In the George Washington University electrical engineering master’s program, you’ll gain a competitive advantage through honing your technical, business and communication skills. Our program teaches you to effectively apply your knowledge of science and mathematics to solve urgent problems and plan for future needs. You can complete the entire electrical engineering degree online in a focus area that is in high demand.

MS in Electrical Engineering: Program Quick Facts

Completion Time: 2-2.5 years
Delivery: 100% online
Next Start Date: Week of May 31, 2021
Total Credits: 30 credits
Cost Per Credit: $1,095
Total Tuition Cost: $32,850
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Program Summary

Our online electrical engineering master’s program prepares students to take charge of complex projects and lead multi-disciplinary teams. They become experts in essential engineering principles and learn the cutting-edge techniques needed to design and implement electrical systems in a rapidly advancing environment. GW offers two focus areas in this degree: electrical power and energy and communications and networks.

Electrical engineers drive major advances in a wide range of industries, making our world of constantly evolving technology possible. These professionals design essential systems, supervise manufacturing processes and design infrastructure. Graduates with an electrical engineering degree from GW are ready to work at the forefront of today’s technological leaps and adapt to new breakthroughs.

Admissions Requirements

Ideal candidates for the M.S. in Electrical Engineering program will meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum grade point average of B- (2.7 on a 4.0 scale) or higher (Applicants with less than a 2.7 GPA are welcome to apply and may be accepted conditionally based on a holistic review of application materials.)
  • Received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or closely related field from a regionally accredited institution
    • For more information please read our Admission Requirements.

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      The online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program exposes students to cutting-edge topics ranging from the design of next-generation communication networks to the development of smart power grids. The online format offers the advantage of synchronous or asynchronous delivery, allowing you the flexibility to study when and where it works best for your situation.

      Graduates will be prepared to apply the principles of electrical engineering in a broad range of enterprises and develop the skills they need to achieve technical mastery within their fields.

      The curriculum comprises 10 courses, including those that cover core electrical engineering skills. The curriculum was designed with these focus areas because they are not only high-growth areas for the technology sector, but offer considerable potential for electrical engineers to advance their careers.

      The online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering does not require a thesis.

      Each course in the curriculum awards three semester hours of graduate credit to yield the 30 credit hours required for the degree.

      Students can choose from two focus areas featuring specialized electrical engineering online courses:

      Electrical Power and Energy

      • Develop and optimize smarter systems to generate and distribute electrical power from conventional and green renewable resources
        Learn to transmit and deliver power via smart, reliable, resilient, and self-healing power systems
      • Courses cover techniques for circuit analysis, energy conversion, power market reliability modeling and power system protection

      Communications and Networks

      • Learn how network architecture and topology enable the secure, efficient transmission of information, and learn how to design high-speed and efficient telecommunication networks that reliably deliver data
      • Classes include topics such as the principles of digital communications, layered protocol architectures in computer networks, and modulation and coding techniques for wired and wireless communications


      Introduction to linear systems theory. Topics include linear vector spaces and linear operators, mathematical representation of dynamic linear systems, concept of state and solution of the state equation, controllability and observability, canonical forms of the state equation, state feedback, and state estimation.
      Axioms of probability; conditional probability; independent events; sequential experiments. Single and multiple random variables. Discrete-valued and continuous-valued stochastic processes; discrete-time and continuous-time stochastic processes; mean, auto-correlation and autocovariance functions; multiple random processes; stationary stochastic processes and linear time-invariant systems; ergodicity; Markov chains. Examples from engineering applications.
      Signal spaces and approximation. Orthogonal functions. Fourier series and transform. Bandpass signals and modulation. Hilbert transform and analytic signals. Time frequency analysis. Short-time Fourier transform. Linear systems properties. Laplace transform. Sampling and discrete-time signals. Discrete-time Fourier transform and z-transform. Wavelets.
      Circuit elements and circuit analysis techniques. Circuit theorems for performing such fundamental computations for electrical engineering as sinusoidal steady-state analysis and maximum power or power dissipation calculations. Hands-on experience with CAD tools for designing circuits.
      Introduction to linear algebra and vector spaces as applied to networks and electrical systems. Orthogonal bases, projections, and least squares. Fast Fourier transforms. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors with applications. Computations with matrices. Constrained optimization in electrical systems. Network models and applications. Special relativity.
      Problems in managing projects; project management as planning, organizing, directing, and monitoring; project and corporate organizations; duties and responsibilities; the project plan; schedule, cost, earned-value and situation analysis; leadership; team building; conflict management; meetings, presentations, and proposals.

