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Master of Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Master of Science ECE degree candidates may choose to pursue the degree with either a thesis or one of two non-thesis options. Any option may be used to enter the Ph.D. program.

Thesis Option Master Program

The MSECE thesis option in electrical and computer engineering requires a minimum of one year of full-time study. The total number of required credits is 30 semester hours. At least 12 credit hours must be ECE or C S; however 12 credit hours (not including thesis) must be in 5000-level or higher ECE coursework. Three credit hours must be taken in mathematics or physics, and at least nine credit hours must be technical electives. Graduate credit will not be allowed for any courses that are numbered below 4000 or are part of the required undergraduate electrical or computer engineering curriculum. A maximum of 12 hours of 4000-level graduate credit courses are allowed. Enrollment in six credit hours of ECE 5980, Thesis Research, is required, and the student must write a thesis and successfully defend it before an examining committee.

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Non-Thesis Master Program

The MSECE non-thesis option has two tracks. Both require a minimum of 33 semester hours of coursework.

  • The General Track requires a minimum of 18 credit hours in ECE  or C S courses, subject to limitations specified above. The M.S. General Track also requires at least 12 credit hours in technical electives and the M.S. Comprehensive Examination required by the Graduate College. The remaining requirements, except for Thesis Research, ECE 5980, are the same as for the thesis option.
  • An MSECE concentration in Electrical Energy Production and Risk Management combining electrical and computer engineering and finance, conforms to the non-thesis General Track. Twelve credit hours must be in electrical energy (power) with nine credit hours in finance courses, eight credit hours in electrical and computer engineering courses, and three credit hours in the field of mathematics or physics. Enrollment in internship hours (which counts toward the electrical energy requirement) is also required and the student must submit a written report upon completion of each internship (a maximum of two internships is allowed).

For more details, contact Lisa Wilkins at: