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Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a graduate program leading to the degree Master of Science of Electrical Engineering. The goal of the program is to enhance the student’s understanding of advanced concepts in core areas of modern electrical and computer engineering and to enrich the student’s design and/or research skills in a specialization of his or her choice. This is done through 3 options as described below.

Students work closely with the Graduate Program Coordinator in tailoring an overall program best suited to their background and interests. Course sequences, design projects, and research are available in communication systems, control systems, digital design and embedded systems, microwave engineering, power systems, robotics, and signal processing applications. The ECE department has excellent computer and laboratory facilities to support advanced studies in these areas.

Degree Requirements

The MSEE degree requirement is 33 semester hours with a thesis option, project option, or course option. The specific requirements for each option are as follows:

Thesis Option

  • 21 hours of approved ECE courses including two 9 hours specialization and 6 hours of courses containing advanced math
  • 3 hours thesis in one of the student's specialties
  • 6 hours of EE or approved technical electives

Design Option

  • 24 hours of approved ECE courses including two 9 hours specializations and 6 hours of courses containing advanced math
  • 3 hour design project
  • 6 hours of ECE or approved technical electives

Course Option

  • 27 hours of approved ECE courses including one 12 hour specialization, one 9 hours specialization, 6 hours of courses containing advanced math, and 6 hours of ECE or approved technical electives

The current courses designated as containing advanced math are EE 531, EE 532, EE 550, EE 630, EE 631, EE 640, EE 642, EE 643, and EE 651.
The current courses approved as 600 level are EE 630, EE 631, EE 640, EE 642, EE 643, and EE 651. 

Finally, the areas of specialization available to the students, offering at least 12 hours of course work are as follows:

  1. Communication and Signal/Image Processing
  2. Microwave and Wireless Engineering
  3. Control Systems and Robotics
  4. Embedded Systems

All the courses used to satisfy the degree requirements for the MSEE degree must be listed in the student’s Graduate Program of Study. This document must be completed and approved by the ECE graduate program coordinator before completion of 12 hours of coursework. The student must also complete a final degree experience, normally an oral comprehensive or colloquium.

Successful completion of an undergraduate electrical or computer engineering program is required for admission. In addition to the material described in the general admission section of this catalog, applicants to the MSEE program must also submit their scores from the GRE General Test. Undergraduate GPA, number of repeated undergraduate courses (if any), and GRE scores are the primary factors considered in admission decisions. International students must also submit material and information described in the general admission section of this catalog.

Plans of study are available for those with non-electrical engineering or non-engineering undergraduate degrees. These plans require a number of undergraduate foundation courses to be successfully completed before admission to the MSEE program. Further information can be obtained by contacting the ECE graduate program coordinator.