Common Requirements

1. At least 24 of the required 30 credits must be at the graduate level (500 series or higher); a grade of C or better is required for all graduate courses to be counted towards the degree. As many as six credits of 400-levelcourses will be allowed to compensate for variations in the student’s background; a grade of B or better is required for them to be counted towards the degree. Undergraduate courses in excess of the 6-credit limit are allowed, but will not count for credit toward the degree.

2. Each candidate for the Master of Science Degree must obtain a minimum of 30 graduate credits with the following constraints: 1) maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 out of a 4.0 grading scale in all courses, 2) obtain no more than two course grades below B-minus, 3) courses with grades of C- or below will not count toward graduation requirements and 4) the credits must be in accordance with a program of study filed by the student and approved by the student’s graduate advisor.

3. Every full-time graduate degree candidate must pass Graduate Seminar (ECE 599). This requires students to attend a minimum of six seminars or other presentations given within the department or technical presentations offered by professional organizations such as IEEE.

4. There are three tracks to the Master of Science degree that a student may choose from:

Thesis Track

In addition to the common requirements listed above, a student pursuing the Thesis Track must successfully complete at least six credits of graduate research (ECE 600) and submit a thesis satisfactory to the student’s committee. In addition to the written thesis, successful oral defense of the thesis work is required prior to completion of the program.

Project Track 

In addition to the common requirements, a student pursuing the Project Track must successfully complete at least three credits of graduate research (ECE 600). A written report and an oral defense of the project work are required to satisfy this program track.

All Course Work Track

In addition to the common requirements, a student pursuing the All Course Work Track must pass a MS comprehensive examination at the completion of 30 credits of course work. Students with least two years post BS work experience as an engineer may request a waiver of the exam requirement if they submit a report documenting work project and/or research experience.