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Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Master's Programs

The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department at the University of Kansas offers four Master's degree programs, each of which are intended to take two years to complete. To view the degree requirements for any of the Master's of Science degrees offered select the associated discipline below.

Computer Science

Fortune 500 companies to start-ups hire KU Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) graduates for their abilities to invent, engineer, and deliver innovations. Many MSCS students are supported through graduate research or teaching assistantships. The breadth and depth of the curriculum, the wide range of research projects, access to state-of-the-art research facilities, and mentoring by experienced faculty produce KU MSCS graduates ready to make immediate contributions to their field. Employers value MSCS graduates for their specialization and skills. MSCS graduates work in computing, telecommunication, energy, transportation, and numerous other industries.


Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Science degree in Computer Science (MSCS) normally possess a degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering. Students with good preparation in another engineering field, mathematics, or science may qualify for the program by taking appropriate additional undergraduate courses. Such courses normally do not count toward the graduate degree. Lists of specific prerequisite courses can be located here.

  • GPA: at or above 3.0 on a 4 point scale .
  • GRE: 146+ verbal, 155+ quantitative (mean GRE: 152 verbal, 163 quantitative).
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • TOEFL: (International Only) scores at or above 90 on internet-based exam (mean TOEFL 100).

Explore: Early Admission

Application Process

  • Fall Priority Deadline: December 15
  • Spring Priority Deadline: September 30

Applications will be accepted after the priority deadlines listed above, but those applicants may not be considered for fellowships and assistantships. All application materials must be submitted at Graduate Studies by March 1 for Fall and October 1 for Spring to be considered for admission.

Application Materials

  • Application
  • GRE scores (school code 6871).
  • Statement of Objectives and Resume
  • Official Transcript
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • TOEFL scores (international students)
  • Financial Statement (international students only)

See the Graduate Studies website for the application procedure and fees.


Focus Areas

Computer Science students are encouraged to choose a focus area and project or thesis topic as early in the graduate program as possible and identify a faculty adviser who is interested in supervising their work.

Associated Focus Areas

Explore: Graduate Research & Focus Areas

Computer Engineering

Fortune 500 companies to start-ups hire KU Master of Science in Computer Engineering (MSCoE) graduates for their abilities to invent, engineer, and deliver innovations. Many MSCoE students are supported through graduate research or teaching assistantships. The breadth and depth of the curriculum, the wide range of research projects, access to state-of-the-art research facilities, and mentoring by experienced faculty produce KU MSCoE graduates ready to make immediate contributions to their field. Employers value MSCoE graduates for their specialization and skills. MSCoE graduates work in healthcare, energy, transportation, and numerous other industries.


Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering (MSCoE) normally possess a degree in Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering. Students with good preparation in another engineering field, mathematics, or science may qualify for the program by taking appropriate additional undergraduate courses. Such courses normally do not count toward the graduate degree. Lists of specific prerequisite courses can be located here.

  • GPA: at or above 3.0 on a 4 point scale .
  • GRE: 146+ verbal, 155+ quantitative (mean GRE: 152 verbal, 163 quantitative).
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • TOEFL: (International Only) scores at or above 90 on internet-based exam (mean TOEFL 100).

Explore: Early Admission

Application Process

  • Fall Priority Deadline: December 15
  • Spring Priority Deadline: September 30

Applications will be accepted after the priority deadlines listed above, but those applicants may not be considered for fellowships and assistantships. All application materials must be submitted at Graduate Studies by March 1 for Fall and October 1 for Spring to be considered for admission.

Application Materials

  • Application
  • GRE scores (school code 6871).
  • Statement of Objectives and Resume
  • Official Transcript
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • TOEFL scores (international students)
  • Financial Statement (international students only)

See the Graduate Studies website for the application procedure and fees.


Focus Areas

Computer Engineering students are encouraged to choose a focus area and project or thesis topic as early in the graduate program as possible and identify a faculty adviser who is interested in supervising their work.

Associated Focus Areas

Explore: Graduate Research & Focus Areas

Electrical Engineering

Fortune 500 companies to start-ups hire KU Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) graduates for their abilities to invent, engineer, and deliver innovations. Many MSEE students are supported through graduate research or teaching assistantships. The breadth and depth of the curriculum, the wide range of research projects, access to state-of-the-art research facilities, and mentoring by experienced faculty produce KU MSEE graduates ready to make immediate contributions to their field. Employers value MSEE graduates for their specialization and skills. MSEE graduates work in communication, healthcare, defense, and numerous other industries.


Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) normally possess a degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering. Students with good preparation in another engineering field, mathematics, or science may qualify for the program by taking appropriate additional undergraduate courses. Such courses normally do not count toward the graduate degree. Lists of specific prerequisite courses can be located here.

  • GPA: at or above 3.0 on a 4 point scale .
  • GRE: 146+ verbal, 155+ quantitative (mean GRE: 152 verbal, 163 quantitative).
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • TOEFL: (International Only) scores at or above 90 on internet-based exam (mean TOEFL 100).

Explore: Early Admission

Application Process

  • Fall Priority Deadline: December 15
  • Spring Priority Deadline: September 30

Applications will be accepted after the priority deadlines listed above, but those applicants may not be considered for fellowships and assistantships. All application materials must be submitted at Graduate Studies by March 1 for Fall and October 1 for Spring to be considered for admission.

Application Materials

  • Application
  • GRE scores (school code 6871).
  • Statement of Objectives and Resume
  • Official Transcript
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • TOEFL scores (international students)
  • Financial Statement (international students only)

See the Graduate Studies website for the application procedure and fees.


Focus Areas

Electrical Engineering students are encouraged to choose a focus area and project or thesis topic as early in the graduate program as possible and identify a faculty adviser who is interested in supervising their work.

Associated Focus Areas

Explore: Graduate Research & Focus Areas

Information Technology

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment opportunities in information technology (IT) will be among the fastest growing in the U.S. for many years to come. KU’s Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) offers a Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT). The MSIT program is a direct response to the opportunities and challenges presented by the ever-expanding information technologies as they relate to economic growth of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The MSIT program includes graduate courses that provide individuals with the essential knowledge to make important IT decisions and contributions. To achieve this goal, the program is split into approximately 2/3 technical and 1/3 business and management content. The educational opportunities offered by the MSIT degree will help recent graduates and existing high-tech practitioners gain advanced knowledge, hence improved productivity and enhanced competitiveness. The MSIT degree reflects the KU mission statement and its commitment to offer the highest quality professional and graduate programs to serve the workforce, economic, and community development needs of the region.


Admission Requirements

The Master of Science degree in Information Technology (MSIT) is designed for IT professionals in the Kansas City area. Courses are offered in the evening and on the Edwards Campus, which is conveniently located in Johnson County. The MSIT program is intended for students who have a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Computer Engineering, or a related field who will enter the program for advanced studies and for those already employed in the IT field without an undergraduate degree in a computer-related field who are seeking additional academic studies for professional growth or career advanced.

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • GPA: at or above 3.0 on a 4 point scale .
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • TOEFL: (International Only) scores at or above 90 on internet-based exam (mean TOEFL 100).


Work Experience Requirement

Applicants who hold an undergraduate degree in information technology, computer science, computer information systems, computer engineering, or related discipline are required to have a minimum of two years of professional work experience in IT.

Without an undergraduate degree in a computer-related field, four years of relevant professional work experience in IT is required.

**The professional work experience requirement may be waived for recent graduates with an undergraduate degree in IT or a computing field.


Mathematics Requirement

Applicants for a technology-based degree that require probability, statistics, and advanced algebra must be able to demonstrate sufficient mathematics aptitude via academic background or work history.

Explore:Early Admission

Programming Requirement

Applicants must be able to demonstrate knowledge of programming via experience or equivalent coursework in data structures and a modern programming language. This can be demonstrated by the successful completion of courses, such as Basic Data Structures using C++ (CS 250) from Johnson County Community College, or by sustained work experience.


Focus Areas

Information Technology students are encouraged to choose a focus area topic as early in the graduate program as possible.

Associated Focus Areas

Explore: Graduate Research & Focus Areas

Application Process

  • Fall Priority Deadline: December 15
  • Spring Priority Deadline: September 30

Applications will be accepted after the priority deadlines listed above, but those applicants may not be considered for fellowships and assistantships. All application materials must be submitted at Graduate Studies by March 1 for Fall and October 1 for Spring to be considered for admission.

Application Materials

  • Application
  • Statement of Objectives and Resume
  • Official Transcript
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Work Experience Summary: describing your professional work experience and responsibilities that are indicators of your practical competencies. A resume is not a substitute for your Work Experience Summary
  • Letter from your employer detailing your programming experience (specifying languages used and time period) and mathematics capabilities if not demonstrated by course work. Note that the EECS graduate admissions committee may require successful completion of remedial programming and mathematics courses prior to admission to the program if experience is not deemed sufficient.
  • TOEFL scores (international students)
  • Financial Statement (international students only)

See the Graduate Studies website for the application procedure and fees.