Feb 21, 2024
The Department of Electrical Engineering offers a program of graduate study leading to a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (M.S.E.E.) degree. The M.S.E.E. program is broad in scope and emphasizes portable concepts in the design and analysis of complex physical systems using modeling, synthesis, and optimization techniques, and bridges interdisciplinary engineering areas such as control systems, microwave engineering, power electronics, signal processing, very large scale integrated circuits (VLSI), and wireless communications. A Ph.D. in electrical engineering is also available. For details, see Electrical Engineering Ph.D. Program.
To be considered for admission to the M.S.E.E. program, students must first satisfy basic requirements of the Graduate School. This includes having a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or a related area with an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.9 on a 4.0 scale. International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based exam or 213 on the computer-based exam or 79 on the internet based exam or IELTS score of minimum 6.0. In addition, the program requires students from non-ABET accredited undergraduate programs to submit general GRE test scores and the preferred combined (verbal and quantitative) GRE score is of minimum 300. Program admission decisions are based on complete application information including overall academic performance and standardized test scores where applicable. A student may be admitted to the program on a conditional status. Typically, a conditionally admitted student is required to achieve 3.0 GPA of the first two graduate courses (6-8 credit hours) specified by a department advisor. A student with an undergraduate academic deficiency may petition for admission after demonstrating the ability to perform well in graduate courses taken in a non-degree status.
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Students should plan a program of study in consultation with a faculty advisor. The program of study should be finalized by the time the student completes two courses (6-8 credit hours) of graduate study.
The following requirements must be met for the Master of Science in Engineering degree with a major in electrical engineering:
- Completion of 30 graduate credit hours (in courses numbered 6000 or above) in a program of study approved by the Electrical Engineering Graduate Program Director by the end of the first term..
- At least 24 of the total 30 graduate credit hours must have an EE (electrical engineering) prefix.
- At least 18 of the 30 graduate credit hours must be courses numbered 7000 or above. Of these 18 7000+ level credit hours, at least 12 must have an EE prefix.
- Students may choose either a thesis option or a 30 credit hours graduate course work option. Students employed as teaching or research assistants through the Graduate School must choose the thesis option. The thesis option consists of a research project satisfying all requirements of the Graduate School. The final report (thesis) must be completed and successfully defended in an oral examination before a faculty committee. Up to 9 credit hours of thesis research project (EE 7990) may count toward degree requirement of 30 graduate credit hours.
- Elective courses must be selected from an approved list, which is available from the Department of Electrical Engineering.
- At most, 2 semester hours of independent study (EE 7900) may be counted.
- The student must complete the required course from one of the MS tracks.
Dept Core and Electives
- At most 12 hrs 6000 level
- At least 18 hrs 7000 level
- At least 24 hrs EE prefix credits
- 9 Thesis credits (only for thesis option)
- At most 2 independent study credits
Complete at least three courses from one of the major areas. At least two of these courses must be at the 7000 level.
Signal Processing & Communications