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M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Introduction

The Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering prepares students for advanced careers in the aerospace industry. Like its undergraduate counterparts, it focuses on developing engineers who possess not only technical mastery but also the knowledge and ability to execute systems-level design, whether in avionics systems, spacecraft electronics, or more earthbound computer design.

The program allows the student to focus either on electrical engineering or computer engineering. For each area of concentration, the program begins with a foundation of courses in linear systems, random processes, and systems engineering. Then, each area has its own core: digital communications plus avionics & radio navigation comprise the electrical engineering core; project management and computer systems safety, the computer engineering core. The student can tailor each area of concentration toward either professional practice or further graduate study. For those inclined toward research and later doctoral studies, the program offers a thesis option. For those more interested in entering or returning to the workplace, there is a non-thesis option.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in electrical and/or computer engineering, another engineering discipline, computer science, or the physical sciences. Any engineering degree earned in the United States must be from an ABET-accredited program. Students should possess a strong academic record, demonstrated by a 3.0 CGPA or better. Applicants may be admitted conditionally with the provision that they complete specific undergraduate courses prior to enrolling in graduate courses.

Each area of concentration consists of 15 credits of required courses, with 9 credits common to both areas. The thesis option requires 9 credits of thesis and allows 6 credits of restricted electives. The non-thesis option allows for 12 credits of restricted electives and requires completion of a 3-credit project. Restricted electives include core courses from the complementary area of concentration, advanced courses in both electrical engineering and computer engineering, and graduate subjects in software engineering, aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering physics, and mathematics.

MSECE (Thesis option)

Core courses15
Electives6
CEC 700Graduate Thesis9
or EE 700 Graduate Thesis
Total Credits30

MSECE (Nonthesis option)

Core courses15
Electives12
CEC 690Graduate Project3
or EE 690 Graduate Project
Total Credits30

Areas of Concentration

Electrical Engineering

This area includes avionics, communications, power electronics, electromagnetic systems, computing systems, control systems, and systems engineering.

Core Courses for Electrical Engineering Concentration
EE 510Linear Systems3
EE 515Random Signals3
EE 525Avionics and Radio Navigation3
EE 620Digital Communications3
SYS 500Fundamentals of Systems Engineering3
Electives for Electrical Engineering Concentration
Thesis Option, choose two; Non-thesis Option, choose four of the following:6-12
Introduction to the Finite Element Method
Engineering Optimization
Modern Control Systems
Engineering Project Management
Digital Signal Processing
Sensor Data Fusion
Image Processing and Machine Vision
State and Parameter Estimation
Digital Control Systems
Advanced Mechatronics
Modern Control Systems
Sensors and Data Links
Electro-Optical Systems
Satellite-Based Communications and Navigation
Numerical Methods for Engineers and Scientists
Spacecraft Dynamics and Control
Human-Computer Interaction
Fundamentals of Optimization
Unmanned and Autonomous Vehicle Systems
Sensor Processing with Applications
Modern Control Systems
Advanced Model-Based Control Design
Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning
Software Engineering Discipline
Model-Based Verification of Software
Software Requirements Engineering
User Interface Design and Evaluation
Specification and Design of Real-Time Systems
User Interface Design for Unmanned Systems
Software Systems Architecture and Design
Software Quality Engineering and Assurance
Performance Analysis of Real-Time Systems
System Safety and Certification
System Requirements Analysis and Modeling
Introduction to Systems Engineering Management
System Architecture Design and Modeling
System Quality Assurance
Organizational Systems Management
Total Credits21-27
 
*

Other electives may be approved by the degree program coordinator

Computer Engineering

This area includes the analysis, design, development and deployment of computer systems, particularly real-time, safety-critical, and high-reliability systems.

Core Courses for Computer Engineering Concentration
CEC 500Engineering Project Management3
EE 510Linear Systems3
EE 515Random Signals3
SYS 500Fundamentals of Systems Engineering3
SYS 505System Safety and Certification3
Electives for Computer Engineering Concentration
Thesis Option, choose two; Non-thesis Option, choose four of the following:6-12
Introduction to the Finite Element Method
Engineering Optimization
Modern Control Systems
Digital Signal Processing
Sensor Data Fusion
Image Processing and Machine Vision
State and Parameter Estimation
Digital Control Systems
Advanced Mechatronics
Avionics and Radio Navigation
Modern Control Systems
Sensors and Data Links
Electro-Optical Systems
Digital Communications
Satellite-Based Communications and Navigation
Numerical Methods for Engineers and Scientists
Spacecraft Dynamics and Control
Human-Computer Interaction
Fundamentals of Optimization
Unmanned and Autonomous Vehicle Systems
Sensor Processing with Applications
Advanced Model-Based Control Design
Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning
Software Engineering Discipline
Model-Based Verification of Software
Software Requirements Engineering
User Interface Design and Evaluation
Specification and Design of Real-Time Systems
User Interface Design for Unmanned Systems
Software Systems Architecture and Design
Software Quality Engineering and Assurance
Performance Analysis of Real-Time Systems
System Requirements Analysis and Modeling
Introduction to Systems Engineering Management
System Architecture Design and Modeling
System Quality Assurance
Organizational Systems Management
Total Credits21-27
 
*

Other electives may be approved by the degree program coordinator.