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

Foundation Courses

Students with a BS degree in electrical engineering from an ABET accredited program may be admitted according to the Graduate School admission guidelines. Students with a BS in other engineering programs or in other physical sciences may be admitted pending the completion of courses (demonstrated knowledge from other sources), which demonstrate certain minimal proficiencies in electrical engineering subject matter:

  • EE 202: Introduction to Digital Logic Design
  • EE 203: Digital Logic Design Laboratory
  • EE 213: Electrical Circuits I
  • EE 307: Electricity and Magnetism
  • EE 315: Introduction to Electronic Design
  • EE 316: Electronic Circuits and Electronics Design Laboratory
  • EE 382: Analytical Methods of Continuous Time Systems
  • EE 383: Analytical Methods of Multivariable and Discrete Time Systems
  • EE 384: DSP Laboratory
  • EE 385: Random Signals and Noise

Coursework Requirements for the MSE Degree in Electrical Engineering

I. EE Major

Students must take 12 hours of related courses in an EE subject area.

II. Math Minor

Students must complete an approved 2-course (6 hours) sequence that has mathematical or theoretical foundation that includes Analytical and Computational Methods in Electrical Engineering I & II (EE 629 and EE 630) or an approved sequence of courses in mathematics.

III. Engineering Area of Specialization Minor

Students must select an approved 2-course (6 hours) sequence in an computer engineering, electrical engineering, optical engineering or computer science. At least one course should be at the 600 level. The selected courses must be approved by the student’s academic advisor.

Plan 1, Thesis Option

Students selecting this option must:

  • Complete the 24 hour Coursework Requirement stated above,
  • Complete 6 hours of EE 699, create an acceptable thesis, and successfully defend this thesis in a public forum.

(30 hours total)

Plan 2, Non-Thesis Option

Students selecting this option must:

  • Complete the 24 hour Coursework Requirement stated above,
  • Complete 6 additional hours of approved graduate coursework,

(30 hours total)


  • With prior approval, up to 6 semester hours of 500-level courses may be taken in fulfillment of the MSE requirements.
  • All selected courses for the program of study must be approved by the student’s supervisory committee.
  • Unless taken as part of the JUMP program any course taken during an undergraduate program and applied to the undergraduate degree cannot be used for a graduate degree program.

Have questions? Contact your coordinator!

Dr. Laurie Joiner

Dr. Laurie Joiner