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Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering Program Information

Programs
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) of the J. B. Speed School of Engineering offers a program of graduate study leading to the degree of Master of Science (M.S.). It also offers a five-year program of cooperative education which is integrated with the department's undergraduate program and which leads to the professional degree Master of Engineering (described in the University's Undergraduate Catalog). The department also supports two Ph.D. programs: one in Electrical Engineering and one offered jointly with the Computer Science and Computer Engineering Department in Computer Science and Engineering.

Admission Requirements
Applicants for admission to the M.S. Program in Electrical Engineering should have a baccalaureate degree in Electrical Engineering or Electrical and Computer Engineering with a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or better. A baccalaureate degree in another branch of engineering or in chemistry, computer science, life sciences, mathematics, or physics may be acceptable, but the student may be required to take undergraduate courses in ECE to attain adequate preparation for graduate work. While no fixed minimum score on the Graduate Record Examination is required for admission, experience has shown that a combined score of  295 (verbal + quantitative) on the new GRE or a combined score of 1000 (verbal + quantitative) on the  previous GRE is highly recommended as a good indicator of success in a graduate program in Electrical Engineering.  In addition, to be successful, applicants should have received at least a 4 on the AAW portion of the GRE Exam. For students whose native language is not English or who received an undergraduate degree from a non-English speaking university, the TOEFL or IELTS test is required. It is highly recommended that an applicant have a TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test and a score of at least 213 on the computer-based test or at least 80 on the internet-based test.  For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required.  An applicant who does not meet some requirements, but whose credentials are otherwise acceptable, may be admitted on a conditional basis. New students will not normally be considered for financial aid until after they have taken at least one semester of graduate courses at the University of Louisville.

A complete application packet should contain an application form (paper or on-line), transcripts, GRE and TOEFL or IELTS scores and at least two letters of recommendation. Note: TOEFL or IELTS scores are required of students whose degrees have been awarded by non-English speaking universities.

Advising - Thesis Option
The Graduate Program Director will serve as the temporary advisor for new graduate students. During the second semester of graduate work, a permanent advisor, who will serve as the student's thesis director, should be selected by the student, in consultation with the Graduate Program Director. By the end of the second semester, the student, in consultation with the thesis director, should select the remaining members of the thesis committee, and submit a plan of study and thesis proposal, approved by the committee, to the Graduate Program Director. The thesis committee must include, at minimum, the thesis director and two other graduate faculty members, one of whom must be from outside Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Advising - Paper Option
The Graduate Program Director will serve as the temporary advisor for new graduate students. During the second semester of graduate work, a permanent advisor, who will serve as the student's thesis/paper director, should be selected by the student, in consultation with the Graduate Program Director. By the end of the second semester, the student, in consultation with the thesis/paper director, should select the remaining members of the thesis/paper committee, and submit a plan of study and thesis/paper proposal, approved by the committee, to the Graduate Program Director. The thesis/paper committee must include, at minimum, the thesis/paper director and two other graduate faculty members, one of whom must be from outside Electrical and Computer Engineering.

 Advising - Advanced Project Option
The Graduate Program Director will serve as the temporary advisor for new graduate students. During the second semester of graduate work, a permanent advisor should be selected by the student, in consultation with the Graduate Program Director. By the end of the second semester, the student, in consultation with the permanent advisor, should submit a plan of study, approved by the permanent advisor, to the Graduate Program Director.

Advising - Course Only Option
The Graduate Program Director will serve as the temporary advisor for new graduate students. During the second semester of graduate work, a permanent advisor should be selected by the student, in consultation with the Graduate Program Director. By the end of the second semester, the student, in consultation with the permanent advisor, should submit a plan of study, approved by the permanent advisor, to the Graduate Program Director.

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering Degree Options Flowchart (pdf)

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

 

THESIS OPTION Semester Hours
   
Program Electives ECE 6XX [1] 12
Program Electives ECE 5XX or ECE 6XX [1] 3
Program or Technical Electives 5XX or 6XX [2] 9
M.S. Thesis ECE 690 6
Minimum Total [4] 30
   
   
PAPER OPTION Semester Hours
   
Program Electives ECE 6XX [1] 12
Program Electives ECE 5XX or ECE 6XX [1] 3
Program or Technical Electives 5XX or 6XX [2] 9
M.S. Paper ECE 691 6
Minimum Total [4] 30
   
   
ADVANCED PROJECT OPTION Semester Hours
   
Program Electives ECE 6XX [1] 12
Program Electives ECE 5XX or ECE 6XX [1] 6
Program or Technical Electives 5XX or 6XX [2] 9
Project Hours ECE 692 3-4
Minimum Total [4] 30
   
   
COURSE-ONLY OPTION Semester Hours
   
Program Electives ECE 6XX [1][3] 15
Program Electives ECE 5XX or ECE 6XX [1] 6
Program or Technical Electives 5XX or 6XX [2] 9
Minimum Total [4] 30
   

 

[1] Courses selected to meet the 500 and 600 level Program Electives require the approval of the student's advisor. Note that 600 level courses may be substituted for 500 level courses.
[2] Courses selected to meet the 500 and 600 level Technical Electives require the approval of the student's advisor and may be selected from areas outside ECE. Note that 600 level courses may be substituted for 500 level courses.
[3] Must include ECE 696 and a course from a list of approved research/project courses (maintained by the Department).
[4] At least half of the hours must be at the 600 level or above. For Thesis or Paper Options, please note that ECE 690 and ECE 691 DO NOT count towards fulfilling this requirement.

Program electives are selected from ECE courses. Technical electives are selected, with the advisor's approval, from courses in related fields, such as other engineering disciplines, computer science, mathematics, and the physical and biological sciences.

At least two ECE core courses must be selected from the following three groups of core courses, and the two courses must be from different groups.
Group 1: ECE 510/511, ECE 516, ECE 532
Group 2: ECE 515/514, ECE 533/534, ECE 542, ECE 543, ECE 540/541, ECE 569
Group 3: ECE 520/521, ECE 530, ECE 550/551, ECE 560/561, ECE 625

ECE Graduate Students are allowed to take only six (6) hours of Independent Study and Project courses (ECE 505, 593, 605, 692, 693, 699). These courses may be taken in any combinations, but the total number of hours is not to exceed six (6).

Once a thesis or paper student has completed course and thesis or paper hours, that student must register for MAST 600 (Masters Candidacy) in order to stay active in the EE MS program. International students must do this as well in order to stay in compliance with INS regulations.

For further information, contact:

Ms. Lisa L. Bell, MS Program Secretary
llbell02 (at) louisville (dot) edu
W.S. Speed Hall, Room 200
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky 40292
(502)852-6289

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