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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Samuel Lakeou, Chairman | Office Phone 274.7409 | Bldg 42 Room 109

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)

For a quick reference, view the MSEE Fact Sheet.

The new MSEE degree is an advanced degree that provides students with the tools and technical knowledge necessary to work and advance into leadership roles in industries and government agencies, and it provides graduate students with significant experience and skills to research, develop new technologies and trends in the electrical engineering field, and design electrical engineering systems. The MSEE focuses on two timely and important electrical engineering (EE) areas of emphasis in the context of urban issues and homeland security:

- Communications and Signal Processing
- Digital Systems Engineering

The MSEE requires 30 credit hours of graduate-level course work. The program offers both thesis and non-thesis options. However, student who are supported as research assistants are required to pursue the thesis option only. A thesis option is offered for students who want the opportunity to obtain expertise in research and who may be interested in pursuing doctoral degree in electrical engineering or computer engineering. A non-thesis option is offered for students who want a practical industrial applications-oriented degree. However, student who are supported as research assistants are required to pursue the thesis option only.


The educational objectives of the MSEE degree program in Electrical Engineering are:

  • To provide graduate students with advanced training in marketable areas of Electrical Engineering;
  • To provide graduate students with research opportunities to solve real-world problems in Electrical Engineering;
  • To prepare graduate students for leadership positions in Electrical Engineering.

To be considered for admission into the M.S. Degree Program in Electrical Engineering, a student (US and international) must satisfy the university-wide requirements for admission to graduate programs. In addition, the applicant must have completed a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or a related technical field. The applicant must have acceptable GRE scores. The applicant must also submit the following documents:

  • Completed/signed application form;
  • Non-refundable application fee;
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended;
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Basic test scores;
  • Three letters of reference from qualified scientists, engineers or supervisors that can certify his/her ability to pursue studies at the Master of Science level.
    International students must also submit TOEFL [Test of English as a Foreign Language] scores as part of their application. It is the policy of the graduate admissions committee in the ECE department to carefully consider every applicant's previous academic and professional qualifications, test scores and achievements before an admission decision is made. Students admitted into the graduate program may start in the Fall semester.

Applicants accepted for graduate study will be informed in writing, at the time of admission, whether they need to enroll in background courses and/or prerequisites requiring completion before commencing their graduate studies.

MSEE General Requirements

  1. Maximum two graduate-level course units may be transferred from another institution to apply toward the MSEE degree. Transferred courses must logically fit into the student’s graduate program. The student’s graduate advisor decides which courses fit. The UDC approval of transfer credit may also be required. These two courses should not have been used in fulfillment of any other degree(s).
  2. At least half of the coursework credits, excluding thesis or tech report credits, must be taken with other than a single professor.
  3. Any coursework more than six years old at the time of the final examination will not be included in the Master's degree program.
  4. All graduate credits must have letter grades of A, B, or C, or pass/fail grades of S (Satisfactory).
  5. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required to remain in good standing and to graduate.

Degree Requirements for the Thesis Option

  1. Plan of Study - the student must meet with his/her advisor to formulate a plan of study. The plan of study must be submitted to the student’s advisory committee after completing at least 9 but no more than 18 semester credits.
  2. Satisfactory completion of 30 hours of approved graduate credits including 6 hours of thesis.
  3. At least 18 credits of course work must be at or above the 500 level. Courses Below the 500 level must be approved by the student’s advisory committee.
  4. Admission to candidacy - the admission to candidacy form must be completed prior to the thesis defense. The student should consult the schedule of classes for deadlines on submitting this form for spring graduation.
  5. Thesis Defense - a copy of the thesis should be distributed to each member of the program committee at least two weeks prior to the defense. The student should make a public announcement of the defense within the department to allow attendance by interested faculty members and students of electrical and computer engineering.
  6. Upon application for the thesis defense, students are required to submit a technical paper or abstract, based on some aspect of the thesis research, in a form suitable for submission to a regional technical conference.

