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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) and a 18 unit graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation Technology. The areas of study are Communication Systems, Digital Signal Processing, Electromagnetic Systems, VLSI Systems, Computer Networks, Energy Systems and Control and Embedded Systems.

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

Master of Science Plans

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. Students are required to take six units of EE797 (Research) and three units of EE799A (Thesis). The remaining twenty-one units can be taken from the chosen depth area or be 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. Please use the Worksheet for Plan A to prepare your Program of Study and submit it to the Graduate Advisor. You can use the Course Selection Guidelines to prepare your Program of Study.

Plan B: Project Option

All students MUST choose Plan A (Thesis). Under the following circumstances, students can choose Plan B (Project):

1- They are already in Plan A but for some compelling reasons they cannot continue under Plan A. The Thesis Advisor will decide whether a student can or cannot switch to Plan B by consulting with the Graduate Advisor.

2- They cannot find a professor who is willing to advise them. In this case, students MUST get the signature of three professors including all professors in their declared area of specialization indicating that they are not available or not willing to advise the student.

Students are required to take minimum of eighteen units from a chosen depth area, minimum nine units of breadth courses and three 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. Please use the Worksheet for Plan B to prepare your Program of Study and submit it to the Graduate Advisor. You can use the Course Selection Guidelines to prepare your Program of Study.

Program of Study Plan

Before meeting with the department Graduate Advisor, each classified student should prepare a Program of Study using the worksheets given above. 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.

For more information please contact the Graduate Advisor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at ecegd@sdsu.edu or see the department Graduate Handbook.



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