The online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MS-EE), hosted on the internationally acclaimed Coursera platform, offers stackable graduate-level courses, graduate certificates, and a fully accredited master’s degree in electrical engineering. The MS-EE on Coursera students earn the same credentials as our on-campus students. There are no designations on official CU transcripts, diploma, or certificates, that this is an online program.

The diagram displayed below shows that the MS-EE on Coursera courses and certificates can be stacked into the full 30 credit hour degree.

online ms-ee program overview


Admission is performance-based; no application required. Our promise to you—we will never ask you for transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE or TOEFL scores. Demonstrate that you can master the courses by completing a series of for-credit courses in a “Pathway Specialization” and pass with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and not less than 2.0 in any individual course. This “B” average qualifies you to be admitted into the degree program. Once admitted, you are on your way to earning a graduate certificate and/or master's degree. Complete and submit the enrollment form and pay tuition to get started.


  • $667 per credit hour, $20,010 for the full 30-credit master's degree. *Please note that course tuition may vary depending on the college.
  • Tuition is assessed on a pay-as-you-go, per-course basis.
  • Additional software or hardware may be required for some courses payable by the student.
  • This program is not currently eligible for U.S. federal financial aid.
  • There are currently no scholarships available.
  • Application of veteran benefits to this degree program has been approved. Visit the WEAMS website for more information.
  • Some course materials have a free trial and can be previewed at no cost.
  • Payment options are credit or debit card with 2.85% service fee, ECheck, or Flywire. Visit the Bursar's Office MS-EE on Coursera webpage for more information.

Courses and Specializations

  • Courses are often offered for fractional credits ranging from 0.6 credit hours to 1.2 credit hours.
  • Each specialization consists of about 3-4 courses which is equivalent to a regular 3-credit course on-campus.
  • Specializations cover specific topics within their focus area (Embedded Systems, Power Electronics, Photonics and Optics, etc).
  • A "pathway" specialization is one that is designated for entry into either a certificate or the degree program.
  • Degree and certificate-seeking students must successfully complete one "pathway" specialization.
  • Graduate certificate students must complete a series of designated specializations to earn the certificate. 
  • You can earn graduate academic credit for each individual course in the curriculum.


  • There are 6 sessions total per year.
  • Each session is 8 weeks long.
  • The session enrollment period starts 2 weeks before the first day content is available.
  • The session enrollment period ends 2 weeks before all coursework is due.
  • All for-credit coursework is due before the last day of each session.
  • While work can be done at your own pace within the session, the for-credit session end date is absolute.

Preview Courses with Non-Credit Options

  • Each course in the MS-EE can be previewed or taken as a non-credit Coursera class.
  • You do not pay CU tuition when previewing a class, but may need to pay fees to Coursera for access to a full range of content. 
  • You may upgrade from non-credit to credit at any time during your coursework. Previously completed assignments will be automatically applied to your for-credit experience.
  • Additional material and assessments must be completed to earn credit; these materials are only available when you pay tuition.