Degree Requirements for the Non-Thesis Options

  1. Plan of Study - the student must meet with his/her advisor to formulate a plan of study. The plan of study must be submitted after completing at least 9 but no more than 18 semester credits.
  2. Satisfactory completion of 30 hours of approved graduate credits.
  3. At least 24 credits of course work must be at or above the 500 level. Courses Below the 500 level must be approved by the student’s advisory committee.
  4. Satisfactory passing a written comprehensive exam
  5. Admission to candidacy - the admission to candidacy form must be completed prior to the oral exam. The student should consult the schedule of classes for deadlines on submitting this form for spring graduation.

MSEE Curriculum

All MSEE students are required to take the following two core courses:

  • 3531-571 Linear systems
  • 3531-507 Probability and Random Processes

The course requirements for students majoring in the Communications and Signal Processing area are:

  1. Take the following two core courses
    o 3531-458/558 Digital Signal Processing I
    o 3531-469/569 Digital Communications
  2. Select the rest of the courses from Groups A and C of suggested and free elective courses. Selected courses must be approved by the student’s advisory committee.
  3. Project option students must take 3531-599 Master’s Project that counts for 3 credit hours.
  4. Thesis option students must take 3531-699 Master’s Thesis that counts for 6 credit hours.

    The course requirements for students majoring in the Digital Systems Engineering area are:
  1. Take the following two core courses
    o 3531-559 Computer Architecture
    o 3531-584 Digital System-level Design
  2. Select the rest of the courses from Groups A and C of suggested and free elective courses. Selected courses must be approved by the student’s advisory committee.
  3. Project option students must take 3531-599 Master’s Project that counts for 3 credit hours.
  4. Thesis option students must take 3531-699 Master’s Thesis that counts for 6 credit hours.


Group A list of Suggested Elective Courses

• 3531-455/555 Adaptive Filters
• 3531-460/560 Digital Image Processing
• 3531-468/568 Wireless Communications
• 3531-478/578 Digital Integrated Circuit Design
• 3531-479/579 Digital Integrated Circuit Design Laboratory
• 3531-480/580 Digital System Design and Synthesis
• 3531-483/583 Digital System Design and Synthesis Laboratory
• 3531-559 Computer Architecture
• 3531-569 Digital Communications I
• 3531-574 Digital Information Theory
• 3531-575 Wireless Networks
• 3531-584 Digital System-level Design
• 3531-585 Design of a System on a Chip (SoC)
• 3531-586 Advanced Embedded System design
• 3531-658 Digital Signal Processing II
• 3531-659 Advanced Computer Architecture
• 3531-665 Multimedia Communications
• 3531-669 Digital Communications II
• 3531-673 Coding Theory and Applications
• 3531-678 Advanced Digital Integrated Circuit Design
• 3531-692 Advanced Topics in Signal and Image Processing
• 3531-693 Advanced Topics in Digital Communications
• 3531-599 Master’s Project (3 credit hours)
• 3531-699 Master’s Thesis (6 credit hours)

Group B list of Suggested Elective Courses

• 3531-455/555 Adaptive Filters
• 3531-458/558 Digital Signal Processing I
• 3531-460/560 Digital Image Processing
• 3531-468/568 Wireless Communications
• 3531-478/578 Digital Integrated Circuit Design
• 3531-479/579 Digital Integrated Circuit Design Laboratory
• 3531-480/580 Digital System Design and Synthesis
• 3531-483/583 Digital System Design and Synthesis Laboratory
• 3531-569 Digital Communications I
• 3531-574 Digital Information Theory
• 3531-575 Wireless Networks
• 3531-585 Design of a System on a Chip (SoC)
• 3531-586 Advanced Embedded System design
• 3531-592 Advanced Topics in Signal and Image Processing
• 3531-658 Digital Signal Processing II
• 3531-659 Advanced Computer Architecture
• 3531-665 Multimedia Communications
• 3531-669 Digital Communications
• 3531-673 Coding Theory and Applications
• 3531-678 Advanced Digital Integrated Circuit Design
• 3531-693 Advanced Topics in Digital Communications
• 3531-599 Master’s Project (3 credit hours)
• 3531-699 Master’s Thesis (6 credit hours)

Group C (Free Electives)

Courses in computer science, mathematics, or any other related courses that the student’s advisory committee approves. Selected courses must logically fit within the student’s plan of study.