Programs of Study

The Electrical Engineering Department has over 210 graduate students working towards a Master of Science Degree and/or a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in electrical engineering.

Electrical Engineering Master of Science Degree

Our MS program includes a thesis option with 24 course credits, two colloquium credits and six thesis credits, and a paper option with 27 course credits, two colloquium credits and three paper credits. With departmental approval, up to 10 credits may be transferred from other graduate institutions.

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One-year program track for Electrical Engineering Master of Science Degree

The one-year program track is identical to the paper option leading to the same M.S. degree in EE and can be completed in one year by taking more courses during the fall and spring semesters and one course in the summer. This program is intended for EE majors newly graduating with a B.S. degree, as well as for those already in the workforce who are interested in expanding their education beyond the B.S. level and improving their professional competitiveness in the job market.  More information can be found here.

Electrical Engineering Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The doctoral student's goal will be to establish his/her reputation as a researcher with a broad supporting base in laboratory and/or analytical techniques, and with experience in presenting original research results at conferences and in refereed journals.  The Department of Electrical Engineering welcomes highly qualified students with B.S. or M.S. degrees in electrical engineering, as well as in related engineering and science disciplines.  As part of the program, the student will complete 39 technical course credits and 2 colloquium credits beyond the B.S. degree additional details available in the EE Graduate Handbook.

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Minors, concurrent degrees, certificate program

Admission to EE Graduate Programs

Students may be admitted to the M.S. program, to the Ph.D. program after completing an M.S. program, or directly to the Ph.D. program, bypassing the M.S. program. Applicants are expected to have a B.S. degree in electrical engineering. Exceptional candidates from related fields are also welcome to apply. Only well prepared and highly competitive candidates should apply to enter the Ph.D. program directly from the B.S. program, because they will be required to take the candidacy examinations within one year after entry into the program.

Applicants are required to complete the University's on-line application which includes information specific to Electrical Engineering.  They must provide formal transcripts, general GRE scores, 3 letters of reference, a resume, and a personal statement of technical interests, goals, and experience.  An international student whose first language is not English must submit a TOEFL score.  It should be noted that students admitted to the graduate program who do not demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in English will be required to alleviate this deficiency by taking additional English and/or speech communications courses.

Students who intend to continue from the M.S. to the Ph.D. program should apply for change of degree at least three months prior to the transition.  An updated personal statement and a letter from the Department of Electrical Engineering faculty member who will serve as the student’s Ph.D. adviser should accompany that request.  Standards for entry to the Ph.D. program are generally more rigorous than for the M.S. program.  Satisfactory completion of the M.S. program does not guarantee admission to the Ph.D. program.



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The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was created in the spring of 2015 to allow greater access to courses offered by both departments for undergraduate and graduate students in exciting collaborative research in fields.

We offer B.S. degrees in electrical engineering, computer science and computer engineering and graduate degrees (master's degrees and Ph.D.'s) in electrical engineering and computer science and engineering. EECS focuses on the convergence of technologies and disciplines to meet today’s industrial demands.

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