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Develop the abilities and leadership qualities to be a 21st century engineering leader with a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Riverside. The online Master of Science in Engineering with a specialization in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems) is a thorough exploration of the technology, systems and processes that power our world. Coursework explores high-level topics such as smart grid technology, power semiconductor devices, and robotic and industrial automation systems.

Program Highlights:
Designed for Completion in 13 Months

100% Online Coursework

No Residency Requirement

Three Available Start Dates

Master of Science in


Master of Engineering


While a Master of Engineering Management may focus primarily on business, the online Master of Science in Engineering provides a measured combination of management strategy and technical skills. The result is an empowering academic experience that prepares engineers to be innovative, globally conscious leaders in the field.

Why a Master's Degree

In Electrical Engineering?

jobs projected
between 2012 and 2022

A Master of Science in Engineering is more than an upgrade to your education — it's an investment in your future. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), electrical engineers earn a median salary of almost $90,000, with a high-range salary of more than $135,000. Electrical engineers find employment in a variety of industries, including electric power and manufacturing of machinery, navigation systems, communication systems, electromedical instruments and semiconductors. The BLS reports that there are more than 165,000 electrical engineers employed in the U.S., with almost 8,000 new jobs projected to be created between 2012 and 2022.


Electrical engineering master's programs can pave the way for a number of different careers. Students who graduate with a degree in Power Engineering often find jobs in power plants, utility companies, transmission and distribution system operation companies, and various engineering firms and industrial facilities. Here's one possibility:

Power & Smart Grid Engineer

Use your electrical engineering background to plan, design and operate electric power systems. Power engineers are concerned with generation, transmission, distribution and utilization of electric power and the electrical devices connected to the power grid. Career titles include Power Systems Designer, Substation Integration and Automation Engineer, Transmission and Distribution System Engineer, Supply Applications Architectural Electrical Engineer, Electricity Market and Resource Management Engineer, etc. Our online master's program in electrical engineering (power systems) includes courses related to power systems analysis and optimization; power electronics, electric machines, electricity markets; renewable energy integration; and smart grid applications.

Who Should Choose

a Master's in Electrical Engineering?

Master's programs in electrical engineering and power systems are designed to help you succeed in management roles and increase your earning potential. The UCR online Master of Science in Engineering provides technical knowledge and leadership strategy that can help you make fast, significant strides in your career. The online format gives you the freedom to satisfy your professional obligations while you earn your degree in as few as 13 months. Your employer may even cover some or all of the cost of your advanced education.

Whether you're an electrical engineer or an engineer in another discipline who's looking for a change, our online master's in electrical engineering can help you become a cross-functional engineering leader with interdisciplinary management abilities. If you have experience in the field or an undergraduate degree in engineering, regardless of emphasis, we invite you to learn more about the program.



The online M.S. in Engineering with a specialization in Electrical Engineering features coursework focused on power systems and various areas of electrical engineering, including:

ENGR 160 Introduction to Engineering Optimization Techniques
EE 123 Power Electronics
EE 153 Electric Drives
EE 155 Power Systems Analysis
EE 232 Introduction to Smart Grid
EE 218 Power Systems Steady State and Market Analysis

*Curriculum subject to change.

Rankings & Accreditation

  • Rankings

    The University of California, Riverside has been recognized by a number of academic publications for a variety of different programs and attributes. In 2013, Leiden Ranking named UC Riverside No. 10 in the world for natural sciences and engineering. In its most recent graduate school rankings, U.S. News & World Report counted UC Riverside among the top 33 percent of engineering schools in the nation. The publication also ranked UCR No. 12 in diversity, an honor that reflects our longstanding commitment to cultural, professional and geographical diversity.

  • Accreditation

    The University of California, Riverside is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Regional accreditation assures students that UC Riverside meets the highest standards in terms of learning opportunities and a commitment to self-improvement.

  • Military Friendly

    Victory Media selected UC Riverside as a "Military Friendly School" for 2015, acknowledging our longstanding commitment to providing educational opportunities for transitioning veterans. The list recognizes only the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to assist U.S. military service members and veterans as students.