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Graduate Catalog 2023-24 
    
Graduate Catalog 2023-24

Master of Science in Engineering-Computer Engineering (CENM)


Advising: Department Chair or Graduate Committee Chair
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 College 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 Computer 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 six hours at the 6000-level) selected from the Computer Architecture and Digital Design concentration area.
  4. A minimum of nine hours of courses selected from one of the three concentration areas:
    • Communications and Signal Processing
    • Control Systems
    • Electronics and Power Systems
  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.
  7. The master’s degree requirement is 33 graduate credit hours with the course work option. For the course work option, at least 17 credits (minimum of 50%) must be taken at the 6000-level.

 

Thesis Option


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

  1. At least three hours selected from Computer Engineering Core Foundation Courses.
  2. At least three hours selected from Elective Concentration Areas Foundation Courses.
  3. A minimum of twelve hours of courses (inclusive of foundation courses and with at least six hours at the 6000-level) selected from the Computer Architecture and Digital Design concentration area.
  4. Foundation courses may be counted toward the 12 hours requirement.
  5. Six hours of ECE 7000: Master’s Thesis
  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
  7. The master’s degree requirement is 30 hours with the thesis option. For the thesis option, at least 15 credits (minimum of 50%) must be taken at the 6000, or higher level.

Computer 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.