Masters Programs

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department offers two Masters programs:
 

Computer Engineering, M.S.Cp.E.

The M.S. in Computer Engineering program provides students with advanced knowledge on current and future generation computer hardware and software technologies.  The program is structured to emphasize the broad areas of computer architecture and hardware design; computer systems and applications software; and distributed and real-time computer systems. Sub-specialties include microprocessor design, hardware-software integration, high-performance computing, VLSI design, machine learning and deep learning algorithms, computer networks, computer vision, hardware security, mobile and edge computing, and others. 

 

Electrical Engineering, M.S.E.E.

The M.S. in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) program provides students with advanced knowledge on the theory and applications of electrical systems and signal processing. The program spans across the broad areas of communications, controls, and signal processing; electronic and electromagnetic devices; and power and energy systems. Sub-specialties include metamaterials, antennas, photonics, wireless communications and networking, robotics and dynamical systems, image processing and computer vision, machine learning, power generation and delivery, renewable energy, and power electronics.

The department is staffed with a prestigious faculty conducting research in various areas - Research Areas. List of faculty and courses typically offered within these research areas are available by following the corresponding links.

The two Masters degrees require successful completion of 30 approved graduate credits. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available, as described below:

Thesis option: The thesis option provides the students the opportunity to work on a research project that culminates in the publication of a thesis. Students under the thesis option earn 9 credits from thesis and 21 credits from graduate courses.

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 MSCPE and MSEE degrees 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.

Students have the flexibility of selecting their own courses with the approval of their advisor. The faculty contact assigned at the time of admission serves as the advisor for the first two semesters or until a permanent advisor is formally selected by the student at the time of submitting the Plan of Study.

Students with strong undergraduate academic preparation in electrical and/or computer engineering or related areas are encouraged to apply. Please see the Admissions page admission requirements and visit Graduate Admissions to begin your application.  

Current ECE students can also take advantage of the Early Entry program to begin working toward their graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree.

For assistantships and financial aid information specific to the ECE department please visit Financial Aid. For additional information, please visit Funding on the Graduate School page.

 

For details on the MSCPE and MSEE degree requirements, refer to the University Catalog at:

International students must register for a minimum of 9 credits in each semester until their credit requirements are over, to maintain full-time student status.

Prospective Students
  • For admission information and inquiries please contact the Graduate Counselor (gradcounselor@uncc.edu)
  • For ECE program-specific questions, please email ECE Grad Programs (grad-ece@uncc.edu)

 

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Valentina Cecchi (vcecchi@uncc.edu)
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-2 PM or by appointment (via Zoom)
 
Academic Advisor & Graduate Support Specialist:
Ms. Katie Watson (kwatso55@uncc.edu)
Office Hours: Thursdays 9-11 AM or by appointment (via Zoom)