Electrical Engineering (MSE)

CIP Code

14.1001.00

Overview

The Master of Science in Engineering degree has a thesis option and a non-thesis option.

Coursework is offered in areas including computer engineering, power and energy, systems and controls, communications, digital systems, electronics, nanotechnology, and electromagnetics.

Research opportunities are offered in power systems, renewable energy, smart grids, computer architecture and high performance computing systems, computer networks and cybersecurity, multimedia processors, VLSI/IC design and implementation, wireless communications, microwave and antenna engineering, radar imaging, electromagnetic applications, metamaterials, control systems and robotics, signal and image processing, advanced digital system design and testing, biomedical engineering and devices, sensors/electronics and detection, photonics and optics, nanotechnology and MEMS, big data, IoT, and machine learning.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the graduate program in electrical engineering with clear admission status, prospective candidates must first meet all requirements for graduate admission to UT Rio Grande Valley, as well as the other requirements listed below:

  1. GRE General Test. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years. A waiver of the GRE requirement will be granted to applicants who show proof of completing a graduate degree (master’s or doctoral).
  2. Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or similarly named program with content equivalent to an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)-accredited BS in Electrical Engineering.
  3. Admitted applicants that do not have an undergraduate degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering, or in a similar field are usually required to take undergraduate leveling courses as pre-requisites of our graduate courses.
  4. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester credit hours.
  5. Letter of Intent detailing professional goals and reasons for pursuing the graduate degree.
  6. Resume.

Application for admission must be submitted prior to the published deadline. The application is available at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply.

Applicants not meeting the above program specific criteria may be considered for conditional admission. Prospective students with a BS degree in other areas or having transcripts showing lack of background courses as in a typical BS in Electrical Engineering curriculum may also be required to take undergraduate leveling courses.  Students with conditional admission status are required to have minimum GPA of 3.0 for the first 9 graduate hours toward the MSE-EE degree at UTRGV.

Thesis Option

  1. The thesis option for the master’s degree requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate work, including six thesis credits identified as ELEE 7300 and ELEE 7301.
  2. The graduate program director will help the student prepare an initial plan of study to begin his/her first semester of work. During the first semester, the student is urged to discuss potential research topics with several faculty members in order to choose a topic that interests him/her and a major professor to act as his/her thesis advisor. When a thesis topic has been selected, a Graduate Committee composed of at least three graduate faculty members shall be formed in conjunction with the thesis advisor and department chair. The committee should include at least two electrical engineering faculty members from UTRGV and may include one faculty member from another department. A final plan of study must be prepared and approved by the thesis advisor, the department chair and the dean no later than the second semester of work.
  3. Each student should submit a proposal to the Graduate Committee that describes the thesis topic in sufficient detail. A copy of the proposal should also be submitted to the department. The proposal should normally be submitted before the student signs up for his/her first thesis course ELEE 7300. Students should bear in mind that a master’s thesis could be published in the technical literature and should represent original work in the field.
  4. Each student is required to present a seminar on the thesis topic as part of his/her thesis defense. Notice of the oral presentation of the master’s thesis should be given at least one week in advance to all faculty and students in the department. A draft copy of the master’s thesis should be available to all faculty members serving on the student’s Graduate Committee at least one week before the oral presentation. Students are expected to make changes to the final copy of their master’s thesis based on feedback obtained from the oral presentation. Students should expect to be asked fundamental questions during the oral presentation. If the student fails the thesis defense, he/she may be allowed to take a second defense contingent upon the approval of the Graduate Committee, the department chair and the dean. If approved, the timing and requirements of the second defense will be specified by the Graduate Committee, but in no case will the student be able to defend his/her thesis for the second time until at least one semester has passed. After two failures, no further thesis defense is allowed.
  5. After successfully defending the thesis, the student must be sure that the approval from the Graduate Committee is submitted to the Graduate College. Students are also responsible for preparing and copying the final thesis. One copy must be provided to the thesis advisor and one copy to the department in addition to copies required by the Graduate College. Members of the students Graduate Committee are required to be provided with a copy of the thesis. It is the responsibility of the student to adhere to the University requirements for the format and submission of a thesis.
  6. All candidates for the Master of Science program must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 throughout their program of study. Any student with clear admission whose GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on probation. To remain in the graduate program, the student must restore his/her GPA to 3.0 by the end of the following semester.
  7. No more than six credit hours total may be counted toward the degree from the following categories: (a) transfer courses, (b) courses taken outside the electrical engineering department, or (c) independent study courses
  8. No more than three hours of ELEE 6385 (Independent Study) may be counted toward the degree.

