About this Program

The degree is intended for students who want to get broader knowledge in ECE. The MS degree students have three study options: 1) course only: take ten courses beyond their BS degree and pass a Master Comprehensive Exam, 2) project: take nine courses beyond the BS degree and do a master project with an ECE faculty mentor, and 3) thesis: take eight courses beyond the BS degree and do a master thesis with an ECE faculty advisor. The MS thesis option is intended for students who want the opportunity to develop research expertise in a specific ECE area. For this option, students must do research under direct advising by an ECE faculty member in their chosen area of specialization, write and defend an original thesis.

Program Highlights

  • ECE faculty support University centers such as the Applied Research Center, the Frank Reidy Center of Bioelectrics, and the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center

  • Additional research facilities in the Hampton Roads area with ECE faculty collaboration include National Institute of Aerospace, NASA Langley Research Center and Jefferson Lab

  • Offers opportunities for advanced course work as well as challenging research projects to prepare students for leadership roles in engineering careers with industry, government, research organizations, or educational institutions

  • Stresses both theoretical and practical aspects of Electrical and Computer Engineering by combining the teaching and research expertise of the ECE faculty with additional research resources in the Hampton Roads area through department labs and university centers/institutes

  • Faculty are very active in conducting cutting-edge research projects which provide both research experiences and financial support for qualified graduate students

  • The ECE department has research laboratories focusing on Applied Plasma Technology; Cybersecurity, Communications and Networking Innovation; Microelectronics and Thin Film Devices; Medical Imaging, Diagnosis, and Analysis; Power Research; Systems Analysis of Metabolic Physiology; Systems Research; Virginia Institute for Photovoltaics; and Vision Lab

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Master of Science
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Computer Systems Engineers/Architects

$91,080 Median Salary

Design and develop solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions.

Electronics Engineering Technicians

$64,290 Median Salary

Lay out, build, test, troubleshoot, repair, and modify developmental and production electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems, such as computer equipment, missile control instrumentation, electron tubes, test equipment, and machine tool numerical controls, applying principles and theories of electronics, electrical circuitry, engineering mathematics, electronic and electrical testing, and physics. Usually work under direction of engineering staff.

Computer Hardware Engineers

$119,650 Median Salary

Research, design, develop, or test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. May supervise the manufacturing and installation of computer or computer-related equipment and components.

Electronics Engineers, Except Computer

$106,760 Median Salary

Research, design, develop, or test electronic components and systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use employing knowledge of electronic theory and materials properties. Design electronic circuits and components for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.

Alumni Careers

Jefferson Lab
Naval Research Laboratories


What are the requirements to apply for Electrical & Computer Engineering at ODU?
Students entering the Master of Science program in Electrical & Computer Engineering should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid


Graduate teaching and research assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis and include a stipend along with full or partial tuition waiver.


Associate Professor

NORFOLK, 23529

Professor & Chair

NORFOLK, 23529