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.

This track, designed with input from our industry advisory board, will 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 design experience in which you will interact with Purdue’s world-class faculty and industry advisors as you explore real-world problems and develop state-of-the-art solutions.
  • Build Technical Depth and Breadth: Design a plan of study that matches your interests; 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.
  • Semiconductor Concentration: Earn our graduate concentration in Microelectronics and Advanced Semiconductors as you earn the MSECE.
  • Learn and Network: Request a travel grant of up to $1,000 to attend a conference or technology expo.

Ideas to Innovation Project

You will begin your immersive design experience during the fall semester. Each team identifies, proposes, and initiates work towards their project using proven techniques from industry.

  • Team Formation: Projects will require expertise in multiple areas with ECE (i.e., software, circuit design, power, etc.), so teams will include students with different backgrounds and technical areas of concentration.
  • Project Selection: Ideas for project may come from ECE faculty or from other sources. You do not need to identify a project before the Ideas to Innovation course begins.
  • Become a “Technology Maestro”: Gain technical, product-development, project-management, and professional skills that will set you apart from your peers.
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Degree Requirements

This MS track requires students to take the following coursework:

  • One ECE core course (3 credits)
  • One math course (3 credits)
  • Ideas to Innovation coursework:
    • Ideas to Innovation I and II (6 credits total)
    • Communication for Engineering Leaders (1 credit)
    • Additional 2 credits of coursework from a selected list on topics such as innovation, entrepreneurship, project management, leadership, communication, etc.
  • An additional 13 credit hours of ECE or other technical coursework

See full details on our Project Track Degree Requirements page.

Application Deadline

For Fall Start:

  • Priority consideration, December 1
  • Final, April 1

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