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.

Mission

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department will educate each graduate to be a responsible electrical or computer engineer who can successfully hurdle future challenges.

Objectives

The objective of the MS Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering is to produce graduates able to:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to identify, formulate, and solve electrical and computer engineering problems.

  • Use industry standard tools to analyze, design, develop and test computer-based systems containing both hardware and software components.

  • Pursue a Ph.D. degree in engineering or computer science.

  • Continue to develop their knowledge and skills after graduation in order to succeed personally and contribute to employer success and societal advancement.

  • Communicate their thoughts, in both written and oral forms, so that others can comprehend and build on their work.

Outcomes

All computer engineering graduates should demonstrate:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of math, science and engineering

  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs

  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems

  • An ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written forms

  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning

  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

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:

  • Students with a total GRE score over 300 will be given high priority in the admission process
  • 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.
  • Statement of purpose.

International Students

CSU Chico Graduates

  • Chico graduates are not required to submit GRE scores or a Statement of Purpose. 

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 or Communications
  • 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 and algorithms
  • Operating systems or real-time 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 examination prepared by the faculty. The  examination will cover areas discussed in the two program core courses.
  3. Approval by the Graduate Coordinator and the Graduate Coordinators Committee on behalf of the faculty of the University.