University College launches online electrical engineering graduate program

By Kenna Caprio

“All you need is a computer, browser and Internet connection,” says Alfredo Tan, director of Gildart Haase School of Computer Science in University College.

With those three elements, students can connect and interact with faculty and fellow learners, while pursuing a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.

The online program builds upon the traditional electrical engineering graduate program established on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus approximately 45 years ago. The online version is offered at an affordable tuition rate to make it readily available to students around the world, supporting FDU’s global education mission.

“Our idea is to be able to reach out to many people who need this kind of program: professionals, non-traditional learners and educators,” says Tan. “Time and geographical constraints are eliminated by an online program.”

Students can specialize in one of three areas: digital signal processing and communications, computers, or devices and systems.

“This is a graduate program, so, at this level, a lot of work is done by computers with simulations, algorithms and analyzing data,” says Tan. Thus, the program “lends itself naturally” to an online course of study.

An added benefit, says Tan, is the quality of “guidance and personal attention” in the online MSEE. “We keep our class sizes small.” Students can contact faculty through telephone, email, discussion boards and even fax.

Admission requirements and curriculum are the same for both the online and traditional programs offered by the University. Set to launch this spring, the online electrical engineering graduate program aims to have a first cohort of 10-15 students. For more information, call 201-692-2554 or email

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