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Professional Master's in Electrical Engineering


The Master of Electrical Engineering (M.E.E.) degree is a course-based program designed to increase a student's master of advanced subjects; no thesis is required.  The M.E.E. prepares a student to succeed and advance rapidly in today's competitive technical marketplace. The M.E.E. is intended for those having a B.A. or B.S. degree in an engineering or science discipline. Students are admitted to the M.E.E. program in both fall and spring semesters.

All M.E.E. students are required to enroll in the ELEC 698 Frontiers of Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar (1 hour) for each semester in residence. This seminar presents emerging research topics in the many areas of ECE. This course includes attendance at three (3) ECE sponsored technical seminars, colloquia, and distinguished lectures held each semester.  The M.E.E. is a non-research, non-thesis program but students who wish to pursue a research project may apply to affiliate with an ECE faculty research group and count up to 3 hours of eligible research courses (ELEC 590 or 599) as a free elective.  


M.E.E. students must prepare a degree plan and have it approved by their Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty advisor. M.E.E. Degree Plan - revised 6.12.2014 (pdf) 

  • At least 30 credit hours comprised of 10 courses of at least 3 hours each
    • Major area (18 hours)
    • Minor Area (6 hours)
    • Free Electives (6 hours) 
  • At least 4 of the technical (major or minor) courses must be 500 level or higher
  • At least 7 of the technical (major or minor) courses must be 400 level or higher
  • Of the 10 required courses, at least 5 courses/15 hours must be 500 level or higher
  • All courses must be 300 level or higher
  • No ELEC 590 or ELEC 599 may count for major area or minor area
  • ELEC 699 for each semester in residence
  • Free electives may be fulfilled through research (ELEC 590 or 599), other ECE electives, or through courses available through affiliated departments in areas such as Communication Training, Engineering Leadership Management including:
    • ENGI 610 (3) Management for Science and Engineering
    • ENGI 510 (3) Technical and Managerial Communications
    • ENGI 529 (3) Ethics and Engineering Leadership
    • ENGI 505 (3) Engineering Project Development and Management
    • ENGI 528 (3) Engineering Economics
    • NSCI 511 (3) Science Policy and Ethics

Focus areas in the M.E.E. program include: 

  • Computer Engineering
  • Neuroengineering 
  • Photonics & Nanoengineering 
  • Systems

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 3 hours of course credit from another university. Rice undergraduate entering the M.E.E. program may transfer course credit not applied to their undergraduate degrees, with the approval of the ECE Graduate Committee and Office of the Registrar.

The M.E.E. may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis during fall and spring semesters. A 3.0 GPA must be maintained in major and minor coursework. 


The Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business (JGS) and the Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering offer an M.B.A/M.E.E. degree program. Designed to meet the growing demand for managers with the technical expertise, the M.B.A./M.E.E. program trains students to apply management strategies that meet the needs of high-technology companies. Students interested in the M.B.A/M.E.E. degree must apply for dual admissions through the JGS (for the M.B.A. program) and the Office of Graduate Studies (for the M.E.E. program). Admission is reviewed independently and students must be granted admission to both programs. 

Additional information can be found on the Joint Degree Program page.

Application/Admission Information

The deadline to apply for the M.E.E. program are : 

Fall admission - January 5
Spring admission - October 1

The application is open after September 1 for both sessions. Late applications may be considered, at the discretion of the ECE Graduate Committee.

The application fee is $85, payable by credit card. Applicants with financial needs may be eligible for application fee waivers, please see the below list:

University-paid application fee waivers include:
  • IRT (Institute for Recruitment of Teachers)
  • McNair Scholar Program
  • Nankai University Hundred Young Teachers Program
  • Project 1000
  • VEF (Vietnam Education Foundation)

Students admitted to the M.E.E. program are self-supported, but often with whole or partial support provided by the student's employer in the workforce. The M.E.E. may be pursued part-time with a minimum of 3 credit hours per semester.  Successful applicants to the M.E.E. program must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Average GRE scores for applicants over the past 3 years have been V600, Q770;  minimum TOEFL requirements for international applicants are 600 (paper), 250 (computer), and 90 (IBT).