Curriculum and Requirements

To obtain the MSEE, one must start with a valid BS degree in Electrical Engineering or related science (such as Computer Engineering or Biomedical Engineering). In the event that the BS is in another discipline (Computer Science, Physics, etc.) the new student will be required to take additional, remedial courses, specified by their academic advisor. Additional courses can total 3, 6, 9 or 12 credits, and these are determined on a case-by-case basis.

The MSEE is obtained by completing 9 courses or 27 academic credits followed by a 3 credit project. Alternatively, the project can be waived if the student takes 8 courses plus a 6 credit thesis. The courses taken must include at least 5 from Electrical Engineering. The remainder can come from Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Computer Science, without specifying the exact number. Also, the student may elect to choose one course from Mechanical Engineering or Technology Management. All courses are at the g raduate level (400-level), but there may be cases where an undergraduate course may be allowed.

The lowest grade accepted in any course or project is a “C”. The total grade point average of all courses upon completion of the program must be at least 3.0 (i.e. a “B” average).

Co-op work is encouraged but not required for obtaining the MSEE. By taking co-op (Engineering 500 for one credit), a student works part time at a company developing their engineering skills and earning a salary, while taking courses for the MSEE.

Curriculum Requirements

There are no core courses. Since the MSEE leads in many directions, the student is encouraged to develop his/her own concentration, with the help of their academic advisor. The list below is comprised of suggested courses for the various concentrations we offer, but it is not intended as a complete list.

Electronics Circuits Designer

  • Digital VLSI
  • Analog VLSI
  • Microfabrication
  • Modern Electronics
  • Digital IC analysis
  • Analog IC analysis
  • Semiconductors
  • Low Power VLSI
  • VLSI testing
  • Analog/Digital Systems VLSI
  • Radio Frequency VLSI

Micro- and Nanotechnology Engineer

  • MEMS (microelectromechanical systems)
  • BioMEMS
  • Nanotechnology
  • Microelectronics Fabrication

Communications Engineer

  • Fiber Optics
  • Fiber Optics Lab
  • Radio Frequency Communications
  • Digital Communications
  • Wireless Communications
  • Satellite Communications
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
  • DSP lab
  • Wavelets and Filter Banks
  • Microwaves
  • Wireless Sensor Networks

Assembly Line Designer

  • Industrial Controls
  • Programmable Logic Control
  • Advance PLC’s
  • Controls
  • Controls Lab
  • Mechatronics
  • Robotics

Medical Engineering

Student may take this concentration in EE or change to a Biomedical Engineering major and take other courses as well.

  • Medical Machines
  • Biomedical Sensors
  • Audio Signal Analysis
  • Audio Signal Lab
  • Bioinformatics
  • Bioelectronics
  • Biomedical Image Processing
  • Biosignal Processing
  • BioMEMS

Power Engineering

  • Power distribution
  • Power Electronics
  • Power Analysis
  • Modern Electronics
  • AC/DC motor drives

Green Energy

  • Sustainable Energy
  • Solar Energy
  • Hybrid Cars
  • Fuel Cells

General M.S. Program Requirements

Academic Performance

Students in a degree program who do not maintain a satisfactory record will be separated from the Graduate School. Normally, the accumulation of one “F” grade, or more than one “D” grade, or more than three “C” grades will result in separation.


Course Levels

  • 400-499-generally taken by qualified undergraduates and first year graduate students.
  • 500-599- Open to graduate students.
  • 600 + – Open to masters and Ph.D. students
  • 700 – Open to Ph.D. students only


Time Limitation and Program Continuity

All requirements for the degree of Master of Science must be completed within six years (twelve consecutive semesters) of the effective start of an approved graduate program of study. Once a program is initiated, the student must maintain continuous enrollment until completion.

Under certain circumstances, a student may be granted permission to interrupt his/her program by petitioning the dean in writing, stating the underlying circumstances. Program interruption without formal permission will constitute grounds for dismissal from the Graduate program.


Degree Program Requirements

All students studying for the Master of Science degree must have on file an approved program of study on the provided form. Programs of study are worked out between the student and his/her advisor to meet both the student’s desires and the graduate faculty’s philosophy of an integrated program. They must carry the approval of the chair of the department awarding the degree. Changes in the approved program of study must be approved by the student’s program advisor and the department Chair.


General Thesis Regulations

Students are encouraged to include a thesis investigation in their approved program of study. Accumulation of thesis semester hours and work done during a thesis investigation must be continuous up to the time of its completion. Only those students designated as regular graduate students who have satisfied the following requirements will be permitted to accumulate thesis credits. During the semester prior to that in which the student desires to initiate his/ her thesis investigation, he/she must have:

  • Included a thesis proposal in his/ her approved program of study
  • Sought and obtained a member of the graduate faculty who agrees to act as his/her thesis advisor
  • Submitted a completed thesis proposal form to the department in which the degree is to be awarded
  • Form a Thesis Committee, appointed by the department chair, consisting of at least 3 members of the graduate faculty (including the advisor as committee chair).

Students should obtain a copy of “Specifications for Master’s Thesis” from the office of the department chair which describes via requirements in details.All theses in Engineering must be presented at a faculty-graduate seminar. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that this requirement is fulfilled, and that written notice of the presentation is distributed to all interested persons at least one week before the event.

Students who are in the process of completing a thesis are required to register for at least two semester hours of thesis in each semester. They must actively engage in that activity under faculty guidance. Semester hours thus accumulated that total more than the approved program-of-study requirement are not counted toward the degree.

Upon successful completion of the thesis, and acceptance by the Thesis Committee, the student becomes eligible for the degree provided all other requirements in the program of study are completed.


Completion of Master’s Degree

The Master of Science degree will be awarded only to those students successfully completing the following requirements:

  • A minimum number of 30-34 semester hours (see specific program requirements) with a QPR of “B” or better in an approved program of study. The number of semester hours which may be transferred from another institution is an individual matter that will be reviewed by the major department, but is normally no more than 9 semester hours.
  • Satisfactory completion of the state licensure requirements as prescribed by the faculty of the major department, and a favorable recommendation from the faculty upon review of the student’s program and performance, after the student has made a formal application for a Master’s diploma.


Cooperative Education Program

The School of Engineering offers an optional cooperative education program. See the Cooperative Education section of that for further information.