Master of Science - Electrical Engineering

The M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering (Thesis or Non-Thesis Option) requires 30 credit hours. Requirements for the thesis M.S. are 24 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis research. The non-thesis option requires 30 hours of coursework. A maximum of 6 Independent Study course units can be used to fulfill degree requirements.

There are two emphasis areas in Electrical Engineering: (1) Information and Systems Sciences, and (2) Energy Systems and Power Electronics. Students are encouraged to decide between emphasis areas before pursuing an advanced degree. Students are also encouraged to speak to members of the EE graduate faculty before registering for classes and to select an academic advisor as soon as possible. The following set of courses is required of all students.

Courses within one track (Information and Systems Sciences or Energy Systems and Power Electronics) 12
EGGN504 Engineering (Electrical) Seminar 1
EGGN705 Graduate Research Credit: Master of Science 6 (thesis students only)
Electrical Engineering Electives (taught by an approved professor in one of the EE specialty tracks) 11 if thesis, 17 if non-thesis
Total credit hours 30

Thesis Requirements

Students must have an advisor in EECS to direct and monitor their academic plan. M.S. students must have at least three members (including their advisor) on their thesis committee, two of whom must be faculty in EECS. Thesis students with co-advisors require four thesis committee members. Refer to the Graduate Bulletin for more information on committee membership.

At the conclusion of the M.S. (Thesis Option), the student will be required to make a formal presentation and defense of her/his thesis research.

Optional Minor

Students may choose to include a minor program as part of their M.S. coursework. A Minor consists of a minimum of 9 credit hours of coursework. The Minor must be approved by the students' advisor, the department head, and a faculty representative from the minor area.

Admission to Candidacy

Full-time students should complete the following requirements within one year after enrolling in the M.S. program:

  • Have a Thesis Committee (thesis option) or permanent faculty Advisor (non-thesis option) form on file with the Graduate Office.
  • Complete all core courses in their chosen track

Upon completion of these requirements, students must complete an Admission to Candidacy form. This form must be signed by the Thesis Committee (M.S. thesis) or Advisor (M.S. non-thesis) and the EECS department head, then filed with the Graduate Office. Successful Admission to Candidacy documents the student's planned degree program and is a significant milestone.

All required forms are available at:

Typical Program: non-thesis MS, Information and Systems Sciences track

First Year
EENG-504Graduate Seminar1EENG-512Computer Vision3
EENG-510Image & Multidim Signal P3EENG-509Sparse Signal Processing3
EENG-515Mathematical Methods for Signals and Systems3EENG-517Theory and Design of Advanced Control Systems3
EENG-535RF & Microwave Engineering3EENG-589Design and Control of Wind Energy System3
EENG-572Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation3

Typical Program: thesis MS, Energy Systems and Power Electronics track

First Year
EENG-504Graduate Seminar1EENG-573Electric Power Quality3
EENG-572Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation3EENG-571Modern Adjustable Speed Electric Drives3
EENG-580Power Distribution Systems Engineering3EENG-583Advanced Electrical Machine Dynamics3
EENG-707Graduate Thesis3EENG-570Advanced High Power Electronics3
Second Year
EENG-582High Voltage AC and DC Power Transmission3
EENG-581Power System Operations and Management3
EENG-707Graduate Thesis3

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