MS in Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering

The telecommunications industry is at the forefront of the information age - delivering voice, data, graphics, and video at ever increasing speeds and in a growing number of ways. Whereas wireline telephone communication was once the primary service of the industry, wireless communication services and cable and satellite program distribution are becoming increasingly dominant. Telecommunications engineers design, develop, test, and debug software and hardware products for communications applications. These products range from modems and encoders to computer-assisted engineering programs for schematic cabling projects; modeling programs for cellular and satellite systems; and programs for telephone options, such as voice mail, e-mail, and call waiting. The ECE Department prepares students to contribute to advances in the rapidly changing field of telecommunications by providing advanced studies as part of the Master of Science (MS) in Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering degree program.

Curriculum

The MS in Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering curriculum encompasses completion of a minimum of 45 approved graduate quarter credit hours, chosen in accordance with the following requirements.

Course Requirement Credits
Electives 15 cr.
Total 45 cr.
Telecommunications coursework*
(ECET)
6 cr.
Telecommunications elective coursework*
(ECEC, ECEE, ECES, ECET)
15 cr.
General ECE coursework
(ECEC, ECEE, ECEP, ECES, ECET)
9 cr.

* Research-intensive courses (ECE 697, ECE 898, ECE 997, and ECE 998) cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

Elective Courses

The remaining courses needed to reach the minimum credit hour requirement for the degree program are considered elective courses. Elective courses can be chosen from among the graduate course offerings of:

  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE, ECEC, ECEE, ECEP, ECES, ECET)
  • Other departments within the College of Engineering (AE, CHE, CIVE, CMGT, EGEO, EGMT, ENGR, ENVE, ET, MATE, MEM, PROJ, PRMT, SYSE)
  • The School of Biomedical Science, Engineering and Health Systems (BMES)
  • Department of Mathematics (MATH); the Department of Physics (PHYS)
  • Department of Chemistry (CHEM) and the Department of Biology (BIO)
  • Operations Research graduate-level coursework in the Department of Decision Sciences (OPR)
  • Computer Science graduate-level coursework in the College of Computing & Informatics (CS)

In order to have courses outside of the departments, schools, and subjects listed above count towards degree completion, they must be approved by the graduate advisors prior to registration for said courses.

Master's Thesis & Independent Research

Although not required, students pursuing an MS degree, especially those interested in eventually pursuing a Ph.D. or entering a research-intensive career, are encouraged to complete a Master's Thesis as part of their MS studies.

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It is also possible for MS students to engage in research for academic credit outside of the scope of the thesis option. This research is still performed under the supervision of a faculty member; however, the end result is not submission of a Master's Thesis. This option is best suited for students who are 1) interested in gaining exposure to the research process and environment without the commitment to writing a thesis or 2) interested in delving deeper into a topic that is outside the scope of the normal graduate course offerings.

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Regardless of whether or not a Master's Thesis is being completed, a total of 9 credits of research-intensive coursework (ECE 697, ECE 898, ECE 997, and ECE 998) may be counted towards the minimum credit hour requirement for the MS degree program.

Graduate Co-op Program

Students pursuing an MS degree may choose to participate in the graduate co-op tract. Students will have the opportunity to take a professional development course that will prepare them for the coop application process, in addition to providing resume critiques and interview skills. After completing 3 quarters of full-time coursework, students will then participate in coop for 6 months before returning to the classroom to complete their degree requirements. For more specific information relating to the graduate coop process, please consult the Graduate Coop Coordinator or the ECE Program Manager for Graduate Programs.

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