Electrical Engineering - Graduate Programs

Objective

The course offerings provide the student with an opportunity to broaden as well as to intensify his or her knowledge in a number of areas of electrical engineering. The student, with the aid of a faculty adviser, may plan a program in any one of a number of fields of specialization within electrical engineering or from the offerings of related departments in science and engineering.

Graduate study and research are offered in the areas of:

  1. Digital and Microprocessor/Controller Systems: Digital Signal Processors, Embedded Microcontrollers, Microprocessors, Advanced Microprocessor Systems
  2. Solid-State Devices, Circuits and Systems:Semiconductor Theory, Microwave Devices and Circuits, Analog Electronics.
  3. Systems and Controls: Systems, Controls, Manufacturing, Discrete Event Control, Neural and Fuzzy Control, Nonlinear Modern Control, Biomedical Signal Processing and Instrumentation
  4. Electromagnetic Fields and Applications:Remote Sensing, Electromagnetic Fields, Propagation, Scattering, Radiation, and Microwave Systems.
  5. Digital Signal and Image Processing: Vision Systems, Neural Networks, Statistical Signal Processing, Nonlinear Image Processing, Virtual Prototyping, and Virtual Environments.
  6. Telecommunications and Information Systems: Information Transmission and Communication Systems
  7. Power Systems: Efficient Operation, Generation, Transmission, Distribution, Deregulation
  8. Optical Devices and Systems: Optics, Electro-optics, Diffractive Optics, Nonlinear Optics, and Lasers
  9. Nanotechnology and MEMS - Materials and Devices: Quantum Electronic Devices, Semiconductor Surfaces and Interfaces, Single Electron Devices, Sensors and Detectors, Carbon Nanotube Devices, Noise and Reliability in Nano-Electronic Devices, Microactuators, RF MEMS, Polymer Electronics, and Nanophotonics
  10. Renewable Energy Systems and Vehicular Technology: Power Electronics Engineering, Motor Drives, Renewble Energy Systems, Grid-Integration, and Vehicular Power Structure

The program is designed to satisfy the needs of students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees and to provide for the student seeking to increase knowledge in areas of electrical engineering related to engineering practice. The courses offered will provide practicing engineers with advanced, up-to-date education in electrical engineering.

Continuation

The Electrical Engineering Graduate Program, in fulfillment of its responsibility to graduate highly qualified engineers, has established certain policies and procedures. In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School listed elsewhere, to continue in the program each electrical engineering graduate student must maintain at least a B (3.0) GPA in all electrical engineering coursework and at least a B (3.0) GPA in all coursework for M.S. students. A student working toward a Ph.D. must maintain a 3.5 GPA in all electrical engineering coursework and at least a 3.5 GPA in all coursework.

Admission Criteria

The admission process considers all of the application material including official transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and the statement of purpose. No single objective factor is used to finalize the decision for admission or to deny admission. It is expected that an applicant have background in such areas as linear systems, dc and ac electronics circuits, static and dynamic electromagnetic fields, microprocessors, among the courses completed in a typical electrical engineering curriculum. Students with a BS in other fields are encouraged to apply, but they may be required to remedy a lack of required EE courses by taking some undergraduate EE courses. An attempt will be made to match the technical aspirations of the potential graduate students with the departmental resources in order to provide a stimulating academic environment for the students and their graduate education.

Criteria concerning (1) unconditional admission, (2) provisional admission, (3) deferred admission, (4) denial of admission, and (5) fellowship, are given below.

  1. Admission with Unconditional Status: A typical applicant who is "admitted" will have met the following admission requirements.
    • The minimum undergraduate GPA requirement
      1. For MSEE admission 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) based on upper division coursework (junior and senior level or equivalent)
    • Relevance of the student’s undergraduate degree (background) to the EE curriculum.
    • Rigor of the student’s Bachelor’s degree.
    • Reputation of the University/College that the student received his/her previous degrees
    • Three recommendation letters from individuals who can judge the probability of success of the student’s graduate study.
    • GRE scores of at least the following:
    • Quantitative score
      = 720 (new scale: 156) for M.S.
      or
      = 750 (new scale: 159) for Ph.D.

    • Verbal score = 400 (new scale: 146)
    • Analytical Writing = 3 for M.S. or =3.5 for Ph.D
    • For an International student, an additional requirement beyond those stated above:

      Non-native English speakers who do not hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university must meet the minimum university English language requirements as detailed in the general admission requirements section of the catalog. However, meeting the minimum requirement does not guarantee admission.  The program will give preference to students with a TOEFL score of 83 for the internet based test with a minimum of 19 in each of the four categories.  Alternatively, IELTS scores of 6.5 in all categories will be viewed similarly.

  2. Admission with Provisional status: An applicant unable to supply all required official documentation prior to the admission deadline, but whose available documentation otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.
  3. Deferred status: A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete.
  4. Denied Status: An applicant that does not meet categories 1, 2 or 3 above will be denied admission.
  5. Fellowships: Award of a fellowship will be based on the criteria required by the sponsor agency (including the graduate school) on a competitive basis.

