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Master of Science in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering

45 credit hours

Thesis option

The purpose of the Master of Science in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering (M.S.CP.E./E.E.) is to prepare students for advanced study and/or research, or for industry in the field of both computer and electrical engineering. The M.S.CP.E./E.E. program provides for a strong foundation in all aspects of the design and development of computer systems, and also offers several areas of study within electrical engineering. There is also an option to pursue thesis research under the guidance of a faculty adviser. There is a growing need for engineers with a strong educational background in both computer engineering and electrical engineering.

In the M.S.CP.E./E.E. program students will be introduced to topics important to the computer engineering field such as computer hardware design, computer networks and software engineering, as well as topics in electrical engineering such as communications and signal processing, electronics and electromagnetics, and power and control systems. The program of study includes a minimum of 45 credit hours of acceptable graduate coursework in both computer engineering and electrical engineering. M.S.CP.E./E.E. degree requirements are described in the section below. Requirements for the M.S.CP.E./E.E. fully satisfy the existing requirements for an M.S. in Computer Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering. The program is normally completed in four semesters of full-time study. Admission requirements for the CPE/EE are the same as those for admission to the Master of Science in Computer Engineering or electrical engineering. Students whose accredited B.S. degree is not in computer and/or electrical engineering may pursue the CPE/EE degree, provided that they have an adequate background and can demonstrate proficiency in the material contained in the following undergraduate courses: ECE 211 and ECE 213 (Circuit Analysis I and II), ECE 218 (Digital Systems), ECE 242 or CS 350 (Digital Computers and Computing), ECE 311 (Engineering Electronics), CS 201 (i.e., CS 115 and CS 116 combined, Object Oriented Programming I-II), CS 401 (Introduction to Advanced Studies in CS), and MATH 252 (Introduction to Differential Equations). A student may demonstrate proficiency by successfully completing the courses or by demonstrating satisfactory performance in one or more special examinations administered by the department.

The description of the CPE areas of concentration is in the Master of Science in Computer Engineering section. A description of the EE areas of concentration is in the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering section. In addition to all university requirements for a Master of Science degree, the M.S.CP.E./E.E. degree has the following requirements:A minimum of 45 credit hours of graduate level coursework including: Two core courses in a CPE major area, chosen from among the CPE areas of concentration. Two elective courses in the CPE major area, chosen from among the CPE areas of concentration. One core course from each of two remaining areas of CPE concentration. Four (or more) courses within an EE major area, chosen from among the EE areas of concentration (Areas I, II and III). One (or more) course(s) in each of two EE minor areas, chosen from among the Areas I, II and III outside the major.

One advanced mathematics course required for EE major area unless included in the B.S. degree. Additional coursework approved by the academic adviser. The CPE/EE Program is subject to the following restrictions: a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework at the 500-level or higher; at least 30 credit hours of ECE courses excluding short courses and Master s Seminars; no more than six credit hours of short courses; six to eight credit hours of research work (ECE 591) leading to an M.S. dissertation may be included with the approval of a thesis adviser; and a maximum of two credits of a Master s Seminar (ECE 595 and ECE 596)A GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 (excluding prerequisites and proficiencies). Courses classified in two areas may be applied to only one area to fulfill requirements. Intersession short courses may not be used to satisfy distribution requirements in major and minor areas. Each regular (matriculated) graduate student is assigned an academic adviser, indicated in his/her formal letter of admission to the master's program.

Students should consult with their academic adviser to file a program of study meeting these requirements prior to four months after initial registration for full-time students and prior to enrolling beyond 12 credits for part-time students.