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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Engineering Major, MS

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Applicants for admission to the MS program for electrical 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. A student who receives financial support under a research assistantship is enrolled in the thesis option by default. Students who have held a research assistantship will require approval from the departmental graduate committee to change to one of the non-thesis options.

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 course credit hours must be at the 500-level or above.
b. A maximum of 6 graduate credit hours of courses outside of the department may be applied toward the degree.
c. At least 6 graduate credit hours must be in each of two separate areas of focus in electrical engineering and computer engineering.

Thesis Option (30 credit hours)

  1. 24 credit hours of graduate course work.
  2. A master’s thesis (ECE 500 ), totaling 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)

  1. 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.
  2. 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)

  1. 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.
  2. A final comprehensive written examination.

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