Master's Degree Requirements

Master’s degree requirements are described in the general catalog section titled Requirements for the Master’s Degree/Degree Plans and Hours Required. The MSEE degree options available are thesis option, thesis substitute option and non-thesis option. The courses taken for all degrees must be distributed over three of the nine areas given in the Objective section. The MSEE program of work in electrical engineering may include up to nine graduate level semester hours of supporting courses outside the Electrical Engineering Department in math, science and engineering. The Graduate Advisor must approve supporting courses that are permitted on a degree plan. The courses approved outside electrical engineering may be used in lieu of one of the three distribution areas. The thesis option requires 24 semester hours plus six semester hours of thesis (). The thesis substitute option requires 33 semester hours of which three semester hours must be in the thesis substitute project. The non-thesis option requires 36 semester hours. may not be used to satisfy course requirements in either the Thesis or Thesis-substitute degree plans. may be used one time as part of the non-Thesis degree plan. may not be used toward the MSEE or MENGR degrees. The M.Engr. emphasizes design engineering and management. This program requires 36 semester hours distributed in the same manner as the MSEE program, except that up to 12 semester hours outside the department may be included.

Technical Areas, Courses, and Technical Proficiency Courses

MSEE students must take courses from three Technical Areas. Non-thesis students must take one technical proficiency course from each of three areas, and earn at least a 3.3 GPA in those three courses.

Technical Areas Courses Technical Proficiency Courses
1. Digital and Microprocessor/Controller SystemsEE 5313EE 5313 - Microprocessor Systems
EE 5314Approved Substitution: EE
EE 5315
EE 6313
EE 6314
2. Solid State Devices, Circuits and SystemsEE 5305EE 5305 - Advanced Electronics
EE 5310EE 5310 - Digital VLSI Design
EE 5311EE 5340 - Semiconductor Device Theory
EE 5312EE 5341 - Fundamentals for Semiconductor Devices
EE 5316Approved Substitution: EE
EE 5317
EE 5318
EE 5340
EE 5341
EE 5342
EE 5346
EE 5347
EE 5348
EE 6318
EE 6341
3. Systems and ControlsEE 5307EE 5307 - Linear Control Systems Theory
EE 5320EE 5320 - Control System Design
EE 5321EE 5328 - Instrumentation and Measurement
EE 5322Approved Substitution: EE
EE 5323
EE 5324
EE 5325
EE 5326
EE 5327
EE 5328
EE 5329
4. Electromagnetic Fields and ApplicationsEE 5306EE 5306 - Electromagnetic Theory
EE 5331EE 5331 - Microwave Systems Engineering
EE 5332Approved Substitution: EE
EE 5333
EE 5334
EE 5335
EE 5337
EE 5338
5. Digital Signal and Image ProcessingEE 5302EE 5302 - Random Signals and Noise
EE 5350EE 5350 - Digital Signal Processing
EE 5351EE 5356 - Digital Image Processing
EE 5352Approved Substitution: EE
EE 5353
EE 5354
EE 5355
EE 5356
EE 5357
EE 5358
EE 6356
6. Telecommunications and Information SystemsEE 5360EE 5360 - Data Communication Engineering
EE 5361EE 5362 - Digital Communications
EE 5362Approved Substitution: EE
EE 5363
EE 5364
EE 5365
EE 5366
EE 5367
EE 5368
EE 6362
EE 6363
EE 6364
EE 6365
EE 6367
EE 6368
7. Power SystemsEE 5308EE 5308 - Power System Modeling and Analysis
EE 5371EE 5371 - Power System Transmission I
EE 5372Approved Substitution: EE
EE 5373
EE 5374
EE 5375
EE 5376
EE 5377
EE 5378
EE 6372
8. Optical Devices and SystemsEE 5380EE 5380 - Principals of Photonics and Optical Engineering
EE 5382Approved Substitution: EE
EE 5383
EE 5384
EE 5385
EE 5386
EE 5387
EE 5388
9. Nanotechnology and MEMS - Materials and DevicesEE 5343EE 5343 - Silicon IC Fab Technology
EE 5344EE 5344 - Introduction to MEMS
EE 5345EE 5381 - Foundations in Semiconductors
EE 5381Approved Substitution: EE
EE 6342
EE 6343
EE 6344
EE 6345
10. Renewable Energy Systems and Vehicular TechnologyEE 5309 (Grid-Integration of Renewable Energy Systems)EE 6375 - Power Electronics Engineering
EE 5309 (Renewable Energy Systems)
EE 5309 (Electric Motor Drive)
EE 5309 (Hybrid Electric Drive)
EE 6375

Admission Criteria

The admission process considers all of the application material including official transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and the statement of purpose. No single objective factor is used to finalize the decision for admission or to deny admission. It is expected that an applicant have background in such areas as linear systems, dc and ac electronics circuits, static and dynamic electromagnetic fields, microprocessors, among the courses completed in a typical electrical engineering curriculum. Students with a BS in other fields are encouraged to apply, but they may be required to remedy a lack of required EE courses by taking some undergraduate EE courses. An attempt will be made to match the technical aspirations of the potential graduate students with the departmental resources in order to provide a stimulating academic environment for the students and their graduate education.

