What is the program?

It is a Professional Master’s degree program offered by CU Boulder’s Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering (ECEE) and Colorado Power Electronics Center (CoPEC) in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. It leads to a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (MSEE). Its goal is to produce creative, workforce-ready graduates equipped with versatile power electronics skills and technical leadership abilities.

What are the prerequisites for applicants?

A Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, or the equivalent is required. The curriculum assumes a solid background in circuits, electronics and related subject matter.

Is the GRE required for admission?

The GRE is optional for Spring/Fall 2024 admissions. 

What is the tuition cost?

For graduate students, professional master’s tuition rates differ from traditional academic research tuition rates. The PM rates are linear per student credit hour and have low differential for non-residents as compared with traditional rates. Please refer to the officially published tuition rate schedules from the campus Bursar's Office. Non-degree student tuition rates for power electronics professional master’s courses will generally follow the same rates as for graduate students. Tuition rates are administered through the respective enrollment processes for degree and non-degree students. Graduate students may be enrolled in only one professional master’s program at a time.

What is the difference between this degree and the traditional MS degree?

This degree requires specialization in power electronics, to develop a foundation for a career in the power electronics field. Upon graduation, the transcript will indicate completion of the sub-plan in power electronics.

How and when do I apply?

Complete details on the application process (admission requirements, application deadlines, how to apply instructions for both VISA and domestic students) may be found on the university's Graduate Admissions website. 

Is there a academic advisor for this program?

Yes. For further inquiries or assistance, please contact ECEE Graduate Advisor Adam Sadoff at adam.sadoff@colorado.edu or (303) 735-0490.

Are there any TA, RA, GA or GPTI opportunities in the professional master’s program?

Students enrolled in professional master’s programs are eligible for an hourly paid appointment (Student Assistant IV – see current scale here) or for a program-administered fellowship, but are not eligible for TA, RA, GA, or GPTI roles that include tuition waivers. Instead, professional master’s program tuition rates are lower than those for other MS, ME and PhD degrees for out-of-state students and visa students.

What are the degree requirements?

30 credit hours of graduate-level coursework are required. Three core courses in power electronics are required: ECEN 5797, ECEN 5807 and ECEN 5817. Two laboratory courses in power electronics are also required. A minimum of one additional elective course related to power electronics is required. Of the remaining four courses, at least three must be approved technical electives.

What is the expected timeline for completing the professional master’s degree?

This program offers great flexibility. Full-time students typically complete the degree in two years or less, taking two or three courses per semester. Part-time students should complete the degree within four years.

Does the program include research or thesis?

No research or thesis components are required. The primary objective of this program is workforce preparation in industry-driven highly employable engineering skills. The program offers a curriculum directed towards up-to-date theory and skills required for engineers practicing power electronics. Graduate design laboratories are also offered. Participants who desire a research-driven experience may optionally enroll in independent study.

Will the professional master’s program limit my options for a PhD afterwards?

No. This program concentrates on preparing students for an industry career; however, enrolled students may apply for admission to the PhD program if they choose.

Can I earn the professional master’s degree in power electronics online?

Yes. With the exception of the laboratory courses, all course offerings in this program are available.  Students admitted into this professional master’s program can enroll in the online version of these courses and earn the MS degree without attending on-campus classes. 

Refer to the campus Academic Calendar for important deadline dates.

Does the program exist under a designated STEM degree?

Yes. Since the ECEE Department offers the professional master’s program under the MS degree, the CIP code is 14.0101 with a CIP description of general engineering. This CIP code is listed on ICE website as a STEM-designated degree program.