M.S. Degree Requirements

Thesis option (Plan I):

  1. A minimum of 24 hours of coursework (not including ECE590 and thesis hours), with a mini­mum of 15 hours in ECE.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. A maximum of 3 hours in “problems” courses (ECE551 or ECE651).
  5. At least 50% of required coursework must be completed after admission to the graduate program, unless further limited by the graduate program.
  6. One credit hour of graduate seminar (ECE 590).
  7. No more than half of the minimum required coursework hours, exclusive of Thesis, may be taken with a single faculty member.
  8. 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.
  9. The CR grading option is not allowed for ECE Core or minor courses.
  10. 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
  11. Six hours of Thesis (ECE599) credit and completion and successful defense of a master’s thesis.

Non-thesis option (Plan III):

  1. A minimum of 31 hours of coursework (including ECE590), with a mini­mum of 18 hours in ECE.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. A maximum of 6 hours in “problems” courses (ECE551 or ECE651).
  5. At least 50% of required coursework must be completed after admission to the graduate program, unless further limited by the graduate program.
  6. At least one credit hour, but not more than two credit hours, of graduate seminar (ECE 590).
  7. No more than half of the minimum required coursework hours may be taken with a single faculty member.
  8. 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.
  9. The CR grading option is not allowed for ECE Core or minor courses.
  10. 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.