Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

The Department offers a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering. Within this degree program, students can choose among various areas of focus.

Program Overview

The master of science in the field of electrical engineering degree program is designed to help students understand and apply the principles of the field to diverse areas such as communications, power and energy, and micro- and nano-electronics. Students may choose from the following five areas of focus: communications and networks; electrical power and energy; applied electromagnetics; electronics, photonics, and MEMS; and signal and image processing, systems, and controls. 

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

Master's Program Degree Requirements

The general program requirements for Master of Science degrees in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are listed in the Graduate Programs Bulletin.

Further information about Master of Science degree programs in computer engineering, and electrical engineering are available on the Master's Degree Requirements page.

Credit Hour Requirements

All students must complete 30 credit hours.

Areas of Focus

Select any of the areas of focus below to see their course requirements. Students must independently satisfy the course requirements for each area of focus. These requirements are in addition to the general Master's Degree Requirements.

Applied Electromagnetics

Required

  • ECE 6020 Applied Electromagnetics
  • ECE 6710 Microwave Engineering
  • ECE 6715 Antennas

One of the following:

  • ECE 6720 Remote Sensing
  • ECE 6725 Electromagnetic Radiation and Scattering
  • ECE 6730 Waves in Random Media
  • ECE 6735 Numerical Electromagnetics
  • ECE 6745 Analysis of Nonlinear and Multivalued Devices
  • ECE 6750 Introduction to Radar Systems
  • ECE 6760 Propagation Modeling in Wireless Communications
  • ECE 6765 Photonics and Fiber Optics
  • ECE 6770 Applied Magnetism

Electives
18 credits in elective courses. Normally no more than two courses taken outside the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering may be counted toward the requirements for the degree.

Communications and Networks

Required

  • ECE 6015 Stochastic Processes in Engineering
  • ECE 6035 Introduction to Computer Networks
  • ECE 6510 Communication Theory I

Two of the following:

  • ECE 6500 Information Theory
  • ECE 6505 Error Control Coding
  • ECE 6520 Mobile & Wireless Comm Systems
  • ECE 6525 Satellite Communication Systems
  • ECE 6530 Electronic Warfare
  • ECE 6550 Advanced Network Architectures
  • ECE 6555 Networks Protocols
  • ECE 6560 Network Performance Analysis
  • ECE 6565 Telecommunications Security
  • ECE 6570 Telecommunications Security Protocols
  • ECE 6575 Optical Communication Networks
  • ECE 6580 Wireless Networks
  • ECE 6760 Propagation Modeling in Wireless Communications

Electives
15 credits in elective courses. Normally, no more than two courses taken outside the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering may be counted toward the requirements for the degree.

Electrical Power and Energy

Required

  • ECE 6060 Electric Power Generation

At least two of the following:

  • ECE 6010 Linear Systems Theory
  • ECE 6020 Applied Electromagnetics
  • ECE 6025 Signals and Transforms in Engineering

Three of the following:

  • ECE 6610 Electrical Energy Conversion
  • ECE 6620 Electrical Power Systems
  • ECE 6662 Power Electronics
  • ECE 6666 Power System Transmission, Control, and Security
  • ECE 6667 Nuclear Power Generation
  • ECE 6668 Power Distribution Grids
  • ECE 6669 Smart Power Grids
  • ECE 6670 Power System Protection
  • ECE 6690 Power Systems Economics
  • ECE 6691 Power Systems Reliability
  • ECE 6699 Energy and Sustainability

Electives
12 credits in elective courses. Normally no more than two courses taken outside the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering may be counted toward the requirements for the degree.

Electronics, Photonics, and MEMS

Required

  • ECE 6030 Device Electronics

Four of the following:

  • ECE 6213 Design of VLSI Circuits
  • ECE 6214 High-Level VLSI Design Methodology
  • ECE 6215 Introduction to MEMS
  • ECE 6216 RF/VLSI Circuit Design
  • ECE 6218 Advanced Analog VLSI Circuit Design
  • ECE 6221 Introduction to Physical Electronics
  • ECE 6240 VLSI Design and Simulation
  • ECE 6245 VLSI Fabrication Techniques 
  • ECE 6250 ASIC Design and Testing of VLSI Circuits
  • ECE 6260 Introduction to Nano-electronics

Electives
15 credits in elective courses. Normally no more than two courses taken outside the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering may be counted toward the requirements for the degree.

Signal and Image Processing, Systems and Controls

Required

  • ECE 6015 Stochastic Processes in Engineering

Four of the following:

  • ECE 6005 Microcomputer Systems Architecture
  • ECE 6010 Linear Systems Theory
  • ECE 6025 Signals and Transforms in Engineering
  • ECE 6666 Power System Transmission, Control, and Security
  • ECE 6800 Computational Techniques in Electrical Engineering
  • ECE 6810 Speech and Audio Processing by Computer
  • ECE 6815 Multimedia Processing
  • ECE 6820 Real Time DSP
  • ECE 6825 Computer Control Systems
  • ECE 6830 System Optimization
  • ECE 6835 Nonlinear Systems
  • ECE 6840 Digital Image Processing
  • ECE 6842 Image Engineering
  • ECE 6845 Image Synthesis
  • ECE 6850 Pattern Recognition
  • ECE 6855 Digital Signal Processing
  • ECE 6860 Compression Techniques for Data, Speech, and Video
  • ECE 6865 Statistical Signal Estimation
  • ECE 6875 Wavelets and Their Applications
  • ECE 6880 Adaptive Signal Processing
  • ECE 6885 Computer Vision

Electives
15 credits in elective courses. Normally no more than two courses taken outside the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering may be counted toward the requirements for the degree.

Admissions Requirements (M.S.)

Please follow the admissions requirements outlined by the SEAS Office of Graduate Admissions & Student Services.

View M.S. Admissions Requirements