About the Program

The ECE Department offers, through the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, a 30 credit hour curriculum consisting of required core courses and technical electives which provides hands-on experience with computers, high performance workstations, and other microprocessor-based systems.

Classes are offered in the late afternoon and evening hours to enable students to earn their master's degrees through part-time study. 

The program may be completed entirely on campus, entirely online, or through a combination of on-campus and online courses.

Curriculum Requirements

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in every semester. Grades below “B-“ are not counted and no more than two “B-“s are allowed. Students may be placed on probation, if their cumulative GPA falls below 3.0. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required in order to be eligible to receive the MSE (CE) degree. Requirements are available to download (PDF).

  • Choose three of the following:

    • ECE 554 Embedded Systems (Required) 

    Select two from the following list:

    • ECE 570 Computer Networks
    • ECE 575 Computer Architecture
    • ECE 5752 Reconfigurable Computing
    • ECE 578 Adv. Operating Systems
  • Computer Architecture and Design

    • ECE 514 VLSI Design
    • ECE 528 Cloud Computing
    • ECE 5542 Embedded Sig Proc and Control
    • ECE 574 Adv Software Tech. for Engineering Probs  
    • ECE 575 Computer Architecture
    • ECE 5752 Reconfigurable Computing
    • ECE 675 Advanced Computer Architecture

    Networks and Communications

    • ECE 526 Multimedia Communication Systems
    • ECE 535 Mobile de & Ubiquitous Computer Systems
    • ECE 550 Communication Systems 
    • ECE 5541 Embedded Networks
    • ECE 570 Computer Networks
    • ECE 5701 Wireless Communications
    • ECE 5702 High-Speed and Advanced Networks

    Intelligent Systems

    • ECE 531 Intelligent Vehicle Systems  
    • ECE 537/CIS 568 Data Mining  
    • ECE 552 Fuzzy Systems
    • ECE 579 Intelligent Systems
    • ECE 5831 Patter Recognition & Neural Networks

    Multimedia Engineering

    • ECE 525 Multimedia Data Storage & Retrieval
    • ECE 5251 Multimedia Design Tools I   
    • ECE 5252 Multimedia Design Tools II
    • ECE 526 Multimedia Communication Systems
    • ECE 527 Multimedia Security & Forensics
    • ECE 529 Introduction to Computer Music 
    • ECE 537/CIS 568 Data Mining  
    • ECE 576 Information Engineering
  • Students may complete the professional elective in several ways: (1) Elect the thesis ECE 699 (6 hours) to work under the supervision of a faculty advisor, (2) Take direct study by ECE 591 (3 credits), and one CE courses at graduate level, (3) take two CE courses listed in II.

  • Students should select a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 credit hours of courses from other disciplines. Some courses from outside ECE may not meet cognate requirement. Please check with the ECE Department prior to registering.

  • Students with inadequate background in Electrical/Computer Engineering may be required to meet with the department graduate advisor to determine the need for preparatory courses. 

Learning Goals

The MSE (EE) and MSE (CE) programs are designed so that graduates will have:

a) a strong background in theories and a good knowledge of the latest technologies in the electrical and computer engineering disciplines

b) an ability to conduct research in advanced engineering fields. The students will possess appropriate skills in formulating problems, designing experiments, collecting, processing, analyzing and interpreting data, designing a system, component, or process to meet desired requirements, and evaluating the system performances.

c) an ability to learn the latest research advancement, use advanced techniques and modern engineering tools in engineering practice, evaluate different strategies to derive a feasible solution

Get an Inside Look

MSE in Computer Engineering
Here you are able to apply theory right away in practice.
Nevrus Kaja, MSE in Computer Engineering, '16