MSEE with or without Thesis - Degree Requirements

Students must satisfy all of the University graduate requirements. In addition, the following specific degree requirements apply, depending on the choice of degree program:

Master of Science Degree Thesis Option (30 credits)
  1. Requires 6 credits of orally defended thesis. The M.S. committee is chaired by the student's thesis advisor. The chair of the committee must be a graduate faculty member from the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
  2. Requires 24 credits of approved coursework with the following constraints:
    1. Minimum of 18 credits at the 6000 level;
    2. Minimum of 12 credits in EE courses;
    3. A 3-credit course with math prefix or one of the following courses: EEL 5613, Modern Control; EEE 5502, Digital Processing of Signals; EEL 6482, Electromagnetic Theory 1; EOC 5172, Mathematical Methods in Ocean Engineering 1.
    4. Every thesis student must take CGS 5937/Graduate Seminar/ A seminar series with distinguished speakers. Students must attend at least five seminar presentations. (Grading: S/U, 0 credits.)

Note: No more than 3 credits of directed independent study may be applied toward the master's degree.

Master of Science Degree Non-Thesis Option 33 credits (30 credits for students entering Fall 19 and later)
  1. Requires 33 credits (30 credits for students entering Fall 19 and later) of approved coursework with the following constraints:
    1. Minimum of 18 credits at the 6000 level;
    2. A 3-credit course with math prefix or one of the following courses: EEL 5613, Modern Control; EEE 5502, Digital Processing of Signals; EEL 6482, Electromagnetic Theory 1; EOC 5172, Mathematical Methods in Ocean Engineering 1;
    3. A minimum of 18 credits must be completed in EE.
  2. Every non-thesis student must take CGS 5937/Graduate Seminar/ A seminar series with distinguished speakers. Students must attend at least five seminar presentations. (Grading: S/U, 0 credits.)

Note: No more than 3 credits of directed independent study may be applied toward the master's degree.

Deficiency Requirements

From the following list of deficiency EE courses, students must take the Electronics Laboratory 1 course and at least four more courses.

Title Course No.
Intro. to Microprocessor Systems CDA 3331C
Electromagnetic Fields and Waves EEL 3470
Electronics 2 EEE 4361
Introduction to Digital Signal Processing EEE 4510
Communications Systems EEL 4512
Controls Systems 1 EEL 4652
Analysis of Linear Systems EEL 4656
Electronics Laboratory 1 EEL 3118L

An insufficient number of the above courses will be considered a deficiency. Students are expected to take the necessary deficient courses during their course program as an extra load beyond the regular graduate coursework.

Students with engineering technology degrees are expected to first satisfy the FAU EE undergraduate graduation requirements before being admitted to the graduate program.

Submission of Plan of Study

Students are required to submit a Plan of Study when they have completed between 9 and 15 credits of coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. All courses must be approved by the student's advisor. A student may not register for thesis credits prior to submitting a Plan of Study.

Transfer Credits

Any transfer credits toward the requirements for a master's degree in Computer Science must be approved by the department, the College and the University. The transfer credits must correspond to equivalent requirements and performance levels expected for the degree. Normally no more than 6 credits of coursework (that have not been applied to a degree) can be transferred from another institution.