Carnegie Mellon University

MS in ECE (Master of Science, Standard Program)

*All students who matriculated into the ECE MS program up to and including Spring 2020, please see the program requirements here.

The M.S. in ECE is a three-semester program that is comprised of 97 units of graduate course work (600 level and above).  Within the Standard Program you can choose between the following options:

Course option requirements

  • 60 units of ECE Core Courses
  • 24 units of CIT Elective Courses
  • 12 units of General Technical Elective Courses
  • 1 unit of Introduction to Graduate Studies 

*Preparatory Exception: 12 units of undergraduate course work (300 level and above) may be substituted as part of the 96 core and elective units

Project option requirements

  • 36 units of ECE Core Courses
  • 12 units of CIT Elective Courses
  • 12 units of General Technical Elective Courses
  • 36 units of M.S. Graduate Project coursework
  • 1 unit of Introduction to Graduate Studies 

*Preparatory Exception: 12 units of undergraduate course work (300 level and above) may be substituted as part of the 96 core and elective units.

60 units (for the course option) or 36 units (for the project option) must be graduate coursework (600 level or above) within ECE (18-XXX).

EXCEPTIONS – The following ECE (18) courses may not be counted toward ECE Core Coursework. They may be counted toward CIT Electives or General Technical Electives: 

  • 18-601, 18-603, 18-605, 18-606, 18-700, 18-701, 18-702, 18-703

24 units (for the course option) or 12 units (for the project option) must be graduate coursework (600 level or above) within CIT from the following departments

  • ECE (18)
  • Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT) (39)
  • Biomedical Engineering (42)
  • Chemical Engineering (06)
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering (12)
  • Engineering & Public Policy (19)
  • Information Network Institute (14)
  • Integrated Innovation Institute (49)
  • Materials Science & Engineering (27)
  • Mechanical Engineering (24)
  • CMU Africa (04)

EXCEPTIONS – The following CIT courses may not be counted toward CIT Elective Coursework. They may be counted toward General Technical Elective Coursework.

  • Engineering & Public Policy (19) - 19-602, 19-655
  • Integrated Innovation Institute (49) – 49-750, 49-751, 49-761, 49-762, 49-763, 49-764, 49-765, 49-766, 49-767, 49-770, 49-771, 49-772, 49-773, 49-774, 49-775, 49-780, 49-781, 49-782, 49-788, 49-790, 49-791, 49-792, 49-793
  • Mechanical Engineering (24) – 24-792
  • CMU Africa (04) – 04-601, 04-602, 04-605, 04-900, 04-980

12 units of coursework (600 level or above) can be from the following programs (shown under their parent college) or individually approved courses:

Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Statistics (36)
  • Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (86)
  • Heinz School of Information Systems (95)
  • Heinz College-Wide Courses (94)

Mellon College of Science (MCS)

  • Biological Sciences (03)
  • Chemistry (09)
  • Mathematical Sciences (21)
  • Physics (33)

School of Computer Science (SCS)

  • Computational Biology (02)
  • Computer Science (15)
  • Entertainment Technology Center (53)
  • Institute for Software Research (08)
  • Robotics Institute (16)
  • Human-Computer Interaction Institute (05)
  • Language Technologies Institute (11)
  • Machine Learning (10)
  • Software Engineering (17)

Tepper School of Business (TEP)

  • Tepper School of Business (45)

Additional courses outside of these programs that are approved to be counted toward General Technical Elective Coursework:

  • 46-926, 46-929
  • 47-830, 47-834
  • 51-882
  • 57-947
  • 80-713
  • 84-688
  • 90-756, 90-808
  • 93-711

36 units (for the project option only) of 18-980 (M.S. Graduate Project) must be completed.

*The M.S. Graduate Project is not required for students in the course option, however these students may take up to 27 project units. 12 units of research can count towards their core requirements and up to 15 project units can count toward their CIT elective requirements.

ECE Master’s students in the standard program will take 97 units for their degree, 85 units of which must be from within the College of Engineering (61 from within ECE, 24 from within CIT; see above). This rule applies to all students matriculating fall 2020 or later and to all IMB students who sign their intent form after the start of the Fall 2020 semester. IMB students will be beholden to the program requirements in place when they sign their intent form and officially agree to enter the program.

*Please note: Additional units can be taken beyond the required 97 units described above in order to diversify your course schedule, however, they will not be counted towards the program requirements. Students who wish to take more than the recommended 36 units per semester (after their first semester) should make an appointment with their academic advisor to review your planned schedule.

Students who are pursuing the M.S. Standard degree cannot register for their final semester if they have already completed 120 units of coursework. These units include courses taken for audit, pass/no pass, and withdrawal. Please refer to CIT policy on MS degree units for additional information.