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2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Electrical Engineering, M.S.E.

Master’s Program


An applicant must have a baccalaureate degree in engineering or applied sciences with exemplary grades, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0, and a satisfactory score on the GRE General Tests. An applicant must satisfy the general admission requirements of the Graduate School and receive the approval of the program advisor and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Applicants from non-English speaking countries must also present a minimum TOEFL score of 80 on the internet-based exam, or 550 on the paper test. A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 is also acceptable for applicants from non-English speaking countries.

Students who do not satisfy these requirements but have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in electrical engineering courses in their last two years of study may be considered for probationary admission. A student having a degree in a field other than electrical engineering may be required to take deficiency courses.

General Requirements

Both the M.S.E. and M.E. programs require completion of 30 credit hours. No more than 40 percent of the total credit hours in either degree program may come from 6000 level courses. Acceptance in the M.S.E. option requires the approval of the departmental graduate faculty and will be decided on the basis of individual merit after receipt of a formal written request from the student. Upon completion of nine hours of 7000-level course work within the program, the student interested in the M.S.E. option must select an area of research and a faculty advisor. In addition, the student must file an application with the department graduate faculty for admission to the M.S.E. program. The advisor approves the remainder of the student’s study program and supervises the thesis. The advisor, after consulting with the student, recommends at least two other graduate faculty members (to serve as committee members) to the Dean of the Graduate School. At least one member of this committee must be from outside the department and may be recommended as a qualified expert from outside the University community.

A 3.0 overall grade point average is the minimum acceptable performance level for the program and must be maintained for all courses applied toward the degree. Students receiving three C grades in nine hours of course work during their graduate studies may be dismissed. Grades for the design report and thesis hours are recorded on a pass-fail basis and are not computed in the grade point average, although a passing grade is required.

All students in either option are required to complete the following:

Elective courses (18 hours)

Elective courses must be approved by the graduate advisor and/or the department chair. No more than six hours of electives may be taken outside the department. Students in the M.E. option may undertake a three-hour design project under the supervision of a faculty advisor and write a design report.

The M.S.E. in electrical engineering requires that six of these 18 credit hours be dedicated to thesis. A formal defense of the master’s thesis is required. Upon completion of the thesis, the M.S.E. candidate must pass a comprehensive examination. The examination can be written, oral, or both at the discretion of the committee members. The comprehensive examination will cover the student’s entire graduate program with emphasis on the thesis. Oral examinations must be scheduled at least two weeks prior to their occurrence, and all the graduate faculty of the college are invited to attend.