M.S. in Electrical Engineering

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To earn a master's in Electrical Engineering from Loyola Marymount University, students must successfully complete the following:

  • 30 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B grade or higher)
    • At least 24 semester hours must be in ELEC courses
    • At least 15 semester hours must be from courses at the 600 level
  • Capstone research/development project (ELEC 694 Graduate Capstone Project)
  • Grade of "B" or higher in all 500-level courses
  • All core and elective requirements 


The list of all ELEC courses at the 500 and 600 levels can be found here. The following is a list of required and elective courses for the Electrical Engineering program.

Required Courses

These courses provide the foundation of the program:

Elective Courses

Elective courses allow students to study a particular subject in more depth or to broaden their education with courses from other fields, including computer science and systems engineering. Students have applied their new skills on course projects for:

  • Autonomous drone systems
  • Optical communications
  • Ultrafast imaging and remote sensing
  • Antenna design
  • Motion capture systems for health and human performance
  • Wireless sensor networks and the Internet of Things
  • Deep learning and machine learning for computer vision
  • Software defined radio
  • ASIC Design

For elective courses, students can also register for independent-study courses and learn independently under the supervision of an instructor. These courses are ideal for students interested in doing research under the guidance of a faculty member.

Courses from other departments may be taken as additional electives with the consent of the Program Director and the course instructor.

Independent-Study Courses

Recent courses selected as Independent-Study Courses by students include:


A master's thesis is an optional component of your Electrical Engineering master's program. Students who select the thesis option will develop a research project under the close supervision and guidance of a faculty member. The student and faculty member agree on the research topic, and the results of the research activity are published at peer-reviewed conferences and journals. The thesis must conform to the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering LMU Thesis Requirements.

Previous thesis students have presented their work in the following international conferences and journals:

  • 2018 22nd International Conference on Image Processing, Computer Vision, and Pattern Recognition (IPCV'18)
  • 2018 1st International Conference on Image, Video Processing and Artificial Intelligence (IVPAI'18)
  • 2018 15th Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV 2018)
  • 2016 IEEE 3rd World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2016)
  • 2016 International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC'16)
  • IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics

Please note the following course requirements associated with the thesis option:

  • Students must obtain a thesis advisor before departmental consent will be considered.
  • A master's thesis can fulfill up to a maximum of 9 semester hours.
  • Students may enroll in a maximum of 3 semester hours of master's thesis in any given semester.