      The Electrical Power and Energy area explores issues of electric power generation, transmission, and distribution. Students will gain hands-on experience with optimization techniques for solving some of the industry's most complex challenges, such as how to optimize power generation and distribution with renewable energy. Graduates of this focus area will be able to design and develop reliable, efficient, secure, and sustainable electric power delivery systems.

      Three-phase and single-phase AC rotating machines and transformers, DC machines, rotating machines as circuit elements, power semiconductor converters. Renewable generation, utility grid integration, smart grid applications. May be taken for graduate credit by students in fields other than electrical engineering.
      AC power grids, transmission line parameters, load flow, economic dispatch voltage, frequency, and power flow control. Voltage, current, and power limitations. Fault analysis and stability considerations. Effect of independent power producers and variable energy sources and energy storage.
      The application of electronics to energy conversion. Principles of operation, analysis, and control of circuits including solid-state electronic switches. Methods of solving power electronic circuits and finding the steady-state values of important quantities. Deriving the linear model of the studied power electronic circuits and designing controllers for these devices. A general knowledge of electric circuits and linear control theory is required.
      Overview of probability theory. Overview of basic power market reliability modeling and evaluation. Generation supply reliability techniques, modeling and evaluation. Reliability of transmission system and delivery of supply. Loss of load probability evaluation. Forced and maintenance outages and impact on system reliability. Load forecasting and probability of interconnected systems. Risk evaluation in power system operation. Operating reserve techniques and indices. Distribution system reliability including substations. Composite system reliability modeling. Reliability worth and value.

      The Communications and Networks focus area examines the problem of efficient and safe transmission of information. Courses in information theory, stochastic processes, digital communication, networking, data encryption and compression, network protocols and technologies, and security can be applied in the construction and maintenance of local area networks, wide area networks, cellular and satellite communications, wireless networks, and the internet.

      Layered protocol architectures. Digital transmission, fundamental limits. Error detection and ARQ protocols. Data link layer and control. Multiple access protocols. Circuit and packet switching. Multiplexing. Routing. Flow and congestion control, queue management. LAN standards. TCP/IP. Next-generation Internet.
      Security concerns and best practices for cloud computing and cloud services; cloud computing architectures, risk issues and legal topics; data security; internal and external clouds; information security frameworks and operations guidelines.
      Principles of digital communications. Channels, digital modulation; optimum receivers and algorithms in the AWGN; coherent, non-coherent, and fading channels. Correlation detectors, matched filters; diversity. Bounds on performance of communications, comparison of communications systems and implementation issues. Prerequisite: ECE 6015.
      Characterization of mobile and wireless channels. Indoor and outdoor path loss models. Multipath propagation. Fading and fading countermeasures: coding, equalization. Power control. Cellular design and frequency reuse. Modulation and coding techniques. Spread Spectrum and OFDM. Random access methods. Code and Space Division Multiple Access, MIMO. Prerequisite: ECE 6510.

      Program Learning Objectives

      The comprehensive, online M.S. in Electrical Engineering aims to graduate students who will be able to:

      • Apply mathematics, science, and engineering knowledge to analyze and implement complex interdisciplinary engineering projects
      • Design and conduct engineering experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
      • Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economics, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturing, and sustainability
      • Manage complex engineering projects for, and function on, multidisciplinary technical teams
      • Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
      • Communicate effectively
      • Leverage state-of-the-art techniques, skills, and tools necessary for engineering practice

      Program Walkthrough

      Earning an online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the George Washington University prepares students to solve complex problems, apply state-of-the-art tools and lead multidisciplinary teams. Watch this video to hear from admissions counselor Rochelle Kerrigan about what you can expect when you enroll in one of the nation’s top online engineering schools.

      The presentation includes the following topics and more:

      • Options for customizing the curriculum with two high-demand focus areas
      • The experience of taking online courses from GW
      • Support services available to online students
      • Admission requirements and the application process

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      MS in Electrical Engineering Program Walkthrough Transcript

      Rochelle Kerrigan, Admissions Counselor

      Hello everyone and welcome to our program walkthrough for the online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at George Washington University. I’m very excited to speak with you all about the program. My name is Rochelle Kerrigan. I’m an admissions counselor working with students in the program and I’ve been with George Washington for just under a year now.

