Masters Program


A Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (M.S.E.E.) degree requires successfully completing 30 approved graduate credits. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available. Students must decide on their M.S.E.E. option by the end of the second semester, at the time of submitting their Plan of Study. Further details on the M.S.E.E. options are available at the Degree Requirements page.

Students have the flexibility of selecting their own courses with the approval of his/her 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.

Although available courses and faculty members in ECE are listed in several research concentration areas, the M.S.E.E. degree does not formally define a concentration area or specialization. It is expected that each student would select the majority of their courses from the concentration area that they are interested in. Students are advised to discuss with their advisor about course selections to maximize the benefits from the program.

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

The following is a chronologically ordered sequence of activities for a Masters' student:

  1. First semester: Review available courses and meet with the faculty contact to select and register for courses.
  2. Second semester: Decide on thesis/non-thesis options, select advisor (for thesis and project options, students are expected to have a tentative plan for the same) and submit a Plan of Study. Refer to the Plan of Study page for details.
  3. Third semester and later: Completion of course work and project of thesis, if applicable. Both project and thesis options require a final presentation or thesis defense to the advisory committee. The project report must be submitted to the advisory committee. The thesis must be submitted to the Graduate School. The non-thesis course-only option requires passing the comprehensive examinations. If there is an change of advisor, committee member(s), or anything that is listed in the plan of study, the student must submit a new plan of study.
  4. Final semester: The candidacy form must be submitted at the beginning of the semester/session when the student plans to graduate. Refer to the Graduate School's page of Graduation Information for deadlines and important information for degree completion.

For assistance, contact:

Ms. Stephanie LaClair, Graduate and Research Support Specialist (

Dr. Aba Ebong, Graduate Program Director (