The Department of Electrical Engineering initiated the graduate program in 1967, offering courses leading to the Master's degree. In 1977, the graduate program was expanded to include studies leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree.
The graduate program offers studies and research in control engineering, antennas, communications, microwaves, applied microelectronics, power systems, signal processing, and solid state electronics. The combination of high-quality curriculum, research, faculty and facilities enables the department to provide excellent preparation for those who wish to embark on careers in electrical engineering.
Published theoretical and experimental investigation of current research topics are vital to the electrical engineering program. The faculty here publish their scholarly work frequently, chair international and national conferences, serve as reviewers for governemtal programs or as referees for scientific journals. Some collaborative efforts are international. The department has sponsored several international workshops in Africa, presentation of papers in Russia, France and Germany among others. The department hosted the 25th North American Power Symposium in October of 1993.
Three research centers and two departmental laboratories are designed to support graduate research. in addition to graduate faculty, research staff includes research associates, visiting scholars from other countries, visiting professors from US-based companies and graduate students. Each academic year, over 60 graduated students from America and international schools are enrolled.
The Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering involves 24 credit hours of study and 6 credit hours for the thesis option or 33 credit hours of study and comprehensive examinations in at least two graduate courses taken in the student's area of concentration for the non-thesis option. On the master's level, major areas of study and research are solid-state electronics, control engineering, power systems, antennas, microwaves and communications and signal processing.
Program of Study
New entrants into the master's program are required to submit a program of study to the chair of the Graduate Studies Committee for approval. The program of work for the proposed degree must be approved by the student's advisor.
Admission to Candidacy
A student should file for admission to candidacy after 12 hours of work has been completed and this student has satisfied the GSAS writing proficiency requirement. Forms provided by the dean should be filed a semester before graduation and approved by the student's thesis committee and the Executive Committee of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciencec.
Satisfactory Progress Policy
In view of the Department's goal to maintain program quality, a satisfactory progress policy has been developed.
- Students are expected to engage in full-time study, which is a minimum of nine credits per semester
- Criteria has been set aside in addition to University Policy for students.
Any course that was pursued more than five years prior to the term in which the student presents him/herself for the final examination will not be credited toward fulfillment of the requirements of the degree. Credits for such course may be restored and counted toward the fulfillment of requirements provided the chairman submits to the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences a written petition/recommendation and the student has passed:
- a comprehensive examination in the field in which the course falls or
- a written examination especially administered for the purpose of restoration of credits in the course concerned
Probation and Dismissal
A student who fails to meet the grade requirements or fails departmental examinations (comprehensive, preliminary) or qualifying of the final examination for defense of thesis (or dissertation) will be dropped from the graduate program. A student who falls below a 3.0 GPA will be warned by the GSAS and informed that he or she must raise his or her GPA to 3.0 by the end of his or her next two terms in residence. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the graduate program.
Length of Time to Completion
There is a maximum time frame of five years for students to complete the Master's Degree from initial date of registration. Students who fail to meet this requirement are automatically dropped from the program. Students dropped in this manner may petition for re-admission for a specified period of time. Upon recommendation of the Department Graduate Faculty and approval of the Executive Committee of the Graduate School.