MSE in Electrical Engineering

The electrical engineering program includes specialization to suit the desired needs of students. From these specializations students choose majors and minors for both degree programs. A student may also choose a minor from computer engineering or other engineering areas based on the advice of a faculty member in the ECE department. These specializations are:

  • Communications
  • Radar
  • Control Theory
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Electromagnetics, Plasma
  • Electronics, VLSI
  • Opto-electronics
  • Optics and Photonics

More Information

The M.S.E. program in optics and photonics offers a mix of optical science and engineering courses, augmented by courses in management. Special courses with strong application orientation are followed by an off-site practicum at a federal or industrial laboratory culminating in a master’s thesis. The course component is composed of 21 hours of required core courses, including 6 hours of optics principles, 9 hours of optical design and manufacturing, and 6 hours of engineering management; 6 hours of electives; and 6 hours for the practicum and thesis. The elective component is a two-course sequence chosen from optical systems, quantum optics, optical signals, optical communications, optical materials, physics, management, marketing, or a manufacturing specialty. Among the organizations providing practicum experiences are NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Dynetics, Inc., Hughes Danbury Optical Systems, Inc., SCI Systems, Inc., and Speedring, Inc.

Admission Requirements

Students with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from an ABET accredited program may be admitted according to the Graduate School admission guidelines. Students with a B.S. in other engineering programs or in other physical sciences may be admitted pending the completion of courses which demonstrate certain minimal proficiency in electrical engineering subject matter.