Earn an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UMass Amherst Global

UMass offers two options for students pursuing their MS

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Full Live Option

A 16-month MS program, ECE Live is designed for working engineers looking to play a central role in the creation and planning phases of new technologies. Students complete their program through UMass classes hosted at a university in their home country.

Students have the option to return to the UMass campus after their final semester to present their final projects and participate in the College of Engineering’s graduation ceremony.

NEW in 2021: 1 Semester + Campus Option

Get a head start on your ECE degree: Begin your studies remotely with one semester on our Live digital teaching platform, then travel to the US and complete your degree on campus in Amherst, Massachusetts. Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is available after your first semester on campus!

Live digital platform: Two academic courses

  • Foundations of Computer Engineering
  • Algorithms

On campus: Eight academic courses

Choose from UMass Amherst’s extensive ECE course curriculum once you arrive on campus. For more information on available courses, please visit the UMass Engineering curriculum website.

2 Semesters + Campus Option

This two-year program begins in your home country and ends in the U.S. Spend the first two semesters taking classes in a live environment, or live courses delivered directly to your device, then travel to the U.S. to complete your second year on our campus in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Students will learn new approaches to electrical and computer engineering from professors and researchers who are at the forefront of technological innovation in the United States and around the world. Studies will span two continents, giving students a collaborative and unparalleled cross-cultural learning experience.

Available to graduate students and undergraduate students in their fourth year of study. Students can finish their fourth year of college while beginning the MS ECE program in their home country. They can then travel to the U.S. to complete their degree on the UMass Amherst campus.

Sample Program Structure


Note: This is a sample course structure for a Spring program start. Additional entry options are available and will follow a similar course sequence.
* Students enrolled in the 1+1 and 3+1+1 options will choose from hundreds of available courses on the UMass Amherst campus.

Sample Program Structure

The MS ECE Live program is designed for working professionals—it is expected that students hold jobs or internships while in the program.


The College of Engineering at UMass Amherst has an outstanding record of placing graduates in their specific fields.

While all students have access to engineering-specific career services and resources, students in electrical and computer engineering benefit from access to exclusive networking and professional development opportunities around the world. Electrical and Computer Engineering alumni hold key positions at leading global companies, including:


Amazon Web Services




Juniper Networks

Industry Spotlight: IoT

The demand for connected devices spans industries such as energy, automotive, consumer devices, healthcare, and more. Over the next decade, career growth in IoT will demand deep experience in a range of technologies in both hardware as well as software in order to develop the most complex systems in human history. Tied to this technological triumph will be essential challenges across security, privacy, complexity, evolving architectures, and competing standards that must be solved by a new wave of engineers.

The program facilitates knowledge sharing and professional development across continents to help you advance your career in areas such as:

Internet of Things (IoT)
Cloud software development
Computer networks

Embedded systems
Hardware development
System software
Systems research

Admissions Information

iBT/TOEFL 80 (no part below 18)
IELTS 6.5 (no part below 6.0)
PTE 55

Please note, if you completed your undergraduate studies at an accredited U.S. university, you do not need to provide English language exam results.

Disclaimer: The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a U.S. accredited university. You may be required to submit your degree for verification (sometimes called “validation” or “authentication”), either by your employer or your country’s education authority if you wish to live and work in your home country. It is your responsibility to determine what level of verification is needed and how to obtain it. We do not guarantee that any UMass Amherst degree will be verified outside of the U.S. Foreign degree verification does not impact the validity or value of your degree in the U.S.


• Passport

• Certified copies of all academic transcripts

• Official copy of English proficiency score (you may qualify for a waiver if you completed your studies in the U.S., Canada, UK or Australia)

• English Resume

• Letter of recommendation from employer or academic source

• Certified copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated)

For all application and payment deadlines, and program start dates, and up-to-date program costs, please visit the Important Dates and Costs page.

Ready to learn more about the programs offered in your home country through UMass Amherst?