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  Dec 15, 2017
 
2017-2018 General Catalog

Electrical and Computer Engineering, M.S.


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Electrical and Computer Engineering
www.ece.utah.edu
801-581-6943

Admission Requirements

Admission is based on an evaluation of both an applicant’s academic profile and research potential. The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering accepts applications for fall and spring semester. However, the department only accepts domestic applicants for spring semester.

All application materials must be received by the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department by January 15th for the following fall semester or October 1st for the following spring semester.  Applicants for graduate study in the ECE Department must complete an online application accessed through the department website to be received by the deadline.

All applicants must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), general test only.

International students are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS before they can be accepted for graduate study. After beginning their studies, they are required to take the SPEAK test. Students who score below 50 on the SPEAK test are directed to take English courses.

Combined BS/MS Degree Program

For more information visit our website at http://www.ece.utah.edu/bs_ms.

Course Requirements

Minimum Degree Hours: 30-32

Coursework listed on the program of study must total a minimum of 32 hours of graduate coursework at the 5000 level or above, in engineering and allied fields. The ECE department will offer three separate Master of Science degrees: Coursework option, Project option, and Thesis option. Graduate Seminar courses will be graded on a CR/NC basis. In each of the degree options, students must pass a final exam. A “Report of the Final Examination for the Master’s Degree” form must be completed, signed and submitted to the Graduate Coordinator.

Coursework Option:

All course requirements are fulfilled through graduate courses. Thesis (ECE 6970) and Independent/Special Studies (ECE 6950) are not permitted. Students wishing to take ECE 6950 should pursue the Project option.

The 32 required hours must include the following:

  1. A minimum of 18 hours of ECE courses at the 6000 or 7000 level;
  2. 2 hours of Graduate Seminar (ECE 6900 and ECE 6910).

Check the department M.S. handbook online for further requirements.

Project Option:

This option has a project component. A minimum of 3 credit hours and a maximum of 6 credit hours of Independent/Special Studies (ECE 6950) are permitted.

The 32 required hours must include the following:

  1. A minimum of 18 hours of ECE courses at the 6000 or 7000 level;
  2. 3-6 hours of Independent/Special Studies (ECE 6950);
  3. 2 hours of Graduate Seminar (ECE 6900 and ECE 6910).

Check the department M.S. handbook online for further requirements.

Thesis Option:

This option involves in-depth research in a specific area and a written thesis submitted to the Graduate School. Ten thesis hours (ECE 6970) are required. Independent/Special Studies (ECE 6950) is not permitted. The 32 required hours must include the following:

  1. A minimum of 18 hours of ECE courses at the 6000 or 7000 level;
  2. 2 hours of Graduate Seminar (ECE 6900 and ECE 6910);
  3. 10 hours of thesis research (ECE 6970).

Check the department M.S. handbook online for further requirements.

Supervisory Committee

By the beginning of the second semester of study, students must file a Request for Supervisory Committee form with the department office. Generally, the committee consists of three members for the M.S. degree.

Program of Study

By the beginning of the second semester of study, students must submit to the department office, on the appropriate form, a program of study approved by the student’s supervisory committee. The form may be obtained from the department website.

Modifications to the program are made by filing an Amendment to Planned Program of Study form with the supervisory committee and obtaining required approval. The amendment must be approved before the new course is taken.

Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking graduate degrees in electrical and computer engineering must demonstrate proficiency in three basic areas: circuits, electronics, and either electromagnetic fields or systems.

Proficiency must be demonstrated within one year after enrollment in the program either by:

  1. Holding a BSEE or BSCE degree from an accredited school or by any combination of the following:
  2. Completing, with a grade of B or better, an undergraduate course in each area. The classes which currently satisfy each area are: circuits-ECE 2270; electronics-ECE 2280 or 3110; electromagnetic fields-ECE 3300; and systems-ECE 3500 or 3510.
  3. Taking all of the regular exams (including the final) in one of the undergraduate courses listed and completing the exams with an average grade of B or better.
  4. Completing an advanced course in the area and receiving a grade of B or better. Advanced courses that qualify in each area are: circuits - ECE 5710 or 5720; electronics - ECE 5201, 5202, 5710 or 5720; electromagnetic fields - ECE 5320, 5324 or 6310; and systems - ECE 5510, 5520, or 5530.
Research Comprehensive Examination

Candidates seeking research degrees (M.S. Thesis Option) must pass a Research Comprehensive Examination administered by their supervisory committee at a time determined by that committee but no later than the third semester of study for M.S. students. The Research Comprehensive Examination will ordinarily include the defense of a written formal research thesis proposal. The comprehensive examination and thesis defense may not be taken during the same semester.

Thesis Final Examination

The thesis final examination (oral thesis defense) is conducted by the supervisory committee.

Credit Limitations

Up to nine hours of nonmatriculated coursework may be included on a student’s program of study if approved by the supervisory committee and the Department Graduate Committee. For graduation, the cumulative GPA on the courses listed on the program of study must be at least 3.0 with no grade lower than C-. For more detailed information, see the Graduate Information section of this catalog.

Check the department M.S. handbook online for further requirements.

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