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Electrical Engineering (M.S.)

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

As an electrical engineering graduate student, you will work with top scholars and industry leaders to develop your area of expertise. University of Dayton faculty are nationally recognized as educators and researchers. They will support and guide you in a well-equipped learning environment, including seven dedicated computer labs with industry-specific software and ten specialty laboratories. You will use state-of-the-art computational and engineering tools equipped with industry-specific software — MATLAB, FPGA, Altera, Xilinx, and Microsoft Visual Studio Pro, and simulation and design tools — ADAMS and ANSYS. Your graduate degree will take you to diverse work settings and prepare you for global, ever-evolving technologies.

A substantial amount of financial aid is available to support your continued studies. We offer competitive teaching assistantships, research assistantships and fellowships to some of our advanced students. We receive a large number of qualified applications each term.

  • College Choice and U.S. News & World Report rate the University of Dayton's graduate engineering school in the top 60 in the nation
  • No. 1 — Catholic university for sponsored engineering R&D
  • No. 10 — nationally for federally sponsored engineering R&D

Plan of Study

Click here to go to the University Catalog for an overview and courses for our Master of Science of Electrical Engineering

A minimum of 30 semester hours:

  • At least 9 semester hours in electrical engineering core courses approved by advisor/advisory committee
  • At least 9 semester hours in a concentration area: telecommunications, signals & systems, and digital systems, or as approved by the advisor/advisory committee
  • An approved thesis may count for 6 semester hours
  • Technical electives, approved by your advisor, to reach a total of 30 semester hours

Areas of Research

  • Applied electromagnetics
  • Autonomous electric vehicles
  • Avionics
  • Biosensors, bioinstrumentation, and human performance
  • Color science
  • Control systems
  • Electrical engineering
  • Energy storage
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Medical additive manufacturing and bioengineering
  • Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)
  • Multifunctional oxide thin films
  • Nano-electronics
  • Radar systems
  • Robotics
  • Signal and image processing
  • Smart grid and power electronics
  • 3D printed trusted electronics
  • Wide area surveillance
  • Wireless networks

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the electrical engineering program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3.  Personal statement (strongly recommended) or a resumé.
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or another related field of study. Applicants without an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering may be required to complete prerequisite coursework. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale on their undergraduate degree. Some programs require a higher GPA for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with the following approximate deadlines:

  • Fall Term: June 15th
  • Spring Term: November 15th
  • Summer Term: March 15th

Please contact your department chair to follow up on exact deadlines.

Financial Assistance

  • Research Assistantship: Graduate students can receive monthly stipends and tuition support through the research grants/contracts from individual professors, based on half-time employment during the academic year and up to three months of summer employment. Contact individual professor for details
  • Teaching Assistantship: Graduate students can receive teaching assistantships from the department for helping professors with undergraduate courses and laboratories. Contact department chair for details
  • Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute: Student-faculty research fellowships are available through the Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute (DAGSI), a state-funded consortium of Ohio universities. As DAGSI participants, students have the added benefit of tuition-free coursework, using the libraries, computational and research resources (including the Ohio Super Computer System) from any DAGSI institution. More information is available at
  • Other Scholarship Opportunities: We offer tuition scholarships and assistantships to exceptional incoming candidates from the department’s MUMMA foundation Contact department chair for details

Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Eric Balster, Department Chair

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0232