Master of Science in the Field of Electrical Engineering

The Master of Science in electrical engineering, which is offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is designed to help students understand and apply the principles of electrical engineering to diverse areas such as communications, power and energy, and nanotechnology. It exposes students to the fundamentals of cutting edge topics such as sensors and Internet-of-Things, sustainable energy, wireless and optical networking, and telecommunications security. Students must choose from one of five areas of focus: (a) Applied Electromagnetics; (b) Communications and Networks; (c) Electrical Power and Energy; (d) Electronics, Photonics, and MEMS; or (e) Signal and Image Processing, Systems, and Controls. 

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

More information is available on the departmental website.

For additional online program information, visit the online program website.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

30 credits are required for the degree. Non-thesis and thesis options are available. For the thesis option, 6 of these credits are taken in ECE 6998 and ECE 6999. For either option, the student must select one focus area from the chart below and complete the specified number of credits for that area.

Colloquium requirement: In addition to required coursework, students must attend five non-credit bearing colloquia as part of their program of study.  Each colloquium attended is verified by a faculty member also in attendance. After attending five colloquia, the student must submit to the department prior to applying for graduation a colloquium attendance form signed by the faculty advisor.

Communications and Networks

Required
ECE 6015Stochastic Processes in Engineering
ECE 6035Introduction to Computer Networks
ECE 6510Communication Theory
At least two of the following:
ECE 6500Information Theory
ECE 6505Error Control Coding
ECE 6520Mobile and Wireless Communication Systems
ECE 6525Satellite Communication Systems
ECE 6530Electronic Warfare
ECE 6550Network Architectures and Protocols
ECE 6560Network Performance Analysis
ECE 6565Telecommunications Security
ECE 6570Telecommunications Security Protocols
ECE 6575Optical Communication Networks
ECE 6580Wireless Networks
ECE 6760Propagation Modeling in Wireless Communications
For thesis option
ECE 6998Thesis Research
ECE 6999Thesis Research
Electives*
Non-thesis option—15 credits in elective courses; thesis option—9 credits in elective courses. For either option, at least 3 credits must come from outside of the area of focus list.

 Electrical Power and Energy

Required
ECE 6060Electric Power Generation
At least two of the following:
ECE 6010Linear Systems Theory
ECE 6020Applied Electromagnetics
ECE 6025Signals and Transforms in Engineering
At least three of the following:
ECE 6610Electrical Energy Conversion
ECE 6620Electrical Power Systems
ECE 6662Power Electronics
ECE 6666Power System Transmission, Control, and Security
ECE 6667Nuclear Power Generation
ECE 6668Power Distribution Grids
ECE 6669Smart Power Grids
ECE 6670Power System Protection
ECE 6690Power Systems Economics
ECE 6691Power Systems Reliability
ECE 6699Energy and Sustainability
For thesis option
ECE 6998Thesis Research
ECE 6999Thesis Research
Electives*
Non-thesis option—12 credits in elective courses; thesis option—6 credits in elective courses. For either option, at least 3 credits must come from outside of the area of focus list.

 Applied Electromagnetics

Required
ECE 6020Applied Electromagnetics
ECE 6710Microwave Engineering
ECE 6715Antennas
ECE 6720Remote Sensing
At least one of the following:
ECE 6725Electromagnetic Radiation and Scattering
ECE 6730Waves in Random Media
ECE 6735Numerical Electromagnetics
ECE 6745Analysis of Nonlinear and Multivalued Devices
ECE 6750Modern Radar Systems
ECE 6760Propagation Modeling in Wireless Communications
ECE 6765Photonics and Fiber Optics
ECE 6770Applied Magnetism
For thesis option
ECE 6998Thesis Research
ECE 6999Thesis Research
Electives*
Non-thesis option—15 credits in elective courses; thesis option—9 credits in elective courses. For either option, at least 3 credits must come from outside of the area of focus list.

 Electronics, Photonics, and MEMS

Required
ECE 6030Device Electronics
At least four of the following:
ECE 6213Design of VLSI Circuits
ECE 6214High-Level VLSI Design Methodology
ECE 6215Introduction to MEMS
ECE 6216RF/VLSI Circuit Design
ECE 6218Advanced Analog VLSI Circuit Design
ECE 6221Introduction to Physical Electronics
ECE 6240VLSI Design and Simulation
ECE 6245Micro- and Nanofabrication Technology
ECE 6250ASIC Design and Testing of VLSI Circuits
ECE 6260Introduction to Nanoelectronics
For thesis option
ECE 6998Thesis Research
ECE 6999Thesis Research
Electives*
Non-thesis option—15 credits in elective courses; thesis option—9 credits in elective courses. For either option, at least 3 credits must come from outside of the area of focus list.

 Signal and Image Processing, Systems and Controls

Required
ECE 6015Stochastic Processes in Engineering
At least four of the following:
ECE 6005Computer Architecture and Design
ECE 6010Linear Systems Theory
ECE 6025Signals and Transforms in Engineering
ECE 6666Power System Transmission, Control, and Security
ECE 6800Computational Techniques in Electrical Engineering
ECE 6810Speech and Audio Processing by Computer
ECE 6815Multimedia Processing
ECE 6820Real-Time Digital Signal Processing
ECE 6825Computer Control Systems
ECE 6830System Optimization
ECE 6835Nonlinear Systems
ECE 6840Digital Image Processing
ECE 6842Image Engineering
ECE 6845Image Synthesis
ECE 6850Pattern Recognition
ECE 6855Digital Signal Processing Techniques
ECE 6860Compression Techniques for Data, Speech, and Video
ECE 6865Statistical Signal Estimation
ECE 6875Wavelets and Their Applications
ECE 6880Adaptive Signal Processing
ECE 6885Computer Vision
For thesis option
ECE 6998Thesis Research
ECE 6999Thesis Research
Electives*
Non-thesis option—15 credits in elective courses; thesis option—9 credits in elective courses. For either option, at least 3 credits must come from outside of the area of focus list.

*Normally, no more than two courses taken outside the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering may be counted toward the requirements for the degree. Courses taken outside the department must have prior approval from the student’s faculty advisor. In addition, no more than three 3000- or 4000-level ECE courses that have been approved for graduate credit may be counted toward the requirements for the degree.

Educational Planner

In consultation with an academic advisor, each student must develop an Educational Planner through DegreeMAP that governs the student’s plan of study. The Educational Planner should be established soon after matriculation and must be completed before the end of the student’s first semester. The Educational Planner must be approved by the advisor.

Additional program requirements can found on the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Master's Degree requirements webpage.