Non-Thesis Option

  1. The non-thesis option for the masters’ degree requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate work.
  2. The graduate program director will help the student prepare a plan of study during his/her first semester of work. The final plan study must be approved by the graduate program director, the department chair, and the dean.
  3. In addition to course requirements, each student in the non-thesis option will be required to pass a comprehensive examination during or at the end of the student’s final semester of work. The examination will be administered by a Comprehensive Exam Committee formed by three faculty members with whom the student has taken one or more graduate courses. The Comprehensive Exam Committee will be appointed by the graduate program director with approval of the department chair and will evaluate the students depth of knowledge in the field of study and his/her competence in presenting the technical material. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the graduate program director to schedule the examination at least four weeks before the examination date. If the student fails the comprehensive examination, he/she may be allowed to take a second examination contingent upon the approval of the Comprehensive Exam Committee, the department chair and the dean. If approved, the timing and requirements of the second attempt will be specified by the Comprehensive Exam Committee, but in no case will the second examination be given until at least one semester has passed. After two failures, no further examination is allowed.
  4. All candidates for the Master of Science program must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 throughout their program of study. Any student with clear admission whose GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on probation. To remain in the graduate program, the student must restore his/her GPA to 3.0 by the end of the following semester.
  5. No more than six credit hours total may be counted toward the degree from the following categories: (a) transfer courses, (b) courses taken outside the electrical engineering department, or (c) independent study courses.
  6. No more than three hours of ELEE 6385 (Independent Study) may be counted toward the degree.

Change between Thesis-Option and Non-Thesis-Option

  1. Students may change between non-thesis option and thesis option by a written request with justifications submitted to the graduate program director/thesis advisor, department chair, and dean. If there is a change of plan of study, a request for change of plan must be included.
  2. Thesis option students receive higher priority when applying for assistantships.
  3. Thesis courses ELEE 7300 and ELEE 7301 cannot be counted in the degree plan for non-thesis students.

Leveling Courses

Students whose undergraduate major is not electrical and computer engineering may be required to take one or more of the leveling courses from the list given below with approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator. These courses will not count toward the 30 credits required for the MSE degree.

Leveling courses are determined for each student by the Graduate Program Coordinator based on his/her course background and experience in electrical and computer engineering. Students must also have the prerequisites required to take the leveling courses. Students who lack only a few leveling courses may be permitted to start graduate ECE coursework in parallel with their leveling courses.

General Electrical and Computer Engineering Leveling Courses

EECE 2319Numerical Computation and Data Visualization

3

EECE 3302Electronics II

3

EECE 3315Electromagnetics Engineering

3

EECE 3321Signals and Systems

3

EECE 3435Microprocessor Systems

4

EECE 4303Digital Systems Engineering II

3

EECE 4321Automatic Control

3

EECE 4328Solid State Devices

3

EECE 4351Communication Theory

3

Thesis Option - 30 Hours

Electrical Engineering Electives - 18 to 24 Hours

Students can elect which courses they would like to register but they MUST have the consent of their faculty advisor and the Graduate Program Coordinator. Choose from the following:

