Two plans are offered for the M.S. degree: a thesis option and a comprehensive examination option. For either option, students are required to develop a complete program of study with advice from their faculty advisor. The graduate advisor must approve the study plan. Part-time study toward the M.S. degree is available. The program of study must be completed within four calendar years from first enrollment.
Plan I: Thesis Option
The thesis option requires completion of 12 courses of study; an original research investigation; the completion of an M.S. thesis; and approval of the thesis by a thesis committee. The thesis committee is composed of three full-time faculty members with the faculty advisor of the student serving as the chair. Required undergraduate core courses and graduate seminar courses, such as EECS292, EECS293, EECS294, and EECS295, may not be counted toward the 12 courses. No more than one course of EECS299 and one undergraduate elective course may be counted toward the 12 courses. Up to four of the required 12 courses may be from EECS296 (M.S. Thesis Research) with the approval of the student's thesis advisor. Additional concentration-specific requirements are as follows; a list of core and concentration courses is given at the end of this section.
Computer Engineering Concentration: Three core courses in the Computer Engineering concentration (CpE) must be completed with a grade of B (3.0) or better. At least four additional concentration or approved courses must also be completed.
Plan II: Comprehensive Examination Option
The comprehensive examination option requires the completion of 12 courses and a comprehensive examination. Only one EECS299 course can be counted if the EECS299 course is four or more units. Undergraduate core courses and graduate seminar courses, such as EECS292, EECS293, EECS294, and EECS295, may not be counted toward the 12 courses requirement. No more than two of undergraduate elective courses may be counted. In fulfillment of the comprehensive examination element of the M.S. degree program, students will complete two term paper-length reports on the current state-of-the-art of two separate technical fields corresponding to the concentration area. The term papers are completed as part of the end-of-course requirements for EECS294 (Electrical and Computer Colloquium), two courses of which are needed to fulfill degree requirements. Each term paper must be completed with a grade of B or better; and each Colloquium section used to meet M.S. degree requirements must be completed with a satisfactory grade. Both Colloquium sections must be completed at the student's first opportunity upon enrollment in the ECE graduate program. Additional concentration-specific requirements are as follows; a list of core and concentration courses is given at the end of this section.
*If all six courses are not offered in an academic year, students who graduate in that year can petition to replace the courses that are not offered by EECS242 and/or EECS244.
Computer Engineering Concentration: Three core courses in the Computer Engineering concentration (CpE) must be completed with a grade of B (3.0) or better. At least five additional concentration or approved courses must also be completed.
List of Concentration Courses
Computer Engineering Concentration: EECS210, EECS211*, EECS213*, EECS215*, EECS217, EECS218, EECS219, EECS221, EECS222A-B-C, EECS223, EECS224, EECS226, EECS230, EECS248A, Computer Science 233, 234, 236.
(courses denoted with * are also core courses)
NOTE: Students who entered prior to fall of 2012 should follow the course requirements outlined within the Catalogue of the year they entered. The change in number of units per course is not intended to change the course requirements for the degree nor to have any impact in the number of courses students are taking. As such, students will need to continue to meet the same high standards and plan of study requirements as previously required. Students will work with their advisor to create a plan of study encompassing the equivalent topical requirements, as well as the equivalent number of courses to the previous 36-unit requirement.
In addition to fulfilling the course requirements outlined above, it is a University requirement for the Master of Science degree that students fulfill a minimum of 36 units of study.