduate Admissions to begin your application.  

Current ECE students can also take advantage of the Early Entry program to begin working toward their graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree.

For assistantships and financial aid information specific to the ECE department please visit Financial Aid. For additional information, please visit Funding on the Graduate School page.

  • For admission information and inquiries please contact the Graduate Counselor (gradcounselor@uncc.edu)
  • For ECE program-specific questions, please email ECE Grad Programs (grad-ece@uncc.edu)

 

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Valentina Cecchi (vcecchi@uncc.edu)
Office Hours: Mondays 1-2 PM or by appointment (via Zoom)
 
Academic Advisor & Graduate Support Specialist:
Ms. Katie Watson (kwatso55@uncc.edu)
Office Hours: Wednesdays 9-11 AM or by appointment (via Zoom)