Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

The purpose of this degree is to prepare students for advanced study and industry in the field of electrical engineering. The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (M.S.E.E.) is a degree program combining breadth across several areas of study within electrical engineering and specialization within one area, which includes an option to pursue thesis research under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Areas of study include communication and signal processing, computers and microelectronics, and power and control systems. The program is normally completed in three semesters of full-time study.

The admission requirements for this degree follow the existing admission requirements for master’s degrees in the ECE department. Students whose accredited B.S. degree is not in electrical engineering may pursue the M.S.E.E., provided that they have an adequate background and can demonstrate proficiency in the material contained in undergraduate courses equivalent to Illinois Institute of Technology’s:

ECE 211Circuit Analysis I3
ECE 213Circuit Analysis II4
ECE 218Digital Systems4
ECE 307Electrodynamics4
ECE 308Signals and Systems3
ECE 311Engineering Electronics4
MATH 251Multivariate and Vector Calculus4
MATH 252Introduction to Differential Equations4

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

The program of study includes a minimum of 32 credit hours of acceptable graduate coursework, with a minimum of 20 credit hours of ECE courses at the 500-level or higher. Up to six credit hours of ECE short courses may be applied to the degree.

Students, with adviser approval, select courses appropriate to their needs and interests. The program of study must include a minimum of four courses within one of the electrical engineering (EE) areas of concentration and a minimum of two courses from the other areas. An M.S.E.E. candidate may, with permission of a thesis adviser, include in their program a thesis of six to eight credit hours. The master’s thesis is recommended for pre-doctoral students. The thesis option requires a written thesis and an oral defense of the thesis. Thesis format and deadlines are set by the Graduate College.

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (Coursework Only Option)

Minimum Credits Required 32
Maximum 400-Level Credit 12
Minimum 500-Level ECE Credit 20
Maximum 700-Level Credit 6
Maximum Transfer Credit 9
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 (14)
Select 14 credit hours of general ECE electives14

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (Thesis Option)

Minimum Credits Required 32
Maximum 400-Level Credit 12
Minimum 500-Level ECE Credit 20
Maximum 700-Level Credit 6
Maximum Transfer Credit 9
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 (8)
Select eight credit hours of general ECE electives8
Thesis Research (6-8)
ECE 591Research and Thesis M.S. 16-8

EE Areas of Concentration

Communications and Signal Processing

ECE 401Communication Electronics3
ECE 403Digital & Data Comm Systems3-4
or ECE 405 Digital & Data Comm Syst w/Lab
ECE 406Wireless Communications System3
or ECE 504 Wireless Comm Systm Design
ECE 421Microwave Circuits and Systems3-4
or ECE 423 Microwave Crct&Systs w/Lab
ECE 437Digital Signal Processing I3-4
or ECE 436 Digital Signal Pcsgi w/Lab
ECE 481Image Processing3
ECE 505Applied Optimization Engrgs3
ECE 507Imaging Theory & Applications3
ECE 508Video Processing & Comm3
ECE 509Electromagnetic Field Theory3
ECE 511Analysis Random Signals3
ECE 513Commctn Engrg Fundamentals3
ECE 514Digital Commctn Principles3
ECE 515Modern Digital Communications3
ECE 516Coding Distributed Storage Sys3
ECE 519Coding Reliable Communications3
ECE 520Info Theory and Applications3
ECE 522Electromagnetic Compatibility3
ECE 565Compt Vision Image Processing3
ECE 566Machine and Deep Learning3
ECE 567Statistical Signal Processing3
ECE 568Digital Speech Processing3
ECE 569Digital Signal Processing II3
ECE 570Fiber Optic Communication Syst3
ECE 576Antenna Theory3
ECE 578Microwave Theory3

