Electrical Engineering: The UDC Edge

Located in the heart of the nation’s capitol, the University of the District of Columbia is an affordable and high quality educational option, attentive to your needs and committed to your success.  The MSEE program offers graduate students one of the lowest faculty-to-student ratios in the region, and makes an effort to personalize every student’s educational experience.

Our students also have the opportunity to partner with faculty in grant-funded research. Through the STEM Center for Research and Development, the Center of Excellence for Renewable Energy and other faculty research initiatives offered by UDC, you will have ample opportunities as a graduate student to gain valuable research experience and be on the cutting edge of the electrical engineering field.

Master’s Degree (MS) in Electrical Engineering

Looking for professional advancement in electrical engineering? Interested in keeping on top of fast-moving developments in communications and signal processing or digital systems engineering? The master’s degree in electrical engineering (MSEE) at the University of the District of Columbia gives you the tools to succeed in a competitive, high-paying job market while offering the flexibility you need as a working professional.

The MSEE provides students with the tools and technical knowledge to research and develop new technologies in the electrical engineering field and to design electrical engineering systems. The program has a special focus on two growing electrical engineering areas—communications and signal processing as well as digital systems engineering—that have a host of applications in national security, defense, and high-tech consumer products.

You will become an expert in state of-the-art technology and theory; conduct research in an array of electrical engineering and design areas; and apply these skills to solving real-world problems. Program graduate faculty members are enthusiastic researchers, passionate teachers, and committed mentors, and will guide you through every step of your educational and professional journey.


Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Electrical Engineering Program

The MSEE at UDC requires 30 credit hours of graduate-level course work. A thesis option is required for students who work as graduate research assistants and is encouraged for those considering doctoral study. In addition to our primary areas of emphasis, the program offers a wide variety of courses designed to meet the needs of students interested in working for high-tech companies and developing the marketable skills needed to succeed in today’s job market. A sampling of such courses includes:

  • Wireless Networks
  • Multimedia Communications
  • Digital Integrated Circuit Design
  • Coding Theory and Applications
  • Computer Architecture

Learn more about the curriculum for the master’s degree in electrical engineering.

The electrical engineering master’s degree curriculum prepares students for the Fundamentals in Engineering (FE) national examination.

Student Organizations and Activities in the UDC Electrical Engineering Program

The STEM Center for Research and Development is a valuable resource for electrical engineering students, offering enrichment activities designed to boost academic competency, provide research opportunities, and increase student retention and graduation rates.

Students also participate in a number of social and professional associations, including the National Society of Black Engineers and the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineering

Every February, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences hosts a week of special events to inspire current and future engineers at UDC. Engineers Week includes lab visits, project presentations, networking opportunities and other events sponsored by student groups and affiliated organizations.

Faculty Spotlight: UDC Electrical Engineering Program

Dr. Paul Cotae, associate professor of electrical engineering, has been associate editor for the IEEE Communication Letters journal since 2003. He is a board member of the IEEE Communication Society North America Region, from which he received a Chapter Achievement Award in 2011 “for achieving excellence in chapter activities and for contributions in furthering the objectives of the society”. From 2009 to 2011, he was an ONR Faculty Fellow for the ONR-ASEE Summer Faculty Research Program.

Dr. Nian Zhang, assistant professor of electrical engineering, studies neural networks, fuzzy logic, and computational intelligence methods on autonomous robot navigation, pattern recognition, signal and image processing, time series prediction, and renewable energy. Zhang is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks. She has served regularly on the organizing committees and program committees of many international conferences. Her research projects are supported from National Science Foundation, US Geological Survey.

Career Pathways and Prospects

One of the key objectives of the MSEE program at UDC is to prepare graduates for professional leadership positions in the field. Electrical engineers are in high demand, and an electrical engineering master’s degree from UDC will prepare you for career opportunities in both the private and public sector. You can find UDC electrical engineering alumni working at IBM, Northrop Grumman, Verizon and PEPCO, among other innovative technology, energy-related, and consulting businesses in the capital region and beyond.

You may also choose to pursue a doctoral degree in electrical engineering, physics, mathematics, medicine or another related field. UDC engineering graduates have gone to graduate school at institutions such as Howard University, George Washington University and the University of Maryland.

Whatever your educational or career aspirations, UDC has the faculty, employer connections, and commitment to help you achieve them.

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