MS Program

Department offers following doctoral degrees:

  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical Engineering
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Engineering
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Optical Science and Engineering

The master’s degree program (in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering) requires 31 semester credit hours for a thesis option (Plan 1) and 32 hours for a non-thesis option (plan II).

MS Plan I (thesis option) requires 24 hours of coursework, 1 hour of ECE590 and 6 hours of Thesis, while Plan II (non-thesis option) requires 32 hours of coursework including at least 1 hour, but not more than 2 hours, of ECE590. Both plans require at least 12 credit hours of ECE core courses, among which 9 hours are required by the emphasis area as 3 major core courses, and the other 3 hours are selected from another emphasis area as a minor core course. The minor core course must be selected from one of the core courses outside of the student’s major core (emphasis). The remaining courses are free electives.

MS Degree Requirements

MS – thesis option (Plan I):

  • A minimum of 24 hours of coursework (not including ECE590 and thesis hours), with a minimum of 15 hours in ECE.
  • At least 12 credit hours must be ECE core courses of which 9 hours are required by the emphasis area as 3 major core courses. The other 3 hours can be selected from core courses of another emphasis area as a minor core course.
  • A maximum of 6 hours of 400-level ECE courses, and no more than 6 ECE courses, and no more than 6 hours of 400-level Non-ECE courses (400-level courses must be approved for graduate credit.  ECE 495 cannot be used for graduate credit).
  • A maximum of 3 hours in “problems” courses (ECE551 or ECE651).
  • At least 50% of required coursework must be completed after admission to the graduate program, unless further limited by the graduate program.
  • One credit hour of graduate seminar (ECE 590).
  • No more than half of the minimum required coursework hours, exclusive of Thesis, may be taken with a single faculty member.
  • No more than 6 credit hours of coursework can have a grade of C (2.0), C+ (2.33) or CR (grading option selected by student). ECE 590 is excluded from this limitation.
  • A student’s cumulative GPA cannot be below 3.0. In addition, the GPA for courses presented in his/her program of studies cannot be below 3.0
  • Six hours of Thesis (ECE599) credit and completion and successful defense of a master’s thesis

MS – non-thesis option (Plan II):

  • A minimum of 32 hours of coursework (including ECE590), with a minimum of 18 hours in ECE.
  • At least 12 credit hours must be ECE core courses of which 9 hours are required by the emphasis area as 3 major core courses. The other 3 hours can be selected from core courses of another emphasis area as a minor core course.
  • A maximum of 6 hours of 400-level ECE courses, and no more than 6 hours of 400-level Non-ECE courses (400-level courses must be approved for graduate credit.  ECE 495 cannot be used for graduate credit).
  • A maximum of 6 hours in “problems” courses (ECE551 or ECE651).
  • At least 50% of required coursework must be completed after admission to the graduate program, unless further limited by the graduate program.
  •  At least one credit hour, but not more than two credit hours, of graduate seminar (ECE 590).
  • No more than half of the minimum required coursework hours may be taken with a single faculty member.
  • No more than 6 credit hours of coursework can have a grade of C (2.0), C+ (2.33) or CR (grading option selected by student). ECE 590 is excluded from this limitation.
  • A student’s cumulative GPA cannot be below 3.0. In addition, the GPA for courses presented in his/her program of studies cannot be below 3.0
  • Three credit hours of ECE 551 (problems) associated with the M.S. project, and successful completion of the M.S. exit exam (Technical report and its presentation)

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