Criteria concerning (1) unconditional admission, (2) provisional admission, (3) deferred admission, (4) denial of admission, and (5) fellowship, are given below.

  1. Admission with Unconditional Status: A typical applicant who is "admitted" will have met the following admission requirements.
    • The minimum undergraduate GPA requirement
      1. For Ph.D. admission 3.5 based on MSEE or equivalent
    • Relevance of the student’s undergraduate degree (background) to the EE curriculum.
    • Rigor of the student’s Bachelor’s degree.
    • Reputation of the University/College that the student received his/her previous degrees
    • The publications in scholarly conferences/journals are optional but will improve both a student’s chances of securing admission and receiving financial support.
    • Three recommendation letters from individuals who can judge the probability of success of the student’s graduate study.
    • GRE scores of at least the following:
    • Quantitative score
      = 720 (new scale: 156) for M.S.
      or
      = 750 (new scale: 159) for Ph.D.

    • Verbal score = 400 (new scale: 146)
    • Analytical Writing = 3 for M.S. or =3.5 for Ph.D
    • For an International student, an additional requirement beyond those stated above:

      Non-native English speakers who do not hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university must meet the minimum university English language requirements as detailed in the general admission requirements section of the catalog. However, meeting the minimum requirement does not guarantee admission.  The program will give preference to students with a TOEFL score of 83 for the internet based test with a minimum of 19 in each of the four categories.  Alternatively, IELTS scores of 6.5 in all categories will be viewed similarly.

  2. Admission with Provisional status: An applicant unable to supply all required official documentation prior to the admission deadline, but whose available documentation otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.
  3. Deferred status: A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete.
  4. Denied Status: An applicant that does not meet categories 1, 2 or 3 above will be denied admission.
  5. Fellowships: Award of a fellowship will be based on the criteria required by the sponsor agency (including the graduate school) on a competitive basis.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. is a degree with emphasis on research. Requirements for the doctoral degree are described elsewhere in the general catalog section on Degree Offerings/Requirements. Permission to continue beyond the master’s degree will be based on the grade point average and GRE scores as described above. Approval to continue in the doctoral program is given by satisfactory completion of the following procedure:

  1. Obtaining the approval of a dissertation adviser, and
  2. Passing the Diagnostic Examination. This exam will be over the three Technical Proficiency areas selected by the student.

Review courses for the Diagnostic Examination should be completed during the M.S. degree or during the first 30 graduate hours required for entrance into the Ph.D. program.

This procedure must be completed within the year of coursework toward the Ph.D. A student not having attempted the Diagnostic Examination by this time will be allowed one more opportunity to take the examination during the next full semester.

The program of work is expected to include a minimum of 15 semester hours of advanced graduate level coursework beyond the master’s degree and sufficient dissertation semester hours as required to complete the dissertation. All graduate level courses are counted in the 15 hour minimum. Among the 15 hour minimum, a minimum of 6 semester hours of advanced graduate level coursework is required. In addition, 2 semesters of 1 semester hour seminar course (EE 5190 ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING GRADUATE SEMINAR) are required. The seminar course is not counted in the 15 hour minimum. The supervising professor may require additional coursework beyond the 15 hour minimum if deemed necessary to accomplish the research required for the dissertation. These courses may include graduate level mathematics, science, or engineering relevant to the student’s dissertation program, but only with approval of the Graduate Advisor.

For the direct PhD program, the program of work is expected to include a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate level coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree and sufficient dissertation semester hours as required to complete the dissertation. Among the 30 hour minimum, a minimum of 6 semester hours of advanced graduate level coursework is required. In addition, 2 semesters of 1 semester hour seminar course (EE 5190 ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING GRADUATE SEMINAR) are required. The seminar course is not counted in the 30 hour minimum.

The status of a doctoral candidate is approved for students who have passed an oral Comprehensive Examination (a comprehensive dissertation proposal) and submitted a Final Program of Work. The Comprehensive Examination will be required by the time the student has completed the required coursework. If the student fails the examination, he/she would be given one more chance to pass it no later than during the following semester. Upon completion of the Comprehensive Examination, the candidate should enroll in the dissertation course EE 6699 DISSERTATION or EE 7399 DOCTORAL DEGREE COMPLETION.  The student can only enroll in EE 7399 DOCTORAL DEGREE COMPLETION one time.  If the student does not graduate in the semester EE 7399 is used, all future semesters the student must enroll in EE 6699 DISSERTATION until the dissertation is defended.  9 semester hours of Dissertation is required to graduate.

Ph.D. Supervisory Committee

A doctoral student’s committee shall consist of at least five members of the Graduate Faculty, a majority of whom must be in Electrical Engineering.