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Electrical Engineering, M.S. - Computer Engineering Subplan/Option

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Offered by: College of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

In the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering

Saeed Sean Monemi, Chair
Zekeriya Aliyazicioglu, Graduate Coordinator

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) provides advanced studies for graduates willing to further their knowledge in electrical engineering. Students can specialize in one of three subplans: Communications and Signal Processing, Computer Engineering or Robotics and Control.

Mission Statement

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) program offers state of the art instruction for BSEE, BSCpE or closely related graduates who intend to supplement their initial degree. The program is intended mainly for the practicing engineer. It can be used by those students interested in performing applied research or those willing to broaden their knowledge before pursuing higher studies.

Pursuant our BSEE and BSCpE, the emphasis of the program is on advanced studies with applied training and includes laboratory instruction. Most courses however, are dedicated to provide a rigorous theoretical background.

Admission to the Program

Applicants for unconditional admission are generally expected to have a core upper-division GPA of 3.0 or higher BSEE or BSCpE degree from an ABET accredited (or equivalent) engineering program and must also satisfy all other university graduate admission requirements in the graduate studies section of this catalog.

Applicants with core upper-division GPAs of 2.7 or more will be considered for conditional admission. All conditional applicants must submit GRE (general) scores prior to admission consideration. Minimum required scores are 650 in the quantitative part, 1100 in (quantitative + verbal) and 3.5 in the analytical writing measure part. Conditions may include but are not limited to minimum academic performance and/or additional coursework. Conditions will vary depending on the MSEE option chosen by the candidate, new conditions may apply if after admission a student decides to switch MSEE option.

Applicants with undergraduate degrees in related disciplines, and those who do not fully satisfy other department or university graduate admission requirements may be considered for possible conditional admission.

Conditionally admitted students must satisfy the specified conditions before being advanced to unconditional standing. Those who do not satisfy these conditions in a timely manner will be dismissed from the program.


The curriculum for the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree requires a minimum of 46 quarter units of coursework, of which at least 33 units must be in 500 and 600 level courses. Each program of study consists of at least 10 units of breadth and emphasis, a maximum of 32 units of electives, and either a Thesis (EGR 696 , 4-6 units) or a Master’s Degree Project consisting of EGR 691  (2 units) followed by EGR 692  (2 units). Breadth courses are intended to ensure that the student acquires a fundamental knowledge in advanced mathematics. The electives may be chosen from an extensive list of courses in electrical engineering and related areas of mathematics, science, and engineering.

Each of the MSEE Options has different requirements as described below.

Each student must, in consultation with their academic advisor, prepare a program of study that outlines the coursework required to complete the program. This program of study must be prepared when the student has achieved 12-16 units of graduate coursework.

To attain Advancement to Candidacy for the degree, the student must satisfy all of the following:

  1. Completion of all conditions of admission, including any preparatory courses that may have been specified,
  2. Have an approved program of study on file consistent with one of the MSEE options,
  3. Completion 36 quarter units with a grade point average of at least 3.0,
  4. Passed the graduation writing test or received a waiver

Please check the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department website for additional information.


All students must select one of the following Subplans:

The Communications and Signal Processing Subplan covers current communications techniques, signal processing schemes and provides the necessary theoretical basis for their understanding.

The Computer Engineering Subplan includes hardware system design, algorithms, performability, embedded systems and interfaces to other systems.

The Robotics and Control Subplan involves time and frequency domain system design techniques and their applications, real-time systems,and embedded system control.

Electives: 32 units maximum

Support Electives:

The allowed maximum transfer units are 13 units of coursework taken at other universities. This maximum includes classes at the 400 or 500 level (not previously used towards a degree) taken at Cal Poly Pomona. No more than 8 units of 599 numbered courses can be used towards the MSEE degree.

A maximum of 12 units select from the following list with advisor approval:

  • ECE 400/500/600, CS 400/500/600 or MAT 400/500/600 (3-4)

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