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Graduate Catalog 2015-16


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For domestic classified status, the deadline is approximately a month before the start of classes (Definite dates are on the application itself). International students, please see the FAQs #16 for your deadline.


For the Master of Science degree in electrical engineering, courses are offered primarily in the areas of communication systems, computer systems, computer vision and image processing, power and control systems, IC design, and signal processing. Most 500-level courses are offered at least once every year in the evening. The 400-level courses may also be scheduled during the day.


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.


The program of study requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate credit, at least 18 of which must be at the 500-level. Program core requirement specifies a minimum of one course from the following list:

ECE 532, 539, 552, 562, 572, or 574.

Out of the 33 required hours, at least 27 must be in electrical engineering. Beyond that, courses may be taken from other departments, if approved by the graduate adviser. No special approval is necessary for the following out-of-department courses:

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 563 Optimal Control Theory (Same as ECE 563, and ME 563)

MATH 565 Advanced Numerical Analysis

ME 550 Modern Control

PHYS 410 Optics

PHYS 415a Wave Mechanics and Atomic Physics

PHYS 415b Wave Mechanics and Atomic Physics

PHYS 416 Principles of Quantum Mechanics

PHYS 450 Solid State Physics

PHYS 503 Experimental Methods in Optical Spectroscopy

PHYS 504 Applications of Fiber Optics

PHYS 506 Experimental Methods in Optics

PHYS 514 Photonics I

PHYS 515 Photonics II

Thesis and non-thesis options of study are available:

Thesis option

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.


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.



The Department of Electrical Engineering offers a five-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS) degrees. Students with senior level status (at least 90 semester hours) and a grade point average of 3.0 (A=4.0) overall may be admitted to the BS/MS program that allows them to earn 33 hours of graduate level credit (400- and 500-level) during their combined fourth and fifth years. An application for degree-seeking status as a graduate student must be approved by the Graduate School and the Graduate Committee in Electrical Engineering. A program outline must also be submitted for approval by the Graduate Dean and director of the graduate program in electrical engineering prior to enrollment in any courses to be included as part of the master's program. Official admission to the graduate program and to status as a classified graduate student is made only after the award of the baccalaureate degree. In no case will a graduate degree be conferred before all requirements for both degrees have been completed.

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