ELEE 6310Radio Communication Circuits and Systems

3

ELEE 6315Applied Electromagnetics

3

ELEE 6316Signal Integrity and Electromagnetic Compatibility

3

ELEE 6317Electromagnetic Metamaterials

3

ELEE 6318Photonics and Optics: Fundamentals and Applications

3

ELEE 6319Microwave and Biomedical Imaging

3

ELEE 6320Semiconductor Devices

3

ELEE 6322Advanced Electronics and Thin Films Technology

3

ELEE 6331Nonlinear Systems

3

ELEE 6332Optimization

3

ELEE 6333Introduction to Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)

3

ELEE 6335Advanced Computer Architecture

3

ELEE 6345Digital Signal Processing I

3

ELEE 6347Image Processing

3

ELEE 6350Microprocessor System Design and Applications

3

ELEE 6360High Speed Networks

3

ELEE 6361Broadband Communications

3

ELEE 6362Internet Protocols

3

ELEE 6370Advanced Smart Energy Systems

3

ELEE 6371Energy Assessment and Delivery Systems

3

ELEE 6372Parallel and Distributed Systems

3

ELEE 6374Advanced Digital System Design

3

ELEE 6375VLSI System Design

3

ELEE 6378Robot Modeling and Control

3

ELEE 6380Computer Architecture

3

ELEE 6399Topics in Electrical Engineering

3

CECS or COS Electives - 0 to 6 Hours

Students can select up to 6 credit hours of graduate coursework from any of the other departments within the College of Engineering and Computer Science or College of Sciences but MUST have the written consent of the Graduate Program Coordinator. (May include standard electrical and computer engineering courses as well as independent study, internships, or transfer courses. Does not include thesis.)

Thesis - 6 Hours

ELEE 7300Thesis I

3

ELEE 7301Thesis II

3

Note: Students in this option MUST produce a written thesis in a relevant Electrical and Computer Engineering topic of study and defend their thesis in front of their formed Thesis Committee. Once taken, ELEE 7301 Thesis II must be repeated each semester until thesis is successfully defended.

Non-Thesis Option - 30 Hours

Electrical Engineering Electives - 27 to 30 Hours

Students can elect which courses they would like to register but they MUST have the consent of their faculty advisor and the Graduate Program Coordinator. Choose from the following:

ELEE 6310Radio Communication Circuits and Systems

3

ELEE 6315Applied Electromagnetics

3

ELEE 6316Signal Integrity and Electromagnetic Compatibility

3

ELEE 6317Electromagnetic Metamaterials

3

ELEE 6318Photonics and Optics: Fundamentals and Applications

3

ELEE 6319Microwave and Biomedical Imaging

3

ELEE 6320Semiconductor Devices

3

ELEE 6322Advanced Electronics and Thin Films Technology

3

ELEE 6331Nonlinear Systems

3

ELEE 6332Optimization

3

ELEE 6333Introduction to Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS)

3

ELEE 6335Advanced Computer Architecture

3

ELEE 6345Digital Signal Processing I

3

ELEE 6347Image Processing

3

ELEE 6350Microprocessor System Design and Applications

3

ELEE 6360High Speed Networks

3

ELEE 6361Broadband Communications

3

ELEE 6362Internet Protocols

3

ELEE 6370Advanced Smart Energy Systems

3

ELEE 6371Energy Assessment and Delivery Systems

3

ELEE 6372Parallel and Distributed Systems

3

ELEE 6374Advanced Digital System Design

3

ELEE 6375VLSI System Design

3

ELEE 6378Robot Modeling and Control

3

ELEE 6380Computer Architecture

3

ELEE 6399Topics in Electrical Engineering

3

CECS or CS Electives - 0 to 3 Hours

Students can select up to 3 credit hours of graduate coursework from any of the other departments within the College of Engineering and Computer Science or College of Sciences but MUST have the written consent of the Graduate Program Coordinator. (May include standard electrical and computer engineering course as well as independent study, internships, or transfer course. Does not include thesis.)

Capstone Requirement

Written Comprehensive Exam (Students MUST successfully pass a written comprehensive exam in three subjects selected by the candidates.)

Total Credit Hours: 30