Apr 19, 2018  
2016-2017 UMass Dartmouth Graduate Catalog 
    
2016-2017 UMass Dartmouth Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Electrical Engineering MS


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Master of Science Degree Requirements for Electrical and Computer Engineering Programs


The Master of Science degree programs in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth provide sufficient structure to ensure that each graduate of either program has a firm foundation to go on to further graduate studies or to succeed at the advanced level in industry. However, there is enough program flexibility to allow students to pursue studies of their own particular interest. The MS in Computer Engineering and the MS in Electrical Engineering, although separate degrees, share some common requirements:

1. At least 24 of the required 30 credits must be at the graduate level (500 series or higher); a grade of C or better is required for all graduate courses to be counted towards the degree. As many as six credits of 400 series courses will be allowed to compensate for variations in the student’s background; a grade of B or better is required for them to be counted towards the degree. Undergraduate courses in excess of the 6-credit limit are allowed, but will not count for credit toward the degree.

2. Each candidate for the Master of Science Degree must obtain a minimum of 30 graduate credits with the following constraints: 1) maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 out of a 4.0 grading scale in all courses, 2) obtain no more than two course grades below B-minus, 3) courses with grades of C- or below will not count toward graduation requirements and 4) the credits must be in accordance with a program of study filed by the student and approved by the student’s graduate advisor.

3. Every full-time graduate degree candidate must pass Graduate Seminar (ECE 599). This requires students to attend a minimum of six seminars or other presentations given within the department or technical presentations offered by professional organizations such as IEEE.

4. There are three tracks to the Master of Science degree that a student may choose from:

Master of Science Degree, Thesis Track

In addition to the common requirements listed above, a student pursuing the Thesis Track must successfully complete at least six credits of graduate research (ECE 600) and submit a thesis satisfactory to the student’s committee. In addition to the written thesis, successful oral defense of the thesis work is required prior to completion of the program.

Master of Science Degree, Project Track 

In addition to the common requirements, a student pursuing the Project Track must successfully complete at least three credits of graduate research (ECE 600). A written report and an oral defense of the project work are required to satisfy this program track.

Master of Science Degree, All Course Work Track

In addition to the common requirements, a student pursuing the All Course Work Track must pass a MS comprehensive examination at the completion of 30 credits of course work. Students with at least 2 years post-BS work experience as an engineer may request a waiver of the exam requirement if they submit a report documenting work project and/or research experience.

Course Requirements, Master of Science, All Tracks


Two (2) courses are required of all Electrical Engineering MS students:

  • Random Signals and Systems (ECE 521)
  • Graduate Mathematics course which can be satisfied by EAS 501 (prerequisite for ECE 521), a 500-level math course or another course approved by the student’s advisor.

A Depth Requirement


Two (2) depth courses must be taken, defined by the student’s advisor, in one of the following specialization areas:

  • Acoustics and Signal Processing
  • Devices and Applied Electromagnetics
  • Wireless Communications and Sensor Networks

A Breadth Requirement


Students must also take one graduate course from a specialization area different from that selected to satisfy the depth requirement.

Additional Requirement


A capstone experience: thesis, project, documentation of 2-years post BS engineering work experience or MS Comprehensive Exam

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