The Embedded Systems (EMBS) Master’s program will no longer be accepting applications, effective Fall 2020 Academic Term. This program will be phased out as our current students complete their degrees in 2021. Potential applicants interested in EMBS should instead apply to related programs in Computer and Information Science (CIS), Data Science (DATS), Computer and Information Technology (CIT), Electrical Engineering (ESE), or Robotics (ROBO).

Embedded Systems Program

The newly emerging discipline of embedded systems lies at the intersection of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. The Master of Science in Engineering in Embedded Systems (EMBS) is offered jointly by the Departments of Computer and Information Science and Electrical and Systems Engineering within the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Directed by Rahul Mangharam, Ph.D., this innovative and unique degree program will train students in the fundamentals of embedded systems design and implementation. The EMBS degree program is integrated with the Penn Research in Embedded Computing and Integrated Systems Engineering (PRECISE) Center.

Degree Requirements

Who Should Apply?

This program is ideally suited for students with either computer science or electrical engineering academic backgrounds who wish to pursue industrial jobs in automotive, aerospace, defense, and consumer electronics, as well as for practicing engineers in the embedded systems industry who want to gain knowledge in state-of-the-art tools and theories. The core topics span embedded control, real-time operating systems, model-based design and verification, and implementation of embedded systems. Students enroll in a total of ten courses to complete the EMBS program, four core courses and six electives.

We would like to emphasize that EMBS program is suitable for students who are interested in technical careers in embedded systems industry (automotive, avionics, consumer electronics, medical devices, defense, as the list above suggests). Students interested in more general computer science education should consider our CIS MSE program (suitable for students with an undergraduate degree in computer science) or MCIT program (suitable for students without a degree in computer science).

Our alumni have gone on to careers in academia and industry.


Graduate Program:

Your CIS Contacts:

Redian Furxhiu
Graduate Coordinator for on-campus MCIT, CIS/MSE and CGGT programs
Office: 308 Levine
Phone: 215-898-1668

Staci Kaplan
Program Manager for DATS (Data Science MSE)
Office: 308 Levine
Phone: 215-573-2431

Britton Carnevali
Doctoral Program Manager
Office: 310 Levine
Phone: 215-898-5515

Mariel Celentano
Graduate Coordinator for ROBO
Office: 459 Levine
Phone: 215-573-4907

Liz Wai-Ping Ng
Associate Director for Embedded Systems MSE program
Office: 313 Levine
Phone: 215-898-8543

Julia Esposito
PICS Program Coordinator, SCMP Academic Coordinator
Office: 3401 Walnut, 5th Fl.
Phone: 215-573-6037