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Academics - Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

The MS in Electrical Engineering requires a minimum of 33 semester hours.

All students must have an academic advisor and an approved degree plan. These are based upon the student’s choice of concentration (Circuits and Systems; Communications; Control Systems; Digital Systems; Optical Devices, Materials and Systems; RF and Microwave Engineering, Signal Processing; Solid State Devices and Micro Systems Fabrication). Courses taken without advisor approval will not count toward the 33 semester-hour requirement. Successful completion of the approved course of studies leads to the M.S.E.E. degree.

The M.S.E.E. program has both a thesis and a non-thesis option. All part-time M.S.E.E. students will be assigned initially to the non-thesis option. Those wishing to elect the thesis option may do so by obtaining the approval of a faculty thesis supervisor. With the prior approval of an academic advisor, non-thesis students may count no more than 3 semester-hours of research or individual instruction courses towards the 33-hour degree requirement.

All full-time, supported students are required to participate in the thesis option. The thesis option requires nine semester hours of research (of which three must be thesis hours), a written thesis submitted to the graduate school, and a formal public defense of the thesis. The supervising committee administers this defense and is chosen in consultation with the student’s thesis adviser prior to enrolling for thesis credit. Research and thesis hours cannot be counted in an M.S.E.E. degree plan unless a thesis is written and successfully defended.

MSEE Degree Concentration Areas and Degree Plans


One of the ten concentrations listed below, subject to approval by a graduate adviser, must be used to fulfill the requirements of the M.S.E.E. program. Students must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 or better, a GPA of 3.0 or better in their core MSEE classes, and a grade of B- or better in all their core MSEE classes in order to satisfy their degree requirements.

Circuits and Systems


Control Systems

Digital Systems

Power Electronics and Energy Systems

Photonic Devices and Systems

RF and Microwave Engineering

Signal Processing

Solid State Devices and Micro Systems Fabrication