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Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 
    
Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Engineering (Electrical)


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Director of Graduate Studies: Damon Miller, B-236 Floyd Hall (Parkview Campus)

Program Options


The program has two options - a thesis option and a course work option. A common requirement for each option is 24 hours of core courses.

Thesis Option
The thesis option is open to selected students interested in research or project work. Students interested in this option must petition the department chair, and each student’s thesis committee must be approved by the department chair and the Graduate Dean. The Thesis Committee Chair must be chosen from the ECE Department faculty. In case of an interdisciplinary topic, a faculty member from any WMU department may be invited as a Thesis Committee Co-Chair.

In addition to taking at least 24 hours of approved courses, students will elect six hours of ECE 7000: Master’s Thesis and successfully defend the thesis.

Course Work Option
Students will take at least 33 hours of approved courses.

Program Requirements


Course Work Option


The program (course work option) consists of thirty-three (33) credit hours:

  1. At least three hours selected from Electrical Engineering Foundation courses.
  2. At least three hours selected from Elective Concentration Areas Foundation courses.
  3. A minimum of 12 hours of courses (inclusive of foundation courses and with at least 6 hours at the 6000-level) selected from one of the three concentration areas:
    • Communications and Signal Processing
    • Control Systems
    • Electronics and Power Systems
  4. A minimum of nine hours of courses selected from one of the other available concentration areas including the area Computer Architecture and Digital Design.
  5. Foundation courses may be counted toward the 12 hours and the 9 hours requirement, respectively.
  6. The remaining elective hours of additional graduate courses may be selected from any listed ECE courses, or from the list of graduate courses approved by the department from the following disciplines: computer, electrical, other engineering disciplines, computer science, mathematics, or physics.

 

Thesis Option


The program (thesis option) consists of thirty (30) credit hours:

  1. At least three hours selected from Electrical Engineering Core Foundation courses.
  2. At least three hours selected from Elective Concentration Areas Foundation courses.
  3. A minimum of 12 hours of courses (inclusive of foundation courses and with at least 6 hours at the 6000-level) selected from one of the following concentration areas:
    • Communications and Signal Processing
    • Control Systems
    • Electronics and Power Systems
  4. The remaining elective hours of additional graduate courses may be selected from any listed ECE courses, or from the list of graduate courses approved by the department from the following disciplines: computer, electrical, other engineering disciplines, computer science, mathematics, or physics.
  5. Six hours of ECE 7000: Master’s Thesis

Electrical Engineering Core Foundation Courses (3 hours)


Elective Concentration Areas Foundation Courses (3 hours)


Concentration Areas


Computer Architecture and Digital Design


Other courses may be used in place of these courses if PRIOR approval is obtained from the Electrical and Computing Engineering advisor and the department chair.

Communications and Signal Processing


Other courses may be used in place of these courses if PRIOR approval is obtained from the Electrical and Computing Engineering advisor and the department chair.

Control Systems


Other courses may be used in place of these courses if PRIOR approval is obtained from the Electrical and Computing Engineering advisor and the department chair.

Electronics and Power Systems


Other courses may be used in place of these courses if PRIOR approval is obtained from the Electrical and Computing Engineering advisor and the department chair.

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