M.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering for Silicon Valley Professionals

The Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz is pleased to announce a Masters degree program in Electrical Engineering designed for working professionals in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. Emphasizing real-world applications, fields of study include:

  • Wireless communications and networking
  • Signal and image processing
  • Adaptive and applied optics
  • Biomedical instrumentation and microelectronic devices
  • Electronics and photonics
  • Remote sensing
  • VLSI, MEMS and nanotechnology

Convenience and Flexibility

Courses are available and students may attend lectures in whatever format or combination of formats is most convenient: “live” on the UCSC campus in Santa Cruz, telecast at the UCSC Silicon Valley Campus in Santa Clara (upon availability), or online*, through recorded and videotaped lectures and online course materials. Students may also choose to enroll on a full-time or part-time basis.

Low Risk

Investing in your education does not need to be risky or expensive in order to be rewarding. The Electrical Engineering M.S. degree from UC Santa Cruz can be completed in a single year at a cost that’s significantly less than other similarly ranked programs such as Cornell, Columbia, UC San Diego and Rice University.

If you are still not sure, you can try out the program by enrolling in individual courses through UCSC Silicon Valley Extension. If you like what you see and want to formally enroll in the program, you can apply up to three Extension courses towards the M.S. degree.

About the Electrical Engineering Department in the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz

UCSC’s Electrical Engineering Ph.D. program ranks among the best in the country, according to a 2010 study by the National Research Council. The NRC ranking is based on research activity, a widely accepted measure of program excellence, as well as on student support and outcomes. The recent NRC assessment places UCSC’s Electrical Engineering Department in a category competitive with larger departments such as those at Cornell, UC San Diego, the University of Texas at Austin, Duke University, Purdue University, the University of Minnesota, Columbia, the University of Wisconsin and Rice University.

As a relatively young department with a steadily growing portfolio of cutting edge research programs, UCSC Electrical Engineering faculty have received numerous national and international honors and awards for their innovative work. They have been elected as Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Association of Computing Machinery, among many others. They have been awarded prestigious fellowships such as those from the Sloan Foundation, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Faculty have been been recipients of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the Rank Prize in Optoelectronics, the Mac Van Valkenberg Award of the IEEE, and the James C. McGroddy Prize of the American Physical Society.

How to Apply

Applications to all UCSC graduate study programs are completed and submitted through the online application at http://graddiv.ucsc.edu/prospective-students/index.html

Please see http://ga.soe.ucsc.edu/admissions for quarterly Electrical Engineering M.S. deadlines.

Frequently asked questions about admissions and application requirements can be reviewed at the Graduate Advising website http://ga.soe.ucsc.edu/admissions/faq and the UCSC Graduate Admissions website http://graddiv.ucsc.edu/prospective-students/index.html

For those who wish to try out the Electrical Engineering graduate degree by first enrolling in individual courses through the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension, please go to http://www.ucsc-extension.edu.

Important Information for International Students Regarding Support

International students will only be admitted to the Electrical Engineering M.S. program if they can show full financial support (such as Fulbright scholarship or government sponsored scholarship).  Evidence of full financial support must be included with the on-line application file.

There will be no financial aid to apply to this program. Further, proof of financial aid is required while applying to this program. This proof can be statement from the sponsoring company that will pay the tuition and fees or statement from candidate that he/she will pay for the expenses.

Please note for Winter/Spring admission (Electrical Engineering M.S. only) - Domestic applicants to the Electrical Engineering MS program for Winter/Spring will be able to begin classes in Winter; international applicants will begin in Spring due to additional processing time required for entrance into the US. 

Exams and Assignment Submission

Students who take courses at UCSC Silicon Valley Campus location must come to the main UCSC campus to take their exams. Homework assignments should be scanned and emailed directly to the instructor.

For More Information

To learn more about the graduate program in Electrical Engineering, visit http://ee.soe.ucsc.edu/graduates.

If you have any questions about curriculum, degree requirements, program format or the application process, please contact Electrical Engineering Graduate Director.

Courses and Areas of interest

The Electrical Engineering department provides courses in three areas. Each quarter, we offer a subset of these courses depending on the graduate enrollment. Applicants can select any of these areas for their M.S. degree. These areas are listed below.

Photonics and Electronics

  • EE 211 Introduction to Nanotechnology
  • EE 212 Introduction to BioMEMS
  • EE 218 Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics
  • EE 221 Advanced Analog Integrated Circuits
  • EE 222 High Speed Low Power Integrated Circuit Design
  • EE 223 Advanced Solid-State Devices
  • EE 224 Physical Design of Micro and Opto-Electronic Packages
  • EE 225 Basics of Electronics Reliability
  • EE 226 CMOS RF Integrated Circuit Design
  • EE 227: Fundamentals of Semiconductor Physics
  • EE 230 Optical Fiber Communication
  • EE 231 Optical Electronics
  • EE 232 Quantum Electronics
  • EE 233 Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics
  • EE 234 Liquid Crystal Display
  • EE 235 Optical Information Storage and Processing
  • EE 236 Integrated Biophotonics
  • EE 293 Advanced Topics in Electrical Engineering -- Applications of Electromagnetism

Signal Processing and Communications

  • EE 250 Digital Signal Processing
  • EE 251 Principles of Digital Communication
  • EE 252 Wireless Communications
  • EE 253 Information Theory
  • EE 254 Antennas and Array Processing for Communication and Radar
  • EE 255 Multiple-Antenna Wireless Communications
  • EE 261 Error-Control Coding
  • EE 262 Statistical Signal Processing: Detection and Estimation Theory
  • EE 263 Advanced Topics in Coding Theory
  • EE 264 Image Processing and Reconstruction
  • EE 265 Inverse Problems and Applications
  • CE 264 Image Analysis and Computer Vision
  • TIM 206 Optimization Theory and Application 
  • TIM 207 Random Process Models in Engineering


  • EE 211 Introduction to Nanotechnology
  • EE 212 Introduction to BioMEMS
  • EE 213 Nanocharacterization of Materials
  • EE 215 Micro-Electrical-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) Design
  • EE 216 Nanomaterials and Nanometer-scale devices
  • EE 218 Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics 
  • EE 227: Fundamentals of Semiconductor Physics
  • EE 231 Optical Electronics
  • EE 232 Quantum Electronics
  • EE 233 Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics
  • EE 270 Neural Implant Engineering
  • EE 293 Advanced Topics in Electrical Engineering -- Applications of Electromagnetism
  • EE 293 Advanced Topics in Electrical Engineering -- Physics and Chemistry of Crystal Growth
  • Chem 200A: Advanced Biochemistry: Biophysical Methods
  • Chem 261: Foundations of Spectroscopy
  • Chem 263: Quantum Mechanics
  • Chem 268: Solid State and Materials Chemistry
  • Phys 215: Intro to Non-Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
  • Phys 232 Condensed Matter Physics

* Students enroll in the regularly offered classes with the same homework and other deadlines and may view lectures online at their convenience. Students must come to the main UCSC campus to take their exams. Homework assignments should be scanned and emailed directly to the instructor.