Graduate Program

Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor Nasir Ghani

Application Deadlines

Domestic Students:
Fall semester: July 15
Spring semester: November 1
Summer semester: April 15
International and Domestic Students Requesting Financial Aid:
Fall semester: February 15
Spring semester: July 15


NOTE: 
Early application is recommended.

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Science in Computer Engineering (M.S.)
    Concentration: Entrepreneurship and Technology Management; Internet of Things.
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (M.S.)
    Concentration: Entrepreneurship and Technology Management; Space Systems Engineering.
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (Ph.D.)
    Concentrations: Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering.

Dual Degree Programs

Master of Science in Computer Engineering or in Electrical Engineering and Master of Business Administration: The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Anderson School of Management offer a Dual Degree Program leading to the M.S. in either Computer Engineering or in Electrical Engineering and the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.). See the Graduate and Professional Dual Degree Programs section of this Catalog.

Interdisciplinary Programs

Computational Science and Engineering: The Computational Science and Engineering interdisciplinary graduate certificate program prepares students to effectively use high-performance computing within their disciplines and is open to graduate students in this department. See the School of Engineering section of this Catalog.

Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering: This department participates in the interdisciplinary Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering M.S. and Ph.D. programs; for more information, see the Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies section of this Catalog.

Optical Science and Engineering: This department participates in the interdisciplinary Optical Science and Engineering M.S. and Ph.D. programs; for more information, see the Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies section of this Catalog.


Master of Science in Computer Engineering

Course Requirements

In addition to Graduate Studies requirements for the master's degrees, the department also requires at least one credit hour of graduate seminar ECE 590. Other program information is available at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department Web site.

Plan I: Among the required courses (a minimum of 15 credit hours in ECE), there must be four courses specified by the area of focus chosen by the student. Candidates for the Plan I M.S. must also satisfactorily pass the thesis defense.

Plan III: Among the required courses (a minimum of 18 credit hours in ECE), there must be four courses specified by the area of focus chosen by the student.

Areas of Focus: Bioengineering, computer architecture and VLSI design, computer graphics, computer systems and networks, information systems, internet of things, and vision and image processing.

Concentration in Entrepreneurship and Technology Management

For information and requirements, see the School of Engineering section of this Catalog.

Concentration in Internet of Things

The M.S. in Computer Engineering concentration in Internet of Things is a Managed Online Program based on Plan III requirements as defined in the Graduate Program section of this Catalog. The concentration requires a set of core and selected courses for a total of 31 credit hours:

Credit
Hours
Core Requirements
ECE 517 Machine Learning 3
ECE 537 Foundations of Computing 3
ECE 540 Advanced Networking Topics 3
ECE 590 Graduate Seminar 1
ECE 595 ST: Introduction to Internet of Things 3
Subtotal 13
Additional Courses (select six):
ECE 500 Theory of Linear Systems 3
ECE 514 Nonlinear and Adaptive Control 3
ECE 516 Computer Vision 3
ECE 522 Hardware Software Codesign with FPGAs 3
ECE 525 Hardware-Oriented Security and Trust 3
ECE 529 Introduction to Technical Cybersecurity 3
ECE 530 Cloud Computing 3
ECE 533 Digital Image Processing 3
ECE 536 Computer System Software 3
ECE 595 ST: Network Economics and Adaptive Performance 3
Subtotal 18
Total 31

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Course Requirements

In addition to Graduate Studies requirements for the master's degrees, the department also requires at least one credit hour of graduate seminar ECE 590. Other program information is available at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department Web site.

Plan I: Among the required courses (a minimum of 15 credit hours in ECE), there must be four courses specified by the area of focus chosen by the student. Candidates for the Plan I M.S. must also satisfactorily pass the thesis defense.

Plan III: Among the required courses (a minimum of 18 credit hours in ECE), there must be four courses specified by the area of focus chosen by the student.

Areas of Focus: Applied electromagnetics, bioengineering, communications, image processing, microelectronics, optoelectronics, power and energy, signal processing, and systems and controls.

Concentration in Entrepreneurship and Technology Management

For information and requirements, see the School of Engineering section of this Catalog.

Concentration in Space Systems Engineering

The M.S. in Electrical Engineering concentration in Space Systems Engineering is a Managed Online Program based on Plan III requirements as defined in the Graduate Program section of this Catalog. The concentration requires a set of core and selected courses for a total of 31 credit hours:

Credit
Hours
Core Requirements
ECE 500 Theory of Linear Systems 3
ECE 541 Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes 3
ECE 595 ST: Current Issues in Space 1
ECE 595 ST: Satellite Communications 3
ME 594 Introduction to Space Situational Awareness 3
ME 595 Orbital Mechanics 3
ME 596 Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control 3
ME 597 Small Spacecraft Design I 3
Subtotal 22
Additional Courses (select three):
ECE 514 Nonlinear and Adaptive Control 3
ECE 539 Digital Signal Processing 3
ECE 542 Digital Communication Theory 3
ECE 569 Antennas for Wireless Communications Systems 3
ECE 595 ST: Introduction to Space Weather 3
ECE 595 ST: Remote Sensing 3
Subtotal 9
Total 31

Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering

Course Requirements

In addition to the general University doctoral degree requirements listed in the Graduate Program section of this Catalog, students pursuing a Ph.D. must choose an area of emphasis, and take three courses (9 credit hours) from this area of emphasis, one course (3 credit hours) from another computer engineering or electrical engineering emphasis, and 36 credit hours of technical electives. The department also requires at least 2 credit hours of ECE 590 Graduate Seminar. No more than 9 credit hours of problems courses (ECE 551 or 651) may apply toward the Ph.D. Other program information is available at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department Web site.

Concentration in Computer Engineering

Core Courses: ECE 516, 517, 520, 522, 533, 536, 537, 538, 539, 540, 549.

Emphases:

  • Computational Intelligence: ECE 517, 537, 549.
  • Computer Architecture: ECE 520, 522, 538.
  • Computer Graphics and Vision: ECE 516, 533, 537. 
  • Computer Networks and Systems: ECE 536, 537, 540.
  • Image Processing: ECE 533, 537, 539.

Concentration in Electrical Engineering

Core Courses: ECE 500, 520, 523, 533, 534, 539, 541, 542, 546, 560, 561, 569, 570, 572, 576, 582, 584, 588.

Emphases:

  • Applied Electromagnetics: ECE 534 or 569, 560, 561.
  • Communications: ECE 500, 541, 542.
  • Image Processing: ECE 533, 539, 541.
  • Microelectronics: ECE 520, 523, 576.
  • Optoelectronics: ECE 561, 570, 572.
  • Power and Energy: ECE 582, 584, 588.
  • Signal Processing: ECE 500, 539, 541.
  • Systems and Controls: ECE 500, 541, 546.

Qualifying Examination

A student admitted into the Ph.D. program is expected to take the Qualifying Examination within three semesters (excluding summer sessions) and pass the Qualifying Examination within five semesters (excluding summer sessions) from his/her admittance into the program, unless otherwise determined by the academic advisor and the ECE Graduate Chair.

Comprehensive Examination

All candidates must pass a Final Examination (Defense of Dissertation). The Dissertation Committee conducts the defense of the dissertation.


Courses

ECE 101. Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering. (1)



ECE 131. Programming Fundamentals. (3)



ECE 203. Circuit Analysis I. (3)



ECE 206L. Instrumentation. (2)



ECE 213. Circuit Analysis II. (3)



ECE 231. Intermediate Programming and Engineering Problem Solving. (3)



ECE 238L. Computer Logic Design. (4)



ECE 300. Advanced Engineering Mathematics. (4)



ECE **314. Signals and Systems. (3)



ECE **321L. Electronics I. (4)



ECE **322L. Electronics II. (4)



ECE 330. Software Design. (3)



ECE **331. Data Structures and Algorithms. (3)



ECE **335. Integrated Software Systems. (3)



ECE **338. Intermediate Logic Design. (3)



ECE **340. Probabilistic Methods in Engineering. (3)



ECE 341. Introduction to Communication Systems. (3)



ECE **344L. Microprocessors. (4)



ECE 345. Introduction to Control Systems. (3)



ECE **360. Electromagnetic Fields and Waves. (3)



ECE **371. Materials and Devices. (3 [3 to a maximum of 6 Δ])



ECE 381. Introduction to Electric Power Systems. (3)



ECE 412. Introduction to Computer Graphics: Scanline Algorithms. (3)



ECE 413. Introduction to Ray and Vector Graphics. (3)



ECE 419. Senior Design I. (3)



ECE 420. Senior Design II. (3)



ECE 421 / 523. Analog Electronics. (3)



ECE 424 / 520 [*424]. VLSI Design [Digital VLSI Design]. (3)



ECE **435. Software Engineering. (3)



ECE *437. Computer Operating Systems. (3)



ECE *438. Design of Computers. (3)



ECE *439. Introduction to Digital Signal Processing. (3)



ECE *440. Introduction to Computer Networks. (3)



ECE *442. Introduction to Wireless Communications. (3)



ECE *443. Hardware Design with VHDL. (3)



ECE *446. Design of Feedback Control Systems. (3)



ECE 456 / 556. Entrepreneurial Engineering. (3)



ECE 460 / 560. Introduction to Microwave Engineering. (3)



ECE *463. Advanced Optics I. (3)



ECE *464. Laser Physics. (3)



ECE 469 / 569. Antennas for Wireless Communication Systems. (3)



ECE *471. Materials and Devices II. (3)



ECE 474L / 574L. Microelectronics Processing. (3)



ECE *475. Introduction to Electro-Optics and Opto-Electronics. (3)



ECE 482 / 582. Electric Drives and Transformers. (3)



