M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering

Description

The M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering is designed primarily to serve those students who wish to expand their knowledge of traditional electrical and computer engineering principles. This knowledge can serve as preparation for a doctoral program or an intermediate level position in industry. The M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering has two options: Electronics Engineering and Computer Engineering.

The master's degree requires 30 semester units beyond the baccalaureate. Either a thesis plan or a comprehensive examination plan may be chosen. Active areas of study and research in the Department currently include high speed analog and digital electronics, continuous and discrete-time control systems, digital signal processing, electro-optics, microprocessor systems, digital system design and simulation, computer architecture, computer networks, and communications.

For more details about our MSECE program, please consult our Graduate Student Handbook.

General Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to the graduate program in Electrical and Computer Engineering at CSU Chico, you must apply through the Graduate School. See the Graduate Admissions for more details.

In general, the normal standards for admission to our program are as follows:

  • A total GRE score of 1100, with significant undergraduate preparation or industry experience, or a total GRE score of 1700.
  • A 2.5 GPA (on the scale A=4.0) or better at the undergraduate level. A GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 30 semester units of undergraduate work and a GPA of 2.75 on the last 60 semester units of undergraduate work.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A TOEFL score of 550 (213 on computer based exam), for international students. Students with a score below 600 (247 computer based) will be required to take an undergraduate technical writing course during their first semester at Chico.
  • Statement of purpose, for international students.

Students who do not have all the required background knowledge may be admitted as "unclassified," at the discretion of the EECE Graduate Adviser. Upon successful completion of all background courses, the student is advanced to "classified" status.

Electronics Engineering Option Undergraduate Preparation

A baccalaureate degree in electrical or computer engineering or a related field. Satisfactory completion of courses in the following areas:

  • C/C++ and assembly language programming
  • Signals and transforms
  • Computer interface circuits
  • Digital systems design
  • Advanced analog electronics
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Communication Systems
  • Control systems

Computer Engineering Option Undergraduate Preparation

A baccalaureate degree in computer or electrical engineering or a related field. Satisfactory completion of courses in the following areas:

  • C/C++ and assembly language programming
  • Data structures
  • Operating systems
  • Signals and transforms
  • Digital systems and state machine design
  • Analog electronics
  • Microprocessor system design
  • Computer interface circuits

Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of an approved program consisting of 30 units of 400/500/600-level courses as follows:
    1. At least 18 units, including a thesis or project if chosen, must be in electrical and computer engineering (EECE); remaining units may be selected from electrical or computer engineering or in related areas with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator.
    2. At least 18 of the units required for the degree must be in 600-level courses.
    3. 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 courses are 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:
    1. Thesis Plan: This plan includes 24 units of course work and 6 units of thesis research (EECE 699T). 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 that must be submitted to Graduate Programs for approval and accession to the library.
    2. Project Plan: Requirements for this plan consist of 27 units of course work and 3 units of project preparation (EECE 699P). 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 Graduate Programs for approval and accession to the library.
    3. Examination Plan: Requirements for this plan consist of 30 units of course work and a comprehensive oral examination prepared by the faculty. The three hour examination will cover areas covered by the 3 program core courses.
  3. Approval by the Graduate Coordinator and the Graduate Coordinators Committee on behalf of the faculty of the University.