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MS Degree Program

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE (PROFESSIONAL OPTION):

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE), Professional Option, is a professional degree offered under the OSU Graduate College Professional Path (Plan III), which includes a Creative Component requirement. It is intended for students who wish to enhance their analytical skills and qualifications for an enhanced engineering career in the workforce. The degree requires
33 graduate credit hours, including an ECE-specific course qualified to assess a Creative Component project.

Students in the MSEE, Professional Option, are required to take courses in at least four areas of ECEN at the 5000 level (designated by second digit of the course number) or above. The degree program requirements are summarized in the following table:

  MSEE, Professional Option (33 hrs.)
TECHNICAL ELECTIVE
(Outside Dept., 4000 level or above)
3 hours
ECEN GRADUATE LEVEL COURSES 21 hours
ADDITIONAL COURSES
(Must be Graduate approved courses. May include
non-ECEN graduate level courses with approval of the
student’s graduate advisory committee )
6 hours
CREATIVE COMPONENT COURSE 3 hours

Note: A 3-hour ECEN 5000+ course (with a term   project) is designated as the creative component. ENGL4893 RESEARCH WRITING FOR INTL GRAD (3 credit hours) cannot be used toward the degree.

Additional MSEE, Professional Option, Degree Requirements:

  1. Students MUST take at least 6 hours from ECEN 5513, 5613, 5713, or 5763 and any remedial courses at the first enrollment opportunity after entrance into the MSEE program.
  2. Up to two (2) 4000 level ECEN courses that have been approved for graduate credit within the ECEN program may be included on the MSEE Plan of Study. The list of approved courses is included at the end of this memorandum.
  3. No course required for the BSEE degree at OSU may appear on the MSEE Plan of Study.
  4. No course that was applied to BSEE degree may be included on the MSEE Plan of Study.
  5. The minimum requirement of 21 hours of graduate-level courses in ECEN MAY NOT include the following courses: ECEN 5000, 5030 and 6050.
  6. Graduate College regulations REQUIRE a minimum of 21 hours of 5000-level courses on all MSEE Plans of Study.
  7. Students who do not have a BSEE degree MAY include only one “outside” ECEN course on their MSEE Plan of Study. All students MUST have at least one “outside” ECEN course.
  8. For the technical elective (3 hours), courses that are cross-listed with ECEN must be approved by the student’s advisor.

Entrance Requirements:

  1. 3.0 GPA in an accredited BSEE program is the standard for admission to the MSEE, Professional Option, program. However, applicants with lower GPA may be granted probationary admission. Students who have BS degrees in other engineering fields may be admitted to the MSEE, Professional Option, program, subject to the same GPA requirements. These candidates will be expected to take enough prerequisite courses (from undergraduate ECEN courses, and perhaps some courses in Mathematics, Computer Science and/or Physics) to accomplish two ends: (a) to assure a reasonable basis for success in the graduate courses associated with the MSEE, Professional Option, degree; and, (b) to assure that when the candidate enters the workforce with the MSEE, Professional Option, degree, there will be no potential deficiencies in the candidate’s technical background. This may well require some prerequisite courses in areas of study in which the student has little interest and in which he/she has no intention of practicing after graduation. Students are sometimes admitted to an MSEE, Professional Option, program with a grade of “C” in one or two junior- or senior-level courses. Students may be required, as a condition of admission to the MSEE, Professional Option, program to repeat such courses, or take another undergraduate-level course in the same or closely related area of study. A grade of “B” MUST be attained for such prescribed prerequisite courses.
  2. Students admitted unconditionally to the program are assumed competent to take the required MSEE, Professional Option, courses. If the student feels unprepared for one of the required classes, he/she may enroll in the appropriate prerequisite courses.
  3. Students admitted conditionally should enroll in the necessary undergraduate prerequisite courses as a first priority. Graduate courses may be taken concurrently with prerequisite courses in other areas. Students need not necessarily complete all prerequisite courses before taking the first 5000-level courses.
  4. Note: The aforementioned prerequisite courses do not count towards the degree requirements of the MSEE, Professional Option, degree. That is, these prerequisite courses are not listed in the Plan of Study.
  5. The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering waives the foreign-language requirement for Master of Science, Professional Option, degree.

