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SDSU’s online Masters of Electrical Engineering program is designed for working professionals. You can earn a graduate degree that will help you boost your skills and your résumé without putting your career on hold.


About the program

Developed with the help of SDSU’s renowned College of Engineering, the online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program can help you earn a graduate-level degree from San Diego State University without the need to attend classes on a college campus. The coursework can be completed entirely online, making the program ideal for working professionals seeking career advancement opportunities.

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2 Years
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The program focuses on advanced analytical, technical, and engineering design skills that will help you further your career in electrical engineering. Your online courses are taught by experts from SDSU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The curriculum has also been developed with the help of partners in San Diego’s rich industrial network, including SDG&E and SPAWAR.

Join the next generation of engineers who will build the electrical systems of tomorrow. Earn your Master of Science in Electrical Engineering online from San Diego State University.

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Program is Perfect For...

SDSU’s online Electrical Engineering program is designed for working adults who are currently employed as electrical engineers. Students approach the program with a variety of professional goals, including:

Career Advancement
Increasing Your Marketability for New Positions
Adding New Skills and Enhancing Existing Skills
Personal Interest
Increasing Your Salary

Electrical engineers are trained to approach projects with creative solutions driven by highly-advanced analytical skills. Graduates have gone on to hold leadership positions across commercial, industrial, military, and scientific sectors. With a Master’s in Electrical Engineering, you’ll be prepared to work on high-level projects in many fields, including:

Defense & Government Agencies
Infrastructure & Public Sector Positions
Research & Academia
Biomedical and Pharmaceuticals

Since the program is entirely online and can be completed in as little as 2 years, you’ll be able to earn your Master’s degree without putting your life on hold. Best of all, upon graduation, you’ll have earned the same degree as SDSU’s on-campus students: a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University.

What you can learn

SDSU’s online M.S. in Electrical Engineering program can give you the technical proficiency and the industry knowledge you need to succeed as an electrical engineer in today’s technology-powered world.

The program is based off of eight distinct learning outcomes:

  1. Knowledge
    Apply an advanced knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to solve engineering problems and contemporary technical issues with state-of-the-art solutions
  2. Research
    Design and conduct advanced experiments, along with the ability to analyze and interpret research results.
  3. Communication
    Enhance your ability to communicate clearly, technically, and unambiguously through spoken and written words.
  4. Multidisciplinary
    Understand that data-driven engineering solutions are best, and know how to use them for multidisciplinary applications.
  5. Collaboration
    Develop an ability to work with individuals with complementary and differing skills and views.
  6. Integrity
    Understand your professional and ethical responsibilities in the work space.
  7. Global Thinking
    Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  8. Staying Relevant
    Acknowledge the need for life-long learning in ever-evolving fields, like Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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As a student in the program, you’ll develop an advanced knowledge of theories, systems, design, and skills that are essential to your success in the field. You’ll develop these skills in virtual lessons that focus on topics like:

Linear System Theory and Design
Stochastic Signals and Systems
VLSI System Design
Digital Communications

You’ll also have the opportunity to focus your studies through elective engineering courses that cover a range of specialized topics, such as machine learning, VLSI testing, renewable energy SMRT grid, computer and data networks, and cyber physic systems. You’ll vote with your classmates on the electives offered each semester.

Your online courses are led by lecturers and tenure-track faculty from SDSU’s College of Engineering. We also work closely with San Diego’s robust military presence through partnerships with SPAWAR, the U.S. Navy’s information technology systems and satellite communications development program. At the end of the program, you’ll have the opportunity to present an in-depth Culminating Experience to a panel of faculty members that will demonstrate your progress in the program.

With expert faculty, a network of industry partners, and a state-of-the-art curriculum, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from SDSU will help you take on high-level leadership positions in your field.


The outlook for graduate students with an M.S. in Electrical Engineering is extremely bright. As our world becomes more reliant on technology, the national labor market for electrical engineering graduates is projected to grow by 20% over the next decade, and the average nationwide salary for electrical engineering graduates is $100,717.

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Why Should You Choose Us?


The program has developed close relationships with a rich network of local organizations, including San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego (SPAWAR). These relationships have helped create a curriculum that’s based on real-time industry insights and hands-on experience with the latest tools and technology in the electrical engineering industry.


