Electrical Engineering Graduate Program

M.S.E. in Electrical Engineering

The master's program in Electrical Engineering houses a diverse student body – seasoned professionals seeking to advance their degrees; students with Bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering who want to be deeply involved in faculty-guided research projects; international students with undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering or a closely related field who seek advanced studies/training in the U.S. and Systems Engineering students seeking to satisfy requirements for an optional technical focus in electrical engineering. This master’s program is designed to provide theoretical knowledge as well as practical applications in the areas of communication systems, electronic circuits and systems design, and computer systems engineering. Within the program, working engineers have the opportunity to continue their education on a part-time basis in a small class setting, while full-time students have the opportunity to conduct research under their faculty advisors’ guidance on a one-on-one basis. Our faculty have a genuine interest in students and work with them to develop their ideas and goals. The flexibility of this program allows for special studies courses tailored to student needs and for exploring new topics.

The degree conferred upon graduation is Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) in Electrical Engineering.


Professor Gustavo Vejarano, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director


  • Admission Requirements

    All applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or other closely related fields, which shall include:

    • Mathematics through one year of college calculus
    • Fundamental Electrical Engineering undergraduate courses, including Circuits, Electronics, signals and linear systems, and logic design.

    Applicants who do not have adequate background in Electrical Engineering might be required to take additional undergraduate courses, prior to formal admission and enrollment.

    The Applicant shall submit:

    • A completed application form and $50 application fee
    • Two (2) Official transcripts of all schools attended after high school
    • A brief letter of intent (approximately 1.5 pages)
    • Optional two letters of reference, at least one of which attests to the applicant’s previous academic performance and ability to succeed in the program.  The other may be a professional reference.  For Applicants graduating more than 5 years ago, both references may attest to the Applicant’s professional performance and ability to succeed in the graduate program.

    Admission into the program is in strict conformity with the requirements for all graduate students. Upon review of the student’s undergraduate and professional preparation, additional admission requirements may be set by the Graduate Program Director and the department.

  • Degree Requirements
    • Must complete 30 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00
    • At least 15 semester hours must be at the 600 level
    • Successful completion of a capstone research/development project (ELEC 601)
    • Must not get below a grade of “B” in any 500 level course
    • Must complete the core and elective requirements
  • Courses

    Required Courses: 

    (if the equivalent course was not taken as an undergraduate)

    • ELEC 521 – Introduction to Communication Systems
    • ELEC 532 – Probability and Random Processes
    • ELEC 584 – Introduction to Microprocessor II
    • ELEC 601 – Graduate Seminar

    Sample Elective Classes:

    • ELEC 525 – Digital Signal Processing
    • ELEC 562 – Digital System Design with VHDL
    • ELEC 563 – ASIC Design
    • ELEC 585 – Computer Organizations and Architecture
    • ELEC 567 – Introduction to Digital VLSI Design
    • ELEC 598 – Wireless Networks
    • ELEC 621 – Information Theory and Coding
    • ELEC 624 – Digital Communication Theory
    • ELEC 626 – Satellite Communication Systems
    • ELEC 662 – Analog VLSI Design
    • ELEC 663 – Digital VLSI Design
    • ELEC 670 – Radar Engineering
    • ELEC 687 – Computer Networks
    • ELEC 698 – Microwave Engineering

    Courses in Computer Science, other departments, independent studies, and thesis preparation (maximum of 9 semester hours) may be taken as additional electives with the consent of the Program Director and the instructor.

  • Optional Thesis

    Preparation of a Master’s Thesis is optional and can fulfill up to a maximum of 9 semester hours of elective course requirements.  The student may enroll up to a maximum of 3 semester hours of Master’s Thesis in any given semester.  The student electing the thesis option must obtain a thesis advisor before Departmental consent will be considered. Formal requirements may be obtained from the Department.  The Thesis must conform to the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering requirements, which you can access here