Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Dr. Mukul Shrivaikar, Chair

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering with two options to earn the degree: (1) research option and (2) non-thesis option.

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering--Total Semester Credit Hours = 30-36

Admission Requirements

Students entering the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) program are expected to have a background equivalent to that of students graduating from the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) program offered at The University of Texas at Tyler, or to obtain such background through specified prerequisite coursework.

In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate study at The University of Texas at Tyler, to be admitted to the MSEE program a student must meet the following admission requirements.

  1. Satisfactory score on the General Test (verbal and quantitative) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  2. Satisfactory grade point average on the student's last four semesters of academic study and last 60 semester credit hours of upper division undergraduate or graduate courses.
  3. A bachelor's degree in an Electrical Engineering program accredited by the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission. Students who have not earned such a degree will be required to complete prerequisite (leveling) coursework before starting the MSEE program as determined by the MSEE Program Administrator.
  4. A demonstrated proficiency in the use of the English language, both spoken and written.
  5. Approval of the MSEE Program Administrator and the Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering.

Consideration for admission to the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program will also be given to one or more of the following: the applicant's demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study, socioeconomic background, first generation college graduate, multilingual proficiency, geographic region of residence, and level of responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, and family responsibilities.

Graduation Requirements

There are two options to earning the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE): (1) thesis option and (2) non-thesis option. Regardless of option selected, a student must complete a graduate course in advanced mathematics.

At least eighteen hours (including the thesis) must be in the major area; at least six hours must be in a supporting area and can include courses outside the department. The supporting courses may be in electrical engineering but must represent a specialty distinct from the major courses. At least two-thirds of the credit hours applied to the degree must be taught by a department in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. To graduate the student must earn at least a 3.0 grade point average on all course work used for the graduate degree. No more than three credit hours of independent study courses may be applied to the degree.

The program options and additional degree requirements are as follows:

Thesis Option (30 SCH): Students must successfully complete at least 24 semester credit hours of graduate coursework, successfully complete at least six credit hours of graduate thesis research, successfully prepare a research thesis, and pass a final oral examination that is primarily focused on the research thesis but may also address coursework. The final examination will be administered by the student's graduate academic committee. This program option is intended primarily for students who wish to conduct research and expand electrical engineering knowledge. (This is the only degree option for which graduate assistantships are available.)

Non-Thesis option (36 SCH): Students must successfully complete at least 36 semester credit hours of graduate coursework. Further, students must pass a final comprehensive written and/or oral examination that addresses the student's undergraduate and graduate education. The final examination will be coordinated by the student's graduate academic advisor. This degree option is intended primarily for students in practice who want to enhance their technical skills.

Program Outcomes

The "Program Outcomes" of the MSEE program represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities that graduates are expected to have at the time of completion of their program.

  1. Graduates of the program will possess a breadth and depth of knowledge in electrical and computer engineering: Students will possess and be able to apply knowledge and principles at a graduate level in two or more of the following areas utilizing modern engineering tools: electronics, power systems, controls, advanced engineering mathematics, signal processing, communications, real-time systems, computer systems, electromagnectic and power electronics.
  2. Graduates of the program will possess and demonstrate oral and written communication skills: Students will be adequately prepared for entrance into advanced careers or into a doctoral program through reports, papers, publications or presentations.
  3. Graduates of the programs will demonstrate the capability to perform independent learning and investigation: Studetns will successfully address electrical or computer engineering problems through independent research activity in coursework or a thesis.

Transfer of Credit

A student may transfer a maximum of 9 semester hours of graduate credit in which a grade of "B" or better has been earned from approved institutions. Transfer credit is subject to the approval of the student's advisor and departmental chair.