Dec 02, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Electrical Engineering, M.S.E.

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Applicants 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. Applicants must satisfy the general admission requirements  of the Graduate School, including language proficiency, and receive the approval of the program advisor and the Dean of the Graduate School.

The GRE requirement for the graduate programs in electrical engineering is waived for the 2021-2022 academic year.

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 with degree in a field other than electrical engineering may be required to take deficiency courses.

Curriculum Requirements

The Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) program in electrical engineering requires completion of 30 credit hours. No more than 40 percent of the total credit hours may come from 6000 level courses.

Minimum credit hours of core courses in electrical engineering (one 7000-level course from at least 3 different Core Areas)

Credit hours of thesis 6

Maximum credit hours outside department (6000 or 7000 level)

Minimum Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation 30
Maximum credit hours of 6000-level courses 12
Maximum credit hours of independent study 6


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 coursework within the master’s program, the student interested in the M.S.E. option must select an area of research and a faculty advisor within the ECE department. In addition, the student must file an application with the department’s graduate advisor for admission to the M.S.E. program. The faculty thesis advisor approves the remainder of the student’s study program and supervises the thesis. The thesis 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 9 hours of course work during their graduate studies may be dismissed. Grades for the thesis hours are recorded as Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) and are not computed in the grade point average, although a grade of S is required.

Grades for the thesis hours are recorded on a pass-fail basis and are not computed into the grade point average, although a passing grade is required.

Elective Courses (12 hours)

Elective courses must be approved by the graduate advisor and/or the department chair. No more than 9 hours of electives may be taken outside the department.

Thesis (6 hours)

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.

Graduation Grade Requirements

No more than three hours of coursework with a grade of “C” can be applied toward a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

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