Computers and Microelectronics

ECE 408Intro to Computer Ntwks3-4
or ECE 407 Intro Comp Ntwks with Lab
ECE 425Anlys Dsgn Intgrtd Circuits3
ECE 429Intro to VLSI Design4
ECE 430Fund of Semiconductor Devices3
or ECE 523 Fund of Semiconductor Devices
ECE 441Microcomputers/Embedded Comp4
ECE 442Internet of Things/Cyber Phys3
or ECE 510 IoT and Cyber Physical Systems
ECE 443Intro Computer Cyber Security3
or ECE 518 Computer Cyber Security
ECE 444Computer Network Security3
or ECE 543 Computer Network Security
ECE 446Advanced Logic Design4
ECE 447AI and Edge Computing3
or ECE 501 AI and Edge Computing
ECE 448Application Software Design3
or ECE 528 Application Software Design
ECE 449Obj-Oriented Prog & Machine Le3
or ECE 590 Object-Oriented Program & ML
ECE 485Computer Organization & Design3
or ECE 585 Computer Org and Design
ECE 502Basic Network Theory3
ECE 5035G Wireless Network3
ECE 517Wireless Ntwrk Protocols/Stand3
ECE 521Quantum Electronics3
ECE 524Adv Electronic Circuit Design3
ECE 525RF Integrated Circuit Design3
ECE 526Active Filter Design3
ECE 527Perform Anlys RF Intgrtd Crcts3
ECE 529Advncd VLSI Systems Dsgn3
ECE 530High Performnc VLSI/IC Systems3
ECE 541Perform Eval Compt Ntwrk3
ECE 542Dsgn Optmztn Compt Ntwrks3
ECE 544Wireless and Mobile Networks3
ECE 545Advanced Computer Networks3
ECE 546Wireless Network Security3
ECE 547Wireless Netwrks Perf Analysis3
ECE 571Nanodevices Technology3
ECE 575Electron Devices3
ECE 583High Speed Compt Arithmetic3
ECE 584VLSI Archs Sgnl Prcs Commnctns3
ECE 586Hardwr Security & Adv Comp Arc3
ECE 587Hardware Software Codesign3
ECE 588CAD Techniques VLSI Dsgn3
ECE 589CAD of Analog IC3

Power and Control

ECE 411Power Electronics4
ECE 412Hybrid Electric Vehicle Drives3-4
or ECE 512 Hybrid Electric Vehicle Drives
ECE 417Power Dist Engring3
ECE 418Power Systems Analysis3-4
or ECE 419 Power Systems Analysis w/Lab
ECE 420Analyt. Methods for Power Syst3
ECE 438Control Systems3
ECE 505Applied Optimization Engrgs3
ECE 506Anlys Nonlinear Systems3
ECE 512Hybrid Electric Vehicle Drives3
ECE 531Linear System Theory3
ECE 533Robust Control3
ECE 535Discrete Time Systems3
ECE 537Next Generation Smart Grid3
ECE 538Renewable Energies3
ECE 539Cmpt Aided Dsgn Elec Machines3
ECE 540Reliblty Theory Syst Implntn3
ECE 548Energy Harvesting3
ECE 549Motion Control Syst Dynamics3
ECE 550Power Elect Dynmcs Control3
ECE 551Advanced Power Electronics3
ECE 552Adjustable Speed Drives3
ECE 553Power System Planning3
ECE 554Power Systems Relaying3
ECE 555Power Market Operations3
ECE 556Power Mkt Ecnmcs Security3
ECE 557Fault Tolerant Power Systems3
ECE 558Power System Reliability3
ECE 559High Voltage Power Trans3
ECE 560Power Syst Dynamics Stability3
ECE 561Deregulated Power Systems3
ECE 562Power Syst Tran Management3
ECE 563AI in Smart Grid3
ECE 564Cntrl Oprtn Elect Power Systs3
ECE 579Oper/Plan/Dist Power Grid3
ECE 580Elements of Sustainable Energy3
ECE 581Elements of Smart Grid3
ECE 582Microgrid Design and Operation3