Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers graduate study leading to a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (MSEE). The areas of study are Communication Systems, Digital Signal Processing, Electromagnetic Systems, VLSI Systems, Computer Networks, Energy Systems and Control, and Embedded Systems.

For Graduate students admitted in Fall 2020 and thereafter:

The College of Graduate Studies is offering a new electronic resource for students and advisors to track progress toward graduation.  This resource is called the Degree Evaluation (or Degree Audit Report). The report can be found in your WebPortal account under the 'Degree Evaluation' menu item.  When you click on the Degree Evaluation, your coursework and other degree requirements will be converted into a customized report. This tool replaces the "POS Review" tool that was previously used in WebPortal. The Degree Evaluation is now your official guide for tracking progress toward graduation.

Please see the Degree Evaluation guide for accessing and navigating the Degree Evaluation in WebPortal.

Please let the Graduate Advisor at [email protected] know if you have any questions about your Degree Evaluation, or contact the College of Graduate Studies [email protected]

Program Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives of the Master of Science program in Electrical Engineering program are to produce graduates who will:

  • Be prepared for successful careers in industry, government, academia or non-profit establishments, and will have an appreciation for lifelong learning.
  • Have the capacity to use advanced analytical and experimental methods needed to continue graduate study at the doctoral level, or to thrive in a research and development environment.
  • Have a breadth of knowledge that fosters an awareness of and skill in interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving.
  • Have a keen sense of professionalism and a commitment to work toward the betterment of society and the world.
  • Embrace diversity and work to foster successful collaborations that are inclusive of all people.

Degree Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge: Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to solve state of the art engineering problems and contemporary technical issues.
  • Research: design and conduct experiments along with the ability to analyze and interpret research results.
  • Communication: ability to communicate clearly, technically and unambiguously through spoken and written words.
  • Multidisciplinary: understand that engineering solutions are best and mostly applied to multidisciplinary applications.
  • Collaboration: ability to work with individuals with complementary skills and views.
  • Integrity: understand professional and ethical responsibility in the work space.
  • Global thinker: understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • Staying relevant: acknowledge the need for life-long learning in an ever-evolving field like Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Master of Science Plans

There are two plans of studies: Plan-A (Thesis) and Plan-B (Project)

Plan A:  Thesis Option

Students selecting Plan A must complete 21 units of course work (7 courses), 6 units of EE797 "Research" (typically as two 3-unit EE797 “Research”, taken in two different semesters) and 3 units of EE799A "Thesis" under supervision of a full-time ECE faculty. The remaining twenty-one units can be taken from the chosen depth area or breadth courses, all subject to the approval of the Thesis Advisor and Graduate Advisor.

Credit for EE797 will be given only after completing the thesis. Credit cannot be given for EE798 for students in Plan A. An oral defense of the thesis is required and a completed thesis in a required format shall be submitted to the university. Once your thesis has been published credit will be given for EE799A.

Plan B: Project Option

Students are required to take minimum of 18 units from a chosen depth area, minimum 9 units of breadth courses and 3 units of EE798 as the project. Students are allowed to enroll in the project course (EE798) after the completion of 21 units but must do so in the semester immediately after completing 27 units. EE797 cannot be used for students in Plan B.

Program of Study Plan

Before meeting with the department Graduate Advisor, each classified student should prepare a Program of Study (POS). Please go to the Thesis/Project Procedures site for instructions on how and when to file your paperwork. This should be done before the end of the first semester by following the guidelines given below:

Every classified graduate student must complete 30 units either by selecting Plan A or Plan B. Eighteen of the 30 units should be 600 and 700-numbered courses in electrical engineering. (Students in Plan A cannot use EE798 as a required course for graduation. Students in Plan B cannot use EE797 as required courses for graduation.) The remaining 12 units can come from 500, 600 or 700 level courses from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Courses can also be taken from other departments in the College of Engineering or from the College of Sciences to satisfy these requirements, with the prior approval of the Graduate Advisor. Students are required to select courses to satisfy core course requirements and breadth course requirements in the department.

For more information about the SDSU graduate program please visit the SDSU Graduate Bulletin - MSEE Program.

For more information please contact the Graduate Advisor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at [email protected] or see the department Graduate Handbook.

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