Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

The purpose of this degree is to prepare students for advanced study and industry in the field of electrical engineering. The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (M.S.E.E.) is a degree program combining breadth across several areas of study within electrical engineering and specialization within one area, which includes an option to pursue thesis research under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Areas of study include communication and signal processing, computers and microelectronics, and power and control systems. The program is normally completed in three semesters of full-time study.

The admission requirements for this degree follow the existing admission requirements for master’s degrees in the ECE department. Students whose accredited B.S. degree is not in electrical engineering may pursue the M.S.E.E., provided that they have an adequate background and can demonstrate proficiency in the material contained in undergraduate courses equivalent to Illinois Institute of Technology’s:

ECE 211Circuit Analysis I3
ECE 213Circuit Analysis II4
ECE 218Digital Systems4
ECE 307Electrodynamics4
ECE 308Signals and Systems3
ECE 311Engineering Electronics4
MATH 251Multivariate and Vector Calculus4
MATH 252Introduction to Differential Equations4

A student may demonstrate proficiency by successfully completing the courses or by satisfactory performance in one or more special examinations administered by the department.

The program of study includes a minimum of 32 credit hours of acceptable graduate coursework, with a minimum of 20 credit hours of ECE courses at the 500-level or higher. Up to six credit hours of ECE short courses may be applied to the degree.

Students, with adviser approval, select courses appropriate to their needs and interests. The program of study must include a minimum of four courses within one of the electrical engineering (EE) areas of concentration and a minimum of two courses from the other areas. An M.S.E.E. candidate may, with permission of a thesis adviser, include in their program a thesis of six to eight credit hours. The master’s thesis is recommended for pre-doctoral students. The thesis option requires a written thesis and an oral defense of the thesis. Thesis format and deadlines are set by the Graduate College.

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (Coursework Only Option)

Minimum Credits Required 32
Maximum 400-Level Credit 12
Minimum 500-Level ECE Credit 20
Maximum 700-Level Credit 6
Maximum Transfer Credit 9
Electrical Engineering Major Courses (12-16)
Select four courses from the chosen EE area of concentration from the lists below12-16
Electrical Engineering Minor Electives (6-8)
Select two courses from either or both of the remaining EE areas of concentration6-8
General Electives (14)
Select 14 credit hours of general ECE electives14

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (Thesis Option)

Minimum Credits Required 32
Maximum 400-Level Credit 12
Minimum 500-Level ECE Credit 20
Maximum 700-Level Credit 6
Maximum Transfer Credit 9
Electrical Engineering Major Courses (12-16)
Select four courses from the chosen EE area of concentration from the lists below12-16
Electrical Engineering Minor Electives (6-8)
Select two courses from either or both of the remaining EE areas of concentration6-8
General Electives (8)
Select eight credit hours of general ECE electives8
Thesis Research (6-8)
ECE 591Research and Thesis for Masters Degree 16-8

Students pursuing the thesis option must complete six to eight credit hours of research work (ECE 591) leading to an M.S. dissertation with the approval of a thesis adviser.

EE Areas of Concentration

Communications and Signal Processing

ECE 401Communication Electronics3
ECE 403Digital and Data Communication Systems3-4
or ECE 405 Digital and Data Communication Systems with Laboratory
ECE 406Wireless Communications Systems3
or ECE 504 Wireless Communication System Design
ECE 421Microwave Circuits and Systems3-4
or ECE 423 Microwave Circuits and Systems with Laboratory
ECE 437Digital Signal Processing I3-4
or ECE 436 Digital Signal Processing I with Laboratory
ECE 481Image Processing3
ECE 505Applied Optimization for Engineers3
ECE 507Imaging Theory & Applications3
ECE 508Video Communications3
ECE 509Electromagnetic Field Theory3
ECE 511Analysis of Random Signals3
ECE 513Communication Engineering Fundamentals3
ECE 514Digital Communication Principles3
ECE 515Modern Digital Communications3
ECE 516Coding for Distributed Storage Systems3
ECE 519Coding for Reliable Communications3
ECE 520Information Theory and Applications3
ECE 522Electromagnetic Compatibility3
ECE 565Computer Vision and Image Processing3
ECE 566Machine and Deep Learning3
ECE 567Statistical Signal Processing3
ECE 568Digital Speech Processing3
ECE 569Digital Signal Processing II3
ECE 570Fiber-Optic Communication Systems3
ECE 576Antenna Theory3
ECE 578Microwave Theory3

