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Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering: Admission Standards | Apply for Admission|
Retention Standards | Assistantships | Program of Study | Graduate Specializations | Exit Requirements

Admission Standards

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the Graduate School, applicants must have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 (A=4.0) in engineering, mathematics, and physical science courses.

Applicants should normally have a baccalaureate degree in electrical engineering from an ABET-accredited program. Applicants whose undergraduate studies were completed at institutions in countries other than the United States must have a baccalaureate degree in electrical engineering comparable to the United States bachelor's degree. Applicants with degrees other than a baccalaureate degree in electrical engineering will be considered on an individual basis. Those with baccalaureate degrees in science and engineering, other than electrical engineering, may be admitted, subject to completion of appropriate undergraduate electrical engineering courses.

In exceptional cases, the graduate admissions committee may consider applicants who meet all Graduate School admission standards but who do not meet certain specified program admission requirements. The committee may consider other evidence that indicates high promise of the applicant's success in the program. Such supportive evidence may include extensive professional experience, published research, patents, or outstanding graduate-level work at another institution.

After admission and before enrolling in any courses, students are required to meet with the graduate program director who appoints, in consultation with the student, an advisory committee suited to each student's background and interests. The chair of the advisory committee serves as the student's academic adviser. Students are urged to file an approved plan of study with their academic adviser by the end of the first term of enrollment in the program.

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Apply for Admission

Prospective students can apply online or via standard mail. International applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) within two years prior to the term for which admission is sought. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based) or 79 (Internet based) taken is required. We also accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the minimum IELTS total band score required is 6.5. The GRE is not required, but is recommended for international applicants.

Please note that the application deadlines are as follows:

Term                                      Deadline

                                Domestic                  International

Fall                          July 15                       June 1                            

Spring                      November 15            October 1

Summer                   April 15                      March 1

Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications early, especially for highly competitive programs such as the MS in Electrical Engineering. Applications are processed on a rolling basis and once seats are filled for a particular term, additional applicants will be denied admission. Plan ahead.

Additional application  information can be found here.

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Retention Standards

The standards of the Graduate School are to be followed. In addition, any student who falls below a cumulative 3.0 average will be placed on probation. If the probation is not removed within the following two semesters by raising the cumulative GPA to 3.0 or above, the student will be dropped from the program unless there are extenuating circumstances to justify an extension of probationary status. The Graduate Retention Committee will review the status of all students on probation quarterly and will report its findings to the student and the student's advisory committee.

Once a year the Graduate Retention Committee will meet to evaluate the progress of each student in the program. The Retention Committee will inform in writing any student and the student's Advisory Committee if adequate progress is not maintained.

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Assistantships

Graduate assistantships (GA) can be applied for once you are a student here at SIUE. These pay tuition and a modest stipend. Normally we only consider graduate assistantships (GA) for students who have been here at SIUE for one semester. The interview process takes place three months before the semester begins.

Research can be discussed after you arrive. Research assistantships (RA) are usually filled by students who are actively working with faculty. Students will have the opportunity to explore faculty research interests through their coursework here at SIUE.

Additionally, many of our MSEE students get GA positions elsewhere on campus. We have students with GA positions Math, Chemistry, Physics, Business, the University Center, Governance, etc. Also many obtain student jobs on campus doing office work, food service, etc.

For exceptional students with a high GPA and high test scores, we encourage you to apply for the Competitive Graduate Award:

The Competitive Graduate award deadline is Jan 15.

http://www.siue.edu/graduatestudents/fellowshipsandgrants/competitive-award.shtml

For more detaled information about the Graduate School see: http://www.siue.edu/graduate/

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Program of Study

After admission and before enrolling in any courses, students are required to meet with the graduate program director who appoints, in consultation with the student, and advisory committee suited to each student's background and interests. The chair of the advisory committee serves as the student's academic advisor. Students are required to file an approved plan of study with their academic advisor by the end of the first term of enrollment in the program.

Thesis and non-thesis programs of study are available. Students selecting either option must complete a minimum of 33 semester hours, 27 of which must be graduate-level hours in electrical engineering. Program core requirement specifies a minimum of one course from the following list:

• ECE 532, ECE 539, ECE 552, ECE 563, ECE 572, ECE 574

Only the following out-of-department courses are allowed for credit toward the MSEE degree up to a maximum of 6 credit hours:

CS 438 - Artificial Intelligence

CS 447 - Networks and Data Communications

CS 482 - Computer Graphics

CS 514 - Operating Systems

CS 547 - Network Programming

CS 582 - Advanced Computer Graphics

MATH 421 - Linear Algebra II

MATH 451 - Introduction to Complex Analysis

MATH 462 - Engineering Numerical Analysis

MATH 464 - Differential Equations II

MATH 466 - Numerical Linear Algebra with Applications

MATH 501 - Differential Equations and the Fourier Analysis

MATH 502 - Advanced Calculus for Engineers

MATH 552 - Theory of Ordinary Differential Equations

MATH 565 - Advanced Numerical Analysis

ME 550 - Modern Control

PHYS 406 - Introduction to Electromagnetic Field Theory

PHYS 410 - Optics 

PHYS 416 - Principles of Quantum Mechanics 

PHYS 450 - Solid State Physics

Thesis Option

The program consists of the core courses, elective courses, and thesis work in the amount of 6 credit hours. The student will be guided by the adviser with the assistance and concurrence of the advisory committee. Thesis work involves an intensive research effort and generally requires two semesters to complete.

Non-thesis Option

The program consists of the core courses, elective courses, and may include a research project. The research project is a component of any 500-level course approved by the advisory committee. The student will be guided by the adviser with the assistance and concurrence of the advisory committee.

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Graduate Specializations

Graduate students may concentrate their studies in one the following areas:

Communication Systems

Computer Design

Computer Vision and Image Processing

Control Systems

Digital Signal Processing

IC Design

Power Systems

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Exit Requirements

When all other program requirements are satisfied, the advisory committee will schedule an exit oral presentation or examination. The format of the presentation or examination will be determined by the student's advisory committee.

Sample Test

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