Masters Program - Electrical Engineering

Graduate Program
The candidate for the program must choose a full-time faculty member from the Electrical Engineering department as his or her advisor. Thesis topics have been diverse in the past, reflecting the wide areas of interest of the faculty.  The integrated Master’s program allows students to take elective courses in their chosen areas of interest while still completing the requirements of the Bachelor’s degree.  Students also have opportunities to work on collaborative research and development projects with other institutions such as universities, hospitals, and small high technology firms.

For students interested in the 5 Year Integrated Master's Program in Electrical Engineering, additional engineering/science electives should be taken during the first four years, leading to a total course load of approximately 17-19 credits per semester. This would leave approximately 15 elective credits plus the 6 credit ECE499 Master's Thesis to be completed in the fifth year, to arrive at the 165 credits required for the degree. Note that courses taken during the first four years beyond the requirements for the Bachelor's degree are applied towards the requirements for the Master's degree, and indeed such additional course work is strongly encouraged

In general, students who wish to pursue a Master's degree in the area of Electrical Engineering should have majored in Electrical Engineering as undergraduates.

Admission to the Master's program depends significantly upon the student's GPA, both overall and in ECE courses. Admission is also subject to available resources at the school. Students select one or more Thesis advisors, subject to the following constraints:
(a) at least one advisor must be a full-time faculty member of the Department of Electrical Engineering;
(b) any other advisors must be approved by the Departmental advisor;
(c) any advisors which are not full-time faculty in the school of engineering must also be approved by the Dean or Associate Dean of Engineering.

The particular courses to be taken to satisfy the requirements of the M.E. degree are subject to approval of the Master Thesis Advisor(s). The general guidelines are as follows:
12 credits of 400 level courses forming a cohesive major.
12 credits forming a cohesive minor, of which at most 6 credits are at 300 level and the balance at 400 level.
6 credits of thesis/project (ECE499).
Average 3.0 GPA must be sustained in courses used to satisfy the M.E. degree requirements.


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