Academic Programs Catalog

College of Engineering

Graduate Study

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.  Graduate study is available in research areas such as: computer engineering including computer architecture, computer networks, and VLSI/microelectronics; electrosciences including electromagnetics, electronic materials and devices, and non-destructive evaluation; systems including control and robotics, and power as well as systems including signal processing, communications, and biomedical engineering.  An interdisciplinary approach marks many of the research projects and helps prepare students for leadership roles in industrial or academic research.

 


Electrical Engineering - Master of Science

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Engineering, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Applicants for admission should possess a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering or a related field such as physics, mathematics, or computer science, and should have a grade–point average that would indicate  success in graduate study. 
Students who are admitted without a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering may be required to complete collateral courses.
International applicants are required to submit Graduate Record Examination General Test scores.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering

The student must complete a total of 30 credits under either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis) and meet the requirements specified below:

                     
Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B:  
1. Core Courses.  Complete a minimum of four Electrical and Computer Engineering courses at the 800 or 900-level totaling at least 12 credits. Two of the courses must be selected from the following:  
  ECE 813 Advanced VLSI Design 3
  ECE 820 Advanced Computer Architecture 3
  ECE 821 Advanced Power Electronics and Applications 3
  ECE 826 Linear Control Systems 3
  ECE 835 Advanced Electromagnetic Fields and Waves I 3
  ECE 863 Analysis of Stochastic Systems 3
  ECE 874 Physical Electronics 3
  Electrical and Computer Engineering 801 cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.  
2. Supporting Courses: At least 6 credits in approved courses in areas such as mathematics, statistics, or physics.  
3. Seminar Requirement. First-year graduate students are reuqired to attend seven seminars from the graduate seminar series.  



Electrical Engineering - Doctor of Philosophy

Admission

International applicants are required  to submit Graduate Record Examination General Test scores.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Electrical Engineering

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Engineering, students must meet the requirements specified by their guidance committees.

  1. The doctoral program must include a minimum of 36 credits, in addition to 24 credits of Electrical and Computer Engineering 999.
  2. No 800-900 level independent study credits taken beyond the bachelor’s degree may be counted towards the doctoral degree.
  3. A minimum of 3 credits must be taken outside of the College of Engineering in disciplinary areas such as mathematics, statistics, or physics.
  4. All courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the degree must have been completed under the numerical grading system.
  5. Students may request up to 3 credits of master’s thesis research be applied towards this requirement.
  6. First year graduate students are required to attend seven seminars from the graduate seminar series.