Master of Science in Electrical Engineering


Program Director: Jerome Butler, Ph.D.


The Electrical Engineering Department emphasizes the following major areas of interest:

  • Communications and Networking. Detection and estimation theory, digital communications, computer and communication networks, cellular communications, coding, encryption, data compression, and wireless and optical communications.
  • Signal Processing and Control. Digital filter design, system identification, spectral estimation, adaptive filters, neural networks and digital signal processing implementations. Digital image processing, computer vision and pattern recognition. Linear and nonlinear systems, robotics, and computer and robot vision.
  • Computer Engineering. Electronic circuits, computer-aided design, VLSI design, neural network implementations, parallel array architectures and memory interfaces.
  • Electromagnetics. Electromagnetic theory including microwave electronics, classical optics, metallic and dielectric wave-guides, antennas and transmission lines. Photonics including semiconductor lasers and detectors, active optical fibers and switches, integrated optics, fiber optics, photonic integrated circuits and optical backplanes.
  • Semiconductors, Materials and Photonics. Fabrication and characterization of devices and materials, device physics, ultrafast electronics and applications of the Scanning Tunneling microscope.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering admission requirements for an M.S. degree, applicants are required to satisfy this additional requirement: a B.S. degree in electrical engineering or a closely related discipline.

Degree Requirements

In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering degree requirements for an M.S. degree, candidates are required to satisfy additional requirements. The plan of study involves these requirements:

  1. Articulation courses, if necessary, are used to prepare a student for graduate study in electrical engineering (to bring the student’s knowledge to the required level). Students must complete any required articulation courses with a GPA of 3.000 prior to entering the program.
  2. A total of 30 credit hours must be taken, of which 24 must be in EE. A minimum of four EE courses must be taken from one of the tracks listed below.

  3. Communications and Networking

    EE 7351 Power System Operation and Electricity Markets
    EE 7353 Power System Planning
    EE 7370 Communication and Information Systems
    EE 7375 Random Processes in Engineering
    EE 7376 Introduction to Computer Networks
    EE 7377 Embedded Wireless Design Laboratory
    EE 7378 Mobile Phone Embedded Design
    EE 7379 Optimization in Wireless Networks
    EE 8368 Signal Processing for Wireless Communications
    EE 8370 Analog and Digital Communications
    EE 8371 Information Theory
    EE 8372 (CSE 8352) Cryptography and Data Security
    EE 8375 Error Control Coding
    EE 8376 Detection and Estimation Theory
    EE 8377 Advanced Digital Communications
    EE 8378 Performance Modeling and Evaluation of Computer Networks

    Signal Processing and Control

    EE 7345 Medical Signal Analysis
    EE 7352 Power System Analysis
    EE 7360 Analog and Digital Control Systems
    EE 7362 (ME 7302) Systems Analysis
    EE 7371 Analog and Digital Filter Design
    EE 7372 Topics in Digital Signal Processing
    EE 7373 DSP Programming Laboratory
    EE 7374 Digital Image Processing
    EE 7375 Random Processes in Engineering
    EE 8364 Statistical Pattern Recognition
    EE 8365 Adaptive Filters
    EE 8367 (ME 8367) Nonlinear Control
    EE 8368 Signal Processing for Wireless Communications
    EE 8373 Digital Speech Processing
    EE 8374 Fundamentals of Computer Vision
    EE 8376 Detection and Estimation Theory
    EE 8382 Digital Signal Processing Architectures

    Computer Engineering

    EE 7321 Semiconductor Devices and Circuits
    EE 7340 Biomedical Instrumentation
    EE 7356 VLSI Design and Lab
    EE 7357 CAE Tools for Structured Digital Design
    EE 7378 Mobile Phone Embedded Design
    EE 7381 Digital Computer Design
    EE 7385 Microcontroller Architecture and Interfacing
    EE 7387 Digital Systems Design
    EE 8356 Advanced Topics in VLSI Design
    EE 8382 Digital Signal Processing Architectures
    EE 8386 Testing of VLSI Circuits


    EE 7330 Electromagnetics: Guided Waves
    EE 7332 (MATH 6360) Electromagnetics: Radiation and Antennas
    EE 7333 Antennas and Radiowave Propagation for Personal Communications
    EE 8331 Microwave Electronics
    EE 8332 Numerical Techniques in Electromagnetics
    EE 8333 Advanced Electromagnetic Theory

    Semiconductors, Materials and Photonics

    EE 7310 Introduction to Semiconductors
    EE 7312 Compound Semiconductor Devices and Processing
    EE 7314 (ME 7314) Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems and Devices
    EE 7321 Semiconductor Devices and Circuits
    EE 7322 Semiconductor Devices and Fabrication
    EE 7336 Introduction to Integrated Photonics
    EE 8322 Semiconductor Lasers
    EE 8323 Lasers and Optics
    EE 8331 Microwave Electronics
    EE 8355 Transistor Integrated Circuits

  4. The remaining courses may be taken from different tracks. Of these, two can be from outside the EE department. Non-EE courses are restricted to EETS (with the exception of EETS 7301 or EETS 7302), ME, CSE, EMIS, CEE, math, physics, statistics, chemistry, biology, geological sciences or business.
  5. At least two of the EE courses (six credit hours) must be graduate courses numbered 8000. EETS courses do not count toward this requirement.
  6. An optional master’s thesis may be substituted for two of the eight primary/secondary courses and count toward the 8000-level requirement.
  7. The student should file a degree plan of study with the help of his or her adviser as soon as possible after admission, but no later than the end of the second term after matriculation. Courses not listed on the degree plan of study should not be taken without the approval of the adviser. If the degree plan of study is altered, the student must go through the approval process again.

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