Computers and Microelectronics

ECE 408Introduction to Computer Networks3-4
or ECE 407 Introduction to Computer Networks with Laboratory
ECE 425Analysis and Design of Integrated Circuits3
ECE 429Introduction to VLSI Design4
ECE 430Fundamentals of Semiconductor Devices3
or ECE 523 Fundamentals of Semiconductor Devices
ECE 441Smart and Connected Embedded System Design4
ECE 442Internet of Things and Cyber Physical Systems3
or ECE 510 Internet of Things and Cyber Physical Systems
ECE 443Introduction to Computer Cyber Security3
or ECE 518 Computer Cyber Security
ECE 444Computer Network Security3
or ECE 543 Computer Network Security
ECE 446Advanced Logic Design4
ECE 447Artificial Intelligence and Edge Computing3
or ECE 501 Artificial Intelligence and Edge Computing
ECE 448Application Software Design3
or ECE 528 Application Software Design
ECE 449Object-Oriented Programming and Machine Learning3
or ECE 590 Object-Oriented Programming and Machine Learning
ECE 485Computer Organization and Design3
or ECE 585 Computer Organization and Design
ECE 502Basic Network Theory3
ECE 5035G Wireless Network: Architecture, New Radio, and Security3
ECE 517Modern Wireless Network Protocols and Standards3
ECE 521Quantum Electronics3
ECE 524Advanced Electronic Circuit Design3
ECE 525RF Integrated Circuit Design3
ECE 526Active Filter Design3
ECE 527Performance Analysis of RF Integrated Circuits3
ECE 529Advanced VLSI Systems Design3
ECE 530High Performance VLSI IC Systems3
ECE 541Communications Networks Performance Analysis3
ECE 542Design and Optimization of Computer Networks3
ECE 544Wireless and Mobile Networks3
ECE 545Modern Internet Technologies3
ECE 546Wireless Network Security3
ECE 571Nanodevices and Technology3
ECE 575Electron Devices3
ECE 583High Speed Computer Arithmetic3
ECE 584VLSI Architecture for Signal Processing and Communication Systems3
ECE 586Hardware Security and Advanced Computer Architectures3
ECE 587Hardware/Software Codesign3
ECE 588Hardware Acceleration for Machine Learning3
ECE 589Computer-Aided Design of Analog IC3

Power and Control

ECE 411Power Electronics4
ECE 412Hybrid Electric Vehicle Drives3-4
or ECE 512 Hybrid Electric Vehicle Drives
ECE 417Power Distribution Engineering3
ECE 418Power System Analysis3-4
or ECE 419 Power Systems Analysis with Laboratory
ECE 420Analytical Methods for Power System Economics and Cybersecurity3
ECE 438Control Systems3
ECE 505Applied Optimization for Engineers3
ECE 506Analysis of Nonlinear Systems3
ECE 512Hybrid Electric Vehicle Drives3
ECE 531Linear System Theory3
ECE 533Robust Control3
ECE 535Discrete Time Systems3
ECE 537Next Generation Smart Grid3
ECE 538Renewable Energies3
ECE 539Computer Aided Design of Electric Machines3
ECE 540Reliability Theory and System Implementation3
ECE 548Energy Harvesting3
ECE 549Motion Control Systems Dynamics3
ECE 550Power Electronic Dynamics and Control3
ECE 551Advanced Power Electronics3
ECE 552Adjustable Speed Drives3
ECE 553Power System Planning3
ECE 554Power System Relaying3
ECE 555Power Market Operations3
ECE 556Power Market Economics and Security3
ECE 557Fault-Tolerant Power Systems3
ECE 558Power System Reliability3
ECE 559High Voltage Power Transmission3
ECE 560Power Systems Dynamics and Stability3
ECE 561Deregulated Power Systems3
ECE 562Power System Transaction Management3
ECE 563Artificial Intelligence in Smart Grid3
ECE 564Control and Operation of Electric Power Systems3
ECE 579Operations and Planning and Distributed Power Grid3
ECE 580Elements of Sustainable Energy3
ECE 581Elements of Smart Grid3
ECE 582Microgrid Design and Operation3