Project Track MSECE


The project-track Master’s Degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering provides you the opportunity to develop technical depth through a yearlong project that has the same scope and ambition as a nine-credit MS thesis.

The track is also designed to allow you to develop the professional skills that will help accelerate your career advancement in industry or prepare you for success in Ph.D. studies.

Program Highlights

  • Ideas to Innovation Project: A special highlight of the program is an intensive, yearlong design experience in which you will interact with Purdue’s world-class faculty and industry advisors.
  • Pursue Your Interests: Design your own plan of study to develop technical depth and breadth.
  • Build Breadth at the Edges: Choose to take one-credit courses from a rich suite of options to develop breadth at the edges.
  • Rise Above Your Peers: Develop your professional skills, including teamwork, communication, and project management skills, as part of the design experience.
  • Prepare for the Next Step: Take advantage of career advice, placement services, and tight connections to industry and to the Purdue alumni network.
  • Accelerated Option: If desired, complete the program in one calendar year (Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions).
  • Learn and Network: Request a travel grant of up to $1,000 to attend a conference or technology expo.

Students will have the flexibility to focus on a specific area of interest by selecting one of the following areas:

  • Automatic Control
  • Communications, Networking, Signal & Image Processing
  • Computer Engineering
  • Fields and Optics
  • Microelectronics and Nanotechnology
  • Schweitzer Power and Energy Systems
  • VLSI and Circuit Design
  • We also offer coursework in emerging areas, including quantum computing, data mining, IoT, and big data.

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    Ideas to Innovation

    You will begin your immersive design experience during the fall semester. Each team identifies, proposes, and initiates work towards their project. Most of the technical work takes place in the spring semester and is completed either during the summer or fall session.

    • Team Formation: Teams will include students with different backgrounds and technical areas of concentration, some with industry experience and others coming directly from undergraduate programs.
    • Project Selection: Ideas for projects may come from students themselves, Purdue faculty, or from other sources.
    • Skills Gained: Gain technical, product-development, project-management, and professional skills that will set you apart from your peers.

    Learn more about Ideas to Innovation coursework and projects.

    Application Deadline

    For Fall Start: May 1

    A coursework-based, entirely-online MSECE program with the same courses, same faculty, and same degree as the on-campus programs.