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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical Engineering, M.S.E.E.

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Degree Information

Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

Minimum Total Hours: 30
Level: Masters
CIP Code: 14.1001
Dept. Code: EGE
Major/College Codes: EEL EN
Approved: 1981

Also offered as an Accelerated Major

Contact Information

College: Engineering
Department: Electrical Engineering

Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers both doctoral and masters level degrees. The major areas of research and instruction in the Department are: semiconductor materials, microelectronic manufacturing, MEMS, nanotechnology, VLSI design, digital signal processing, communication theory, wireless communications, microwave engineering, power systems and controls, and biomedical materials and imaging. The Department’s research efforts are supported by well-equipped laboratories in the areas of silicon processing, compound semiconductors, electro-optics, IC design, thin dielectric films, communications and signal processing, power systems, nanotechnology, MEMS, micro/millimeter waves, biomedical materials and imaging, and bioengineering.

Current and previous Ph.D. dissertations explored the areas of microelectronics (materials and devices of elemental and compound semiconductors, circuit design, modeling, testing, and reliability); communications and signal processing (communication networks, packet switching, satellite communications, communications software, and VLSI for signal processing); systems and controls; solid state material and device processing and characterization; electro-optics, electromagnetic, microwave and millimeter-wave engineering (antennas, devices, systems); and biomedical engineering. Master’s majors include options in semiconductor materials and processes, VLSI design, communications and signal processing, power systems and controls, microwave and millimeter-wave engineering, and biomedical engineering.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose

Curriculum Requirements

Thesis Option – 30 hours total

Required Courses (24) hours
Include Major Core below, 18 hours including 6 hours of depth or capstone coursework, and 6 hours of electrive coursework

Required Thesis Hours (6 hours)

Course work only – 30 hours total
Required Courses (30 hours)
Include Major Core below, 18 hours including 6 hours of depth or capstone coursework, and 12 hours of elective coursework.

Major Core: (18 Credit Hours)

Students must take two of the following

Students must take two of the following applied mathematics courses as part of the degree program:

Students must take two of the following

Students must take two of the following approved in depth sequences as part of their degree program:

*Other sequence must be approved by the Graduate Director


Minimum elective hours:

Thesis – 6 hours
Coursework only – 12 hours

Students may adopt suggested electives from the Department Graduate Handbook, by track or emphasis area of their choice. All courses must be graduate level. Students should refer to university requirements when choosing courses bearing in mind allowed quantities of 5000 and 6000 level coursework. Special selections must be approved by the Coordinator.

Comprehensive Exam

The University requires all Master’s students to be assessed by a comprehensive examination. The Department maintains two versions of this exam according to the student pathway to degree, i.e. Thesis or Non-Thesis as follows:

Thesis students:

Student’s written thesis and Public Defense of same constitute the comprehensive exam. Student is provided a rubric that they will be assessed by relative to their written document and presentation. The Committee reports this assessment to the Department for final approval.

Non-Thesis Students:

In lieu of the Comprehensive Exam, a portfolio addressing the content from a capstone course in the primary area of study, content from a course in a secondary area of study, and content from a core mathematics course will be submitted upon graduation. The graduate coordinator, chair of the department, and the vice chair of the department will evaluate the submissions according to the overall quality of the writing, the clarity of the explanation of how the outcomes were achieved, and the quality of the examples that are included.

Thesis (6 Credit Hours)

Accelerated Major

Also available as an Accelerated Majors  

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