Master of Science in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering

The purpose of the Master of Science in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering dual degree (M.S.CP.E/E.E.) is to prepare students for advanced study and/or research, or for industry in the fields of both computer and electrical engineering. The M.S.CP.E./E.E. program provides for a strong foundation in all aspects of the design and development of computer systems, and also offers several areas of study within electrical engineering. There is also an option to pursue thesis research under the guidance of a faculty adviser.

There is a growing need for engineers with a strong educational background in both computer engineering and electrical engineering. In the M.S.CP.E./E.E. program, students will be introduced to topics important to the computer engineering field, such as computer hardware design, computer networks, and software engineering, as well as topics in electrical engineering, such as communications and signal processing, electronics and electromagnetics, and power and control systems. The program of study includes a minimum of 45 credit hours of acceptable graduate coursework in both computer engineering and electrical engineering. M.S.CP.E./E.E. degree requirements are described in the section below. Requirements for the M.S.CP.E./E.E. fully satisfy the existing requirements for an M.S. in Computer Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering. The program is usually completed in four semesters of full-time study.

Admission requirements for the M.S.CP.E./E.E. are the same as those for admission to the Master of Science in Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering. Students whose accredited B.S. degree is not in computer and/or electrical engineering may pursue the CP.E./E.E. degree provided that they demonstrate proficiency in the material contained in the following undergraduate courses:

ECE 211Circuit Analysis I3
ECE 213Circuit Analysis II4
ECE 218Digital Systems4
ECE 242Digital Computers and Computing3
or CS 350 Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming
ECE 307Electrodynamics4
ECE 308Signals and Systems3
ECE 311Engineering Electronics4
CS 201Accelerated Introduction to Computer Science 14
CS 401Introduction to Advanced Studies I3
MATH 251Multivariate and Vector Calculus4
MATH 252Introduction to Differential Equations4
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 i.e. CS 115 and CS 116 combined 

A student may demonstrate proficiency by successfully completing the courses or by demonstrating satisfactory performance in one or more special examinations administered by the department.

In addition to all university requirements for a master of science degree, the M.S.CP.E./E.E. degree has the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 45 credit hours of graduate-level coursework including the following:
    1. Two core courses and two elective courses in a CPE major area, chosen from among the CPE areas of concentration.
    2. One core course from each of the two remaining areas of CPE concentration.
    3. Four (or more) courses within an EE major area, chosen from among the EE areas of concentration (Areas I, II, and III).
    4. A minimum of two courses from two EE minor areas, chosen from among Areas I, II, and III outside the major.
    5. Additional coursework approved by the academic adviser.
  2. A GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 (excluding prerequisites and proficiencies).

The CPE/EE program is subject to the following restrictions: a minimum of 30 credit hours coursework at the 500-level or higher; at least 30 credit hours of ECE courses, excluding short courses; no more than 6 credit hours of ECE short courses; 6-8 credit hours of research work (ECE 591) leading to an M.S. dissertation may be included with the approval of a thesis adviser.

Each regular (matriculated) graduate student is assigned an academic adviser, indicated in his/her formal letter of admission to the master’s program.

Students should consult with their academic adviser to file a program of study meeting these requirements within three months after initial registration for full-time students, and prior to enrolling beyond 12 credit hours for part-time students.

Master of Science in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering (Coursework Only Option)

Minimum Credits Required45
Minimum 500-Level Credit30
Minimum ECE Credit30
Maximum 700-Level Credit6
Computer Engineering Major Courses (12-15)
Select two core courses from the chosen CPE area of concentration from the lists below6-7
Select two elective courses from the chosen CPE area of concentration from the lists below6-8
Computer Engineering Elective Courses (6-8)
Select one course from each of the two remaining CPE areas of concentration from the lists below6-8
Electrical Engineering Major Courses (12-16)
Select four courses from the chosen EE area of concentration from the lists below12-16
Electrical Engineering Minor Electives (6-8)
Select two courses from either or both of the remaining EE areas of concentration6-8
General Electives (0-9)
Select 0-9 credit hours of general ECE electives0-9

Master of Science in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering (Thesis Option)

