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Master of Science Degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University offers 30-credit hour MS-thesis and non-thesis degrees in both Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering. Our MS degrees allow students to select coursework and a plan of study tailored to their research interests and career goals. MS degree courses are offered in-person, online, and in a hybrid format at our main campus in Clemson, SC and at the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center in Charleston, SC. 

MS Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering Focus Areas

All MS degree students admitted to either the MS Electrical Engineering or MS Computer Engineering programs work with their advisor to identify and fulfill the focus area requirements. Focus areas include: computing and communications, energy systems, intelligent systems, or photonics, electronics, and quantum systems. Additionally, MS degree students have the option to minor in a related fields and departments (math, physics, computer science, or industrial engineering) by completing as few as six additional credit hours.

MS (non-thesis) Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering Degree

The MS non-thesis degree is recommended for recent B.S. graduates in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering interested in an advanced degree and a career in industry. Many top-firms, including Meta, Google, Apple, and Lockheed Martin, require graduate degrees for senior engineer positions. Our MS non-thesis program is designed for students interested in these professional positions and allows students to earn a graduate degree in as little as 12-months. The MS non-thesis option requires a minimum of 30-credit hours (at least 18 of which must be at the 8000-level) and student can tailor their focus area to build skills in preparation for their career goals.   

MS (thesis) Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering Degree

Students in route to a PhD in electrical or computer engineering, or who are supported as a research assistant, will pursue the MS-thesis degree. Students interested the MS thesis program will pursue research in one of four emphasis areas: computing and communications, energy systems, intelligent systems, or photonics, electronics, and quantum systems. While the MS thesis option is also 30-credit hours, students must complete 12 credit hours at the 8000-level in addition to six credits of ECE 8910: Master’s Thesis Research. The MS-thesis degree differs from the non-thesis option by the required thesis research report and oral defense prior to graduation.

How to Apply

Admission is based on the applicant’s record of academic performance, standardized test scores, and letters of reference. Each applicant should highlight relevant work experience and detail academic goals and research interests in a written statement of purpose. Information on required undergraduate prerequisite courses can be found on the UG Course Requirements page.

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Deadlines

Students who seek admission for the fall semester are encouraged to apply no later than the preceding January 15; students who seek admission for the spring semester are encouraged to apply no later than the preceding September 1; students who seek admission for the first summer session are encouraged to apply no later than the preceding December 1. The department will review applications after these recommended dates, but failure to meet these dates may significantly reduce applicants' opportunities for financial assistance.
Please note: International applicants must submit a completed application (with all the required application material) no later than the dates shown below to be considered for admission in the corresponding term.

  • Spring Term: September 15
  • Summer Term: February 15
  • Fall Term: April 15

Test Scores and Requirements

You can view the median test scores of admitted students by program offered at Clemson University. While we do not have a minimum GRE, TOEFL or GPA, we typically seek out applicants with scores in this general range of test scores. Our application review committee looks at all parts of the application to determine if you have the educational background to be successful in our program.  Please note that our program has very high expectations of our applicants. 

The following supporting materials are required for our graduate application package:

  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts (unofficial at time of application, official transcript will be required if accepted)
  • GRE - Only official scores will be reviewed, Clemson Institution code = 5111
  • TOEFL - International Students only, Only official scores will be reviewed, Clemson Institution Code = 5111

For more information, please see our FAQ section and our Graduate Student Handbook or contact our department at ecegrad@clemson.edu.

 

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