Students wishing to major in electrical engineering at the master’s level should have the Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from an approved school. Applicants with degrees in other closely related disciplines may qualify for graduate studies in electrical engineering after completion of a faculty-approved program of leveling courses. (See Undergraduate Requirements To Qualify A Non-BSEE Engineering Student For The Master Of Science In Electrical Engineering.)
General Requirements Applicable to Thesis, Thesis Substitute, and Non-Thesis Degrees
Thesis Degree Requirements
Each degree plan must have courses in at least four different areas of specialization, called Technical Areas. EE has nine such areas. Please see the catalog to determine which Technical Area a course is assigned to.
Digital and Microprocessor/Controller Systems:
Digital signal processors, embedded microcontrollers, Microprocessors, Advanced microprocessor systems.
Solid-State Devices, Circuits and Systems:
Semiconductor Theory, Microwave Devices and Circuits, Analog Electronics.
Systems, Controls and Automated Manufacturing:
Systems, Controls, Manufacturing, Discrete Event Control, Neural and Fuzzy Control, Nonlinear Modern Control, Biomedical Signal Processing and Instrumentation
Electromagnetic Fields and Applications:
Remote Sensing, Electromagnetic Fields, Propagation, Scattering, Radiation, and Microwave Systems.
- Digital Signal and Image Processing:
Vision Systems, Neural Networks, Statistical Signal Processing, Nonlinear Image Processing, Virtual Prototyping, and Virtual Environments.
- Telecommunications and Information Systems:
Information Transmission and Communication Systems
- Power Systems and Industrial Power Electronics:
Efficient Operation, Generation, Transmission, Distribution, Deregulation; Power Electronics Engineering.
- Optical Devices and Systems:
Optics Electro-optics, Diffractive Optics, Nonlinear Optics, and Lasers.
- Nanotechnology and MEMS – Materials and Devices
Quantum Electronic Devices, Semiconductor Surfaces and Interfaces, Single Electron Devices, Sensors and Detectors, Carbon Nanotube Devices, Noise and Reliability in Nanoelectronic Devices, Micro-actuators, RF MEMS, Polymer Electronics, and Nanophotonics
The maximum combined number of transfer and non-UTA Electrical Engineering credits is nine (9) hours. Only graduate level courses in Engineering, Math, and Physics may be used.
The EE course work GPA must be 3.0 or greater. The overall graduate GPA must be 3.0 or greater.
Thesis Substitute Degree Requirements
Minimum total degree requirement: 30 hours (minimum 24 course hours plus EE 5698).
- The student must orally defend the thesis before the Supervising Committee. The defense is documented as the Final Master's Examination. The Supervising Committee will consist of three faculty, one of whom may be outside the EE Department.
- EE 5391 (Advanced Study in EE) may not be used on a thesis degree plan.
Non-Thesis Degree Requirements
Minimum total degree requirement: 33 hours (30 course hours plus EE 5392).
- The student must present the project results to the EE Faculty. The project presentation is documented as the Final Master’s Examination. A minimum of three faculty must serve as project examiners.
EE 5391 (Advanced Study in EE) may not be used on a thesis-substitute degree plan.
Minimum degree requirement: 36 course hours
Fulfillment of the requirement of the Final Master's Exam in Electrical Engineering for MSEE non-thesis degree candidates: The purpose of the Master's Final Exam is to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of at least three of the major areas of study in Electrical Engineering.
This will be demonstrated by earning a GPA of 3.3 or better in three Technical Proficiency Courses or their equivalents (one each from at least three areas). The courses used should be completed prior to the final semester.
The examination committee of record will consist of the Graduate Advisor (chairman), Graduate Studies Committee Chairman, and Associate Chairman of the EE Department.
- EE 5391 (Advanced Study in EE) may be used once on a non-thesis degree plan.
(At least three of the areas below must be covered)
Technical Proficiency Courses(pdf)