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Master of Science - Electrical Engineering



What will I learn?

Electrical engineering is the application of scientific and mathematical principles to the design, manufacture, and control of structures, machines, processes, and systems. In the past, the work of electrical engineers has had a direct and vital impact on people’s lives. For example, electrical engineers have been responsible for the creation of electric power, modern electronics, computers, electronic communication systems, modern flight controllers, automated manufacturing and medical diagnostic tools. An electrical engineering education continues to provide opportunities for solving problems of great social significance and for increasing people’s quality of life. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNLV has excellent facilities for graduate education and research in electrical engineering. In addition, our faculty are experienced and knowledgeable in many of the electrical engineering disciplines, including communications, computer engineering, control system theory, electromagnetics and optics, electronics, power systems, signal processing and solid state devices. At UNLV, students have the opportunity for personal interaction so that programs and research projects can be tailored to student interests.

Available Options

Comprehensive Exam Track

Thesis Track

Integrated BS-MS Track

Career Possibilities

A Master of Science (M.S.) degree in electrical engineering specifically prepares graduates for a career in the electrical engineering field. Most students who purse an M.S. in electrical engineering have a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in electrical engineering. Obtaining an M.S. degree in electrical engineering allows graduates to specialize in particular electrical engineering disciplines and can help further graduates’ careers past introductory level work. A Master of Science degree in electrical engineering can also help graduates find work in other careers such as patent law and marketing and management in engineering companies.

Which department am I in?

Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$24,050.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 May 2023, 1 October 2023

Start date

17 January 2023, 28 August 2023, 16 January 2024


Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering

4505 S. Maryland Pkwy.,



89154, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Bachelor’s Degree – You must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, or an approved international equivalent. Grade Point Average – You must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 (4.00=A) for your bachelor’s degree, or a minimum 3.00 (4.00=A) for the last two years (60 semester hours).

For international students

To be considered for admission to the M.S.E. program, an applicant must:

Have a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering or a closely related discipline

Applicants who possess a bachelor's degree in a closely related discipline, such as physics or mathematics, may be admitted on conditional and/or provisional status. These students will be required to complete certain undergraduate and/or graduate courses before they can attain regular status. The graduate committee determines these courses on an individual basis.

Graduates with degrees in engineering technology ordinarily have an inadequate background to be admitted to the graduate program.

Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (A=4.00) for their bachelor's degree.

English Proficiency Requirement:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Minimum score: 6.5; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (Paper-based) Minimum score: 74; (Computer-based) Minimum score: 213; (Internet-based) Minimum score: 80. Michigan Test of English Language Placement (MTELP) - Minimum score: 85; Pearson Test of English (PTE)- Minimum score: 65.

Application Deadline: May 1 for fall semester; Oct. 1 for spring semester.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Nevada

UNLV provides excellent teaching quality and the diverse modern methods it uses ensure students are at the cutting-edge of their chosen field.

  • Wide selection of study programs including unique options
  • Most diverse school in the U.S (2022 U.S. News & World Report)
  • Thriving campus life amongst the lively Las Vegas atmosphere
  • R1 top tier award from Carnegie for research-related learning

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