M.S.E.E. Degree Requirements

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It is the student's responsibility to understand and meet the degree requirements for their M.S.E.E degree, as described below:

Thesis option:

This requires completion of 9 hours of thesis credits and 21 credits of graduate courses of which not more than 6 credits may be taken from outside the ECE department. The degree requirements for the thesis option are as follows:

  1. Plan of Study - the student must meet with his/her advisor to formulate a plan of study. The plan of study must be submitted after completing at least 9 but no more than 18 semester credits.
  2. Satisfactory completion of 30 hours of approved graduate credits including 9 hours of thesis.
  3. Not more than 6 credits may be taken from outside the electrical and computer engineering department.
  4. Admission to candidacy - the admission to candidacy form must be completed prior to the thesis defense. The student should consult the schedule of classes for deadlines on submitting this form for fall or spring graduation.
  5. Thesis Defense - a copy of the thesis should be distributed to each member of the program committee at least two weeks prior to the defense. The student should make a public announcement of the defense within the department to allow attendance by interested faculty members and students of electrical and computer engineering.

Non-thesis project option:

This requires satisfactorily completing 3 credits of individualized project and 27 credits of graduate courses of which not more than 9 credits may be taken from outside the ECE department. The degree requirements for this option are as follows:

  1. Plan of Study - the student must meet with his/her advisor to formulate a plan of study. The plan of study must be submitted after completing at least 9 but no more than 18 semester credits.
  2. Satisfactory completion of 30 hours of approved graduate credits including 3 credits of project work (individual study or projects)
  3. Not more than 9 credits may be taken from outside the electrical and computer engineering department.
  4. Completion of individualized project that requires a written report and an oral presentation that will be conducted by the student's advisory committee.
  5. Admission to candidacy - the admission to candidacy form must be completed prior to the oral exam. The student should consult the schedule of classes for deadlines on submitting this form for fall or spring graduation.

Non-thesis course-only option:

This requires satisfactorily completing 30 credits of graduate courses with not more that 9 credits taken from outside the ECE department. Students taking this option must satisfactorily complete a comprehensive exam that has the same contents as the Breadth exam of the ECE Ph.D. Qualifying Examinations. The degree requirements for this options are as follows:

  1. Plan of Study - the student must meet with his/her advisor to formulate a plan of study. The plan of study must be submitted after completing at least 9 but no more than 18 semester credits.
  2. Satisfactory completion of 30 hours of approved graduate credits.
  3. Not more than 9 credits may be taken from outside the electrical and computer engineering department.
  4. The student is required to pass a written comprehensive exam. The comprehensive exam is of 3 hours and consists of 4 questions, of which one is on engineering mathematics and the other 3 are on undergraduate courses in electrical and computer engineering.
  5. Admission to candidacy - the admission to candidacy form must be completed prior to the oral exam. The student should consult the schedule of classes for deadlines on submitting this form for fall or spring graduation.

Program Committee

Students under the Thesis and the Non-thesis Project options must select a program committee that is composed of at least 3 members of the graduate faculty of ECE. The graduate program advisor generally serves as the chairman of the committee.

Students under the Non-thesis course-only option do not need any committee members other than the advisor.