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2020-2021 University Catalog 
2020-2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Engineering, M.S.: 30 units

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

The curriculum matrix for the degree program may be found here. The curriculum matrix is the alignment of courses (curriculum) with the desired goals and student learning outcomes of the program. It shows what is taught and how these outcomes are achieved through the completion of the degree program.


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 General subject of Electrical Engineering.

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 engineers. 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 (or equivalent) degree from an ABET accredited 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 151 in the quantitative part, 301 in (quantitative + verbal) and 3.0 in the analytical writing measure part. Conditions may include but are not limited to minimum academic performance and/or additional coursework.

Applicants with undergraduate degrees in closely 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.

Graduate Conditionally Classified

A person may be admitted to a graduate degree or credential program in this category if, in the opinion of appropriate campus authority, he/she can remedy deficiencies by additional coursework but otherwise satisfies all other university requirements for admission. All prerequisites must be specified by the admitting department at the time of student admission. Academic departments are responsible for tracking conditionally admitted students and must report their academic progress to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and the Graduate Studies Office via a memo on a term basis. Students admitted conditionally will not be allowed to concurrently register for graduate courses that are required for the completion of their projected graduate or professional program. A conditionally admitted student’s ability to obtain financial aid is severely limited until all deficiencies have been resolved, and unconditional status is granted by the university. Conditional admission does not guarantee unconditional admission to a program.


The curriculum for the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree requires a minimum of 30 semester units of coursework, of which at least 21 units must be in 5000 and 6000 level courses. The program of study consists of 9 units of required breadth courses, a minimum of 15 units of electives, and either a Thesis (4-6 units) or a Master’s Degree Project consisting of 3 units of 1 unit followed by 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 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 9-12 units of graduate coursework.

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

  • Completion of all conditions of admission, including any preparatory courses that may have been specified,
  • Have an approved program of study on file,
  • Completion of 22 semester units with a grade point average of at least 3.0,
  • Passed the graduation writing test or received a waiver

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

Major Required: 9 units

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