      What we’re going to do today is cover some information and go through some specifics about the university itself, the vision that we have in place for this specific program and we’re going to cover the curriculum. Then our support services for online students, and then we’ll cover the application overview for this program. Then go through post admission steps. About the George Washington University. We’ve been around for quite a long time since 1821, believe it or not, the physical campus is located in the DC area. We are one of the nation’s first dedicated programs in the field of engineering. Again, located in the heart of one of the largest and most comprehensive technology centers in the nation. You have a lot of obviously government agencies, government entities here, corporation, lots of small businesses, really at the heart of a lot of engineering areas.

      Strong connections to influential institutions that helps to deliver a unique combination of research, teaching and public services, which we’re able to provide to our students and our alumni. The vision of the program, again, the online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, what it’s really doing is aiming to graduate students who are going to be able to do the following things. Things like gaining that hands on experience with state of the art electrical engineering techniques and the tools that you will apply to those business areas and in the market for career opportunities, the comprehensive background that electrical engineers are going to need to function within a multidisciplinary team and lead complex engineering projects. Also gaining the technical and critical thinking skills in order to compete with the best engineers in the industry.

      The Master of Science and Electrical Engineering again is a fully online program, 100% online. It’s about 30 credit hours, which is 10 classes. Average time for completion is probably around two to two and a half to three year timeframe. It all does depend. It is really focused on what the student’s schedule is like and each class is 18 week term. For example, if you decide to take two courses per 10 weeks here and there and then utilize the optional fifth term, which is our summer accelerated term, it may graduate you faster than someone who opts out of the five weeks summer term and takes one course per term weeks. The program is broken down into six core classes and then four classes that are specific to one of our focus areas. Those focus areas are electrical power and energy and or communications and networks and we’ll go through them specifically in another slide. The program again is really designed for individuals who are looking at both the core engineering and the specialized technical learning that they need in order to plan, design, implement, and also manage sophisticated electrical systems. Our graduates are going to be capable of working in present technological environment but also at adapting the profession as it continues to advance.

      Let’s touch on the first focus area that individuals can choose from. It’s our electrical power and engineering, very niche in the market, lots of opportunity for marketability. This allows graduates from this particular area to be able to design and develop reliable, efficient, sustainable and secure electrical power delivery systems. It will also explore issues of electrical power generation, distribution, transmission and students really do gain hands on experience that will optimize techniques for solving some of the industry’s most complex challenges, some of those being how to optimize power generation and distribution with renewable energy.

      Our other focus area of choice is Communications and Network. These courses are going to look at information theory, it’s going to look at digital communication networking, touch on that data encryption and compression, look at network protocols and techniques and security as it can be applied to the construction and maintenance of local area networks, wide area networks. So you’ll learn in satellite communication. And this focus area is well-rounded and really dives in and examines the problem of efficient and safe transmission of information.

      Now let’s look at some learning outcomes, so the total learning outcomes of the entire Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program, again, it is designed and it is conducted for engineering experiments, design systems component or a process to meet the desired needs within realistic constraints. It identifies, formulate and solves engineering problems and teaches how to communicate effectively, leverage state of the art techniques, skills and tools necessary for engineering practice. And then of course it analyzes and implements complex inter disciplinary engineering projects, so with the right education and electrical engineer can become many things. Some examples are principles of electrical engineering, a senior electrical engineer, electrical power and project manager. Again, those are just some of the examples of certain positions that individuals could be skilled to go into, again, with the right education.

      Let’s talk about the faculty and go through who’s actually teaching these classes. The lifeblood of any of our programs is her faculty. It is all GW faculty. We don’t farm out the program professors for lack of a better term, a majority of our professors do hold doctoral degrees. Many have their terminal degrees or some of their degrees from the George Washington university programs. So they’ve experienced the education that we offer, they’ve benefited and identified and been able to work in the field. And from that they’ve stuck around to teach other students that are coming through programs here. Many are award winning, published of course, very highly respected members of their respective feel. The professors that we have are also unique in that they bring a lot of practical, real world experience in their respective areas of expertise.

      These aren’t just academics, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but they’re not just strictly academics. We want people who are able to learn, teach, and help you and have applied these techniques to the real world. They are people who have worked in the electrical engineering field and are engineers currently and also teach the classes some of these classes at George Washington. So they’re bringing a lot of things into the classroom that are relevant, not just theory based. If you really want to look at it, they’re incredibly accessible to students in the form of live classes that we offer with the live lectures that are included in the program. They’re available through email, office hours and many will provide their phone numbers and they’re very communicative. You really will get the opportunity to build a relationship with your professor and not just have someone grading papers and going through the course with you to give you a grad.