Graduate record examination:

Scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general exam must be submitted with the application. Applicants scoring 153 and higher on the verbal section and 155 and higher on the quantitative section of the GRE have proven to be competitive within the ECE graduate program.
 
Retention standards:

The Graduate College bulletin sets forth certain minimum grade standards for retention: The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering expects all candidates to attain grades of “B” or better in all courses taken as graduate students, whether prerequisite courses or courses listed as part of the Plan of Study. A grade below “B” in a prerequisite course is cause for suspension. A grade below “C”, or more than two (2) “C’s” in graduate courses will result in suspension.  A GPA of 3.0 or above in graduate courses must be maintained.

A preliminary Plan of Study for the MSEE, Professional Option, degree should be worked out by the student and with his/her advisor. This plan should include a listing of course work and an estimate of the time schedule. The initiative for proposing a Plan of Study lies with the student. The Graduate College requires that a MSEE Plan of Study be filed BEFORE the student registers for his/her 17th hour of graduate credit. The approval of the student’s advisor and two other faculty members as well as that of the Dean of the Graduate College is required for all MSEE Plans of Study. All Master of Science, Professional Option, degree students must satisfy the creative component requirement of the Graduate College. A creative component proposal MUST ALSO BE approved and filed.

Plans of Study may be revised from time to time; the revision is accomplished by submitting a new plan as outlined above. The Graduate College REQUIRES that the final plan be filed before registration for the semester in which the necessary work for the degree will be completed.

Milestones:

Plan of Study: The Graduate College requires that a MSEE Plan of Study be filed BEFORE the student registers for his/her 17th hour of graduate credit. The procedure for submitting the Plan of Study is outlined at http://gradcollege.okstate.edu/planofstudy.

Creative Component Proposal: A proposal for the Creative Component project to satisfy the OSU Path III (Professional Path) MSEE Creative Component degree requirement must be approved by the advisory committee prior to the completion of 17 credit hours of courses.

Creative Component Submission: Documentation of the work satisfying the Creative Component requirement of the Path III (Professional Path) MSEE degree must be approved by the advisory committee upon completion of the degree requirements. Appropriate documentation may include, but is not limited to, a course term project report, listings of software developed, or design schematics and/or a user’s manual for a designed system.

 

MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE (THESIS OPTION):

The Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE), Thesis Option, degree is an academic, research-based degree offered under the OSU Graduate College Traditional Path (Plan I) including a thesis. It is intended for students who wish to make fundamental contributions to the understanding and practice of engineering science and techniques. It is also intended to prepare students for the Ph.D. program. The degree requires 30 hours of graduate-level credit, including 6 hours of Thesis credit.

Students in the MSEE, Thesis Option, degree program are required to take courses in at least two areas of ECEN at the 5000 level (designated by the second digit of course number) or above. A summary of the degree requirements is given in the following table:
 

  MSEE, Thesis Option (30 hrs.)
TECHNICAL ELECTIVE
(Outside Dept., 4000 level or above)
3 hours
ECEN GRADUATE LEVEL COURSES 18 hours
THESIS 6 hours
ECEN 5070 or ECEN Grad. Level Course 3 hours

Note: ENGL4893 RESEARCH WRITING FOR INTL GRAD (3 credit hours) cannot be used toward the degree.
 

Additional MSEE, Thesis Option, Degree Requirements:

  1. MSEE, Thesis Option, students MUST take at least 3 hours from ECEN 5513, 5613, 5713, or 5763 and any remedial courses at the first enrollment opportunity after entrance into the MSEE program.
  2. Up to two (2) 4000 level ECEN courses that have been approved for graduate credit within the ECEN program may be included on the MSEE Plan of Study. The list of approved courses is included at the end of this memorandum.
  3. No course required for the BSEE degree at OSU may appear on the MSEE Plan of Study.
  4. No course that was applied to BSEE degree may be included on the MSEE Plan of Study.
  5. The minimum requirement of 18 hours of graduate-level courses in ECEN MAY NOT include the following courses: ECEN 5000, 5030 and 6050.
  6. Graduate College regulations REQUIRE a minimum of 21 hours of 5000-level courses on all MSEE Plans of Study.
  7. Students who do not have a BSEE degree CAN include only one “outside” ECEN course on their MSEE Plan of Study. All students MUST have at least one “outside” ECEN course.
  8. For the technical elective (3 hours), courses that are cross-listed with ECEN must be approved by the student’s advisor.

