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The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

The MS in Electrical Engineering is designed to serve those students who wish to obtain advanced knowledge in the design of high-speed electronic systems or computer-based systems. This knowledge prepares students for a doctoral program or an intermediate level position in industry.

Course Requirements for the Master’s Degree: 30 units

Continuous enrollment is required. A maximum of 9 semester units of transfer credit may be applied toward the degree.
Graduate Time Limit: All requirements for the degree are to be completed within five years of the end of the semester of enrollment in the oldest course applied toward the degree. See “Graduate Education” in The University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.

Program Selection

Students will choose either the Option in Computer Engineering or the Option in Electronic Engineering.

MS in Electrical Engineering with an Option in Computer Engineering:

This option is designed primarily for students who wish to apply electrical and software enrineering principles to the design and development of computers and computer-based systems.

MS in Electrical Engineering with an Option in Electronic Engineering:

This option is designed primarily for students who wish to expand their study of principles and applications of electrical engineering to high-speed circuits, components, and systems.

Prerequisites for Admission to Conditionally Classified Status:

1. Satisfactory grade point average as specified in “Admission to Master’s Degree Programs” in The University Catalog.

2. Approval by the department and the Office of Graduate Programs.

3. A professionally accredited baccalaureate in electrical or computer engineering, or an equivalent approved by the Office of Graduate Programs.

4. Successful completion of the Graduate Record Examination if requried by the Graduate Coordinator.

Prerequisites for Admission to Classified Status:

In addition to any requirements listed above:

1. Successful completion of the Graduate Writing Examination.

2. Completion of background preparation equivalent to the following undergraduate courses: ECE 086, ECE 090, ECE 141, ECE 145, ECE 186, and ECE 188.

All required undergraduate electrical and computer engineering (ECE) courses must be taken for a letter grade, and a grade of C or better must be earned in each course. Students are required to complete the background courses immediately as a matter of reasonable progress toward the master’s degree.

Advancement to Candidacy:

In addition to any requirements listed above:

1. Formation of the graduate advisory committee in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.

2. Development of an approved program, including a thesis or project proposal if the thesis or project plan is chosen, in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.

3. Classified graduate standing and completion at the university of at least 9 units of the proposed program with a minimum 3.00 grade point average.

Requirements for the MS Degree in Electrical Engineering

Completion of all requirements as established by the department graduate committee, the graduate advisory committee, and the Office of Graduate Programs, to include:

1. Completion of an approved program consisting of 30 units of 200/300-level courses as follows:
(a) Completion of the 9-unit core:

ECE    255    Intro to Network Engineering    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: Either CSCI 171 or ECE 186.

ECE    345    High Frequency Design Techniques    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: PHYS 004C, ECE 145.

ECE    388    Computer-Aided Circuit Engineer    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: ECE 345.

(b) At least 18 units, including a thesis or project if chosen, must be in electrical and computer engineering (ECE); remaining units may be selected from electrical or computer engineering or in related areas with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator.
(c) At least 18 of the units required for the degree must be 300-level courses.
(d) Not more than 9 semester units of transfer and/or extension credit (correspondence courses and U.C. extension course work are not acceptable); Open University course work is included in this 9 unit total.

2. Completion and final approval of one of the following three plans as specified by the graduate advisory committee:
(a) Thesis Plan. This plan includes 24 units of course work and 6 units of thesis research (ECE 399). Research may be theoretical or applied, but must reflect an individual in-depth study into an approved topic. This plan requires a formal research thesis which must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Programs for approval and accession to the library.
(b) Project Plan. Requirements for this plan consist of 27 units of course work and 3 units of project preparation (ECE 399). The project must show how analysis and design have been applied to a particular area of electronic or computer engineering. A written project description must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Programs for approval and accession to the library.
(c) Examination Plan. Requirements for this plan consist of 30 units of course work and a comprehensive oral examination prepared by the faculty. The two-hour examination will cover areas covered in four courses from the candidate’s course of study.

3. Approval by the Graduate Coordinator and the Graduate Coordinators Committee on behalf of the faculty of the university.

OPTION IN COMPUTER ENGINEERING: 21 units

Undergraduate background:
Programming in C++ and assembly language
Data structures
Operating systems
Signals and transforms
Analog electronics
Digital systems and state machine design
Computer interface circuits
Microprocessor system design

9 units required:

ECE    235    Advanced Computer Architecture    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: Either CSCI 171 or ECE 187.

ECE    310    SW Engr Processes Improvement    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: CSCI 151 or ECE 210.

ECE    355    Adv Topics Computer Networking    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: ECE 186, ECE 255.