Minimum Credits Required45
Minimum 500-Level Credit30
Minimum ECE Credit30
Maximum 700-Level Credit6
Computer Engineering Major Courses (12-15)
Select two core courses from the chosen CPE area of concentration from the lists below6-7
Select two elective courses from the chosen CPE area of concentration from the lists below6-8
Computer Engineering Elective Courses (6-8)
Select one course from each of the two remaining CPE areas of concentration from the lists below6-8
Electrical Engineering Major Courses (12-16)
Select four courses from the chosen EE area of concentration from the lists below12-16
Electrical Engineering Minor Electives (6-8)
Select two courses from either or both of the remaining EE areas of concentration6-8
General Electives (0-3)
Select 0-3 credit hours of general ECE electives0-3
Thesis Research (6-8)
ECE 591Research and Thesis for Masters Degree6-8
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Students pursuing the thesis option must complete 6-8 credit hours of research work (ECE 591) leading to an M.S. dissertation with the approval of a thesis adviser.

CPE Areas of Concentration

Computer Hardware Design

Core Courses (6-7)
ECE 529Advanced VLSI Systems Design3-4
or ECE 429 Introduction to VLSI Design
ECE 585Advanced Computer Architecture3
Elective Courses (48)
ECE 425Analysis and Design of Integrated Circuits3
ECE 429Introduction to VLSI Design4
ECE 430Fundamentals of Semiconductor Devices3
ECE 441Microcomputers4
ECE 446Advanced Logic Design4
ECE 485Computer Organization and Design3
ECE 529Advanced VLSI Systems Design3
ECE 530High Performance VLSI IC Systems3
ECE 583High Speed Computer Arithmetic3
ECE 584VLSI Architecture for Signal Processing and Communication Systems3
ECE 585Advanced Computer Architecture3
ECE 586Fault Detection in Digital Circuits3
ECE 587Hardware/Software Codesign3
ECE 588CAD Techniques for VLSI Design3
ECE 589Computer-Aided Design of Analog IC3

Computer Systems Software 

Core Courses (6)
CS 550Advanced Operating Systems3
CS 551Operating System Design and Implementation3
Elective Courses (36)
ECE 449Object-Oriented Programming and Computer Simulation3
ECE 587Hardware/Software Codesign3
CS 487Software Engineering I3
CS 545Distributed Computing Landscape3
CS 546Parallel and Distributed Processing3
CS 550Advanced Operating Systems3
CS 551Operating System Design and Implementation3
CS 555Analytic Models and Simulation of Computer Systems3
CS 586Software Systems Architectures3
CS 587Software Project Management3
CS 588Advanced Software Engineering Development3
CS 589Software Testing and Analysis3

Networks and Telecommunications 

Core Courses (7)
ECE 407Introduction to Computer Networks with Laboratory4
or ECE 408 Introduction to Computer Networks
ECE 541Performance Evaluation of Computer Networks3
or ECE 545 Advanced Computer Networks
Elective Courses (71)
ECE 407Introduction to Computer Networks with Laboratory4
ECE 408Introduction to Computer Networks3
ECE 443Introduction to Computer Security4
ECE 504Wireless Communication System Design3
ECE 508Video Communications3
ECE 511Analysis of Random Signals3
ECE 513Communication Engineering Fundamentals3
ECE 514Digital Communication Principles3
ECE 515Modern Digital Communications3
ECE 516Coding for Distributed Storage Systems3
ECE 519Coding for Reliable Communications3
ECE 520Information Theory and Applications3
ECE 541Performance Evaluation of Computer Networks3
ECE 542Design and Optimization of Computer Networks3
ECE 543Computer Network Security3
ECE 544Wireless and Mobile Networks3
ECE 545Advanced Computer Networks3
ECE 546Wireless Network Security3
ECE 547Wireless Networks Performance Analysis3
ECE 570Fiber-Optic Communication Systems3
ECE 584VLSI Architecture for Signal Processing and Communication Systems3
CS 455Data Communications3
CS 544Computer Networks II: Network Services3

