The department offers master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in electrical engineering or computer engineering. Program requirements are outlined below.
|Degree Program||Regular* Course Credit Requirements||Thesis/Dissertation/Independent-Study Credits||Advising|
|15 - 18
|24 ECE799||Faculty mentor.
|Ph.D. 72 credits
(no M.S. earned)
|33 ECE699 and/or ECE799||Faculty mentor.
|M.S. Plan A||21||9 ECE699||Faculty Mentor|
|M.S. Plan B
|32||Not Applicable||Faculty Mentor
|M.S. Plan B
|27 plus 3 Independent Study||3 ECE695||(Note 3)|
|M.E.||30||Not Applicable||Graduate Curriculum Committee Chairperson|
(Updated Summer 2014)
* Courses not accepted as "regular" include all courses ending in 82-99 (e.g. 682, 799, etc).
Note 1: Students who have had their Ph.D. research, which was performed while enrolled at CSU, and who have had accepted at least two full papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals or conference publications may fill out an Independent Study Form listing citations and validating documentation. The form must be approved by the student's Ph.D. Adviser, and then submitted to the department Academic Advisor for committee review and approval.
Note 2: All Ph.D. students are considered provisional by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering until they successfully complete an oral Qualifying Examination. This examination must be completed before the end of the third semester following admission. An advisory committee must be established before a qualifying examination can be attempted.
Note 3: In the Plan B Masters there are two ways to determine the program of study.
For students pursuing the coursework only option, the Department's Graduate Committee will serve as the student's advisory committee. When a student has the agreement of a faculty member to act as their advisor for a project/Independent-Study, the student will be responsible for constituting the committee in accordance with the requirements of the Department's Graduate Student Handbook.
Note 4: All ECE M.S. Plan A, M.S. Plan B, and Ph.D. students must attend ten seminars in ECE or related science and engineering departments during the course of their program. For students completing both the M.S. and Ph.D. program at CSU, a total of ten seminars are required during the student’s graduate program.