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Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Information Technology

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M.S. Degree Requirements

The M.S. degree programs in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, and information technology offer thesis and nonthesis options. The thesis option requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of approved graduate course work. A master’s thesis should address an open problem in EECS. After evaluating current literature related to the problem of interest, students must design, build, and evaluate hardware or software systems or system models to prove or disprove their research hypothesis. Completing a thesis typically takes 2 semesters and produces results that could be published as a paper in conference proceedings or a professional journal. The nonthesis option requires 33 hours of course work and an oral examination in the final semester.

Central to each program is the development of each student’s Plan of Study. The plan for the M.S. thesis option must be approved by a committee of 3 EECS Graduate Faculty members, with one 1 serving as the student’s thesis adviser. The plan for the M.S. nonthesis option, requires only the student’s adviser. The plan must be developed and approved by the graduate office during the first semester. The plan describes all course work to be taken and designates the option to be followed. Selection of courses is flexible. The student may select a set of courses from 1 of several predefined areas or, working in conjunction with an adviser, customize the course selection. A current list of the areas and their requirements is available on the EECS website. The 3 EECS Graduate Faculty members who approve the plan verify that courses selected meet the guidelines and are appropriate for the M.S. degree program (CS, CoE, EE, IT). Modifications to the plan must be approved by the student’s committee and resubmitted to the graduate office for approval.

The course work for the thesis option must include a minimum of 15 credit hours of EECS courses numbered 700 or higher, excluding EECS 801 Directed Graduate Readings, EECS 891 Graduate Problems, and EECS 899 Master’s Thesis or Report. A maximum of 9 hours outside the department and a maximum of 6 hours numbered below 700 may be counted toward the 30 hours required for the degree. Courses numbered below 500 do not count toward the degree. All plans of study must include at least one semester of EECS 802 Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Colloquium.

Subject to the general restrictions on M.S. course work, the thesis option requires a minimum of 24 credit hours of course work approved in a Plan of Study, 3 to 6 hours of EECS 899 Master’s Thesis or Report, and a general oral examination. For students completing the thesis option, EECS 891 Graduate Problems does not count toward the 30 hours required for the degree. Before thesis work begins, the student selects a thesis adviser who is a Graduate Faculty member of the department.

The general oral examination must be taken in the last semester. It is conducted by an examining committee consisting of the thesis adviser and at least 2 other Graduate Faculty members of the department selected by the student and adviser. The committee determines if the written thesis, oral presentation of research, and general knowledge of the discipline meet the department’s standards.

Subject to the general restrictions on M.S. course work, the nonthesis option requires a minimum of 33 semester credit hours of course work approved in a Plan of Study and a general oral examination. The course work for the nonthesis option must include a minimum of 27 credit hours of EECS courses numbered 700 or higher, excluding EECS 801 Directed Graduate Readings, EECS 891 Graduate Problems, and EECS 899 Master’s Thesis or Report. A maximum of 6 hours numbered below 700 may be counted toward the 33 hours required for the degree. A maximum of 6 credit hours outside the department may be approved to count toward the degree. The courses taken outside the department must be pre-approved by the graduate committee before enrollment. Courses numbered below 500 do not count toward the degree. All plans of study must include at least 1 semester of EECS 802 Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Colloquium.

Students who choose the nonthesis option must demonstrate their understanding of their discipline to the associate chair for graduate studies during an oral examination scheduled in the last semester.

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