      The course experience, let’s talk about what that will entail. In the course experience, we’ll go through the actual structure of our online programs. What we have done is blend the online flexibility with the live classroom interaction. What I mean by this is that classes meet live online once a week at 6:30 PM Eastern standard time for three hours and that’s 10 weeks and that’s each week for each class. So the attendance in the live lecture is expected if you miss one here or there because you’re sick or you’re traveling or emergency, faculty is usually pretty understanding. But again, attendance to the live lecture is expected. Each of those live sessions are also recorded so you can go and re watch. If you miss anything and you can catch up, you may also want to reference that for your schoolwork. You can also go in and look at some study components and you will be able to have access to that on the weekends, evenings and throughout the course. As I say, classes are 10 weeks long, meaning once a week live. The terms that we offer are five per year, spring one, which is usually in January. That’s the next one coming up. Spring two is usually in March. Summer is a five week accelerated term, usually around June and the live classes meet twice a week instead of once a week, and then fall is usually August and then fall two which is October.

      Now we’ll touch on the support services that are available to our students. In this program. We have a very robust center for career services. It offers a wide range of whether it be customized or individual career services. That would include a coaching program, a super convenient online resume service that would be available to you, LinkedIn profiles to interview you and critique, and that’s done through workshops. Certain events such as these workshops will allow for additional networking opportunities and exposure. The mentor program is also something widely utilized by our students and it is unique to George Washington University. This is an email form where the mentors will provide guidance, coaching’s perspectives that enhances the mentees connections. George Washington University allows them to feel a touch more connected to the community. Again also provides itself networking opportunities as well. The writing center, this is where the individual can get feedback from train writing consultants who can help with specific research or writing projects.

      To go into more detail about support services, it’s a very, very effective division of information technology. This is where the students will get support on anything that has to do with their accounts, email and calendar, anything that has to do with network, internet access, web collaboration, software and business applications, communications, backup and storage, research, computing, computing and training. And then Gwiz allows the community members to access self-service knowledge about the technology and assistance with the division of the IT services. Then, last is our Gelman library and this offers digital library access. Students can have items sent to their home, articles can be kept access and books can be renewed up to three times. Now the emissions requirements, so let’s go through the admissions requirements for candidates in the master’s degree program. These candidates ideally should meet the following criteria.

      You will need to have a Bachelor’s degree from an Accredited institution in Electrical Engineering or closely related field. So closely related again is electrical engineering, electronics engineering, electronics engineering technology, a degree that has a key emphasis on math, physics, computer science and etc. That’s what the committee is looking for and it’s a pretty hard requirement because of what is contained within the program. You need to have a grade of C or better in two college level calculus classes as well as a minimum GPA of a 2.7 or 4.0. Applicants with a GPA lower than 2.7 can apply and may be conditionally accepted after a holistic review of their application materials.

      So in the overview, basically how you want to apply in terms of the application overview and how we’re looking at you as a new student is a fairly straightforward process. You’ll work with us on submitting your application. It takes about two minutes electronically. Three letters of recommendation need to be provided. At least two letters must come from a professional reference. We provide you a template for that. So you would sign that as the candidate and then your recommender needs to sign it. And then there’s a very brief statement of purpose and an updated copy of your resume. Then we need official transcripts from all attended schools. Whether or not a degree was orange, and the reason, the word all is underline is because it does need to be every institution that you earn any college credit from, not just where you obtained your degree.

      Even if you transfer credits and those were listed as transfer and you completed your degree completely at the new institution, we’re going to need a copy of everything that’s on that transcript. Again, your admissions counselor and advisor will go through the steps with you. That’s their role to help strengthen your application and help to get all documents in to put you forward to the committee as the strongest candidate. Once you apply all of the supporting enrollment documents are sent in and you are getting and you receive a favorable but mission’s decision and are accepted into the program, what’s next? Essentially accepted students would want to sign and submit the brief reply form that essentially accepting the offer of admissions. There will be an ethics page that’s required to sign and submit and there’s a tuition deposit, not a fee. It is applied to the first semester of your tuition and then to begin classes. There’s a very comprehensive online orientation that will be sent out to prepare students to transition into the program smoothly. Then they will receive a registration notice from our associate manager.

      Here’s the direct contact information for myself, Rochelle Kerrigan, my email ( and phone number (202-552-0970), direct line to me, and then also there’s my colleagues number and Matthew Star and email address. And we’re both available email and then phone normal business hours, we’ll get back to you right away because this is something that we know you’re interested in pursuing. If you have any additional questions outside of this presentation, please feel free to email or call either one of us. We look forward to seeing your application soon.