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2013-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Engineering, M.S.


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The Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) is designed to provide students and practicing engineers alike with a background in analysis, design, development, or research on electrical or computer engineering in a variety of technical areas. It enables students to expand and deepen their knowledge beyond the baccalaureate degree and gives them the ability to adapt to ever-changing technological developments. Students with adequate background in electrical or digital and computer systems can complete the MSEE degree by successfully completing a minimum of 30 credits of course and project work.

Unique Features


  • Areas of research and study at the graduate level include communications, control, digital signal processing, digital system design and simulation, microprocessor systems, optical sensors, embedded computing, computer architecture, computer networks, VLSI design, and other subareas of   electrical and computer engineering.
  • The program is structured in four focus areas: Control Systems, Digital Signal Processing and Communication, Digital and Computer Systems, and Power Systems. Each student must take at least the minimum number of restricted elective courses in at least one focus area.
  • Students enjoy the learning environment, which offers advantages such as small class size, low student-to-faculty ratio, excellent interaction with dedicated faculty, and participation in research.
  • Financial support is available through scholarships, teaching, or research assistantships. Financial support is offered to those students who, in the estimation of the department faculty, hold the greatest promise of success.
  • The MSEE program is open to both part- and full-time students.

Admission Policy


Each applicant will be evaluated based on the academic performance and the promise of success in the program. Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or better in a baccalaureate program in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or a closely related discipline from an ABET accredited program or equivalent will have the highest chance of being accepted into the program. Submission of a GRE score is required.
Applicants with strong academic or professional experience but without adequate background necessary for enrolling in some of the required courses may be asked to complete additional courses beyond the 30 credits from the following list depending on the chosen focus area:


• EE 601 – Digital Systems
• EE 602 – Embedded Systems
• EE 603 – Discrete and Continuous Systems I
• EE 645 – Introduction to Communication Systems
• CS 604 – Introduction to Programming/C
• CS 610 – Intermediate Programming/C
• M 611 – Matrix Theory and its Applications

Focus Areas


A plan of study will be devised for each student based on the academic background, professional goals, and interests of the student by the program coordinator. One of the following four focus areas must be followed: communication/signal processing, control systems, digital and computer systems, or power systems. A minimum of 18 credits of course work must be taken from the list of restricted electives for each focus area. Other courses may be taken from EE or other closely related disciplines with the approval of the MSEE program coordinator.

Electives


The remaining 12 credits beyond the declared focus area may be taken from EE or other closely related disciplines with the approval of the MSEE program coordinator. If EE 690 Research Project or EE 697 Thesis I and EE 698 Thesis II are completed for the project or thesis requirement as listed above, they will also count toward the remaining 12 credits needed to complete the MSEE program.

Project or Thesis Requirement


Students must satisfy either a project or thesis requirement for the MSEE. This requirement can be met by one of three methods:

  • Complete a designated project course specified in the program (see Designated Project Courses below.)
  • Complete EE 690 Research Project. For this option, a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better is required after completion of 18 credits of course work applicable toward the degree.
  • Complete 6 credits of thesis, EE 697 Thesis I and EE 698, Thesis II. For this option, a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better is required after completion of 18 credits of course work applicable toward the degree.

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