12 units selected from:

CSCI    211    Object-Oriented Analysis/Design    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: Object-oriented programming experience.

CSCI    278    Computer Networks    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: CSCI 152.

ECE    210    SW Engr-Requirements & Design    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: CSCI 015B.

ECE    228    Communication Systems Design    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: ECE 141.

ECE    230    Optics    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: PHYS 004B, PHYS 004C.

This course is the same as PHYS 230 which may be substituted.

ECE    231    Lasers and Their Applications    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: PHYS 004C.
Recommended: ECE 230.

This course is the same as PHYS 231 which may be substituted.

ECE    247    Radio Frequency Circuits    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: ECE 145.

ECE    248    Solid State Electronics    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: CHEM 037, ECE 145; either MATH 110 or ECE 224.

ECE    295    Control Systems I    4.0    FA

Prerequisites: ECE 141; either M E 135 or M E 192; ECE 224 (may be taken concurrently).

ECE    297    Digital Signal Processing    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: MATH 007D; ECE 141 (may be taken concurrently). 2CRS ECE 310 2CRS ECE 312

ECE    333    Electronic Circuits: DSP    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: ECE 186; ECE 297 (may be taken concurrently).

ECE    356    High-Frequency Analog Design    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: ECE 247, ECE 345.

ECE    357    Electromagnetic Compatibility    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: ECE 345.

ECE    397    Seminar in Advanced Topics    1.0-3.0    FS

ECE    398    Independent Study    1.0-6.0    FS

ECE    399    Master’s Study    1.0-6.0    FS

OPTION IN ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING: 21 units

Undergraduate background:
Programming in C++ and assembly language
Signals and transforms
Advanced analog electronics
Digital systems design
Computer interface circuits
Control systems
Digital Signal Processing
Communication Systems

9 units required:

ECE    247    Radio Frequency Circuits    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: ECE 145.

ECE    356    High-Frequency Analog Design    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: ECE 247, ECE 345.

ECE    357    Electromagnetic Compatibility    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: ECE 345.

12 units selected from:

ECE    210    SW Engr-Requirements & Design    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: CSCI 015B.

ECE    230    Optics    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: PHYS 004B, PHYS 004C.

This course is the same as PHYS 230 which may be substituted.

ECE    231    Lasers and Their Applications    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: PHYS 004C.
Recommended: ECE 230.

This course is the same as PHYS 231 which may be substituted.

ECE    236    State Machine Design    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: Either CSCI 171 or ECE 085.

ECE    244    Consumer Electronics    3.0    Inq

Prerequisites: ECE 146; ECE 228.

ECE    248    Solid State Electronics    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: CHEM 037, ECE 145; either MATH 110 or ECE 224.

ECE    252    Real-Time Embedded Systems    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: CSCI 015B; either CSCI 171 or ECE 085.

ECE    285    Microprocessor Systems Design    4.0    SP

Prerequisites: ECE 186.

ECE    310    SW Engr Processes Improvement    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: CSCI 151 or ECE 210.

ECE    312    SW Engr: Quality Assurance/Test    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: Either ECE 210 or CSCI 151.

ECE    330    Advanced Digital Filter Design    3.0    Inq

Prerequisites: ECE 297.

ECE    333    Electronic Circuits: DSP    3.0    FA

Prerequisites: ECE 186; ECE 297 (may be taken concurrently).

ECE    397    Seminar in Advanced Topics    1.0-3.0    FS

ECE    398    Independent Study    1.0-6.0    FS

ECE    399    Master’s Study    1.0-6.0    FS

Graduate Literacy Requirement:

Writing proficiency is a graduation requirement.

Electrical Engineering students will demonstrate their writing competence through successfully completing a departmentally administered examination. Consult the Graduate Coordinator for specific information.

Graduate Grading Requirements:

All courses in the major (with the exceptions of Independent Study-398 and Master’s Study-399) must be taken for a letter grade, except those courses specified by the department as ABC/No Credit (200-level courses), AB/No Credit (300-level courses), or Credit/No Credit grading only. A maximum of 10 units combined of ABC/No Credit, AB/No Credit, and Credit/No Credit grades may be used on the approved program (including 398, 399, and courses outside the major). While grading standards are determined by individual programs and instructors, it is also the policy of the university that unsatisfactory grades may be given when work fails to reflect achievement of the high standards, including high writing standards, expected of students pursuing graduate study.

Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all course work on the approved master’s degree program as well as in all course work taken subsequent to admission to conditionally classified status.

In addition, students may not count more than two courses in which they received a grade of C toward the approved program.