Applicants for admission to the MS program for computer engineering are expected to have completed a bachelor's degree with an average of at least 3.0 out of 4.0, both overall and in the senior year. Applicants are required to submit scores from the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the past three years and to have these scores sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions. A TOEFL score of 550 on the written exam or 80 on the Internet-based Test is required for non-native speakers of English, including those who have earned degrees at U.S. institutions. The score must be no more than two years old from the requested date of entry. Applicants who have received a degree from an accredited U.S. institution within the past two years are exempt from the TOEFL requirement. Applicants who hold the bachelor's degree in fields other than electrical or computer engineering will be required to take selected undergraduate courses as determined by the applicant's prior education and experience. The student will be admitted under non-degree status until the required undergraduate courses are successfully completed with a 3.0 average. An international student may not enroll as a non-degree student.
Students may choose between a thesis option, a non-thesis course-only option, and a non-thesis project option. All students must file a Master's Program Plan with the departmental graduate committee specifying which option they have selected, a semester-by-semester schedule of the courses they intend to take, and the members of the student's master's committee. Students may change between options one time by filing an amended Master's Program Plan and with approval of the departmental graduate committee.
For all options, a total of 30 graduate credit hours are required. The course credits must satisfy
a. At least two-thirds of the total credit hours must be at the 500-level or above.
b. A maximum of 6 graduate credit hours of courses outside the department may be applied toward the degree.
c. At least 6 credit hours selected from the following courses: ECE 551 , ECE 553 , ECE 554 , ECE 555 , COSC 530 , ECE 571 , ECE 572 , ECE 651 , ECE 653 , ECE 657 .
Thesis Option (30 credit hours)
- 24 credit hours of graduate course work.
- A master's thesis (ECE 500), totaling a minimum of 6 credit hours is required, as well as a final oral exam covering the thesis and related course work.
Non-Thesis Project Option (30 credit hours)
- 27 credit hours of graduate course work. Of these credit hours, at least 3 must be in a third area of focus separate from those in (c), above.
- ECE 501 (Project in Lieu of Thesis) with a minimum grade of B. This course will be administered by the student's master's committee. A written project proposal describing what the student will do in the course must be submitted in advance for the student's master's committee approval. A written final report and oral presentation is required, and one copy of the final draft must be submitted to the graduate committee.
Non-Thesis Courses Only Option (30 credit hours)
- 30 credit hours of graduate course work. Of these credit hours, at least 6 must be in a third area of focus separate from those in (c), above.
- A final comprehensive written examination.
Five-Year BS-MS Program
Computer Engineering (BS)
Computer Engineering (MS)
The department offers a 5 year BS-MS program for qualified students. The primary component of the program is that qualified students may take up to 6 hours of approved graduate courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both their bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Tennessee. This program is designed for students attending the University of Tennessee for their Master of Science degree because other universities may not accept these courses for graduate credit since they were used to satisfy requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree.
Significant components of the program are:
- Students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.4 to be admitted to the program. Conditional admission may be granted after completing 64 hours of required course work while full admission is granted after completing 96 hours of required course work with a minimum overall GPA of 3.4 in required course work.
- Students must at least have conditional admission before taking graduate courses for both their bachelor's and master's degrees. All courses taken for graduate credit must be approved by the departmental chair of the program. Students admitted to the program must request permission from the Graduate School to take approved courses for graduate credit.
- Students admitted to the program must also follow the normal procedure for admission to the Graduate School.
- Admission of students into this program must be approved by the department and the Graduate School.
- Students will not be eligible for graduate assistantships until they are enrolled as graduate-level students in the Graduate School.