Prospective ECE Masters Students
One degree, many options:
There are many exciting ways to personalize your Master’s of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering at BU. Keep reading to explore these options and see where ECE can take you.
NEW: GRE scores not required for Master’s applicants who will have earned a 4-year bachelor’s degree from a US College or University by September 2020. See our Application Requirements for details.
Master’s students can add specializations in Data Analytics, Cybersecurity or Robotics. These emerging fields are driving the demand for engineering talent with critical skills in Big Data, machine learning, signal processing, algorithms, embedded systems, and electronics, with applications across several industries including healthcare, finance, defense, manufacturing and social networking.
Students who want to switch careers and enter the technology field, but whose undergraduate degree is outside of engineering, can also earn a master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering through the Late Entry Accelerated Program (LEAP). Students begin by taking foundational undergraduate engineering courses, then transition into graduate-level coursework to complete a master’s degree, a process that is unique to Boston University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering program. Learn more.
BU ECE offers 70+ graduate courses ranging from nano-technology to data science, and from synthetic biology to cybersecurity. Some of the most popular courses address two recent challenges: data deluge and digital security. The proliferation of wireless sensors is on one hand a blessing, for it allows unprecedented insight into various phenomena, but is also a curse due to data overload. How to extract information from the collected massive data? ECE offers cutting-edge courses in this area, such as “Introduction to Learning from Data,” that covers principles of machine learning, and “Deep Learning,” that focuses on the most recent trends in artificial intelligence. Also, as more and more computing is performed in the cloud (Alexa, Adobe Cloud, etc.), efficiency and security become paramount. Some courses that focus in this area are “Cloud Computing,” covering a range of platforms and technologies, and “Cybersecurity,” focusing on hardware, software and web security. See the list of courses available at BU ECE.
Our department has a strong, $26M research program offering a wide range of challenges. The program primarily engages PhD students, but motivated, skilled, and strong MS students can participate as well. At one end, students can engage in micro- and nano-scale research within Photonics, Electronics and Nanotechnology, and often collaborate with colleagues from the field of Imaging and Optical Science to develop novel image acquisition modalities. At another end, students can work on macro-scale, internet-related challenges in Mobile/Cloud Computing and Cybersecurity. These areas often rely on information extraction and analysis methods developed within Data Science and Intelligent Systems. Faculty and students from diverse areas often collaborate on attacking biomedical- and health-related challenges within the Bio-ECE and Digital Health fields, which link to many Boston-area companies, an internationally leading city in the biotech industry.
Master’s students may add the optional “with Engineering Practice” designation to their Master of Science degree by completing an approved internship (paid or unpaid) in their field of study. This designation recognizes the power of combining rigorous academic coursework with supervised real-world research or industrial application. Participating students add value to their academic experience that is recognized by employers and research institutions. Learn more.
Recently, the Times Higher Education ranked BU graduates 6th in employability compared to all universities in the world, and 5th in the United States.
ECE graduate students are among the country’s most elite engineers and researchers and come from diverse backgrounds spanning the globe. ECE develops the student’s understanding of the scientific and mathematical basis of critical technologies, which leads to the application of sophisticated analysis and design methods to solve problems. Our Master’s graduates have joined industry leaders such as Bose, Dreamworks, Google and Bloomberg.