MS in Computer Engineering Requirements

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The Master of Science (MS) in Computer Engineering is a research-based degree. Two plans are offered. MS-Plan A is a thesis and MS-Plan B is a project and report. Successful completion (3.0 GPA or higher) of a minimum of 30 credits is required for both plans. A C or better grade is required in each course.

MS Degree (Plan A) Requirements:

The MS (Plan A) degree is based on research and requires a formal thesis. It is designed to prepare graduates for entering a PhD program or performing research in industry or government labs. It consists of core courses (5000-, 6000-, and 7000-level) in Computer Engineering, technical electives, and a research project.
  1. At least 12 credits (excluding thesis and 6800 seminar) in Electrical or Computer Engineering. 
  1. At least two sequences in Electrical or Computer Engineering or Computer Science. One of the sequences MUST be in core Computer Engineering courses.
  1. At least 6 credits of Thesis Research (ECE 6970).
  1. No more than 15 credits of ECE 5000-level or CS 5000-level courses, non-ECE/CS courses, or Independent Study may be applied toward the MS in Computer Engineering degree.
  1. At least 1 credit of ECE Graduate Colloquium (ECE 6800).

MS Degree (Plan B) Requirements:

The MS (Plan B) degree is based on engineering design and requires a formal design project report. It is designed to prepare graduates for employment requiring advanced design in industry. It consists of core courses (5000-, 6000-, and 7000-level) in Computer Engineering, technical electives, and a design project.

  1. At least 12 credits (excluding thesis and 6800 seminar) in Electrical or Computer Engineering.
  1. At least two sequences in Electrical or Computer Engineering or Computer Science. One of the sequences MUST be in core Computer Engineering courses. 
  1. At least 3 credits of Thesis Research (ECE 6970).
  1. At least 3 credits of Design Project (ECE 6950).
  1. No more than 15 credits of ECE 5000-level or CS 5000-level courses, non-ECE/CS courses, or Independent Study may be applied toward the MS in Computer Engineering degree.
  1. At least 1 credit of ECE Graduate Colloquium (ECE 6800).
 

Additional Requirements

  1. If a student (funded or not) chooses an MS degree, changing to the ME degree is only possible by approval of the Major Professor, the ECE Graduate Committee, and the Department Head.
  1. No more than 1 course (3-4 credits) of ECE 5930/6930/7930 Independent Study may be counted toward the MS degree. Registration for ECE 5930/6930/7930 Independent Study requires prior approval (by the responsible instructor, the student's committee, and the Department Head) of the intended course work, deliverables, and credits.
  1. No more than two ECE Special Topics courses that are “Taught On Demand” or “Taught on a One-Time Basis” are allowed unless otherwise approved by the student’s committee.
  1. No more than one credit of ECE 6250 Internship may be counted toward the MS degree. Registration for ECE 6250 Internship requires prior approval (by the student’s committee and the Department Head) of a description of your project with defined deliverables, signed by your Company Intern Supervisor, ECE Internship Coordinator, and Student. The Internship project must be directly related to your research as outlined by the Program of Study.
  1. The student’s Program of Study and any subsequent deviations must be approved by the student’s committee.
  1. MS Plan A and MS Plan B students will need to submit a written proposal. It must have a signed title page (by the student’s committee) and include a list of literary references. No formal proposal defense will be held.