Electrical Engineering


This Master of Engineering degree program allows the student to attain additional knowledge in advanced areas of Electrical Engineering. Students may develop their M.E. program with courses selected from the fields of automatic control, digital systems, pattern recognition and image processing, computer aided design, semiconductor devices, networks, microwave systems, communications and information theory, optics and optoelectronics, and signal processing, as well as from mathematics and other related disciplines.

The M.E. program is designed for engineers currently in practice who feel the need to become knowledgeable in the latest areas of Electrical Engineering. The requirement for this degree is the successful completion of 30 semester hours of graduate-level coursework. It may be accomplished in five years or less by taking one or more courses per semester. Applicants for the Masters degree program must have a baccalaureate degree from a recognized college or university. While this degree is normally in Electrical Engineering, persons with degrees in other fields of engineering, applied science, and physics are encouraged to apply. Each applicant is required to submit scores from their Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Tests, official transcripts and references.

Plan of Study - Degree plans must include at least one approved core course chosen from three different EE subject areas:

In addition to the core areas, the following are required:

  1. Three (3) hours of mathematics (APMA or MATH) at the 500 level or above
  2. All programs of study must be approved one semester in advance of graduation by the EE Graduate Committee
  3. Up to fifteen hours of transfer credit will be accepted from other institutions participating in the TV program.
  4. The degree must be completed within seven years.

Course offerings will be repeated every five years.

A program of study may not contain more than a total of nine (9) credits of 500 level courses, with no more than six of those credits in EE. Also, no more than one Independent Study course (3 credits) may be applied towards an ME degree.

Articulation Course Requirements - Students entering the Graduate EE Program from a non-Electrical Engineering background will be required to show proof of satisfactory completion of the following basic Electrical Engineering undergraduate courses:

Satisfactory completion of two of the following four courses is also required:

Additional courses may also be required to correct any undergraduate course deficiencies.

These requirements may be satisfied in one of the following ways:

  1. Previous undergraduate coursework. For example, E & M in a physics program would satisfy the EE 309 requirement.
  2. Enrollment in and successful completion of the above undergraduate courses (B or better grade). Undergraduate courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
  3. Self-study and examination. The student may take the final examination in any of the above courses during the normally scheduled examination period or by special arrangement with the instructor.

Electrical Engineering Course Descriptions

Five-Year Schedule of Courses

Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program


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Last modified: November 5, 1999