Masters Program


A Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (M.S.E.E.) degree requires 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 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.

Further details on the M.S.E.E. options are available at the Degree Requirements page. 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.

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.

The ECE Department comprises the following four Technical Thrust Groups, serving a wide range of focus areas within electrical and computer engineering. List of faculty, active research areas, and courses typically offered within these TTGs are available by following the corresponding links.

Communication, Control, and Signal Processing
Active research areas include wireless communications and networking, communications traffic modeling, pattern recognition, computer vision, medical and natural image processing, RF circuits and systems, spacecraft controls, multivariable controls, optimal controls, and nonlinear controls.

Computer Systems
Active research projects include embedded systems and robotics, embedded computing and architectures, hardware security, hardware/software co-design, real-time OS, reconfigurable computing, multicore computing, digital VLSI, Big Data, embedded mobile computing, cloud computing, cyber-physical systems, heterogeneous many-core architecture.

Devices, Circuits, and Systems
Active research areas include RF circuit design, antennas, analog and mixed-signal circuit design, power electronics, fiber-optic sensors, laser and detector design, optical and optoelectronic networks, optical image processing, optoelectronic material science, photovoltaics, quantum devices, materials for submicron lithography, microstructural analyses, vacuum microelectronics, radiation hardened devices, packaging and systems integration, and device modeling.

Power Systems
Active research areas include power systems modeling and analysis, power electronics, Smart Grid, microgrids, power system stability and control, power system optimization, utility applications, high voltage, condition monitoring, economic operation of power systems, electromechanical systems and drives, power system protection, and renewable energy.

The ECE Department also offers a Concentration in Power and Energy Systems for the MSEE degree, which requires taking a set of core and elective courses.  Students who elect to pursue the Concentration in Power and Energy Systems towards their MSEE degree primarily take coursework in modern power and energy systems, devices modeling, analysis, protection, and control.  This concentration prepares students for jobs with power utilities, power and energy devices manufacturing companies, national and regional laboratories, or for continued academic training in power and energy fields.

If the concentration is not desired, it is expected that each student would select the majority of their courses from the focus 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 a minimum of 9 credits in each semester until their credit requirements are over, to maintain full-time student status.


Ms. Katie Watson, Graduate Academic Advisor (
Dr. Valentina Cecchi, Graduate Program Director (