ECE 483 / 583. Power Electronics I [AC Power Electronics]. (3)



ECE 484 / 584. Photovoltaics. (3)



ECE 488 / 588. Smart Grid Technologies. (3)



ECE 489 / 589. Power Electronics II [DC Power Electronics]. (3)



ECE 490. Internship. (3)



ECE 491. Undergraduate Problems. (1-6 to a maximum of 6 Δ)



ECE 493. Honors Seminar. (1-3)



ECE 494. Honors Individual Study. (1-6)



ECE 495 / 595. Special Topics. (1-4 to a maximum of 9, 1-4 to a maximum of 15 Δ)



ECE 500. Theory of Linear Systems. (3)



ECE 506. Optimization Theory. (3)



ECE 510. Medical Imaging. (3)



ECE 511. Analysis Methods in Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. (3)



ECE 512. Introduction to Computer Graphics. (3)



ECE 514. Nonlinear and Adaptive Control. (3)



ECE 516. Computer Vision. (3)



ECE 517. Machine Learning. (3)



ECE 519. Theory, Fabrication, and Characterization of Nano and Microelectromechanical Systems (NEMS/MEMS). (4)



ECE 520 / 424 [520]. VLSI Design. (3)



ECE 522. Hardware Software Codesign with FPGAs. (3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)



ECE 523 / 421. Analog Electronics. (3)



ECE 525. Hardware-Oriented Security and Trust. (3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)



ECE 529. Introduction to Technical Cybersecurity. (3)



ECE 530. Cloud Computing. (3)



ECE 533. Digital Image Processing. (3)



ECE 534. Plasma Physics I. (3)



ECE 536. Computer System Software. (3)



ECE 537. Foundations of Computing. (3)



ECE 538. Advanced Computer Architecture. (3)



ECE 539. Digital Signal Processing. (3)



ECE 540. Advanced Networking Topics. (3)



ECE 541. Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes. (3)



ECE 542. Digital Communication Theory. (3)



ECE 546. Multivariable Control Theory. (3)



ECE 547. Introduction to Computer Graphics. (3)



ECE 549. Information Theory and Coding. (3)



ECE 551. Problems. (1-6 to a maximum of 9 Δ)



ECE 554. Advanced Optics II. (3)



ECE 555. Foundations of Engineering Electromagnetics. (3)



ECE 556 / 456. Entrepreneurial Engineering. (3)



ECE 557. Pulsed Power and Charged Particle Acceleration. (3)



ECE 558. Charged Particle Beams and High Power Microwaves. (3)



ECE 559. Internship in Optical Science and Engineering. (3)



ECE 560 / 460. Introduction to Microwave Engineering. (3)



ECE 561. Engineering Electromagnetics. (3)



ECE 562. Electronics RF Design. (3)



ECE 563. Computational Methods for Electromagnetics. (3)



ECE 564. Guided Wave Optics. (3)



ECE 565. Optical Communication Components and Subsystems. (3)



ECE 568. Avalanche Photodiodes. (3)



ECE 569 / 469. Antennas for Wireless Communications Systems. (3)



ECE 570. Optoelectronic Semiconductor Materials and Devices. (3)



ECE 572. Semiconductor Physics. (3)



ECE 574L / 474L. Microelectronics Processing. (3)



ECE 576. Modern VLSI Devices. (3)



ECE 577. Fundamentals of Semiconductor LEDs and Lasers. (3)



ECE 581. Colloidal Nanocrystals for Biomedical Applications. (3)



ECE 582 / 482. Electric Drives and Transformers. (3)



ECE 583 / 483. Power Electronics I [AC Power Electronics]. (3)



ECE 584 / 484. Photovoltaics. (3)



ECE 588 / 488. Smart Grid Technologies. (3)



ECE 589 / 489. Power Electronics II [DC Power Electronics]. (3)



ECE 590. Graduate Seminar. (1 to a maximum of 2 Δ)



ECE 594. Complex Systems Theory. (3)



ECE 595 / 495. Special Topics. (1-4 to a maximum of 15, 1-4 to a maximum of 9 Δ)



ECE 599. Master's Thesis. (1-6, no limit Δ)



ECE 620. Topics in Interdisciplinary Biological and Biomedical Sciences. (3, no limit Δ)



ECE 633. Advanced Topics in Image Processing. (3 to a maximum of 9 Δ)



ECE 637. Topics in Algorithms. (3 to a maximum of 9 Δ)



ECE 638. Topics in Architecture and Systems. (3 to a maximum of 9 Δ)



ECE 642. Detection and Estimation Theory. (3)



ECE 649. Topics in Control Systems. (3 to a maximum of 9 Δ)



ECE 651. Problems. (1-6 to a maximum of 9 Δ)



ECE 661. Topics in Electromagnetics. (3 to a maximum of 9 Δ)



ECE 699. Dissertation. (3-12, no limit Δ)



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