NMSU: Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
New Mexico State University
Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering
 
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Electrical and Computer Engineering Degree Programs

MSEE Degree Program

(Also see the MSEE Online Program)

MSEE Coursework Option

Passing three graduate core courses (or two graduate core courses and one graduate breadth course) with a B or better in each course is a requirement for completing the MSEE degree for the Coursework Option. In the Graduate Catalog, this requirement is in lieu of a Masters Final Exam.

PROGRAM OPTIONS

   1. A minimum of 24 credits of graduate course work plus a minimum of 6 hours of EE 599 Master's Thesis plus oral exam.
   2. A minimum of 27 credits of graduate course work plus a minimum of 3 hours of EE 598 Master's Technical Report plus oral exam.
   3. A minimum of 30 credits of graduate course work plus pass three graduate core courses (or two graduate core courses and one graduate breadth course) with a B or better in each course.

Masters students employed by the Klipsch School as a Graduate Assistant for 10 or more hours/week for two or more semesters must complete their degree under option 1.

GRADUATE SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS AND FORMS

The NMSU Graduate School has general requirements for graduation and time tables for submitting required paperwork during your program of study and prior to graduation. Consult the Graduate School Catalog for more detailed information.  In particular, review the Graduate School Master's Degree Checklist for required paperwork and the Graduate School Academic Calendar for applicable deadlines.  Many of the necessary forms can be downloaded from Graduate Students Forms.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS

  1. Two graduate core courses must be taken from two different areas of specialization.  In addition, either a third graduate core course OR one graduate breadth course must be taken from a third area of specialization.  Students may transfer equivalent core or breadth courses taken from other ABET-accredited universities, in accordance with the transfer policy (item 6, below).  The most recent NMSU instructor determines equivalency of a course taken at another university.  Listed below are the core courses by area:

     

    GRADUATE CORE COURSES
    SPECIALIZATION COURSE(S) / CREDITS COURSE TITLE(S)
    Microelectronics/VLSI EE523 / 3 credits Analog VLSI Circuit Design
    Communications EE571 / 3 credits Random Signal Analysis
    Computer Engineering EE563 / 3 credits
    EE564 / 3 credits
    Computer Performance Analysis I
    Advanced Computer Architecture I
    Control Systems EE551 / 3 credits Control Systems Synthesis I
    Digital Signal Processing EE545 / 3 credits Digital Signal Processing
    Electric Energy Systems EE543 / 3 credits Power Systems III
    Electromagnetics EE515 / 3 credits Electromagnetic Theory I
    Electro-Optics EE528 / 4 credits
    Optical Sources, Detectors, & Radiometry
     
    GRADUATE BREADTH COURSES
    SPECIALIZATION COURSE(S) / CREDITS COURSE TITLE(S)
    Microelectronics/VLSI EE524 / 3 credits Digital VLSI Circuit Design
    Communications EE581 / 3 credits Digital Communications I
    Computer Engineering N/A  
    Control Systems EE555 / 3 credits Advanced Linear Systems
    Digital Signal Processing EE555 / 3 credits Advanced Linear Systems
    Electric Energy Systems EE537 / 3 credits Power Electronics
    Electromagnetics EE541 / 3 credits Antennas and Radiation
    Electro-Optics EE577 / 3 credits  Fourier Methods in Electro-Optics
  2. At least 15 credits of course work must be at or above the 500 level.
  3. At least half of the graduate course work must be in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  4. At least half of the coursework credits, excluding thesis or tech report credits, must be taken with other than a single professor.
  5. Any coursework more than seven years old at the time of the final examination will not be included in the Master's degree program.
  6. A maximum of 12 credits of graduate course work taken at another institution may be transferred in, if those credits logically fit into the student's graduate program.  The advisor decides which courses fit.   Graduate School approval of transfer credit is required.  Students must complete two forms:  Master's Transfer of Credit and EE Transfer Checklist.
  7. Courses BCIS 450-499; COMM 485; CS 450, 452, 457, 470, 471, 472, 473, 474, 475, 476, 479, 481, 482, 483, 484, 485, 486, 491; EE490; and SPCD470, 490 do not count toward a graduate degree. Credits of EE590 Selected Topics are limited to 9 total, of which at most 6 must be credits for courses that don't appear as regular classes in the printed schedule.
  8. All graduate credits must have letter grades of A, B, or C, or pass/fail grades of S (Satisfactory).  At the graduate level, a pass/fail grade of S corresponds to a letter grade of A or B. 
  9. Up to 6 credits earned on another master's degree at NMSU may be allowed to count toward an MSEE degree, if those credits fit into a logical graduate program.
  10. Submit to the Department Head an MSEE Record Check and the Application for Admission to Candidacy for the Master's Degree.  The Graduate School requests that the Application for Candidacy be filed after the student has completed 12 hours of coursework.  The Graduate School requires that a student's NMSU cumulative graduate grade-point average must be at least 3.0 at the time of applying for candidacy.  Our department has the additional requirement that the NMSU GPA of the courses listed on the Application for Admission to Candidacy must be at least 3.0. 
  11. For the Final Examination, submit to the Department Head an MSEE Record Check and the Committee for Master's Final Examination form. Please note that students selecting the thesis or technical report option must submit to the Department Head a 1-page abstract which includes (a) the advisor's name, and (b) the date, time, and place of the final oral exam. PDF format for the abstract is preferred. 
  12. Pass an oral exam covering thesis work or technical report work, as applicable.  For the coursework option, pass three graduate core courses (or two graduate core courses and one graduate breadth course) with a B or better in each course or pass the PhD qualifying examination.  
  13. File an Application for Degree (Diploma) with the Office of the Registrar by the last day to register or add a course for the semester or summer session you plan to graduate. If you fail to complete all degree requirements by the deadline specified on the “Application for Degree (Diploma),” you forfeit any fees paid, and you must reapply and pay all required fees for the term in which you complete all degree requirements.
  14. Complete undergraduate deficiency coursework, if the student admitted has a bachelor's degree in a field other than electrical engineering, or equivalent.   Note: it is highly recommended that all deficiencies be completed as early as possible in the program.  They should be completed before the start of the last semester in the program.
  15. Each area of specialization may have additional requirements.