Entrance Requirements:

  1. 3.0 GPA in an accredited BSEE program is the standard for admission to the MSEE, Thesis Option, program. However, applicants with lower GPA may be granted probationary admission. Students who have BS degrees in other engineering fields may be admitted to the MSEE, Thesis Option, program, subject to the same GPA requirements. These candidates will be expected to take enough prerequisite courses (from undergraduate ECEN courses, and perhaps some courses in Mathematics, Computer Science and/or Physics) to accomplish two ends: (a) to assure a reasonable basis for success in the graduate courses associated with the MSEE, Thesis Option, degree; and, (b) to assure that when the candidate enters the workforce with the MSEE, Thesis Option, degree, there will be no potential deficiencies in the candidate’s technical background. This may well require some prerequisite courses in areas of study in which the student has little interest and in which he/she has no intention of practicing after graduation. Students are sometimes admitted to an MSEE, Thesis Option, program with a grade of “C” in one or two junior- or senior-level courses. Students may be required, as a condition of admission to the MSEE, Thesis Option, program to repeat such courses, or take another undergraduate-level course in the same or closely related area of study. A grade of “B” or better MUST be attained for such prescribed prerequisite courses.
  2. Students admitted unconditionally to the program are assumed competent to take the required MSEE, Thesis Option, courses. If the student feels unprepared for one of the required classes, he/she may enroll in the appropriate prerequisite courses.
  3. Students admitted conditionally should enroll in the necessary undergraduate prerequisite courses as a first priority. Graduate courses may be taken concurrently with prerequisite courses in other areas. Students need not necessarily complete all prerequisite courses before taking the first 5000-level courses.
  4. Note: The aforementioned prerequisite courses do not count towards the degree requirements of the MSEE, Thesis Option, degree. That is, these prerequisite courses are not listed in the Plan of Study.
  5. The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering waives the foreign-language requirement for Master of Science, Thesis Option, degree.

Graduate Record Examination:

Scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general exam must be submitted with the application. Applicants scoring 153 and higher on the verbal section and 155 and higher on the quantitative section of the GRE have proven to be competitive within the ECE graduate program.
 
Retention Standards:

The Graduate College bulletin sets forth certain minimum grade standards for retention: The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering expects all candidates to attain grades of “B” or better in all courses taken as graduate students, whether prerequisite courses or courses listed as part of the Plan of Study. A grade below “B” in a prerequisite course is cause for suspension. A grade below “C”, or more than two (2) “C’s” in graduate courses will result in suspension. A GPA of 3.0 or above in graduate courses must be maintained.

A preliminary Plan of Study for the MSEE, Thesis Option, degree should be worked out by the student and with his/her advisor. This plan should include a listing of course work and an estimate of the time schedule. The initiative for proposing a Plan of Study lies with the student. The Graduate College requires that a MSEE Plan of Study be filed BEFORE the student registers for his/her 17th hour of graduate credit. The approval of the student’s advisor and two other faculty members as well as that of the Dean of the Graduate College is required for all MSEE Plans of Study.

Plans of Study may be revised from time to time; the revision is accomplished by submitting a new plan as outlined above. The Graduate College REQUIRES that the final plan be filed before registration for the semester in which the necessary work for the degree will be completed.

MILESTONES:

Plan of Study: The Graduate College requires that a MSEE Plan of Study be filed BEFORE the student registers for his/her 17th hour of graduate credit. The procedure for submitting the Plan of Study is outlined at http://gradcollege.okstate.edu/planofstudy.

Thesis Defense: A candidate for the Master of Science degree who submits a thesis will submit to an oral defense covering his/her thesis. The thesis and defense will be evaluated by the student’s advisory committee consisting of the thesis advisor and two other ECE faculty members.