Engineering Real-World Solutions
The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department has strong graduate degree programs in several areas of engineering, including MSE in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Energy Systems Engineering. Our faculty and existing graduate students are passionate about research and aspire to take UM-Dearborn to the next level in terms of national and international recognition for the research that we do, particularly the translational research that lies between discovery and product development. The ECE department consists of tenured and tenure-track faculty members, including two Fellows of the IEEE.
Faculty in the ECE department have expertise in both electrical and computer engineering, especially in the following areas: computer systems and networks, control systems, signal processing, electronics, optoelectronics, power electronics and energy systems, robotics, machine learning, and intelligent systems. Graduates from our graduate programs have gone on to pursue successful careers in industry, as well as to pursue Ph.D. studies. We invite you to learn more about our programs and faculty research.
Master's Degrees Curriculum Requirements
Students desiring admission to the programs must have earned a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and/or Computer Engineering with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Please visit the program page to learn more about the requirements.
Select three courses. If you entered the Master's Program prior to Fall 2005 you may maintain your curriculum requirements. Please review your curriculum and seek advising if necessary.
Select two courses or a maximum of 9 credit hours. These courses (500-level) should be selected from another discipline. Some courses from outside ECE may not qualify for graduate credit. Please check with the ECE Department, prior to registering or request an "Approved Cognate List"
Select three courses from one of the concentrations.* The Concentration/Electives may be any ECE 500-level course and not necessarily on the curriculum sheet, due to the nature of new courses being introduced all the time.
Select two courses. Recommended: To meet the professional elective requirement students must elect two courses at least one of which will be a ECE course. Students desiring to obtain research or project experience are encouraged to elect the thesis ECE 699 (6 hours) or directed studies (ECE 591) and work under the supervision of a faculty advisor. The ECE courses are described in the graduate catalog. Students may choose either directed studies for a maximum of six hours or elect the thesis option.
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in every semester. Students may be placed on probation, if their cumulative GPA falls below 3.0. Students must earn a B or better in every graduate course to be credited toward the degree requirements. However, a maximum of two grades of B- will be accepted. Finally, a total cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required, in order to be eligible to receive the MSE (CE or EE) degree.
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Please consult the list of courses offered by the department. Course availability is subject to change. Please contact the department for the most updated list of offerings.
Directed Studies and Master's Thesis
Students wishing to participate in guided study or directed research endeavors of academically appropriate efforts under the supervision of a full-time ECE faculty member (tenured, tenure track, and LEO IIIs and IVs), are encouraged to sign up for ECE 591 Directed Studies. This course can be taken for one (1) to three (3) credit hours. Graduate students are allowed a maximum of six (6) credit hours in Directed Study to satisfy the professional elective requirements of the MSE Electrical Engineering and MSE Computer Engineering programs. Students in the MSE Energy Systems Engineering program may elect to enroll in ESE 591 with prior approval from the ESE program director. If approved, ESE 591 will taken in lieu of one of that program's Elective courses.
Students electing to engage in directed study must first discuss their independent project possibilities with a faculty member. If approved, the student will then complete an authorization form and proposal, both of which must signed and dated by the faculty member they will be working with. The proposal must be clearly written, outline the student's intended goals, make a strong case for the work proposed, and indicate the specific work to be contributed by the student. Once a faculty member has agreed to supervise and evaluate the independent study or research effort, the student will then submit their course authorization form proposal to the ECE Department for final review and approval by the ECE Department Chair.
Students in the MSE Electrical Engineering and MSE Computer Engineering programs may elect to complete six (6) credit hours of ECE 699 Master's Thesis work under the supervision of an ECE faculty advisor to satisfy the Professional Elective requirements of their degree curriculum. MSE Energy Systems Engineering students may elect the master's thesis with the prior approval of the graduate program director. It will count for six (6) credit hours of graduate coursework replacing two courses in the Elective area and will extend at least two terms.
Graduate students electing the thesis option are expected to plan and carry out the work themselves. The student will submit a report on the project and give an oral presentation (a thesis defense) to a panel of faculty members at the close of the term. To register for the master's thesis course, the student must complete a course authorization form and proposal, both of which must signed and dated by the faculty member supervising their work. The proposal must be clearly written, outline the student's intended goals, make a strong case for the work proposed, and indicate the specific work to be contributed by the student. Once a faculty member has agreed to supervise and evaluate the thesis, the student will then submit their course authorization form and proposal to the ECE Department for final review and approval by the ECE Department Chair.
For more information on the Master's Thesis visit the Graduate Studies Office's page on Master's Thesis Guidelines and Procedures.