Graduate work in the department leads to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in many different specializations of Electrical Engineering.
Master of Science (M.S.)
The master’s degree is primarily a coursework-oriented program.
Admission requirements: GRE and B.S. degree in electrical, computer, or biomedical engineering, physics, mathematics, or computer science. GRE may be waived for candidates who earned the B.S. degree from an accredited U.S. program with a GPA of 3.00 or higher. Preparation in related fields may be acceptable; contact the Graduate Director.
Program requirements: Thesis or nonthesis option—minimum of 30 credits in science and engineering with a minimum of 16 credits in graduate-level electrical engineering courses. One credit of the departmental seminar (ELE 601 and/or 602) is required of all students. Up to two credits of seminar may be used toward the 30-credit master’s requirement. Individual programs are designed in accordance with students’ backgrounds and interests, but require departmental and Graduate School approval. For the thesis option, the thesis counts as six to nine credits, but more than six credits requires prior written justification and approval by the student’s thesis committee, and the Graduate Program Director or Department Chair. For the nonthesis option, a written master’s examination and one course involving significant independent research and a substantial paper are required.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The Ph.D. degree is a research-oriented program.
Admission requirements: GRE and M.S. degree or equivalent in electrical, computer, or biomedical engineering, physics, mathematics, or computer science, or a related field. Exceptional candidates may be admitted directly from the B.S. degree.
Program requirements: A minimum of 72 credits beyond the B.S. degree. The M.S. degree may count up to 30 of these credits; the remaining credits are split between course work and dissertation research. Students with an M.S. in an appropriate field complete between 18-24 dissertation credits; students without the M.S. may take between 18 and 30 (in either case additional dissertation credits may be taken for no program credit). A qualifying examination is required. A comprehensive examination is required after all formal course work is completed. Two credits of the departmental seminar (ELE 601 and 602) are required of all students. These credits may not be counted as part of the 42 credits required beyond the master’s degree.