About the Graduate Program

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers multidisciplinary programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering. Our students are provided with breadth of knowledge in Electrical and Computer Engineering and depth of knowledge in their chosen research area. The department is staffed with a prestigious faculty conducting research in various areas that include:

  • Analog, mixed-signal, and RF electronic circuits
  • Communication and signal processing
  • Computer engineering
  • Control systems
  • Electromagnetics
  • Optoelectronics and microelectronics
  • Power systems

A full range of state-of-the-art laboratories are available enabling faculty and students to conduct research at the cutting-edge of technology.

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

The Ph.D. program is designed to provide the students with research-level expertise in a focus area within electrical and computer engineering and breadth of knowledge in areas related to the focus area. In addition to taking a set of courses in a chosen area of concentration, a key aspect of the doctoral degree is the student's research dissertation. Each dissertation is expected to be a significant original contribution on research on a chosen subject, which usually leads to one or more archival publications. Successful doctoral students develop the aptitude and confidence for generating new knowledge and practices in academic, industrial, and governmental environments.

Masters' degree in Electrical Engineering (M.S.E.E.)

The M.S.E.E. program is designed to provide technical expertise in a specific area of electrical and computer engineering as well as breadth of knowledge in supporting areas. The M.S.E.E. program requires successful completion of 30 credits at the graduate level. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available for the M.S.E.E. program:

  • Thesis option: Students choosing this option are required to take 9 credits of masters' thesis and 21 credits of graduate-level course work. The thesis option provides the students the opportunity to work on a research project that culminates in the publishing of a thesis.
  • Non-thesis option: The non-thesis option enables students to focus more on course work than research. There are two ways by which a non-thesis M.S.E.E. degree may be earned:
    • Non-thesis project option: This requires the completion of a 3-credit  individual research project and taking 27 credits of graduate-level courses.
    • Non-thesis exam option: This requires the completion of 30 credits of graduate-level courses along with satisfactory performance in a comprehensive final examination.

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Aba Ebong, aebong1@uncc.edu
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Graduate Research Support Specialist:
Ms. Stephanie LaClair, slaclair@uncc.edu
Office Hours: M-TH 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM