This program is intended to provide high-technology companies with specialized professionals with skills for research and development of projects in the field of electronics.

This program is aimed at professionals with at least a bachelor's degree who wish to specialize in one of the specific areas emphasized in the program.

The courses are taught in 4-month blocks, mainly in San José and mostly through classroom lessons, although some course content may be delivered virtually.

Important dates

  • Reception of documentation: July 15, 2021.
  • Interview process: September 14, 2021.
  • Publication of results: October 2021.
  • Core (leveling) course: from November 2021 to January 2022.
  • Registration date: January 2022 (to be defined).
  • Beginning of classes: third week of January 2022.

Perfil profesional

Participants in this master's degree program are university graduates in engineering or basic sciences who appreciate doing research, are self-motivated and organized, who enjoy working independently, facing challenges, and doing new things.

The master's degree is aimed at persons with an undergraduate degree in engineering areas related to electronics. Applicants’ preferences for area of specialization in the master’s program influences which professionals are admitted.


Permanence requirements

  • Students must enroll in at least two courses per quarter. The program coordinator must be notified in writing of withdrawal from the program for a quarter or more. Students will have a maximum of three years and two 4-month periods to complete the program; otherwise, they will be terminated from the program.
  • Students must pass courses with a minimum grade of 70. To continue in the program, students must maintain a weighted average of 80.
  • According to CONARE, a credit is a unit of student work equivalent to 3 hours per week for 15 weeks, applied to an activity that has been supervised, evaluated and approved by the professor. This implies that a 3-credit course is equivalent to 135 hours of work. In a four-month period this implies 11.25 hours of work per week, including class hours.
  • The master's degree program is subject to the academic regulations of master's programs of the Tecnológico de Costa Rica.


The cost of each credit for 2020 is $133.33 dollars. The curriculum consists of 63 credits.

The TEC also charges fees for annual enrollment, student health insurance, and student welfare, which are updated every year; in 2020 these fees totaled ₡59,457 colones.

Some financing possibilities

  • Scholarships

Through the postgraduate office and the vice-rectory of research and outreach, the Tecnológico de Costa Rica provides scholarships for special research assistants. They provide a monthly stipend for living costs, and the master's program defines the amount of exemption from academic fees. One of the requirements for receiving these scholarships is to work on a research project of the TEC for at least 20 hours per week and complete the 2-year study plan.

You can also check with the MICIT, which manages an incentive fund and the PINN programs.


Entry procedures

Applicants must complete the pre-enrollment process, which consists of electronically sending the following documents to

  • Personal data form.
  • Digital copy of the diploma of university studies (related bachelor’s or licentiate’s degree).

For professionals who graduated from the TEC:

Complete the pre-enrollment process only.

For professionals who graduated from other universities:

Complete the pre-enrollment process and submit the following documents:

  • Copy and original of the applicant’s high school diploma (in case of loss, indicate in writing the high school from which the applicant graduated and the year of graduation).
  • Copy and original of the undergraduate degree (licentiate’s or bachelor’s).
  • Copy and original certified transcript from the undergraduate university program, with weighted average.
  • Photocopy of personal identification card.
  • General information form.
  • Recent passport-sized photograph.

Criterios de selección

A personal interview will be conducted with each candidate by a selection committee. Academic and professional aspects of applicants will be analyzed, as well as their interests. This committee will recommend immediate admission, admission depending on approval of a leveling test, or non-admission of candidates. The master's program will provide preliminary leveling courses for those candidates who require them.

Professionals associated with the areas of emphasis:

Electronic engineering
Electrical engineering
Electronic engineering
Electrical engineering
Mechatronics engineering
Mechanical engineering
Electromechanical engineering
Biomedical engineering
Materials science and engineering
Embedded systems
Electronic engineering
Electrical engineering
Computer engineering
Digital signal processing
Electronic engineering
Electrical engineering
Computer engineering
Biomedical engineering

English proficiency

Some courses may be taught in English. Applicants must therefore have mid-level proficiency in the English language, which will be verified during the interview.


Contribute to the country’s development through the formation of human resources in applied research in emerging areas of electronics, ensuring an education characterized by scientific and technological leadership, academic excellence and competitiveness at the national and international levels.


The Master’s Degree in Electronic Engineering will be recognized as the leading training program for academic and industrial researchers in emerging areas of electronics, helping to position the country as a research and innovation hub in the Latin American region.