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ECE MS Field Degree: Earn an Elite Master’s Degree Without Interrupting Your Career

The ECE M.S. Field Degree is an 18-month program designed for working engineers or recent graduates who are looking to grow their career and their skills at the same time. Engineers who want to play a central part in the creation and implementation of new technologies, and bring that new knowledge back to their work, are the ideal candidates for this degree.

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. Their studies will span two continents, giving students a collaborative and unparalleled cross-cultural learning experience.

After a 7-week summer semester on the UMass Amherst campus in the USA, students will complete their remaining courses through a live, video-based virtual platform hosted at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China. The curriculum is professionally-oriented and immediately applicable in the field.

Professional Opportunities

Students’ experiences in the program give them an unparalleled professional advantage as they continue to build their careers. Through partnerships with leading international employers such as GE, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft, students have exclusive access to internship opportunities around the world.


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Program Details

Professional and practical, the program provides high-level training and hands-on experience in cutting-edge technology, which culminates in a design-intensive capstone project. Students progress through the program together as a cohort and are taught exclusively by UMass Amherst professors for the duration of the program.

Students are required to have an undergraduate engineering degree in: Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Computer Engineering, with strong performance in math and programming courses. If students have an engineering degree from a program not listed, please contact


1st Semester (Summer)
UMass Amherst campus in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA

  • Option 1: July 1, 2017 – August 17, 2017
  • Option 2: July 1, 2017 – July 21, 2017  (Ideal for working professionals)


2nd – 5th Semesters
 Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China



Students are taught by UMass Amherst professors for the duration of the program, both in the classroom as well as using a state-of-the-art, live, video-based virtual platform


Instruction in English with bilingual Chinese (Mandarin) language support

An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent is required.


18 months
30 credits


Application deadline: June 1, 2017
Program start-date: July 1, 2017


$45,000 USD

Sample ECE MS Field Degree Curriculum

Program Comparison

Residential Option versus Field Degree Option

Residential Option Field Degree Option
Student profile  Research-oriented students seeking opportunities to participate in locally-based faculty research  Working engineers seeking central involvement in the creation and planning phase of new technologies within industry
Degree earned MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Time to completion Two years 18 months
Instruction location On campus On campus and at partner classroom site via live lecture
Ability to work during degree program Limited Full-time work expected
Total degree cost Varies. See $45,000
Cost-of-Living USA budget China budget