A Master’s degree from SDSU on your résumé will help you stand out in a rapidly-growing pool of electrical engineering professionals. According to U.S. News & World Report, SDSU’s College of Engineering is one of the top-15 engineering programs in the State of California. The Electrical Engineering program is also ranked as one of California’s top programs.


At its core, the online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program is designed to help you to continue your academic career without putting your professional career on hold. Many potential graduate students are unable to attend classes on a college campus for a variety of reasons — most have full-time jobs, families, and other commitments. SDSU’s online degree programs remove those barriers to higher education. And with courses designed and delivered by instructors from SDSU’s College of Engineering, you’ll be receiving an education that matches the academic rigors of any on-campus offerings.


In order to earn your Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, you must complete 30 units of 500-, 600-, or 700-level courses. You must take at least 18 units of 600- and 700-level courses, and no more than 12 units of 500-level courses.

The 30 units consist of the following:

  • Core Courses — 15 Units
  • Elective Courses — 15 Units
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Core Courses (15 Units)

EE 601: Linear System Theory and Design (3 Units)
State models and solutions of the state equations, stability, controllability and observability, realizability and minimal realizations, linear state and output feedback control, introduction to linear optimal control.

EE 602: Stochastic Signals and Systems (3 Units)
Random signals, correlation functions, power spectral densities, the Gaussian process, narrow band processes. Applications to communication systems.

COMP E 570: VLSI System Design (3 Units)
VLSI systems at the architectural level for digital signal processing applications: feedforward and feedback systems, fixed-point and floating-point representations, folding, iteration bound, parallel architectures, pipelining, retiming, unfolding, wave and asynchronous pipelining.

EE 558: Digital Communications (3 Units)
Design of baseband digital communication systems; noise characterization, sampling, quantization, matched filter receivers, bit-error performance, inter-symbol interference, link budget analysis.

EE 798: Special Study (3 Units)
You can enroll in your Capstone Project course after completing at least 21 units of course work. Your graduate advisor will match you with a project mentor by the end of the first year. This will help you select courses aligned to your project topic. The project has to be defended orally to a committee of two faculty members (one of whom may be your project advisor), and you must submit a written report of the project to the department.

Elective Courses (15 Units)

Elective offerings will be determined by the department chair, SDSU Global Campus, and faculty availability on a term-by-term basis. Decisions are based on the list of approved elective courses in the SDSU Graduate Bulletin.


Admission Requirements

For admission to the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program, you must have been in good standing at your last institution, and you must have achieved satisfactory scores on all sections of the GRE or GMAT for degree seeking applicants.

You must also satisfy the following requirements:

Domestic Applicants

  • A bachelor's degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering from an ABET accredited engineering program in the USA.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.85 (based on 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units of technical course work.

International Applicants

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Electronics, Instrumentation, or Computer Engineering from a recognized engineering program.
  • An equivalent grade point average of 3.0 (based on 4.0 scale) or higher in all technical course work.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 85 or minimum IELTS score of 6.5. Please note that the minimum TOEFL score required by the program is higher than San Diego State University's minimum required score.

Application Instructions

To apply for the online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering Program, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Submit an application to the University through Cal State Apply
  2. Submit Official Documents and Test Scores to SDSU Graduate Division:
    • Official transcripts sent in sealed envelopes (issued by the school) from all postsecondary schools attended. Do not send transcripts before submitting the Cal State Apply application as this may result in processing delays.
    • If you have international coursework, you must have your school send one record of all academic coursework and proof of degree, both in the original-language. For each original-language document you must also send a certified literal English translation, which can come directly from the school itself or from a professional, certified translator. The translation must contain all information shown on the original-language documents and in the same format.
    • Official documents should be mailed to:
      Graduate Admissions
      San Diego State University
      5500 Campanile Drive
      San Diego, CA 92182-7416
    • Electronic transcripts are acceptable. Please ensure that you indicate this preference when making your request. If you are required to provide an email address to send the secure online document to SDSU, please use transcriptsforsdsu@sdsu.edu.
    • Submit Official Test Scores, which include:
      • GRE Test Score — exam score must be sent electronically from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to SDSU using the SDSU institution code: 4682.
      • English Proficiency — All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants (regardless of citizenship status) applying to SDSU from an international institution where the medium of instruction was not English, must submit passing TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE as proof of English proficiency.
  3. Create your SDSU WebPortal Account after receiving your Red ID number to track your progress


Total Units: 30
Total Cost to Complete Program: $26,070 (Plus Fees)

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