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, Robotics 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 as outline on the curriculum.
Students are required to select 6 credit hours of graduate-level courses from other non-ECE engineering disciplines, such as:
- Automotive Engineering (AENG)
- Computer Information Science (CIS)
- Engineering Management (EMGT)
- Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE)
- Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Students may also select any 500-level course from the mathematics & statistics department (MATH, STAT), excluding math subject courses for educators (MATH 508, 5386, 5387, 543, 544, 5440, 5441, 5442, 5443, 5445, 545, 546, 549, 586, 591).
Additional cognate options may be approved by the ECE department.
Enrollment in cognate courses may be dependent on prior authorization from both the non-ECE Department and the ECE department. Please confirm your cognate course selections with the ECE Department, via e-mail, prior to registering.
Select three courses from the specialization area. All three courses may be taken from one specialization or a combination of any of the specializations. Students are free to develop their own specialization by selecting from any of the graduate courses listed in the ECE course list (see catalog).
Students may complete the professional elective requirements in several ways:
- Elect the thesis ECE 699 (6 credits) to work under the supervision of a faculty advisor;
- Take directed study by ECE 591 (3 credits), and one ECE course at the graduate level;
- Complete ECE 505 and ECE 510 as directed by ECE Department if undergraduate degree is not in Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering disciplines;
- Take two additional ECE courses at the graduate level
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 degree.
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.
Enrollment Authorization Form
Master's Thesis Guidelines and Procedures
Academic advising is primarily done by faculty advisors with expertise in the area and with the support of our knowledgeable graduate staff. A list of faculty advisors for each ECE program is provided below. For additional academic information please contact the ECE office.
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