Master of Science

 

The information below is a summary of the formal degree requirements for the three MS in ECE curriculum pathways, the Coursework MS, the Project MS, and the Thesis MS.

 


 

The large majority of students pursuing a Master of Science in ECE will pursue the Coursework MS degree.

Degree Requirements - Coursework MS

 Coursework Requirements (30 units total): 

  • 12 units of ECE coursework 
  • 6 units of Approved Technical Electives from Engineering (including ECE), Math, Statistics, Computer Science, or Natural Science, or other courses approved by the faculty
  • 12 units of Approved Electives chosen to provide a coherent program of study

Note:

  • No more than two ECE 899: Independent Study and/or 300 to 400-level (upper-level undergraduate) courses may be used to satisfy MS degree coursework requirements.
  • In order to count for the MS degree, a grade of B- or better must be earned in undergraduate courses.
  • Courses numbered between 0 and 299 do not satisfy coursework requirements for the MS degree.
  • English for International Students (EIS) courses do not count toward the 30 total units required for the MS degree.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA to remain in good standing and to graduate.
  • Course selection is formally approved by submitting a Program of Study form. 

Coursework MS Final Exam

The Graduate School requires a final exam approved by a committee made up of three Graduate Faculty members, one of whom must be from a department other than ECE or outside the student’s main curricular area. The committee must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Dean of the Graduate School at least one month prior to the examination date. The student is not required to generate a written document for the ECE department, and the format of the exam is determined by the department.

 Download the MS Coursework Evaluation Form.

 


 

Students will occasionally find opportunities to pursue a project or thesis MS degree, both of which require an invitation from an ECE faculty member.

Degree Requirements - Project MS

 Coursework Requirements (30 units total): 

  • 12 units of ECE coursework 
  • 15 units of Approved Electives chosen to provide a coherent program of study
  • 3 units of Research (RESEARCH 1; ungraded)

Note:

  • No more than two ECE 899: Independent Study and/or 300 to 400-level (upper-level undergraduate) courses may be used to satisfy MS degree coursework requirements.
  • In order to count for the MS degree, a grade of B- or better must be earned in undergraduate courses.
  • Courses numbered between 0 and 299 do not satisfy coursework requirements for the MS degree.
  • English for International Students (EIS) courses do not count toward the 30 total units required for the MS degree.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA to remain in good standing and to graduate.
  • Course selection is formally approved by submitting a Program of Study form. 

Project MS Final Exam

For the project option, a written research report and oral presentation are required to be presented to a committee made up of the student's advisor and two other members of the graduate faculty, one of whom must be from a department other than ECE or outside the student’s main curricular area. The committee must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Dean of the Graduate School at least one month prior to the examination date. The format of the written and oral project reports are determined by the student’s advisor. The project report is not submitted to the Graduate School; however, a final copy must be submitted to the ECE Department. 

Download the Project MS evaluation form.

Degree Requirements - Thesis MS

 Coursework requirements (30 units total): 

  • 12 units of ECE coursework 
  • 12 units of Approved Electives chosen to provide a coherent program of study
  • 6 units of Research (RESEARCH 1; ungraded)

Note:

  • No more than two ECE 899: Independent Study and/or 300 to 400-level (upper-level undergraduate) courses may be used to satisfy MS degree coursework requirements.
  • In order to count for the MS degree, a grade of B- or better must be earned in undergraduate courses.
  • Courses numbered between 0 and 299 do not satisfy coursework requirements for the MS degree.
  • English for International Students (EIS) courses do not count toward the 30 total units required for the MS degree.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA to remain in good standing and to graduate.
  • Course selection is formally approved by submitting a Program of Study form. 

Thesis MS Final Exam

A written thesis must be uploaded by the guidelines presented in the Graduate School’s Guide for the Electronic Submission of Thesis and Dissertation, and the thesis must be defended orally before a committee composed of the faculty member under whose direction the work was done and at least two other members of the graduate faculty, one of whom must be from a department other than ECE or outside the student’s main curricular area. The committee must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Dean of the Graduate School at least one month prior to the examination date.

Download the Thesis MS evaluation form.