The Professional Master Of

Embedded And

Cyber-physical Systems

About the Program

UC Irvine is the first university in the U.S. to offer a professional graduate degree in CPS. The Professional Master of Embedded and Cyber-physical Systems (MECPS) is designed to train students in the foundation, skills and hands-on practices of embedded computer and cyber-physical systems design, optimization and evaluation.

Our Graduates Have Exciting Careers

After graduation, 100% of our 1st cohort students were hired within 3 months in industries including IoT Stack Design, Firmware Engineering, Cloud Programming, Defense Systems, Home Automation, Information Technology, Software Engineering and Software Development.

Even before graduation more than 50% received job offers.


Hired within 3 months *


Received job offers before graduation *

* Data from 2017/18 cohort

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This program is a full-time program lasting four quarters plus summer. Coursework includes nine foundational courses with lectures and laboratory, and two project courses leading to a final project. Courses emphasize embedded computer systems: hardware and software, sensor networks, real-time systems, artificial intelligence, machine learning, security, control and entrepreneurship.

Graduation Project

Students will acquire integrative knowledge of cyber-physical systems as well as hands-on experience in an applied domain through a group or individual graduation project.

Cyber-physical Systems

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) include a broad range of complex, multidisciplinary, next-generation engineered systems that integrate embedded computing technologies (sensors and actuators) and computational algorithms into the physical world.


Embedded and cyber-physical systems are entrenched in almost every aspect of our daily lives. Information technology researchers forecast that by 2025, upwards of 75.44 billion connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be in use worldwide. [Source: IHS  2019]

Faculty and Staff

Faculty from UCI’s schools of engineering and information and computer sciences share their breadth of knowledge in this interdisciplinary program that prepares graduates for jobs in a variety of industries: electronics, aerospace, automotive, transportation, biomedical, manufacturing, robotics, security, defense, civil infrastructure and construction.


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