Master's Requirements

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers two options for earning a master's degree, a thesis option (Plan A) and a course option (Plan B). See below for more details. 

Additionally, there are various specializations for the master's degree program. Click here for more information regarding degree specializations.


MS Thesis Option (Plan A)

30 credit hours required: 24 credit hours of course work plus 6 credit hours of EECE 6999 Master’s Thesis

Courses and Requirements

  • Course requirements are listed under each specialization
  • EECE 6999 Master’s Thesis
  • At least 18 of the 24 credits of course work must be taken in EECE.
  • EECE 6952 – Department colloquium – required each semester for all full-time students
  • Students must successfully complete and defend a research thesis 

MS Course Option (Plan B)

30 credit hours of course work selected from the various listed specializations.  

Courses and Requirements

(Students must successfully pass the written exam)

  • EECE 6952 – Department colloquium – required each semester for all full-time students

For both Thesis (Plan A) and Course (Plan B) Options

  • By the end of the first semester of full-time studies, all master's students must identify and meet with the academic adviser and together complete a Master's Program Planning Form, including identifying whether they wish to pursue the thesis or course option as well as listing a proposed set of courses for their program of study.
  • This program of study must be approved by the adviser and the department's director of graduate studies, as well as the Graduate School.

Accelerated Bachelor’s–Master’s Degree Program

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers an accelerated degree program (ADP) where eligible students may obtain both a bachelor's degree and a master of science degree in electrical and computer engineering in five years.

Program Requirements

  • Students with a GPA of 3.500 or better in their mathematics, science and engineering courses are eligible to apply to this program in their junior year.
  • This program is available to undergraduate students in electrical and computer engineering or in physics.
  • Students wishing to participate in the five-year program must apply and be admitted to the program before their senior year.