2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
    Aug 06, 2020  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Electrical and Computer Engineering, MSECE


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The Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE) degree program requires a total of 30 credit hours to be completed, with thesis or non-thesis option. It is anticipated that the degree may be completed in two years of full time graduate study. To earn the MSECE degree, students must complete 30 credit hours, with a minimum cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.0 for the courses listed in the Plan of Study.

Special Admission Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from an institution accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET). Other students having adequate mathematical preparation with bachelor’s degrees in non-ECE fields may be admitted on a conditional basis – they must complete undergraduate ECE and MATH courses as determined by ECE Department with a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or better is required for being considered for full admission to MSECE program.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 or better. Applicants with undergraduate grade point average less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale may receive conditional admission. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or better is required upon completion of 9 credits, for being allowed to continue in the program. Some students may be advised to complete prerequisite or additional courses which will not count toward their degree.
  • Post-baccalaureate admission. Students may enroll to meet individual needs for continuing education rather than for pursuing degree. Enrollment as a post-baccalaureate student does not imply later approval for degree seeking status. If a continuing post-baccalaureate student is admitted into the graduate program, a maximum of four 3 credit graduate courses (i.e. maximum of 12 credits) taken as a post-baccalaureate student are transferable to the graduate program.

Non-Thesis Option


  1. At least 21 credits of ECE primary graduate-level engineering courses
  2. Minimum of 3 credit hours of graduate level mathematics course or equivalent with advisor approval
  3. At most 6 credits of graduate-level courses in engineering, math, computer science, physics, chemistry, and biology with advisor approval
  4. Maximum of one independent study allowed as a primary course in Plan of Study

Thesis Option


Allows a student to earn credit for conducting independent research leading to a thesis. The thesis research is undertaken and completed under the supervision of a graduate faculty member and the thesis committee. The student’s thesis committee is responsible for approving the research plan, monitoring progress and reviewing the thesis prior to acceptance. Thesis option is normally available to students only after their completion of 9 credit hours with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better in the degree program.

  • 9 thesis research credit hours
  • At least 21 credits of ECE primary graduate level engineering courses
  • 6 of thesis hours are considered as part of primary courses
  • Minimum of 3 credit hours of graduate level mathematics course or equivalent with advisor approval
  • Maximum of 3 credit hours of graduate-level courses in engineering, mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, and biology with advisor approval
  • Maximum of one independent study allowed as a primary course in Plan of Study
  • Updated requirements can also be found at webs.purduecal.edu/ece/engineer-ing-graduate-program/graduation-requirements.

List of Some Primary ECE Courses


Total 30 Credits Required


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