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Division of Engineering Programs

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program offers courses in electromagnetic fields and waves, telecommunications, electronics, and control systems. The program has two options - with thesis and with non-thesis. The program with thesis emphasizes research and requires submission of a thesis in addition to taking advanced core and elective courses in electrical engineering. This option requires completion of 30 credits - 24 course credits and 6 thesis credits. The non-thesis option requires completion of 30 course credits and successful passing of a comprehensive examination. Students can elect up to two graduate courses from other departments. Students should seek permission of department to register for courses. All courses are elective.

The program, which can be pursued either full or part-time, is designed to serve recent graduates and practicing engineers who need in-depth knowledge in the rapidly changing and expanding areas of electrical engineering beyond what can be included in the traditional bachelor's program.



Admission Requirements for MS in Electrical Engineering

  • A bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or a closely related field from an ABET accredited program and a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00.
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's aptitude and promise for graduate study.
  • Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • English competency according to College procedures and standards. These include a TOFEL score of 550, or 213 (in computer version) and satisfactory performance on the campus-designed and administered English proficiency examination.

On a case-by-case basis, applicants who do not meet all of the conditions for admission may be granted conditional admission status. These students may register as non-matriculated students for courses of a preparatory nature following the guidance of the Department. They can be considered by the Graduate School for matriculation after this prescribed preparatory work is completed.
Program Requirements:

  • New students must take the english exam at the International Office before they can register for any engineering courses.
  • Students must maintain a cumulative average of 3.00 or better, with no more than two grades below B.
  • Students can take up to two relevant graduate courses outside the department.
  • Full-time students are required to take 9 credits per semester.
  • Only ONE repeat course is allowed with the permission of student's advisor, department chair and the dean of the graduate school.
  • Before a student can add or drop a course, they must have their advisor's signature.
  • Students can transfer up to 9 credits of graduate work from accredited colleges. The minimum grade that can be transferred is a B. Transfer students with 6 or more credits cannot register for outside department courses.
  • File a "plan of study" during the first semester after matriculation. The advisor of the student, the department chair and the chairman of the graduate faculty must approve the plan of study. If you change any of your courses, you must file a Request for change In Plan Of Study.
  • Students must complete prescribed course-work and other requirements within seven years after matriculation.
  • The GRE is required before graduation.

Thesis option:

  •   Completion of 24 credits (all electives) of graduate courses.
  •   Completion of research and presentation of thesis counting as 6 credits.

Continued Registration will receive a letter grade of "S" OR "F"; therefore, we urge you to finish your thesis within two semsters to keep in contact with your advisor.

Non-Thesis option:

  • Completion of 30 credits (all electives) of graduate courses.
  • Successful passing of comprehensive examination.

Comprehensive Exams will be limited to courses taught by full-time professors.

Electrical Engineering Electives

Eight (thesis option) and ten (non-thesis option) courses are elected by the students from a list of the department graduate courses in electromagnetic fields and waves, telecommunications, electronics, computer, and control systems depending on the students' needs and interest.

The program does not require specialization in a concentration and the student under guidance of a graduate advisor may select courses of interest that will prepare him/her to pursue thesis or future work. Appropriate courses (maximum two graduate courses) offered by cognate departments may be used to meet this requirement.


MS Thesis in Electrical Engineering(6)

Research, writing and defense of a thesis under the guidance of the major professor. Prerequisite: MS in Electrical Engineering candidate and PI.

Comprehensive Examination
Students with non-thesis option must pass a written comprehensive examination after completing their course works. This examination covers four subject matters based on the plan of study.


Students must complete an "Application for Master Degree or Certificate of Advanced Study"  and send it to Records & Registration. Late November is the deadline to file for May Graduation; April is the deadline to file for August graduation; and July is the deadline to file for December graduation.(Please check Records & Registration for actual dates.) It is your obligation to file for graduation on time. If you do not, you will graduate the following semster. You must also register on-line for your graduation tickets.