UMass Amherst Global: 

Master’s in Electrical & Computer Engineering

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UMass Amherst M.S. ECE Live FAQ

General Program Information

What is UMass Amherst?

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the nation’s top public universities and ranks number 27 in a field of more than 700 public, four-year colleges and universities in the United States. UMass Amherst is the flagship public higher education campus in Massachusetts and makes a profound, transformative impact to the common good. Founded in 1863, it is the largest public research university in New England, distinguished by the excellence and breadth of its academic, research and community outreach programs. UMass Amherst has many points of pride, including being ranked among Top 100 National Universities and Top 60 Engineering programs.

What is the M.S. ECE Live?

The Master’s of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering degree is a 16-month program designed for working professionals or recent graduates who want to pursue an advanced degree and professional experience at the same time. Classes are delivered virtually at our validated Global Study Centers, with a 3-week summer residential experience on the UMass Amherst campus.

Is the M.S. ECE Live option accredited?

Yes, this M.S. degree program, as well as the University itself, are accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

What will my diploma and transcript say?

When you graduate, your diploma and transcript from UMass Amherst will say “Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering,” the same as for students who complete the residential M.S. option.

How will the program prepare me for a career after graduation?

The M.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering degree program gives students the tools they need to create new technologies and solve new computer engineering problems in important fields such as embedded systems, information security, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Through the M.S. ECE Live program, students have unique and exclusive opportunities to intern for leading technology companies and graduate with the necessary skills and technical knowledge needed to thrive in their careers.

Does the M.S. ECE Live program offer internship or job opportunities for students?

Yes, qualified students will have opportunities to secure jobs and internships while in the program. Through agreements with leading international employers such as GE, Apple, and Microsoft, students have exclusive access to internship and job opportunities. M.S. ECE students apply to the internship(s) or job(s) of their choice with the assistance of M.S. ECE Live staff, and placement is determined by each employer’s discretion and availability. Students’ experiences in the program give them an unparalleled professional advantage as they continue to build their careers.

Why should I enroll in this program rather than apply for a job or simply continue on my current professional path?

This innovative program allows you to both find or continue a job in your field while also obtaining an elite master’s degree within 16 months.

Academic Program

What is the language of instruction?

The language of instruction is English and entry into the program requires proficiency in English. Students have access to bilingual administrative support.

How much time will I spend on coursework every week?

You should plan a total of ten to fifteen hours of work each week per course, including time spent both in as well as out of the classroom.


How can I apply to the M.S. ECE Live program?

Complete and submit your online application, and also upload the supporting materials via the pre-application form.

What documents are required with my application?

Be prepared to submit the following documents:

  • Passport scan/photo copy
  • Certified copies of all academic transcripts
  • Certified copy of degree certificate (if you have already graduated)
  • Official copy of English proficiency score (if not, please contact us)
  • Letter of recommendation from employer or academic source
  • Resume (not necessary)
Additional documents may be requested if you are accepted into the program.

What are the admissions requirements for the M.S. ECE Live program?

Admission to the program is competitive.

  • English Level
Students must meet a minimum English-language proficiency requirement of IELTS 6.5 (no subscore below 6) ; TOEFL 80 (No subscore below 18), or equivalent and should have a strong background in an undergraduate Engineering program.
  • GPA
(Fast Track) GPA 3.0 / 70% - needs to go through subjective review; (Standard Track) GPA 3.0 / 70%

Why are there two tracks? (Fast track/ Standard track)

Some students have indicated a strong preference to spend more than one year in the U.S. working towards their degree and want to take most of their coursework on the UMass Amherst campus. Other students want to finish the degree as quickly as possible and have a lower overall cost. Please speak to your enrollment counselor if you are unsure which track you prefer.

When do I choose my study plan?

You will select your study plan at orientation by speaking with your enrollment counselor.

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