EE Areas of Concentration

Communications and Signal Processing

ECE 401Communication Electronics3
ECE 403Digital and Data Communication Systems3
ECE 405Digital and Data Communication Systems with Laboratory4
ECE 421Microwave Circuits and Systems3
ECE 423Microwave Circuits and Systems with Laboratory4
ECE 436Digital Signal Processing I with Laboratory4
ECE 437Digital Signal Processing I3
ECE 481Image Processing3
ECE 504Wireless Communication System Design3
ECE 507Imaging Theory & Applications3
ECE 508Video Communications3
ECE 509Electromagnetic Field Theory3
ECE 511Analysis of Random Signals3
ECE 513Communication Engineering Fundamentals3
ECE 514Digital Communication Principles3
ECE 515Modern Digital Communications3
ECE 516Coding for Distributed Storage Systems3
ECE 519Coding for Reliable Communications3
ECE 520Information Theory and Applications3
ECE 522Electromagnetic Compatibility3
ECE 565Computer Vision and Image Processing3
ECE 566Statistical Pattern Recognition3
ECE 567Statistical Signal Processing3
ECE 568Digital Speech Processing3
ECE 569Digital Signal Processing II3
ECE 570Fiber-Optic Communication Systems3
ECE 576Antenna Theory3
ECE 578Microwave Theory3

Computers and Microelectronics

ECE 407Introduction to Computer Networks with Laboratory4
ECE 408Introduction to Computer Networks3
ECE 425Analysis and Design of Integrated Circuits3
ECE 429Introduction to VLSI Design4
ECE 430Fundamentals of Semiconductor Devices3
ECE 441Microcomputers4
ECE 443Introduction to Computer Security4
ECE 446Advanced Logic Design4
ECE 449Object-Oriented Programming and Computer Simulation3
ECE 485Computer Organization and Design3
ECE 502Basic Network Theory3
ECE 521Quantum Electronics3
ECE 524Advanced Electronic Circuit Design3
ECE 525RF Integrated Circuit Design3
ECE 526Active Filter Design3
ECE 527Performance Analysis of RF Integrated Circuits3
ECE 529Advanced VLSI Systems Design3
ECE 530High Performance VLSI IC Systems3
ECE 541Performance Evaluation of Computer Networks3
ECE 542Design and Optimization of Computer Networks3
ECE 543Computer Network Security3
ECE 544Wireless and Mobile Networks3
ECE 545Advanced Computer Networks3
ECE 546Wireless Network Security3
ECE 547Wireless Networks Performance Analysis3
ECE 571Nanodevices and Technology3
ECE 575Electron Devices3
ECE 583High Speed Computer Arithmetic3
ECE 584VLSI Architecture for Signal Processing and Communication Systems3
ECE 585Advanced Computer Architecture3
ECE 586Fault Detection in Digital Circuits3
ECE 587Hardware/Software Codesign3
ECE 588CAD Techniques for VLSI Design3
ECE 589Computer-Aided Design of Analog IC3

Power and Control

ECE 411Power Electronics4
ECE 412Electric Motor Drives4
ECE 417Power Distribution Engineering3
ECE 418Power System Analysis3
ECE 419Power Systems Analysis with Laboratory4
ECE 420Analytical Methods in Power Systems3
ECE 438Control Systems3
ECE 505Applied Optimization for Engineers3
ECE 506Analysis of Nonlinear Systems3
ECE 531Linear System Theory3
ECE 533Robust Control3
ECE 535Discrete Time Systems3
ECE 538Renewable Energies3
ECE 539Computer Aided Design of Electric Machines3
ECE 540Reliability Theory and System Implementation3
ECE 548Energy Harvesting3
ECE 549Motion Control Systems Dynamics3
ECE 550Power Electronic Dynamics and Control3
ECE 551Advanced Power Electronics3
ECE 552Adjustable Speed Drives3
ECE 553Power System Planning3
ECE 554Power System Relaying3
ECE 555Power Market Operations3
ECE 556Power Market Economics and Security3
ECE 557Fault-Tolerant Power Systems3
ECE 558Power System Reliability3
ECE 559High Voltage Power Transmission3
ECE 560Power Systems Dynamics and Stability3
ECE 561Deregulated Power Systems3
ECE 562Power System Transaction Management3
ECE 563Computational Intelligence in Engineering3
ECE 564Control and Operation of Electric Power Systems3
ECE 580Elements of Sustainable Energy3
ECE 581Elements of Smart Grid3
ECE 582Microgrid Design and Operation3